Sunday Morning Musings – Happy Surgical Anniversary Day & How Far I’ve Come

{I actually wrote this September 30, 2014.  Today is my birthday and last year’s kinda sucked so I thought this would be a fitting post.}

I received a text today from my husband:

Happy Surgical AnniversaryI chuckled because it was such a simple yet effective reminder of the hell I was going through exactly one year ago today. Lying in a hospital bed, in excruciating pain after having several organs ripped out of me. Barely coherent and doped up beyond my wildest fears. The complications that nearly killed me and the agony of a lengthy recovery.

Most women would never dream of hunting alone much less for a whole week in another state for a species they knew nothing about.

But I am obviously not most women.

I sat up on that ridge and gazed out over this canyon I’d not only been hunting for the last four days but had beaten in the most primal of ways.

That sad part of my life was done and over with. I’d become stronger, faster, smarter, and better since that fateful day in 2013. It was as though that was my transformation day and all the bad that had come before was removed from me, body and soul.

Happy Surgical Anniversary Day Missouri RiverIt felt good to sit and reflect, the warm sunshine shining down and warming me amidst the gusty winds, laden with the scent of the Missouri River.

My heart soared and my soul sang as I mentally ticked off all the triumphs in the year since then.

And while I hadn’t gotten a mule deer yet, and even if I went home empty handed, I knew I would go home still feeling proud.

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17 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Musings – Happy Surgical Anniversary Day & How Far I’ve Come

  1. Happy Birthday Carrie, That is an awesome picture, should be titled “Reflections”

  2. Wow…just read your post, such inner strength lass and you have every right to feel proud, happy birthday indeed.

  3. Great little article, I can’t wait to read the ones about your trip to South Dakota.

  4. Nice article, my whole family loves you – you are truly an inspiration to have gone thru what you did and still be as positive about things as you are. The surgery and the evening spent lost in the woods.
    Keep up the good work Carrie, looking forward to listening about your adventure.

  5. I’ve been through two major surgeries and I feel your pain. It’s so hard to be down and out for so long. Especially during hunting. Glad you made it through and are thinking positively. Good luck this year.

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