TJ's Journey

By ston3xc Latest Reply 2011-05-14 17:21:11 -0500
Started 2011-05-13 19:05:15 -0500

I know I have been away for awhile, but only because good things were happening. This post is about hope and being able to do anything you put your mind to. About not giving in and about not letting despair about your diesease keep you from getting down to business and dealing with it.
TJ is doing very, very well with his prosthesis. Having the amputation took away his pain and gave him a sense of freedom from having to deal with his foot everyday. He was having a hard time with dialysis, that has been somewhat resolved, too.
With his prosthesis, he is able to drive a car! So he has gotten his wheels again. I helped him with finding a handicapped apartment near all of his family. It's the first time he has lived on his own, and he loves it! He is not self-conscious about his prosthesis and goes around in shorts when it gets warm.
My sister is the manager of the dialysis center that he goes to now and she has monitored him better so that the migraines aren't a problem any more.
TJ wants to go on the at home bagging system and I will be taking the training sessions with him. We don't even have to worry about gas because we can get transportation to the center that they train at.
When I started TJ's Journey, I was expecting a long, hard haul. In reality it has proved not to be as long or as hard as I had feared. TJ has faced his condition head on and is the better for it, and I am so proud of him!
So, this is going to be the last post for TJ's Journey, but if from time to time some one wants an update, I will be happy to provide them. I want to thank everyone for all the concerns and prayers. You, too, can have a happy ending if you stay pro-active. God Bless!

7 replies

CaliKo 2011-05-14 14:56:54 -0500 Report

I, for one, would love the occasional update on TJ — I love happy endings! Kudos to both of you for dealing so well with adversity. Hugs.

pixsidust 2011-05-13 21:34:13 -0500 Report

I do not know you but am encouraged by your story.
May the grace of God be with you and TJ.
Is TJ a friend or relative?
I am glad he is surrounded by good caring people!

ston3xc 2011-05-14 14:09:25 -0500 Report

TJ is my youngest son. He is 33 and has been dealing with insulin dependant diabetes since he was 12. He went through a period when he didn't take care of himself, the amputation resulted from that. That's why I get up on my soapbox whenever I read about someone not taking responsibility for their care. I have been a diabetic for over 30 years. I was diagnosed when I was 21, I am now 55. I still have all my faculties and senses. I tend to tire out a lot, but I am not giving up and will continue to take care of myself (with the help of my team of drs).