I started A Ponderous Journey around the idea of the Hero's Journey and that there are many phases along the way and transformation is a huge piece of it.
Last November 16th I included the following: As a result of successfully meeting the challenge of the abyss, the hero is transformed. The transformation is the moment of death and rebirth. Often the transformation takes the form of a revelation, a discovery or insight about oneself or one's culture. This revelation involves a change in consciousness, a change in the way the hero(ine) views life.
The day I went into surgery, I was at the bottom of the abyss. One either climbs back up or they drown at the bottom. I have risen. I have made it one year. I am transformed.
I have more to be thankful for this year than I ever have before. I know it may seem cliche, but I am beyond grateful for all the support I have had this year and those who have cheered me on. I feel like I have my life back and you all were a part of that.
To Samatra, one of my oldest friends in the world who was there to help every step of the way. From the early days before surgery to the days following and then the months. She has been there more than I ever could have hoped for and there are not enough thanks in the world to express my love and adoration for this woman.
To Andy and Vicki, when I have come to them and said I was going to do something they always trust my decisions. They know I am not impulsive and never enter into anything lightly. I hope that by writing this blog you have felt closer to the action despite being 3000 miles away. Thank you for always supporting my choices and rooting for me.
|November 25, 2013- 370lbs|
|November 25, 2014 336lbs (150 lbs less!)|