Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rays of Sunshine

Even a cloudy day has rays of sunshine. And today, although there are not really any clouds where I live, the proverbial cloud exists, and through it, and outside as well, the sun is shining through, and the rays are strong!

I met with my surgeon today. It was an excellent meeting, filled with rays of sunshine. I feel so fortunate and blessed.

First ray, his words, “you are ahead of the curve”. His words. Not mine. He said this to me. He said I am doing fantastic. The fact that I am so healthy and recovering so nicely has put me ahead of the curve. I am excited to learn about this. CrossFit has prepared me well.

Second ray, I found out some good and exciting news that I was hoping for, in terms of the actual surgery. It went very well. Very well. Not to get into details, but I heard some of what I was hoping to hear. And this was and is good.

Third ray, he gave me the go-ahead to begin more active exercise. Cardio – rowing, running, jump rope, etc., whatever I feel up to, but being careful not to push too hard to start with. It will make me tired faster. I can also do body weight exercises – pull ups, push ups, squats, etc. Hopefully my body will remember how! But I was told I could try. And while I cannot lift heavy weights yet, I was told that I can lift 30% of what I was doing prior to surgery, and in another month or so, more. While I totally understand that it will take me a while to get back to where I was, the opportunity to begin to recover is a huge ray of sunshine.

And my family, friends, and those who I don’t know personally who have reached out to me, are also rays of sunshine. I am so thankful for those who have touched me, contacted me, and prayed for me throughout this process, and who continue to do so. I am deeply moved and emotionally overwhelmed by this outpour of love. That seems to be the most descriptive word I have – overwhelmed. Thank you all. Thank you.

So even on the cloudiest of days, there are rays of sunshine. No matter what the circumstance, there are rays of sunshine. Sometimes it may be difficult to see them, but they are there, peaking through the clouds, waiting to be discovered. Today the sun is shining, and the rays are strong.

So tomorrow is a new day, with new rays of sunshine. And tomorrow I WOD for the first time since March 30.


Anonymous said...


The Illinois Luther's pray for you EVERY day!!

We're thinking of you.


Uncle John and Aunt Rosemary
Andy and Beth

Cathy said...

I'm so happy about your news, L. I think of you everyday and can't wait to see you. You're the strongest, most remarkable woman I know, so if anyone can do this, you can. Love you.

Garagegy702 said...

Thank you for being such a shining example of how to live, no matter what clouds roll in. You really do inspire me so very much and I am ever thankful for that day we met in Flagstaff.

Lauriel said...

Thank you all! I know the Luther clan in Illinois is strong, and i feel your love.

Cathy, thank you so much.

Tamra and Wendy, I too am thankful for the day we met in Flagstaff.

Hilarie said...

Lauriel -
It is wonderful to hear of your positive news and I know how excited you must be to be able to expand your exercise routine a bit. You have always been "ahead of the curve" and your optimistic attitude is always an inspiration. We love you SO MUCH!
Keith and Hilarie

Anonymous said...

Although we have never met i have known you father since i was 22 years old (not quite that young anymore) he has shared your story and we pray for you often. i am thankful that you have him with you on this journey! He is a rock! We will keep you in our prayers though this awe inspiring holiday and may God bless you with a speedy recovery. Godspeed, George

Lauriel said...

Thank you so much. It means more to me than you know.
I just read your note to my dad, who says he is very proud of you.

Anonymous said...

Lauriel, I don't know what to say other than I think about you everyday. As you can imagine knowing how my mother passed this news hit me hard. Your MUCH stronger than my mom was though, and you don't smoke like she did!

Love Tom Moorehouse and Family.

Lauriel said...

Tom, thank you for your kind words. I am deeply touched, and feel blessed to be in your thoughts and prayers.

I think of you and your family often. I recently went to the local firefighter museum, and thought of you and your entire family. When you have a chance, I would love to have a current picture of you, your wife and kids.

SPEAKNAZ said...

No You are the ray of sunshine girl and you share with everyone around you. I Miss sweating it out alongside you in the gym girl! Crosscut prepared me for Ava,s bir and I am so thankful that you had that experience too, it's an amazing perk! Keepnyour head up and honestly try to let yourself recover. Something isnbetter than nothing! Blessings,

Anonymous said...

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