Man, the weeks seem to be going by faster and faster. In eight days I will be trachless. I will be going in for my 50th throat surgery. I will be going to sleep with a trach and then waking up without one. I am overjoyed with all the possibilities.
There is a lot of preparation that goes into facing a surgery. I am reminded of that this week. I know my healing time will be two weeks. I’m shooting for a week, but that is being hopeful. This week I am preparing meals so that I do not have to cook much while recovering. I have also been receiving a lot of phone calls from the hospital and my doctor.
I feel like it is time for some reflection, considering, making some new life plans and goals in order for me to fulfill some amazing things in my life. I have many doors opening up for me, but deciding which one to go through is the biggest hurdle at this moment. Am I a public speaker? Can I stand up in front of many, share my story, encourage, and inspire others while talking about my own hurdles with a trach and living with a permanent disease? Is this the assignment that I have been given? I have my book written, it is being edited, and I am now shopping around for self publishers. I will publish my own book instead of using a traditional publishing company. It is a challenge, believe me. I am no expert when it comes to marketing. The truth is when I wrote Beyond The Trach marketing did not come up in my plan. But now it has come up in a conversation I had with Balboa Press agent. He asked me if I will go on a promoting and speaking engagement. I was like, um, I never thought about it. The possibilities of what I can choose to do are endless and I have a lot of choices to make. I’m leaving it up to God to show me which door to enter.