Hi everyone, I’m so sorry that I haven’t been writing much. The reason is I’ve actually been doing work on my website and now that it is finally up and running, I thought I would launch it together with this new blog.
So much has happened since my last post and one of the big things was, I have actually had my last operation and it is such a relief.
At number operation number 52, I was obviously a little tired of the whole process, but now I’m really excited to think that I am never going to be in that position, while on my journey to stop domestic violence, having to go under for another operation ever again. 🙂
I thought I will share a little bit about this final operation – this procedure was actually taking my belly fat and dumping it up into my skull under my skin graft. The reason for this is because that right section of my face is all titanium now and because it is fresh skin from my forehand, they’ve got to keep the fat between the skin and the plate, so the skin doesn’t rub out.
So, it works like a mattress, you’ve got to have the padding in the middle of your mattress to be comfortable.
I’ve learned over my time that you’ve got good fat and bad fat. Some fat dissolves and that’s why I’ve had to do this over and again. This is the fourth time that I’ve done it and it has been successful so far. I go back to my check-up to see how it’s all going in a couple of weeks, I’m excited for that.
As it’s getting warmer, I’m also finding it tough because I’m not allowed to wear a hat yet on my forehead. So, I’ve got to just make sure that daily I’ve got sunscreen on because I can’t afford to get my skin graft sunburned.
In any case, that is one of my goals done and dusted – no more operations. I never thought that I would ever see light at the end of the tunnel, out of my one eye, but do you know what, I can actually see light now.
Yes, for the rest of my life I still need treatment on my jaw and my eye but, to me now, that’s minor when compared to what I’ve been through.
Sitting here and writing about it now sends goosebumps through me thinking, “Wow, look at where the journey has taken me and where I’m at now. I can’t believe how much I have accomplished.”
I suppose the only sad news is that White Ribbon Australia have had to shut their doors recently. They were the campaign that got me involved in raising awareness on domestic violence as I knew nothing about domestic violence before, even though I am a victim.
I’m actually feeling gutted thinking about their situation and thinking how they were the backbone of my journey. They’ve got me where I am today together with the help of a lot of other companies.
Friends that I have met on my journey in the White Ribbon space will never ever be forgotten because they’ve all been a part of my life and my journey.
So, thank you to everyone who has been there for me. I hope you like the new website and take care. Let’s see what is ahead for us all in the domestic violence space and I look forward to chatting again soon.
Cheers, have a great day!