Thank you, Canada!

It makes me a little emotional (in a good way) as I write this. I’ve been in Canada for the last three months and I’m now left with just three days.

I’ve had all sorts of days here — days when I was completely bed bound, days when I had to cancel plans last minute or call people over and days when I was out at a stretch surprised I could even get out of bed the next day.

It would be inaccurate if I said I didn’t struggle at all. I did. But it would be wrong to say that I didn’t have an absolutely amazing time here. I needed it. My brother and I managed to cover at least 80% of our must-do list, spent hours laughing + crying + talking + cooking, and, managed to set up his very first apartment — that’s A LOT!

What clearly shows I’ve come a long way is the very fact that despite doing so much, there were no times when my body gave up on me. Not a single time that I needed urgent medical attention or had to be rushed to the ER which was pretty much a bimonthly occurrence in the past. Not once did I hate on my body for being in pain or holding me back either. We were on the same team, throughout.

I managed to stick to my strengthening regime at least 65% of my time here and walked whenever I could. SIBO diet was my basic guideline in terms of food but I allowed myself the freedom to mostly have everything for the time being. I was also able to stick to my meditation and self-care ritual which I can’t do without anymore.

It helped be surrounded by people who were supportive and gave me space to own my health.

All my friends and those of my brother’s, were so helpful and loving. I was blessed with physiotherapists who respected my pain-management plan and made sure I got what I needed. In all honesty, I couldn’t have asked for more during my three months here. This has been a dream come true.

Canada, I’ll always have a soft spot for you. Thank you for the clarity you brought into my life.

Thank you for the time and space you created in the midst of a massive transition.

I feel more prepared to return to Pune and focus my precious energy towards things that truly matter. ❤️

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