I had major surgery last March to reconstruct my ankle. I have CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth Atrophy). It has destroyed a lot of nerves and muscles in my feet and hands. There is no cure and no treatment but new advances can help correct the damages of the disease. Because of the weakness and instability in my ankles, I was walking mostly on the side of my right foot. They cut a bone, straighten the ankle and screwed everything back together. It has been a long year. I no longer have constant pain in that foot and now walk on the sole and not the side. Thank God.
I was prepared, somewhat, for the post surgery pain. I wasn’t prepared for the depression. Facing limitations have always been hard but facing a future with a crippling disease was something I wrestled with this past year. Besides having the surgery, in the last 2 years I have lost the use of my little fingers and most of my ring fingers. This might not seem like a big deal to most, but as a writer it’s hard to adjust to typing with five fingers instead of nine.
I was also following the blog of Julianna Yuri. A precious, precocious little five year old. Her mother wrote her outrageous, hilarious comments. I enjoyed her wit and wisdom. Julianna also had CMT. Probably the worst case known. The sweet child passed away this past year. I felt her loss as if I were a close companion.
But with all this year has thrown at me, I am alive and will continue to go on and adjust when it’s needed. I will try not to mourn the losses ahead but be creative to overcome them. I face reconstruction of my other foot in the fall but know it will give me more mobility. I wish my dad could have had the advances that I am enjoying. I also know some great writers only typed with two fingers. God is still in His heaven and all is well with my soul.
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I have just ordered your two books on my Kindle. I found you because I am attempting to do a family tree on wikitree.com. Your great-grandfather Lige and my Granny Pheobe Torbett were brother & sister. I have CMT and I think it important that we keep an update family tree for awareness. I went through lots of unnecessary & painful test because we did not know Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder ran in our family. I pray your family is not affected. Please check our tree on wikitree, please add anyone in your family. The names are private except those that are with their Savior. You can open up all information when you log in and I will accept you as a trusted family member. Your Cousin, Peggy Lee Blevins
Love this, Carolyn. I can’t wait to see more.