A new life.

I slept close to 10  hours last night. I have not slept that much in one night in years. I woke this morning, pain-free.


I am so happy.

For the first time in a long time I am feeling 97% like my old self. It has been more than two years since I have felt like Susan Anne Katherine Tischler Kimutis from 758 Lechner Lane. That is too long.

It is 8:00 a.m. and I have already worked for an hour. For a while now I have been paying someone else to do my job. Working an hour was a chore and it would make the rest of the day difficult. But not today. I have a list of things I plan to do today.

I have learned a lot from having pain. The first is I need to stop ignoring my body. Stop taking my body for granted. Appreciate the moments and hours when I have no pain. For two years I have slept on my back. If I even began to roll onto either side of my body, I would wake up in pain. Sleeping pain-free is new to me and I will be so appreciative of that for the rest of my life.

I am ready to move forward with the rest of my life. At my house on 6th Avenue, I have a garage full of furniture that needs to be painted. I can’t wait to get into that space and get busy. I have always been very happy with a paint brush in my hand. There have been times over the last two years when I have thought I would never paint again.

When your view of your future gets cloudy, then clears once again, it feels wonderful. I will never take a pain-free life for granted again.

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.

Make it a good day.


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