Sunday, March 2, 2008

5 Months Post-Op

Still "boring", no symptoms, I just feel absolutely wonderful! The busy season at work is drawing to a close and for the first time, I didn't leave work each night completely exhausted with a piercing headache. Sure I was tired, but in a completely different way - I wasn't exhausted and drained. Just in need of a little rest and relaxation. Words can't describe the difference. It's amazing!

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm getting my first professional massage post-op. I can't wait! It's nice to be getting a massage for pleasure, rather than for survival.

I've received a few emails over the last few months from others with Chiari that want advice or just to hear more about my experience. If you're reading this and want more info, or just want to "talk" to someone who has been there, please don't hesitate to send me an email. It is so rewarding to be there for someone and is amazing to instantly feel so connected to someone you've never met that lives 3,000 miles away!

To have "survived" Chiari and be symptom free, I feel a need to give back. If this blog and a few emails help someone else, I feel that I'm making a difference, however small it may be.

This is just my story of my experience with Chiari. Until I was diagnosed, I'd never heard of it, and I just want more people to be aware of it. I'm not a doctor, so don't quote me on any of this stuff - k? If you are looking for information about Chiari Malformation, a lot of the more informative posts are the older ones.