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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