Thursday, January 24, 2013

Three whole months!

Well, who would have thought it - quarter of a year has gone by.

I thought there would be a point where it would all hit me like a dollop of porridge in Wallace and Gromit. I'd suddenly grasp the significance of what had happened and declare something profound and impressive. Or collapse in a heap of post traumatic depression.

But it's still as surreal as ever. I sometimes can't believe I've had actual brain surgery - it doesn't sound like the kind of thing that would happen to me.

Now that things are pretty much back to normal, as normal as they ever were anyway, it's got even more surreal. There's a chance that the dealing with it will still surface but I'm starting to think that's it. Just move on. No profound thoughts necessary, it's over now.

Anyway I'm celebrating three months with a packet of ginger nuts.

Update: As my very wise mother pointed out, I should really explain better for anyone in the same recovery boat as me - I'm not quite fully recovered yet. I'm utterly exhausted by the commute into work (which only involves sitting on a bus for an hour). I can't concentrate for more than about three minutes and my mind wanders horribly.

I think what I meant by being back to normal is that I am no longer dwelling on having recently had surgery, and I'm not defining myself by it so much anymore. I've really started to look forward to things and feel much more like me, inside. I'm just ignoring the exhaustion as it seems almost normal now anyway.

Also, I kid myself I'm better (as I clearly did in writing this) and then I realise after a day out the house that I'm not quite there yet. Nearly though!


  1. I've survived lung cancer and I know just how you're feeling. It is indeed surreal. Normal is normal but at the back of normal there's something quite extraordinary that happened and you just can't quite put your finger on how you feel about it.

    1. Yes! That's exactly it - very strange!

  2. I'm a few weeks behind you in terms of when I was diagnosed and operated on, so good to hear that you are virtually back to normal.
    Keep up the good work, you must be a tough cookie!

    1. I just posted an update explaining how I may have over exaggerated that a bit... I'm well on my way but definitely still feeling the effects in some capacity. Good luck in your recovery, it's good to hear from you.