Retrospective: Six Month Mark

I thought this would be a good time to reflect on my recovery and to remind myself how far I have come in a relatively short period of time. These are posts from my CaringBridge site. I set it up prior to my surgery to help me communicate with my friends/family. Hope this is of some help to those of you who are just beginning this journey. Search my site for more retrospective posts. 

On June 13, I officially reached the six month mark. That is six months since the surgery that removed a melanotic schwannoma from my spinal cord. A number of you have been asking how the recovery is going, so here is the official six month update. Lots of things are getting better. For instance, six months ago I needed a walker to help me get around. Now, although I still have strength and balance issues, I am walking a minimum of two miles daily. Slowly I am working back to being able to do the things I love. I am treading water as a first step towards one day being able to swim, and I have started to be able to do a little bit of work in the garden. I still can’t ride a bike, and riding in a car is torture. I am going to be focused on trying to get the pain under control over the course of the next few months. If I can do that, I will be able to start getting back to normal. My next appointment at MD Anderson is in August. I’ll post another update then.