What have I accomplished over the past year?
Well, with the support of my partner and family, I successfully had my disease-ridden large intestine removed.
3 weeks post op: I flew halfway across Canada to my parent’s place in Ontario to reconnect with family and recover.
While at my parents’ place, I got into a car and drove for 14 hours to attend a funeral on PEI, and then 14 hours back a few days later. This was both very emotional and a monumental achievement.
2 months post op: I went snowshoeing at Mount Seymour.
2.5 months post op: I strapped back into my snowboard and rekindled my old friendships.
3 months post op: I used my splitboard to climb a good chunk of the way up Mount Seymour.
A week later I spent a full day splitboarding off the backside of Blackcomb mountain.
And again, a week after that, north of Pemberton.
5 months post op: I went on a week long cruise up to Alaska with my partner and her family, saw a bunch of glaciers, and incredibly big mountains that I now want to go back and snowboard on!
My partner and I went camping along the Oregon coast.
I went wakesurfing, a bunch! (and bought a really cool hat!)
I got to go kiteboarding a ton. (really loving the hat, it’s the best!)
I started to get into hiking (I really need to push myself to do this more).
And now I am getting excited to get back on my snowboard again, winter is fast approaching, and snow is coming soon!
But as I look back at the past year and think about all the amazing things I’ve been able to do, what puts a smile on my face is being able to stand up without fear of shitting myself. I had cut myself off from friends and family, I did not have any semblance of a social life, and so my greatest accomplishment in the past year is getting out reconnecting with everyone.
I just want to thank everyone who has helped and supported me along the way. Whether it’s been a kind word or a sick joke (especially if it was at my expense!). I am so blessed to have such an incredible network of support. I especially want to thank my partner Suzy, who has stuck with me through the absolute worst, and who constantly challenges and pushes me to be a better version of myself.