Lymph is Good
chronicles the journey of an active 30-something Dallas-ite trying to keep her head up while grappling with primary lymphedema.

Define normal...

Every so often this question hits me: what is normal? I remember it hitting me full force when I stopped exercising (giving up my Fitbit) when I took my first real stab at figuring out this condition. I was asking myself, “What is a normal amount of steps to take per day?” Or, “what does a normal dinner at a restaurant look like?” I’m an intense person… so both of my answers to those were intense. 

Lately I’ve been wondering, “What’s normal?” for lots of things: 

  • What’s a normal weight for a 30-something...
  • What’s a normal workout for a 30-something...
  • What’s a normal diet for a health-conscious 30-something…
  • How much should a healthy 30-something fuss over their weight…

I would probably be asking myself these questions anyway… but, at the end of each of these questions I have to add… with a chronic medical condition. Because, well… that’s a thing. I am a 30-something with a chronic medical condition. 

Unfortunately/fortunately the answers to my questions will have to wait because I’m still recovering from surgery, so none of them can be answered until I establish new baselines for my condition. This means, just keep doing exactly what I am doing. Don’t try to change too much stuff while recovering… baselines, like the new normal, will come with time. And so, I wait… never before have I longed for “normal” the way that I do now. 
 

Looking Forward

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