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At this time, it is going to be a simple New Year Greetings.  2018 is about to arrive soon as we prepare to say farewell to 2017.  2017 is admittedly a challenging year for me especially after leaving Facebook.  It is quite different/challenge how to maintain connection with my family, loved ones and friends outside of Facebook and I am ok with it.  I find myself feeling at ease and calmer in my post-Facebook life.  Please do get in touch with me to reconnect via email, Instagram or blog.

As we ring in a New Year near and far, please continue to reach out with anyone, family, loved ones and/or friends, to maintain connection.  Do take some time to reflect on the past few months……contemplate what brought us joy and sadness…..think of our family, loved ones and our friends….Recalling all the precious memorable times….remembering how they enriched our lives…..they surely make our life more meaningful.

Whether any of us live nearby or far away, I hope my heartfelt wishes for happiness, health, and prosperity reach and touch to my cherished friends, loved ones and family at this special time of year.  May this New Year bless us all with the infinite possibilities of new beginnings.  Coalesce.  Thrive.  Hope.  Love.

(Note: I just saw this in my draft folder and realized that I haven’t published it – how embarrassing!  Better late than never!)

2017 has arrived at last as 2016 made its exit almost a day ago.  As we ring in a New Year, for some of us, these thoughts and feelings of new beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations of love and promises for a brighter future may have entered in our mind.  Whatsoever some dreams, goals, plans and/or wishes we devise, they are the superficial, yet purposeful, promises we make to ourselves. Some of us may resolve to live healthy, fight for certain issues, improve career paths, and the like.

Alas, our new, existing and/or old connection with our friends, loved ones and/or family plays a role to journey of our life.  For some of us, there are the heartfelt promises we make to others, whether aloud or in our minds. We want to care more, express love more, reverse bad feelings in old or existing relationships or seek out new loving or cherishing relationships. All of us try our very best to put these desires into words which means we need to communicate in any way to get our messages across, somehow.

Though New Years can be a time of celebration and cheer, there are many people who are facing difficult circumstances.  Many of us may be entering this time of year with apprehension or anxiety.  If that’s the case for anyone in your circle of friends, loved ones or family, please do reach out and be an encouragement throughout the year, not just only in beginning of the year.  Whether any of us live nearby or far away, I hope my heartfelt wishes for happiness, health, and prosperity reach and touch to my cherished friends, loved ones and family at this special time of year.

Hello folks!

Yesterday, I was supposed to be scheduled for 3rd surgery to remove 30% of meniscus from my right knee.  I cancelled it a bit over a week ago at doctor’s office.  Here is a story: Last February, I signed up for outdoor guided rock climbing last February and I couldn’t climb due to little strength in my right leg.  I didn’t noticed it by then because I was able to walk and climb up and down with little difficult.  However, to climb vertically was entire different game for my legs.  I decided to focus on building strength in my thigh areas.

This past March, I began to experience some swellings and pains in my knee.  I think my meniscus may have shifted while doing a deep lunge training.  Swellings and pains went away and returned several times between March and April.  UGH…..In first two weeks of May, my knee was in constant pain and swelling.  That was bad enough that I had to grip on the rail to climb up and down supported.  Oh my gosh….I threw in towel and went to see my doctor in mid-May.  He wasn’t happy upon seeing my swollen knee.  MRI has been ordered.

My MRI results returned and it didn’t look good for my meniscus – it wasn’t healed properly and still in tattered shape.  He said that the last option is to have 30% of my meniscus removed which will set my development of arthritis earlier than normal and candidate for total knee replacement earlier than normal.  OH MY GOODNESS…..I was in terrible pain that I said ok, let’s do the surgery.  I thought about my prior commitments and decided to kept them up to end of August.  I sadly told Ad-Cane and his fiancee that I wasn’t able to join them celebrating their wedding in Croatia.  I also had to drop attending Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany with my friends once again.  😦

I didn’t gave in though.  I was continued to work on my knee by doing yoga, stretching, home exercises, applying essential oils and eating more of antiflammatory food.  Over the summer, I began to notice pain gradually reduced, swelling went down and flexibility slowly regained.  Ohhhhh……I read some articles and spoke to some people.  Some of my friends gave me some advices and recommendations.  I am grateful for them for their supports.  By beginning of August, I began to consider to postpone or cancel my surgery because once part of my meniscus is gone, it is gone FOREVER.  I thought to myself that I should try some more options and move surgery as last resort as it is supposed to be.  As the appointment of my doctor started to creep up on me, I made a decision that I shall postpone my surgery and request for physical therapy as one of options.  I was nervous, but felt comfortable with my decision.  My doctor supported my decision.

Yesterday, instead of surgery, I commenced my physical therapy evaluation.  My therapist noticed some areas of weaknesses.  We discussed and agreed on working on targeted rehabbing my thigh and inside knee.  Today, I worked hard at physical therapy.  My therapist made comment that it was good thing that I had a break since last physical therapy (last year in September) and I am now in less pain than before.  Back then, I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t made much of progress with sessions.  The general health insurance companies in USA only care if you are able to get in/out of bathtub and car, climb up/down the stairs and walk, then your sessions are to be ceased.  UGH…..So, I am back focusing on building up more strength in my thigh area to help my inside knee to support and stabilize my leg for next 4 weeks.  I feel better knowing that my therapist monitors me to make sure I do not injure myself and sees where I need to work within short frame of time before my follow-up appointment with doctor in mid-October to decide if a surgery is necessary.

I plan to gradually add some activities such as cycling at flat terrain, hiking with gentle elevations and swimming during off-day from physical therapy sessions.  This month, I plan to remain in New Jersey to invest time into myself.  Between October and November, I plan to travel occasionally and continue to work on my knee.  Please wish me well on my working toward avoiding a surgery.

Hello everyone!  It has been ages since I updated this blog. My knee is healing pretty good so far.  Once in while, my knee swells from over-using, but it is expected.  There is some lingering pain inside of my knee where injury and extensive work of 2nd surgery took place.  That’s manageable pain for me….keep moving, stretching and massaging to de-sensitivize pain.  The numbness also gradually reduces as I gain some feelings in my knee area which is a good sign. 

Spring is here…..YAY!  I plan to start doing some training (CrossFIT?) and go on some local hiking this month.  In near future, I may try for long distance hiking.  One thing at a time.

Recently, I begin to scan my journals that I jotted down during our AT journey between 2010 and 2014.  I am transcribing from the scanned images of my journals.  It is time-consuming effort as there are many tasks ahead of me –
1) sort out and add texts to photos
2) go through videos and add captions
3) start writing a “book” about the AT Journey of Ad-Cane and Ram Sham
4) come up with a script for ASL version to share some AT journey stories
5) start to plan for braille and large print for a book once it is published

It is a long project – it can be anywhere from one to three years of publishing a book and ASL version DVD.  I pray that I have an ability to keep this project sustained from start to end. There are some ideas such as write a grant, form a team, and etc.  I am looking into that too.  Please wish me well.   

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Hello everyone – This holidays surely keep me busy.  I plan to update with y’all in few days with latest news on my knee and AT journey publishing project.  I leave you with lovely message from The Elf Quest – one of my favourite comics – perfect fit for hiking world/family.

The turning of each new year means new quests. May your companions along the way be full of love and laughter. May strangers be friendly and helpful. May the path be benign, nuts and berries be bountiful, and may all burdens be light.

Elf Quest Greetings – The turning of each new year means new adventures…new journeys…new quests. May your companions along the way be full of love and laughter. May strangers be friendly and helpful. May the path be benign, nuts and berries be bountiful, and may all burdens be light.


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