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Sunday, January 25, 2009


My free pattern Traffic Cones, was pattern of the day today on The Daily Knitter! I am very grateful to The Daily Knitter for this honor. Also, a big thanks to my friend Nancy for the heads up on Facebook.

I will try to make this post very brief, as my entire right arm, from my shoulder down to my fingertips, is extremely painful. I have been avoiding much online time today as well as any craft activity, in hopes that this pain will subside.

My primary reason for posting today is to ask for your opinion. I am thinking of starting an additional blog of my hopeful journey back to the land of the "upright and mobile". I am hoping to have weight-loss surgery so that I can lose enough weight to qualify for hip replacement surgery. I need both hips replaced in order to kick my dependence on a walker and cane.

What do you think? Should I post about this journey? I have no guarantee that it will go well or that I will even qualify for all the procedures I need and the funding that it requires. Is this too personal a journey to log in this way or could it be inspirational for someone else, as so many other such blogged journeys have been for me?

What has prompted this idea at this time is that I have finally been given a date at which I will start to be covered by Medicare, which is May 1, 2009. So, if I am going to blog the entire journey, the blog will have to start soon. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think. Thank you.


  1. By all means, blog your journey. I think that there are most likely many people who are facing similar challenges that will be encouraged by your positive attitude.

  2. I think a blog of your journey from the very beginning would be invaluable to you, and others. You may also find that the act of committing the good, the bad, and the ugly to virtual paper, may give you some amount of courage in the rougher spots.

  3. I have a friend who has been doing a video blog of her experience as well - she's on YouTube and her name is Cree Ingles. Knowing that she finally took that step and her openness in talking about it has been a big inspiration for lots of people. I'm too afraid of the risks involved in a major surgery like that and I know how desperate you feel about the weight and lack of mobility. I'm in a similar situation although I can still get around - I work from home, I craft, and I do things on the computer. Beyond that I feel like I am no longer a part of society. Best of luck in your efforts to rejoin the world!

  4. I think you should! Many blogs have been inspirational to me and I think this could be inspirational to others. I do a lot of research online about all the back troubles I've been having and the surgery coming up. Countless people have encouraged me I am not alone and sometimes that really gets me through. I hope you will blog about it so we can encourage you, too!

  5. Blogs are powerful things - especially for major life events. It's something you can go back and look at six months, a year, ten years later. I will caution you though, that weight loss surgery is considered by many to be "elective" and "cosmetic", which will open you up to some alarming negativity from complete strangers who stumble along your blog. Those of us who know you, though, will be right here cheering you on. So my vote? Blog it.

  6. Hi there!

    I think you should do what will help YOU be successful, and don't worry about anyone else. If blogging is a good outlet for you and a means of holding yourself accountable, or whatever it is you need to do, then by all means, do it. If, on the other hand, blogging is more of a chore that might get in your way or prevent your ultimate success, then that is something to consider, too.

    Your journey is you time. If blogging works, great. If not, don't do it.

    Sorry for sounding indecisive... I just don't know where you are with this.

    Good luck!

  7. Hi Bev! I agree with Trish - if your think blogging about your experience will help you through the experience, then you should do it! Personally, I've found that some type of journaling helps me with difficult events/projects - helps keep me focused on my goal. Maybe it would work that way for you, too!

    Hugs - Cindy K

  8. go for it! I think it would be very inspirational.

  9. First... LOVE the traffic cones! Love 'em!Lovelovelove 'em!!!

    Second... I think that if publishing the journey of your weight challenges will be of help to you then yes, you should do it.
    I've a good friend who went through this surgery and it's not an easy thing (even when a necessary thing)... anything that will give you emotional, physical, mental support is a good idea!
    And there is no doubt that it WILL be inspiring to someone else.
    But, as Amalia counseled... there will be those who do not understand. And some people seem to have this almost pathological need to be hurtful. You just need to be prepared for that. And remember, your friends and supporters will always be there for you. We've got your back!

  10. I think it could benefit many people. I didn't realize that Medicaid would pay for it.

  11. I think if your are asking it should be!
    Go for it.

  12. Congrats on the yarn cones! They were such a great idea.
    Good luck on your journey. Let us know how it goes.


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