Major Progress!


It is June already?! How did that happen?! This year is flying by, friends!

I met with my plastic surgeon last week and I am happy to announce that my foot is healed!

For two years, I had a hole in my foot. At one point, my Achilles tendon was exposed, I had osteomyelitis (infection in the bone), several surgeries, and now…my foot is healed. This is pretty amazing!

Between my vascular surgeon clearing the blockage and keeping the blood flowing, and my plastic surgeon performing several surgeries while recommending hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy, they pretty much performed a small miracle. Dr. Guzman and Dr. Iorio, y’all ROCK! Thank you!!

Having spent so much time with these surgeons, and now at the point when I no longer need to see them on a regular basis, it is a weird feeling. I am relieved and grateful for what they have done, but in a strange way, it’s a little…what’s the word I am searching for? Scary? Unsettling?

Maybe that sounds silly, but I had gotten into a routine of seeing these surgeons every two to four weeks. That created a sense of comfort, knowing they are ensuring nothing is wrong. I felt the same way when I had my last visit with my nurse.

My doctors must think I am losing my marbles when they notice that my eyes are tearing up as we discuss moving forward to the next step. This is great news, so why do I feel so emotional? The answer of course, is because the next step is the big surgery. Gulp. Inhale. Exhale.

I now move forward with my Orthopedic team. The big surgery is the hip/joint replacement and megaprosthesis of the femur. It was one thing to know I needed it. But for a long time, that procedure was somewhere off in the future.  Now, we are almost at that point. Gulp. Inhale. Exhale.

Before we can proceed, my doctors and I need to figure a few things out. For example, it has been more than two years since I walked on my leg. After surgery, weight-bearing is important. However, that will be a wee bit tricky.

I haven’t put a shoe on in two years! (Did I mention that I haven’t walked on my leg in two years?) With my atrophied muscles, this will not be an easy task! Rehab will be an intense process. While I am up for the challenge, I know it will be…frustrating. Difficult.

When I have those there-is-no-way-in-hell-I-will-walk-again days, I need to remember that I have been endured a tremendous number of medical procedures (20 and counting) already. I’m still here, and I will NOT give up! Ever!

We all go through trials and tribulations. It is how we respond that matters. And this girl is ready!

I am ready to have this behind me. Ready to walk again and get my life back.

I look forward to driving again; going for a walk with my Livy Goose; working; traveling, and maybe perhaps dating.

For now, my focus is on getting through surgery first!

Please share a few words of encouragement on how to stay focused during the frustrating days I know are ahead. Thank you!

Until next time, be well and go out and do a random act of kindness.






24 thoughts on “Major Progress!

  1. You are amazing ! Always pushing forward, always optimistic, always positive. You give others hope and encouragement when times are tough. YOU CAN do this! You will dance again…


      1. Hi Joan,

        I feel as though anyone in my position would be strong. You have to be. You certainly can’t crumble. Where would that get anyone?!

        And you are funny! I always said I need to marry a pilot or a surgeon…someone who is home for a short period and then gone! Although, I will say, this experience has softened me up a little. I have had some very lonely nights where it would have been nice to have someone to cuddle up next to and say…WTH!



  2. You, my friend, have come SO far! It has been amazing to watch your strength in this entire process for 2 years. I look at you with great respect and yes, pride. I can only imagine the relief now with your foot, and trepidation on the upcoming event. You’ve spent the last 2 years practically side by side with 2 of the most caring, amazing, incredible surgeons I’ve ever known, so I think I can suggest that perhaps there’s maybe a bit of “separation anxiety” as well! You will no doubt take this next challenge head on and conquer it and any fear that comes along with it. You have a tremendous support system, both in the medical field and your personal troop of warriors. I love you, I’m with you, and I’ll will be by your side as long as you need me – or as long as you can stand me! I love ya Jewels!

    Nat Griswold Sent from my iPhone


    1. Nat,

      YOU have been such a great friend! Thank you for being by my side, providing emotional support, getting me to Boston, and the list goes on and on and on.

      Separation anxiety for sure! I know they are only a phone call away but it has been wonderful being under their care. ROCK STARS all the way!

      I think I can stand you for ever my friend! Love ya right back!



  3. You my friend are a bad ass and you can and will make it thru this last part of your health journey! Just like the last two years there will be good and bad days but you have lots of friend that are here for you and here to support you every step of the way-literally! You are such a strong fighter , always positive and loving and we all admire you for your strength and courage. You got this girlfriend!!!! Love ya!


  4. JShu, Read the latest post. That’s great news. I know you r up to the next challenge. Keep us posted on the schedule. Have a good weekend! Ptini.

    Sent from my iPhone



  5. Hey Jules-such great news about your foot!!!! I know you are going to be dancing before you know it! You are one of the strongest most positive people I know and it shows by your recovery! Miss and love you



  6. You are a remarkable person far beyond what I think what my tolerance could be. You will persivere due to your strength and beliefs. I am sure that everyone who knows you is in you corner with support and love. Reach out and where ever you turn you will find love. Best of luck.


  7. Amazing! Best of luck with the recovery and keep up the hard work through exercise. The human body is amazing and will certainly heal if you put in the time.

    I’d love to get your thoughts on my blog ( I’m always looking for feedback on content and how to improve viewership, so if you have advise, please let me know!


  8. You ask us for encouragement on how we stay focused through trying times. Don’t you know that you are our encouragement? You give others hope. Even with everything you have gone through, and will go through, you remain focused on the goal and the good that can come out of the trials and frustrations.

    There is no magic formula, no golden nugget, just strength of will. It’s all about you and who you surround yourself with, when your own strength isn’t enough, strength in numbers.

    Otherwise, there’s always wine and cupcakes! 🙂


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