Thanks Ya’ll!

In my adult life, I like to think of myself as a pretty independent woman. I’ve lived alone since I graduated from college five years ago. In that time I’ve learned to remove what resembles a small furry creature from a clogged drain, hammer nails to hang my own pictures, fix the internet when it acts up, change my own light bulbs and carry all of my groceries from the car to my kitchen in one trip. (Making two trips is NOT an option! I will hang my own weights worth of food on each arm before I admit defeat and go back to the car for a second load.) I pride myself on my spider killing abilities.

With one operation, my instinct to want to accomplish everything on my own was shattered to pieces and thrown out the window. At one time or another during the past three months I’ve needed assistance feeding myself, changing my clothes, showering, getting to the bathroom, putting things into perspective and reaching for the covers.

You can’t accomplish something like this alone. I had to ask for and accept help from dozens of people to get through this process. I am so very blessed to have many people who were willing to lend a hand or a kind word.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, our family friends George and Susan travelled to Baltimore to help. That’s where I had my surgery. George is a retired surgeon who became trained on the lengthening magnet so my doctors would release me to lengthen at home. This was an amazing gift I can’t even put into words. Their willingness to help made the decision to have this operation much easier.

(We gave George a t-shirt from the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics!)

Susan, along with several other women from my old church volunteered to take me to physical therapy five days a week. Our friend Ruth organized the drivers. This made it possible for my parents to work without having to come home in the middle of the day. What a huge help to me, but also to my parents!

(We had a little picnic for my therapy drivers and other people who offered to help.)

My friends are the absolute best! I’ve received so much love and support from them since I revealed I wanted to lengthen my leg. Of course you’ve read about Kacey, but several of my other Pittsburgh friends really made me feel loved as well. Spending time with them helped keep my spirits up! One of my friends flew in from Memphis to check on my progress! My friends who don’t live in Pittsburgh sent their encouragement from afar. Every e-mail, text, call, care package, card and Facebook message has meant so much.

(One of the care packages I recieved from a friend!)

I’m very thankful for the kindness I received from my coworkers. I truly believe all of them knew how important this was to me. Many of them checked on me by phone or through Facebook or Twitter. A few sent gifts or did me favors while I was out of town. I’ll be excited to get back to Chattanooga and see them again!

It was so amazing to receive kindness, concern and prayers from FOX61 and Newschannel9 viewers as well as my church family in Chattanooga.

Thanks to Joe Karlovits for wanting to be mentioned in my blog! (I keep my promises!)

Of course I’m so blessed to have my mother and father. Their never ending love, devotion and positivity can never be repaid. They are the real reason I was able to gather up the courage to have this surgery.

This is reading like my endeavor is over. One aspect is, I suppose. My time at home in Pittsburgh is ending and I’m heading back to Tennessee and back to work! I start on June 18th. While I’m excited to get back to some normalcy, I’m a little worried about crutching around for several more months. But I’ll just deal with it! What else can you do?

I am still lengthening and will hit 2 inches of length on June 17th. I believe we’ll keep going until I hit about 2.4 inches. That will happen at the beginning of July. Then we wait for my bone to heal! My guess is I’ll be walking normally in mid-September.

In my very first blog post I said I was sacrificing five months to make the next 50 years of my life better. I’ve experienced some very hard and painful times, but almost three months in I can still say it’s all been worth it – with a little help from my friends!

Phillipians 4: 6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

13 thoughts on “Thanks Ya’ll!

  1. Carly, you are amazing!!! You have done so well with surgery and rehabilitation. I wish you well on your journey back to Tennesse and want you to know how much we will miss you. It has been nice to look out my kitchen window to see you in the backyard!! Reminds me of when you were in high school. Take care and pace yourself. You will continue to always be in our thought and prayers…. Much love, Martha, Marty, Philip and Natalie

  2. So glad we’ll be back from vacation in time
    for your “debut ” after surgery! Your journey
    has been such an inspiration! Hurry home.

  3. Dear Carly,
    It will be so nice to have you back in Chattanooga, in our pew at church, and on the 10:00 news! I hope we’ll get to see your mother again while she’s here, and that you’ll please call us when you need a ride, an errand, or a listening ear. See you soon.
    Mary Ann and Ed

  4. Such great news that you are on the road back to the nooga. Can’t wait to see you again at 10 !!!! Great job !! You deserve the best. Can’t wait to welcome you back………

  5. Amen, Carly! You are one tough young woman and when this is totally over you will never regret one moment of the pain you went through. The many prayers that were offered on your behalf were answered. God is good ALL the time. Love to you and your family.

  6. Carly i have enjoyed following your posts on your blog and facebook. I am sooo glad to hear you are coming “home”. News just isnt the same without you!
    Your posts have been very uplifting as well as eye opening! We all have our pity parties and feel like no one else has it worse…well all we gotta do is look around to see just how blessed we really are! Thank you! May God continue to bless and heal you!

  7. So glad to hear you are recovering nicely and will be back in Chattanooga and on the news come Monday. We have missed seeing you! Have a safe trip back and we look forward to seeing you Monday! When things seem a little tough after you come home, just remember Philippians 4:13. You are proving that already!

  8. Carly, My best to you. I saw how hard you worked each day in PT. What an amazing young lady. It was a blessing to meet you.

  9. Carly, you really have been such an inspiration! You are one tough lady. I have learned so much from you and your mom. Thank you for all your kind words to my son with his surgery and recovery, they have been so appreciated. The fact that you took the time to reach out to us during your recovery is pretty awesome. It will be so good to see you back on Fox 61. We wish you all the best! We continue to pray for you in your recovery. Oh and if you need a crutching partner just holler at Devan..:) with love, Jenn

  10. I’m so glad you are getting better and each day will get you closer to your goal! I’ve missed seeing you on Fox61 at 10 but I’m also glad that you finally felt comfortable enough to make the decision to get the surgery you needed. May GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU!

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