And the countdown begins

May 7, 2012. That’s the date I have scheduled to have my colon removed.

I spent this whole morning out at UNC GI Surgical Clinic going over the procedure, getting any and all of my questions answered, filling out paperwork, and finally… scheduling the surgery.

I’ve been walking around in a bit of a fog since the appointment. I’m so thankful that my wonderful big sister was there with me to hold my hand and make me feel better when I’d start to get a little light-headed. I’m still not sure how I feel about all of it. I know this has to be the right thing, but coming to terms with it is quite a long road.

I’ve realized lately just how long it has been since I’ve really felt “good.” It’s been so long, that I don’t actually remember what that feels like, so it’s hard to know if feeling “good” is worth it. I have to believe that it is.

It’s now less than 2 weeks until the surgery. But honestly, I’m glad it’s sooner rather than later. I’d prefer to not have to be thinking about it for weeks and weeks. I’m hoping that the next 13 days give the peace of mind that I’ve been searching for. I know that God has a plan and that He won’t let me down. And I’m ready to start feeling better.

8 thoughts on “And the countdown begins

  1. Amber Wiggs

    You are in our thoughts and prayers! I pray God’s peace over your heart and mind through this time.

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    1. smlhughes Post author

      Hey, girl. Thanks so much! It’s good to hear from you. I’m so glad to hear that Jimmy has been recovering so well. You guys have been in my prayers, too.

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  2. Jane Hartery

    Stephanie, this is Karen’s Mom-Jane Hartery. I want you to know just how brave and intelligent I think you are to make this major decision. You will feel like a new woman after the surgery, and the initial healing. Crohn’s is a miserable disease to have, and a life changing surgery to “fix” it. Keep your positive attitude and hang tight to God-He’ll get you through! Our prayers will be with you. I have placed you on the prayer list at our church here in Bluefield, VA. 🙂

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    1. smlhughes Post author

      Thank you, Jane. That’s very encouraging to know I’ve got people praying for me even in other states. I’m looking forward to feeling better!

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  3. Dean Tilton

    Stephanie, Your dad told us of your challenge. We have been concerned and praying out here this last week for you. Rebekah’s Facebook note led me to your blog. Thank you for it. We will be praying and do trust that the Lord will make this a just bump in the road for you. dt

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