Last Few Days Full of Pleasant (and Not So Pleasant) Surprises

Last Update: April 18, 2018

Hi folks,

[Before I start I'd like to let you know that by no means do I intend to purposely share negative feelings here, whatsoever, even though the facts that you'll see below may be a bit depressing. I'd rather share my journey the last 9 months as an inspiration to not give up, keep your head up and encourage you not to take certain things for granted].

These last few days were pretty crazy.

Some of you may know that I've had orthopedic surgeries in August 2017 which I HAD to do to avoid back and other problems as I age.

Had these things called "Ilizarov apparatuses" on my legs + right foot. After the surgery in Moscow, I had to stay there for 3 months, so that I could stay under doctor's supervision.

Basically I had my bones (surgically) broken in like 15 places and these "braces" on my legs/foot re-shape the bone structure and hold them together.


Don't let that smile fool you - the 3 months were HELL (even nearly narcotic painkillers didn't help). I literally cried EVERY single day for 3 months straight.

But I was HAPPY because I knew I was going back home Toronto in 1 week from the day that photo was taken. Hence the smile. Never thought I'd miss being home so much.

Anyway, given the situation I had to stay in for a few months, couldn't even go to my backyard because it was winter time.

Yep, 9 months inside.

It isn't fun at all, but I got myself moving a bit more than before, and starting to take online business and blogging seriously, kept learning more and signed up for SWAG.

(By the way a bit behind on SWAG that's for sure, but will catch up).

And by the way, doing a bit of work online probably saved me from getting deeply depressed. I forced myself to move a bit in order not to fall into this trap.

From experience I can surely tell you that being busy keeps depression away.

Anyway, this month I spoke with a doctor and he said 8-9 months is enough so I should go back to Moscow to take these "braces" off.

So, pretty spontaneously my mom and I booked a flight for the 15th of April.

Now, guess what?

When the day arrived, it was SNOWING and was freezing rain out there in Toronto.

MANY flights were cancelled, our flight was delayed by 6 hours (thank God going with the Eruropean airline company instead of Canadian/American one who didn't cancel the flight), luggage from previous flights weren't even unloaded and our luggage stayed in Toronto (I was freaking out because I had submitted my baby walker with all our luggage).

So that was the unpleasant surprise.

Waiting for 6 hours in the airport obviously wasn't affecting my legs positively, as they easily got swollen, well given the situation, that's understandable.

Anyway, somehow with all these complications we made to Moscow by Monday night and Tuesday day (yesterday) I was supposed to have the braces taken off.

And for what it's worth, yesterday was the ONLY day my doctor could see because he's leaving Moscow 2 days after.

Can you imagine how scared I was not to make it? Flights to Russia, or Europe for that matter, are freakin' expensive and wasting 3 weeks in Moscow wouldn't be fun.

I just thank God it all worked out and here I am:


At the moment I also have a cast on right foot for extra protection (it's kinda fragile for now).

Luckily, I didn't have that much pain as the first few months so that's good. I went home the same day and went to sleep.

So that's the first good news.

The second good news is that I won Gary Vaynerchuk's signed copy of a book!

Basically, I just woke up today and I see this on Instagram: "Congrats, you won #FirstInLine!"

Woah!

I knew I'd win it sometime lol just crazy how it happened right after the surgery and one of the pleasant surprises in the last week.

You know, these little things kind of brighten your day especially when you've been through so much.

I don't share much on WA lately, especially personal stuff like this, but decided to do it this time with the community.

It wasn't easy but I know you guys are super supportive, so thank you for that.


P.S. As I said I am behind with SWAG but I will try to catch up on it as soon as possible, I've had 5 sales thus far, so that's also exciting.

Guys, lessons to take away from this post:

- What doesn't kill you, does make you stronger

- Believe in your guardian angels/your world to protect/take care of you.

- Having an online business you can work on not only helps you create income but also helps keep depression away ;)


Piece of advice: I didn't mention it earlier but the first 5 months I wasn't able to walk, and it's the WORST feeling to be immobile and dependent on everyone. Do take care of your health and be grateful that you have two functioning arms and legs. Much love <3

This experience was definitely traumatic, but at the same time it opened my eyes to things that I took for granted.


To Success!

