Back in the saddle…

And by saddle, I mean my bike saddle….

If you follow my twitter or facebook posts, you’ll often notice status updates of “rode 50 miles today” or “nice five mile jog this morning”…things like that.

But recently pretty much all exercise has been a solid No-Go. I had surgery on April 1st. I wished  it had been an April Fool’s Prank…sadly, it wasn’t.

March 11th we got some not-so-fun news about my health. Interestingly, the news came on the same day I signed my very first book contract.

Talk about polars, huh?

Anyway, here’s a summary (paraphrased of course):

Doc: Oh, looks like you have a 7cm ovarian cyst. We need to get you an MRI and pencil you in for surgery, this thing needs to come out. 

Two weeks later doctor reads MRI: Oh, dear. It’s over 12cm (think softball size). MRI reports they can’t be sure exactly what it is. Surgery is next week! 

Which led to discussion of possible cancer….so NOT fun.

I’m happy to report, the cyst has been removed, NO CANCER, and I’m on the mend.


It sure has given me time to think, though. Or fantasize  (Percocet does that you know) about new beginnings.

Starting over.

I’m used to riding my bike 30, 40, 70 miles at a time–pretty much every weekend and sometimes during the week!

This past Saturday I made it TEN miles.


It left me a tad discouraged.

Before the surgery, I’d started working toward that 50, 60 and 70-mile marker, but now….not even close.

Then God cracked me over the head with a padded two-by-four:

Attitude check time—>At least I’m up and about!! Health intact! It could have been so much worse.

Yes, I thanked God for the attitude adjustment.

I truly believe that everything we experience builds character!!

I might be starting over, but I’m up for the task. So BRING IT ON!


Have you ever had to start over with something? Doesn’t have to be writing or sports related…just anything.

How’d you get through it?



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