Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hiccups

I'm now sitting at about 9 and a half months post op. Since I last posted there have been a few developments. I am heading of for a scan of my neck (3 doctors I have seen so far are recommending surgery) for the profound weakness in my left arm. Tomorrow I have a blood test. Today I am supposed to be returning a call to "Synapse" the State Brain Injury Association. 
In a lot of ways I'm getting pretty frustrated with it all. I am not looking forward to or wanting to have ANY surgeries in the new future let alone a spinal surgery so soon after brain surgery. I am not pleased about being classified/boxed/classed as having "Acquired Brain Injury" either. However I have decided that I will use whatever resources are available to me to work as hard as I can to get better. However long it takes or hard it gets. I have fought pretty darn hard to get this far, I'm not about to give up now!
I made a video about my journey through brain surgery to help me remember things and keep things in order; it has helped me to do that and much more. Another photographer on the other side of the world to contact me as he is facing brain surgery himself and was inspired by my story that life does go on and that photography isn't something that has to go away; in fact it can be a great tool. I too have been inspired throughout this journey (it is not over yet) by some incredible artist and photographers.
I could not have done any of this without the support, love and help of my family and friends and for them I am eternally grateful. All these bumps are just hiccups in the road and can be overcome. Life does and will continue to improve and so will I.
Stay safe, inspired and look after each other.