Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. - John Quincy Adams
Hi there folks! I know, I know, it's been a while since I have last blogged. As a matter of fact, everything has been a bit quiet on my end. Yes, I have a perfectly good reason for my lack of posting on social media and blogging. I sure have missed y'all though!
As some of you may know, I had an emergency back surgery this past May. For those of you who didn't know, here is the backstory! I had been dealing with severe back pain and arthritis for the past several years. I chalk it up to jumping out of perfectly good airplanes for a living in the Army, but it is what it is. It took me three years to get an MRI to only find out that I had degenerative arthritis and severely herniated L4, L5, & L5/S1. Many treatments were attempted prior to my MRI, none of which helped, all of which hurt! I was actively shooting clients daily out in the harsh terrains and weather of Alaska, staying up all hours of the night to photograph the Northern Lights, and took care of two kids, two dogs, and a log cabin on five acres...(yup, chopped my own wood and all!) They kept telling me I was ok, so I would work through the pain and drive on. Well, I begged for my MRI and they (Military health care system) finally gave it to me. They sent me to pain management for epidural shots and thought we had a plan. That same month, I instructed my first photography workshop and during that workshop, I developed "drop foot". I remember sleeping and being woke up by what felt like a muscle being cut in half. (I cringe just thinking of it.) On top of the debilitating back pain, I lost use of my left foot. It was incredibly scary. I went home, went straight neurology and within 12 hours, I was in surgery. Super scare stuff y'all. I remember telling the doctor, "but Sir, I have mini-sessions coming up" where he replied, "do you want to drag your foot the rest of your life!" Yeah, that was enough for me to hear and I said, let's do it.
My recovery hasn't been great. I spent months in excruciating pain and tears. However, I had people relying on me, kids and clients alike. I lasted a week in bed before I was up working, editing, planning the sessions that I had to reschedule then completing those sessions. (A huge shout out to two of my favorite gals in Alaska for assisting me on those sessions!) My recovery came to a halt and I continued to be in pain.
We moved to Washington State a month and a half later and it just got worse. Pain meds, physical therapy, rest, etc ... nothing worked. I was miserable and depressed. Then it dawned on my that in order for me to heal and recover, I need, nay, MUST take care of myself. So, there you go...that's where I have been. Over the Holidays and up until now, I have been taking it easy, doing physical therapy, and really just trying to focus on my health. I mean what good am I to anyone if I can't even do basic things like sitting in the floor to play with my kids. (That part nearly killed me...made me so sad for my kids to see that). I booked a few sessions, mostly for my mental health because I photography fulfills me, but that is about it. I have also been doing self improvement with little things that will help me career wise while I recover and prepare for the upcoming spring and summer season!
There you have it! I truly thought I could be Wonder Woman and do it all, but I ended up hurting myself in the end. Never fear though ... my soul has been awoken with the start of Spring soon to come!!! I've been getting my back stronger (I still have to be careful and have a long road ahead) and planning some amazing shoots for my fans and clients. I am super excited! The details for most of my plans will be in the next blog that I will be posting tomorrow! Due to my recovery, I have reconstructed some of my business models to include all inclusive sessions. Make sure to read that blog when it is posted! I will also be putting information for the model calls that will be posted via blog & facebook for the spring season. It's going to be wonderful!
If you are still with me, thank you for reading. Also, thank you for continuing to be a fan of my work. I look forward to getting back to normal and posting regularly for you!