Saturday, September 19, 2009

Four laps!

Today - one month and 2 days after my Whipple surgery - I did it. I was nervous and scared - but I did it. I got into that pool - thought I would just jump in and be like my pre-surgery old self - OMG - was I wrong! I will say that it felt GREAT to be in the water - but when I started to swim I felt like a little old lady - my body failed me - it would not stretch out the way I wanted it to. I swam 2 laps - Richard was waiting for me at the end of the pool and I burst into tears. (For those of you who remember, this is exactly what happened to me when I tried to swim after my lung surgery - only Richard tells me that it was even worse then, because I couldn't breathe or stretch!) This time, the breathing was no problem.

After my 2 laps, I put on a pair of fins and swam 2 more for a grand total of 4 laps! I should feel good about this, but for some reason, I'm a bit demoralized.

So, here I am. Not sure when or if I'll try again so quickly - but I wanted to share my first swim with all of you. I've got a long way to go, but I'll get there.



  1. Soooo amazing! Glad you are home so much better than the hospital! Keep swimming even if it's just a little bit a day!


  2. I am so glad you got into the water. It has been so healing to you over the course of your life and I know it will heal you again. An important milestone!


  3. Hi Susan,
    I've been checking your progress through facebook and your friend Susan's e mail. How wonderful that you were able to get into the water!! I'm sure that you'll be able to do miles in the pool soon! Thinking about you and thrilled that you're home!
    SHANA TOVA....

  4. What courage to take that first plunge! That's wonderful!! What a great way to start the New Year. Listen to your body and I know you will get there!


  5. Hooray for you. A new start to a new year. Health and health and more health and then comes joy. I'm here waiting to embrace it with you. Love, Tamara