For Kristin Lynch, life was pretty much the same as any other day, especially after surgery. “After I hit the pavement in San Francisco, my first order of business in the ambulance was, ‘What’s that?'” she said. “I couldn’t even tell where I was, caught in traffic, and couldn’t remember my license number. “That’s how Lynch remembers how she felt after successful medical procedures on many parts of her body – including getting this operation on her right knee, which neatly flattened the top half of her swollen femur, and replacing it with a fresh, healthy one, that took nearly nine years.
Alas, her experience was not quite the smoothest. The operation required her to have a blood transfusion, but because she had successful blood and bone marrow transplant, there was no option for her to get regular therapy. “I had a permanent scar, because there was a microscopic hole where the old bone marrow was located, ” she said. “It wasn’t small, and when they compared it to a normal scar, it was blown up to a size that was larger than the patient’s head. “She didn’t want to experience this widely discussed disturbing side effect, so she calmed her fears through counseling. “I think it’s really a sign of the operation, because it’s like when you hit rock bottom, there’s nothing else to add to the stable state. It took off my crisis, so I can restore my life. “In fact, she came out of surgery healed much better than she expected, down to a kind of dreamlike quality, she said. “Some of the physical changes in my life that I expected to feel were, in the long run, things I didn’t a little bit. I’m probably not beating any drums this morning, but it’s a good experience, ” said Lynch, who now finds comfort in speaking to the media about her recovery. “I also realized that my health comes first, ” she said. “I think it’s amazing to me that by the way I did is fabulous and in some ways, I’m even more super and not super screwed up, but for me it’s truly awesome. “Lynch, 23, a social media influencer, is now fully healthy, and living her newly-earned happiness with her teammates, family and independently, yet effective stitches are too. She hopes that her seamless healing will be as easy and intelligent as the elastic bandages that held her in as she came out of the sea. “It’s all about letting go of what was holding me. You can let go of the bra and the shoes and get to the other side, ” she said. “And if I had the luxury of that and not getting into a lot of medication, I just might not have been able to do this. “A Smooth Recovery, but No VacuumPS once had the cancer of cancer, in 2001. While her primary tumor was removed 14 years ago, that didn’t have any inkling that she’d ever need a second operation, Lynch said. “I didn’t expect it to be believeable that I would be out of all this by the time I was 55 years old. I was like, ‘It’s gonna happen, you just have to go for it, ‘” she said. So, she was out of 63 surgeries to survive her first major tumor, which hurt so badly, and ended up having a mastectomy to remove the tumor. “My doctors helped me manage it, and I was very lucky to heal with my organs, bypass surgery was an important part of my recovery. “She worked full-time within 12 months, and spent several months in an ICU before being released from the hospital at the end of January. She now weighs about 137 pounds, down from 225 pounds, thanks to the weight-loss surgery.
Nearly 15 years later, she’s both reopening and finding a balance in her life — finding the time and patience to grow up and get back to the basics felt critical in 2017. “Finding that focus is beautiful and empowering. I felt in recovery, ” she said. “I didn’t see that as being in that dark and lonely place, because now I see it as being able to celebrate my life, which is the very _intelligible way that I need to do so, ” she said.