Daily, I try to focus on the many blessings in my life. Some days those blessings are huge, as in when a grandchild is born. Some days it may be the sight of a hummingbird flitting amongst the flowers. On particularly bad days it may be that I found the strength to get through one more day. I find that focusing on the good things in my life helps to get me through the trying times. There is always something good to be found in any situation, we may have to look a little harder to find it.
Today my daughter had shoulder replacement surgery. The surgery went well and she should be back to full strength in about 6 weeks. About 10 days ago she was moving an ottoman and felt her arm snap. The initial diagnosis was that she had a form of bone cancer called multiple myeloma. Not good.
But we've been down this road before and, thankfully, the initial diagnosis was incorrect. My two children have a bone disorder called fibrous dysplasia. Fibrous dysplasia is an uncommon bone disorder in which scar-like (fibrous) tissue develops in place of normal bone. This can weaken the affected bone and cause it to deform or fracture.
At the age of 15, my daughter jumped in the lake and broke her back. That began our journey with this disorder. Seven years ago my son had a bicycle accident and broke his shoulder (he and his sister now have matching hardware). X-rays showed a tumor, the doctors thought he had cancer, but it was fibrous dysplasia.
Bone scans show my children have the dysplasia in other parts of their bodies. Who knows what future medical issues will arise? But, today that doesn't matter. Fibrous dysplasia is a much better diagnosis than cancer. And for this, I am counting my blessings!