It's been about three years since my experience with compartment syndrome began, and I am still getting messages from people who are looking for answers of their own.
I am always happy to answer questions about finding a good doctor, getting a diagnosis, my personal experience with surgery and recovery, and all those general sorts of things. I tend to direct people here because this is where I documented most of journey and, as I say on my dedicated CECS page, I always found personal anecdotes the most helpful throughout the process.
This week, I received a message that was a little different than the others. Rather than asking for advice, she was thanking me for my blog.
Her message brought home for me something I've been thinking about a lot in the last few weeks: I am at my happiest when I feel that what I'm doing - whatever
I'm doing - is having an impact on people and helping them in some way. I am so glad that I was able to bring peace of mind and hope to this young woman as she moves forward with her treatment.
To be honest, I'm surprised that years later people are still reaching out. I haven't hash-tagged compartment syndrome on Instagram in awhile, but that's clearly how most people are finding me. I googled "compartment syndrome blog" and found I'm the third listed result, so I suppose there could be some backwards engineering at work here, too.
Anyway, today I'm just really thinking about how important it is for us to share our journeys, especially the hard parts, because you never know who you'll help simply by having come out victoriously on the other side.
Exactly on sharing the hard parts. I don't need advice on how to enjoy a great run, it's when things are bad that I need to hear that it happens to other people and how to cope.ReplyDelete