- Zarina

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janbey Premium
Hi Zarina,
You've certainly gone through the wash over these past 9 months or so.

I think it's great that you shared this personal story with us. Your situation was an ordeal and with your positive outlook, and determination you have come out the other side a stronger person in more ways than one.

Your story will serve as an inspiration to everyone at WA,
whilst we all don't have the huge mountain to climb that you did. Working online (as I'm sure you would know) does present it own uphill challenges on a daily and weekly basis and all of us need to have the same resilience and determination showed by you to win through.

I hope you have a speedy recovery and thanks for sharing your story. All the best. -Age-
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Zarina Premium
Thank you very much Age!!
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CandiGirl71 Premium
First off, Congratulations on your sales and winning the book. And a big, Congratulations on your progress physically. You have certainly had some humongous obstacles to overcome. You sound very optimistic in spite of the difficulties. Good for you! And, yes, having purposeful activity does help keep depression away. I am glad that you realize this.

I wish you a rapid and complete recovery, and much success in your business.

Candice
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jetrbby80316 Premium
I greatly admire your positive outlook and tenacity Zarina. Very few can imagine what you've been through, I know I can't. But you are totally right, "What doesn't kill you, does make you stronger."

I'm just happy you made it to that important trip to Moscow, and YES Wealthy Affiliate is a depression saver!

Keep up the great work and winning attitude, there's a reason you won that Gary Zanderchuck book (no accident) - t's all roses and blooms moving forward.

Kaju
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Zarina Premium
Thank you very much for your support, Kaju, appreciate it!
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cookins25 Premium
Wow your a very strong person, and I'm very glad everything worked out for you in the end. :)

Before you know it you'll be walking / running everywhere -- and this will feel like a distant memory.

Also I look forward to seeing you progress through SWAG as the year goes by.

Thank you again for sharing this story, and I know things will be getting better each and every day for you. :)
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Zarina Premium
SWAG website is desperately crying for help lol as I am trying to increase amazon conversions for that Amazon website I kept sharing about lol.

Thank you so much for your support, I appreciate it Michael! :)
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Zarina,
You are an inspiration to me. You have been through so much yet you are still smiling and laughing. You keep on keeping on. I have health issues myself which get me down but when I see some thing like this I personally am WOW.. I'm glad you are feeling better and pray this continues to improve for you. All my best!

Tried and true

Elaine
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Chris2005 Premium
I feel for you. I broke my heel bone in Sept, did not walk again until Jan. It was hard to work on my site with the distraction of just trying to get from one room to another. I am getting around a lot better now, still have some pain if I walk too much or on uneven surfaces.
You have been through so much more. Hope your recovery continues to go well.
John
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JackieSmith Premium
Oh my Zarina, you have been through a lot. I'm glad things worked out well for you in the long run.
Yes. It's important that we take care of our health.
Glad to see you back.
Congratulations on your win and sales!

Wishing you a speedy and healthy recovery.
God bless!
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Flash4 Premium
Hi Zarina,
I wondered why I hadn't heard from you for a while. Poor baby,
what an experience, only hope all your suffering will pay off.
That was a really interesting post.
Were you born with this condition or was it something else?
So was Russia the only place that you could get this help?
Maybe a warmer climate would be better for you....
Cheers Jae ☼
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Zarina, glad to see you are becoming mobile again. I have a pinched nerve in my back so find it hard to get moving some mornings.

But you being fairly imobile for so long I hope your muscles are getting back in shape.

If you are doing SWAG do you have a website dedicated to it. I wouldn't mind taking a look at it sometime.
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Stella2 Premium
Wow, Zarina, so glad you have all of that behind and are seeing improvement in all areas.

I live over in NL. Yes, I saw you had some awful weather lately in Ontario. We are getting some of the icy rain today, but not nearly like you guys did.

I can relate to much of what you say. I'm in upper middle age, but have suffered with a disabling digestive problem all my life. I've been housebound on occasion, and yes, it really sucks.

But, like you, I work with my mind to keep from getting depressed. Being here at WA and learning new things is a wonderful tonic each day.

I'm sure your positive attitude makes a huge difference in how things turn out.

I wish you all the best with health, healing, and your online work!!
Stella :-)
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herinnelson Premium
Boy, honey, you've been through it all, but are still sweet and much stronger from your experience! There's always a bright side to everything!

