It’s a wrap. Another year comes to a close. I for one could not be more excited to welcome in the new year. As you may have noticed, I’ve been absent from my website for the majority of 2018. The release of Credence Woods in October was the only excitement around here for the entire year.
I do have a valid reason for my absence though. If you’ve been with me from the beginning, you may remember my blog, Yellow Cake Exodus. In the blog, I shared my struggles with my weight and discussed the losing and regaining of more than a hundred pounds. Well, at the beginning of 2018, I was fortunate enough to have weight loss surgery.
The surgery was surprisingly easy. Recovery took longer than I anticipated since I am older than the last time I had major procedure. The journey to get to know my new stomach has not been as easy. My doctor and I decided on the gastric vascular sleeve procedure which removed ninety percent of my stomach. Following surgery, my new-sized stomach held roughly a quarter cup of food. Today, I’m able to eat almost three-fourths of a cup of food in one sitting.
Thanks to the surgery, I have been able to lose over 165 pounds and 44 inches. I’ve struggled with the emotional loss of no longer being able to eat my feelings. Learning to celebrate in ways that do not include ingesting large amounts of food has been a learning curve. But the path is becoming clear, and I am definitely finding my footing more and more every day.
Why am I sharing my private struggle with all of you? Everything in my life has changed because of this surgery. The paradigm shift has been intense and I am certain it will have some sort of impact on my writing moving forward. I’m not quite sure how my writing will change, but I’m looking forward to exploring it.
Interesting fact … I wrote the romance story Credence Woods two years before I knew I was having surgery. The story follows Alexis Kennedy Hewson ten years after In the Pursuit of Charity ends.
As you count down the last hours of 2018, I hope you are able to reflect on the last year with a smile. My wish for you in the new year is contentment and joy. Be safe and Happy New Year!!