We’re not talking about presents here. We’re talking about what a gift it is to be healthy and to have health in our friends, family, loved ones, co-workers, and any person you sit near, stand behind, or commute with. This flu season is rampant and aggressive – and it’s hard to know what will happen.
Amongst our own, we’ve had two teachers face surgeries that were not expected or insignificant. Many of you have asked about them, how they are, and sent well wishes. Both teachers have felt grateful for the cards and the support from the Santosha community.
Because of the outpouring of love, support, and inquiry, we wanted to share an update:
Jodi had an abdominal surgery in November after internal bleeding was detected. It was a surprise emergency surgery. Her recovery is moving forward at the turtle pace, slow and steady, being mindful to truly let the layers of the body heal. Since core muscles and fascia are used in almost everything we do, Jodi has had to refrain from yoga and exercise for six weeks. She has the green light to return to teaching (without doing any yoga) on the 10th and will be back practicing alongside you on the 18th. Jodi appreciates the cards, the meals, the dessert, and all who have greeted her back to the studio. It was an emotional and scary process – so returning to more of a normal life and health each day is a gift.
Brittany had a facial surgery in December. This fall a potential growth was detected and it was a surprise – this was not something she expected her doctor to find. She faced it with strength and spirituality. During the surgery, the doctor determined Brittany has lymphoma. While this first surgery went smoothly and she’s home healing, the plan for future treatments is still being developed. Brittany’s family, friends, and the Santosha community have been rallying around her – ready to move forward with her through her journey.
Underneath these surprising situations for our teachers is the reminder of how important our health is. These two are both young, strong, healthy women facing big situations. There is physical and emotional healing that is part of their journeys as well as anyone who is healing. Trust that your kind words, your support, and your encouragement have been helping to nurture them forward in their health. And, take steps this season to ensure your health!
dina & Katy