Last May while on vacation in Mexico, I broke my left Humerus bone in two with several fractures around it going up through my shoulder. I was laid up for 5 months while doing PT 2 or 3 times a week and took a leave from here. I healed miraculously (as the doctors said) and didn't have to have any pins or screws. They suggested it at first, but I said I wanted to heal naturally with just a sling. So I did! Mine wasn't as bad as yours, and as much as I went through, I can't imagine what you did!

I'll be praying for you! Erin
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Zarina Premium
Still, you know what it feels to have broken bones! Glad to hear it's was an easy healing for you Erin! For me the actual physiotherapy will start only now (after the "braces" were taken off), basically I have a new, restructured foot and I will have to learn to walk again with a new foot, if you know what I mean.

Thank you for the well wishes, I appreciate your support Erin!
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KMrwashu1 Premium
Wow, you have been through a lot but thank Heavens for the online business that has kept you sane and busy. Wishing you a speedy recovery, thanks for the post. It is true that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Congrats on winning the book, do enjoy it!!!

Best and warm regards,

Kele
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Zarina Premium
Thank you very much for the support, Kele!
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Zarina,

Thanks for sharing your journey with us, you have been through a lot! I'm happy your pain isn't as bad now. That's quite the distance to have this procedure done.

Congratulations on winning the signed book and for your sales!

Sending you hugs, prayers and a speedy recovery!
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Zarina Premium
If only you knew how I am happy about having less pain too lol. I literally cried every single day for 3 months straight. Lost so much weight due to that stress too (although I quickly gained it once I came back home lol).

Thank you for the well wishes and your support Patsy!!
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PatsyC Premium
You are welcome!

I know what pain is like, I Iive with it every day.
At least it's behind you now :D
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haroda Premium
Way to go and keep moving forward. I am so glad to see you are still in good spirit. Get well soon!

Thank you for sharing your ups and your downs. It reminds me I have so much to be thankful for. Looking forward to read more of your blogs.
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Zarina Premium
Definitely health is not something to be taken for granted!! Thank you for the support!
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buffetearns Premium
Zarina

I don't even know where to start, there is so much packed in to your experience in this post!

I am just going to wish you well and let's see if we can all catch up in VEGAS!!

Keep the recovery coming along and remain positive and strong!

Wayne
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Zarina Premium
Hey Wayne, good to see you! Thank you for your support and I hope I will catch up both on WA bootcamp AND heal well enough before the actual Vegas conference!
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buffetearns Premium
Well keep us informed of your progress!

Wayne
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Zarina Premium
Well, I don't often share personal stuff here to not bore WA'ers but will probably provide updates sometime in the future :)
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5-qpq Premium
Hi Zarina,

What a story and I’m so sorry that you had to go through that. But on the upside, I’m so happy that you’re feeling better.

Five sales...that’s fantastic and really good news. You’ve been through a lot. The five sales could not have arrived at a better time. Your reward is sweet.

Becky :)
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Zarina Premium
The 5 sales happened within the 4 months but still I am grateful! Thank you for your support Becky :)
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5-qpq Premium
Hello Zarina,

Absolutely. Continue to take care of that leg and always be good to yourself.

Wishing you much more success.

Becky
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Zarina Premium
Will do, Thank you Becky :)
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5-qpq Premium
Hi Zarina,

I was thinking of you today while I was working. I know. Wealthy Affiliate will do that to you, lol. Five sales - that’s one and a half sales per month out of the five months. That’s awesome - you earned it - you deserved it and that’s absolutely precious.

Becky :)
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Zarina Premium
Yeah I agree! Before it could take me a year to make those 5 sales lol
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5-qpq Premium
Zarina,

Your simply adorable. Becky :)
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JeannineC Premium
My goodness, you've gone through so much! Glad that you are coming out stronger.

I've met Gary a couple of times, so I'll give you two choices - to make him happy, tell him you are a fan of the New York Jets. To make him growl a tiny bit, tell him you are a fan of the New York Giants. I of course said "Giants" cause I love to tease him.
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Zarina Premium
Haha I remember him mentioning New York Jets in so many interviews. I am not familiar with American football, so I will likely just not touch this topic at all! xD
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