I have a beautiful life now. It takes work every single day but I've realized that life is no longer about my own pride or what I want things to look like but about how they feel inside, about making those memories and being there for the ones I love.
So today I wanted to share with you a little bit about what went on behind the scenes in order to make that Arizona trip so perfect. Enjoy!
I knew that things would be different this time flying. I used to glide through the airport with my carry on bad sling over my shoulder & my hair brushing back from the speed of my feet on the carpet. I couldn't wait to get to the terminal & grab a cup of coffee, await that perfect moment suspended in the sky.
This time, Nick was amazing and knew my limitations so he called ahead and asked our airline what accommodations they could make for someone with mobility issues & chronic pain and fatigue. They were amazing!
A kind & funny kid around college age arrived at check in with a wheelchair to take me through security & on to the terminal. A hilarious TSA agent got more than she bargained for when she was giving me a pat down & realized that I wasn't wearing a bra! We both cracked up and she helped me back into my chair.
I carried all of my medicines with me and the airline was so careful and accommodating with them. I thought this whole process would be humiliating but in fact, it was just another reminder of the love humanity shows each other in times of need. They even had several chairs with raised leg cushions in order to keep the blood & fluid from pooling in my calf. Instead of feeling like a pariah I felt just like my new self. Smart & thinking ahead and not afraid to ask for the help I needed.
Don't be afraid to ask for help when you're dealing with chronic illness & travel. Nobody wants to see someone collapse or struggle through throwing a blood clot or having a belly full of blood on the plane.
People are good in this world when we have the courage to ask. I hope you have courage in your day today. We all have parts of our lives we keep hidden & never want to share let alone reach out for support. Reach out today, and someday soon you'll be looking around at all this beauty and success and it will mean even more to you because you know what it took to earn. And your true friends and loved ones will know too, they will be there with you celebrating because success is rarely earned alone. And then you can let go of the heavy parts, and just revel in the joy of the life you've built. Good luck!
Lots of Love,