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November 17, 2022 at 08:57 PM UTC

Ouch, Kitty!
But, here’s a happier thought, just think of all the realistic details you can now include when one of your characters has surgery! Or is otherwise recovering! Maybe try writing down all the stuff you’re feeling so you can remember it later without it having to stay fresh or cluttering up space in your mind.

And then maybe make a second list of all the good stuff you get to do or could do while resting (are you crafting things other than words?). Hopefully that will help you shake the pouty attitude enough to heal faster. Mental state matters for physical healing, you know!

Not that I’m trying to rush your healing process. We can absolutely wait for books until you feel better. I just know how much it helps to be doing something even if it’s small. And less mentally straining than something like writing plot twists!


November 15, 2022 at 02:20 PM UTC

Hi Kitty!

I’m not much up to date these days, but I knew you had an important upcoming surgery. I’m glad to hear it went well. But I agree, recovery is frustrating because it takes too long.

Don’t worry about writing, we can wait. Your health is first!

Take care :))

The Guest

November 01, 2022 at 03:08 PM UTC

Oh my goodness! I feel so sorry for you and I pray for you to have a safe and swift recovery. After all, I do not want my favorite writer to be in pain!


October 28, 2022 at 01:39 AM UTC

I pray for your swift recovery!! 🙏🏼 and I hope that you can drive soon!


October 23, 2022 at 08:12 AM UTC

Pouty Panda is perfect description! No one warned me how much pain I’d be in for how loooong after my ACL surgery. Only now, 7 weeks later, are they telling me things like, “ACL? Oh yeah, that one’s far more painful than knee replacement,” or “Oh man, you’ve got MONTHS to a YEAR of recovery ahead of you.” Amazing how they gloss over those points before.

Glad to hear you’re doing better! Take time to focus on your recovery–it’s much better than pushing too hard and majorly backsliding. It’s long, it’s hard, and it’s a heck of a lot harder to be patient than not, but you’re not alone! Praying you continue to heal well!

Jocelyn Malone

October 22, 2022 at 08:16 AM UTC

I make a frowny face at your surgical office–they are really supposed to give you all those facts about restrictions on life stuff up front, so you can prepare properly and not end up doing stuff too early because you didn’t know to get stuff set!


October 22, 2022 at 04:08 AM UTC

Wishing you a safe return to health. Take it easy and take care of yourself.

Shannon Ellefson

October 21, 2022 at 02:38 AM UTC

Oh my goodness, girl! That is crazy! I’m so glad they found it out now, before you developed any problems. You just never know, do you? Hopefully your recovery will go more quickly than their prognosis says. We love you! Take as much time,and rest, as you need, and don’t worry about us. We’ll be here when you’re ready. Praying for you.


October 21, 2022 at 12:57 AM UTC

Glad to hear you’re on the upswing!


October 21, 2022 at 12:31 AM UTC

*hug* I’m so sorry recovery has been such a roller coaster!!!! ;_:
I’m glad things are starting to finally get a bit better! I’m sending lots of love your way and prayers for your healing and continued recovery! I hope everything gets much better asap! Us Champions are here for you and cheering you on!!!! <3


October 20, 2022 at 11:44 PM UTC

I’m so sorry! Recovery is so frustrating! I’m glad you have such a great support team! After my first abdominal surgery at 18 I couldn’t sit up for months. I had to roll completely over often off the couch. My beautifully toned abs I was so proud of after years of track and cross country were never seen again. Even my posture changed permanently. Just part of life. I’m sorry you’re short a kidney, I joke that my second kidney is the only expendable part I’ve got left! We found out after imaging for a heat murmur as an infant that my daughter has two superior vena cavas. We are definitely all unique. Good luck and lots of love sent your way!

Mary Miller

October 20, 2022 at 10:36 PM UTC

I pray for your complete recovery with no complications and for the pain to go away. Very funny about your kidney, can’t miss what you never had.


