I’ve been sitting here thinking about 2010 — it truly was a great year. I wanted to post a photo to capture my feelings and I thought of this one while because it is so full of meaning.

Photo taken in November while hiking at a park in Pennsylvania with J and my Dad — they’re both there in the photo, can you spot them? J’s in blue and my Dad’s in black + grey.

This was a great day hiking with J and my Dad that I’ll always remember. But what makes it even more special was that my Dad picked us up at the airport, and he had the whole day planned. And one of the best things? My ankle didn’t hurt at all!

You see, this time last year I had just had surgery to repair a torn ligament in my ankle. It had been bothering me for five years. Turns out that the ligaments weren’t keeping the bones in their proper place, so my leg bone was rubbing on my ankle bones. Even the vibrations from airplane rides would make it hurt for days. And hiking? Hiking could be torturous. (Not to mention even more painful when my ankle would suddenly give out and I’d go rolling down a hill. Ow.)  And I love hiking. And traveling to new places. So I kept doing it through the pain.

But finally, with J’s encouragement, I decided to have it looked at again (I’d been to 3 other doctors and physical therapy already). This time I found a doctor who literally put his finger right on the problem.

It’s still not 100% better — there was some nerve damage from the surgery — at first I couldn’t feel the top of my foot or curl my toes. But it’s slowly getting there. Yay!

So my resolution for 2011 is this: don’t give up! Yeah!

And if you’ve been putting off getting something looked at, go for it!

2011 hugs,

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10 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Oh wow! I am so happy to you went to another doctor and figured out what the problem was! I understand what it’s like to live with pain, and I don’t let it stop me from living my life and I am glad that it didn’t stop you! I hope that you heal to be better than ever! :> Happy 2011! This year I think one of your goals should be to come to Scrapfest with Jennifer and Shari too so I could meet you!

  2. Happy New Year Lisa! I’m so glad you found a doc that could help with your ankle. Keep healing! I love this photo. It’s beautiful! Also, thanks so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog. It means so much to me coming from you! :) Wishing you and J all good things in 2011!

  3. Hi Lisa! So glad you mentioned J and your dad in the pic, cause I didn’t spot them at first. Wonderful photo! Not giving up is a great resolution! Big hugs and Happy New Year to you and J! :)

  4. beautiful photo! so happy to hear that your ankle is getting better. hope it recovers to 100% and you can do lots of hiking and traveling! =) Happy New Year! All the best wishes to you and yours!

  5. I love you for loving lichens and moss as much as me… I just returned from a visit to Oregon – I was in HEAVEN. :) My niece has figured this out and has taken to sending me texts of random pictures of moss, LOL. Glad to hear the ankle is improving! Happy new year to you!

  6. Happy New Year, Lisa! Beautiful photo and it’s a great reminder of a special day for you. I’m delighted your ankle is nearly back to normal and hopefully it will be fully healed soon so you can enjoy hiking and travelling without any pain.

  7. Beautiful photos Lisa, and as for the nerve damage – take heart! I had knee surgery last year at Christmastime and this year I have over 90% of the feeling back. The nerves are regenerating.
    I’m so happy for you that you can hike and enjoy the things you love!
    Happy New Year!

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