12/10/2014: One Year of #HealingTeddi

Original Post: 12 October 2014

One year of #HealingTeddi


A year ago, this month, I launched healingteddi.com

 In the year gone by, I have learned more about myself, my family, life and humanity than I could ever have anticipated.  I have been humbled, I have been helpless, I have cried harder and deeper than ever before.  But I’ve also felt the most amazing warmth in my heart, been blown away by the LOVE shown to us by people we hadn’t even met, and been showered with GIVEing, support and freezers full of food.

When someone in your family is diagnosed with a serious illness, it knocks the wind right out of you.  It is surreal, it is hard – life grabs you by the shoulders, shakes you, and screams in your face “You are not in control!” which is the opposite of what we all intend and work so hard for. But it is a reality.

But on the other side of it all – 6 months out from Teddi’s big surgery, with her follow up scans showing her HEALing well after her massive peritonectomy operation, I find myself continually being struck with a deep sense of contentment and gratitude.  Even now, as I sit outside in my backyard on a wonderful spring day, my one year old son plays happily, Teddi weeding dandelions out of the grass - I realise that this moment is so special and perfect just the way it is.  All of us healthy, alive, together and finding our happiness each day.

I find my heart is overflowing with this gratitude each time I take a backwards step, a deep breath, come back to the now, and open my eyes to exactly how wonderful this life is.  It’s something I’ve connected with on a much deeper level in this past year; mostly because life has forced me to learn to take it one step at a time – any more, at times, and I’d be completely overwhelmed.

So let me get straight to the point – our little family is doing extremely well.  Teddi has recovered and is living a strong and HEALthy life.  We are back to doing the things we LOVE, with her strength, stamina and overall well-being restored.  I am amazed by how quickly it has all changed, how recently we were in the hospital for five weeks, connected to hoses, tubes, and endlessly beeping machines.

We’ll continue to complete follow up scans and blood-work, and I’ll use this blog to keep you up to date on how she is progressing.  We’re moving ahead, living big, living for now and living it one day at a time.  We’re re-inspired to connect with what we LOVE and who we LOVE; and have come to see all of this as a strange, but useful lesson – don’t wait for someday; do what you LOVE now, without excuses, without anything holding you back, because we’re never guaranteed a tomorrow!

For now; this page will stay up, in its present form.  I’ve archived some of the pages; rebooted the homepage, and intend to occasionally still blog about this disease, our life and the lessons we’ve learned.

Over the course of the past few months, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting several people who’ve had to go through a journey similar to ours, who have found this webpage helpful and inspiring.  I am humbled and deeply grateful our story can contribute to yours, and I hope many more people benefit from HealingTeddi.com.

Over the past 12 months this webpage has had nearly 43,000 unique visits, with IP addresses from nearly 50 countries.  I’ll leave you with some of the stats, because I think it tells an inspiring tale.  Thanks for being a part of this – from the cards, to the donations, the meals, to the events you organised – you’ve left us in awe and inexpressibly grateful.  We have fond thoughts and a meaningful LOVE for each and every one of you that has reached out to us – thank you, seriously.

Much LOVE and gratitude, I hope this webpage can continue to inspire you to