October 20, 2022 at 10:09 PM UTC

I’m so glad that you made it through the surgery just fine! It amazes me how much we don’t know about what is hiding in there – or just isn’t in there! Praise the Lord you found out and Lord willing will never have an issue with that precious kidney! Since I’m old I’ll do the “mother” thing – listen to your doctors! Come back too fast and you’ll be down longer. We can wait! God bless you. Kim


October 20, 2022 at 09:31 PM UTC

Poor Kitty, I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through so much. I’m glad you’re feeling better and more energized now. And I hope your surgeon recovers someday from the shock 😂


October 20, 2022 at 08:49 PM UTC

Take care Kitty!! (Love to your very lonely kidney <3)

Health Update 3.0: The Return of the Panda

Back in Ye Olden Days that were my early career, when I had health issues or problems I’d use panda pictures to illustrate how I was doing. I decided to return to that tradition because I’m getting sick of sounding whiny and complaining.

Today I am Pouty Panda. What reason–you may ask–do I have for pouting? Myself, because WHY DOES RECOVERY TAKE SO LONG. OH. MY. GOODNESS!

So! For those who didn’t know! Last month I had a very necessary surgery. The surgery was a success–with the side effect of my surgeon might need therapy in the future and me getting a hilarious story to share. Since the surgery was in my abdomen, one of the things they do after performing the surgery is check on both of the kidneys on the way out. They have to make sure the kidneys are undamaged from the surgery, because if they’d been nicked and it’s not caught, it’s deadly. But that doesn’t happen often–in fact, it had never happened to my surgeon. So it was business as usual as my surgeon found the first kidney, it looked great, no problems. And then she looked for my other kidney. And looked. And looked. And looked.

She couldn’t find it, so she had to have a fellow surgeon look. He couldn’t find it, so they called in the emergency urologist, and he couldn’t find it! In the end they spent more time looking for my kidney than they spent on the actual surgery. It was getting to the “this isn’t good, we gotta close her up” point, so they glued me shut and raced me off to imaging to see if they could find my errant kidney, and SURPRISE! Turns out I was born with one kidney, and I never knew because the ultrasounds I’d gotten for the surgery hadn’t checked out my kidneys, and I hadn’t been scanned as a baby.

This doesn’t change my life since I already have been living with one kidney–although at the first sign of any kind of kidney disease I’ll have to spring into action–and the only complication from this needless search and rescue mission was that my innards were more banged up than usual after a surgery, but the extra pain only lasted a few days.

The interesting thing, is that I learned one in every 1,000 to 2,000 people are born with one kidney. Between my newsletter, blog, and social medias, there are several thousand of us, so…be aware there’s at least a few others of us here who only have one kidney?!

Hilarious story aside, I’m doing well. In a twist that I’m sure is going to shock you all, it turns out I way underestimated how HARD and LONG my recovery would be. I’m now in week four and I’m finally able to go on some longer walks, though I still have a lot of physical restrictions that I’m salty about. I feel like my brain is finally starting to clear of some of the mental fog that’s been plaguing me for most of the year, but the clearance doesn’t last as long as I’d like, so I’m still writing much slower than usual, hence the grumpy panda at top.

But despite the not-fun parts of recovery, I have so much to be thankful for. Of course that the surgery was a success, but also for my friends and family, who have been so amazing through all of this. Rock Star Assistant Meg has helped me so much with getting Perfect Dog to her vet appointments (she’s fine, she just had a little arthritis flare up) and with making sure I’m fed, while Myrrhlynn has been a superstar for so many things, including driving me because–and NO ONE TOLD ME THIS!!!!–turns out you can’t drive until at least two weeks after abdomen surgery.

My whole family has been absolutely amazing during this–they had so much patience and love during the past few weeks when I’ve frankly been sick of myself and my limitations–and I can’t thank the KM Shea team enough for keeping things going while I’ve been in and out of this. Most of all, I want to thank our community! Your kind comments and emails the past few months were the encouragement and calming influence I’ve so badly needed, not to mention your patience with all of…this.

Thanks for reading, Champions, and thank you so much for your support. Our community is the best!

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