Saturday, January 4, 2014

What happens when you fall?

I think i've mentioned some of the silly questions that i get from kids…
about being an amputee.
Like... How do you put your pants on?
Or… How do you take a bath?
And a very frequent one:
What happens if you fall? Well... you get back up.
Sorry… it's just been taking me a little longer to get back up this time.

I know it's been awhile since i've written. Sorry... it's been too long.
Had a little set back... and i haven't been feeling that strong.
I guess i tend to shut people out a little bit if i don't feel that well.
The bad part of that is that you become lonely :o(

But... so far 2014 is looking better. I had my 28 staples removed today. Yay!
Oh yeah, forgot to tell you that i had surgery on December 18.

Let me give you the long story short, okay?
I started having some GI symptoms back in October, didn't think much of it.
After my Cali Love trip, the symptoms became progressively worse and included vomiting and intense pain. So late November and early December were kind of scary… we didn't know if it was anything related to cancer progression. Ultimately, thank God, all was stable with the cancer, but my gallbladder was the culprit. They said perhaps it was inflammation from the radiation blocking the gallbladder outflow essentially causing it to be full of gallstones. Gross, right? And painful.

From what I'm told, surgery to remove your gallbladder can be quite simple, but you know me...i like to go all out. hahaha. Because of old scar tissue and radiation swelling, they had to open up all my junk. So... healing has been kind of slow. Have had a lot of pain, especially with moving around. It's not like i have a 6 pack or anything :o). Actually that's what I have... the or anything :o). But you really rely on your abs and core muscles for balance and walking if you have one leg like myself. But... just taking it one day at a time. There's been some good days and some bad days. But everyday has pretty much been a Lifetime movie day. I think I've seen them all by now. And like most of their movies… I'm hoping for the happy ending too.

 California in early November
lots of love & happy new year wishes…
your friend always…

little lisa lollipop

(Don't worry, I'm back up now.)

P.S. Shout out to Jennifer in Orange County. Thanks for your encouragement: just what i needed :o)


  1. Dear Lisa,

    Good to read your blog.Hope you can continue making nice memories with you loved ons. As someone called this so beautiful :'Making pictures with your hart.' Thinking of you.

    Marc, Ilonka Kaj and Dylan (Kaj's little brother is born 1st Nov :-)

  2. Lisa, you are "the bomb" at not only FALLING and getting back up, but getting KNOCKED down and getting right back up! I can't get the words of that song out of my head since reading your last post--"I get knocked down, but I get up again, Nothin's ever gonna keep me down..."
    Little Eddie and I just got home from spending a few days in Atlanta for a Jr. Theatre Festival and were blessed to hear the story of a man who had also persevered through a leg amputation (I believe w/ the same type of cancer as you) to continue to be this amazing tap dancer! He tapped onstage for us as well...and fell at the end--ONLY because he'd done this amazing step that most dancers can't do with 2 legs--I loved him even more after the fall! I am amazed at how you continue to show us how to keep "getting back up" in our weakness. It's only then when we are made strong! "May His grace be sufficient for you as His power is made perfect in weakness" - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
    Love you Girl!