A brief reflection of my health journey with double hip replacements.

This week I celebrated my ten-year hip replacement anniversary or, as I like to call it, my “hippaversary”.

Ten years ago, I was at my lowest point, mentally, physically and spiritually.

I was broken inside and out.

I would NEVER have chosen this path for my life, but I have learned so much from it.

I’ve been feeling pretty emotional about this anniversary and was trying to find a way to reflect on all that I have overcome in the past ten years and share it with you.

10 things I have learned over the past 10 years.

???? I gained a new perspective on what is really important and what isn’t important in my life.

???? I learned how to have and regain balance in my life both physically and mentally. I became a planner and a doer. I learned practices I’m very excited to write about and share with others.

???? I learned who my actual family and friends are.

???? I learned how to not tie my sense of purpose to my job. Outside of that, I had to learn what purpose was.

???? The word intimacy took on a new meaning in my relationship with my husband. I learned it’s not just a physical connection, it’s also a deep emotional connection to the one you love.

???? I learned what it feels like for your body to betray you. However, I also learned that the body is extremely resilient. It can break, but it also has an amazing capability to heal.

???? I learned how to embrace each good moment and live a full life despite my chronic pain.

???? I learned to love myself, faults and all.

???? I learned I am extremely capable and much stronger than I give myself credit for.

???? I learned not to sweat the small stuff.

It has been quite the journey so far with these metal hips. I look forward to looking back after the next ten years and seeing what other lessons I will learn along the way.

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