Meet Lynn, The Beautiful Disaster Who Will NEVER Give Up!

Meet Lynn, The Beautiful Disaster Who Will NEVER Give Up!

Hello, my name is Lynn Whited and I love your company. I love the fact you are embracing women, yet the real side, the imperfect side. This is the side that most will not talk about...the struggles, the pain, the heartaches, the ups & downs, but most of all...the disasters that also make us individual, strong, & the resilient women we are.

I am now 42 years old (43 in May) but as we all know, most stuff starts when we are young only to make things worse on us as we get older. I was born with a blood condition but it only really showed it's ugly head when I had my daughter. It nearly killed us both, but of course no one really knew what was happening because according to doctors, even today...we just don't know enough about blood. I had pre-eclampsia making me give birth to her at 7 months. She weighed 2lbs. 5oz. With her in neonatal care, three days later....I had my first blood clot in my right leg. We both fought & were hospitalized for 4 months. We both came home & my daughter exceeded everything they said she wouldn't. Two years later, I had my son. He was only a month early & I was on a blood thinners the whole pregnancy. We thought it all was gonna be fine. Three days later, I couldn't breathe & was coughing blood.... I had a blood clot the size of a softball in my lung. Fluke again? I fought it for 6 months only getting to visit my son when my family brought him as much as possible. Before I was released, the teams of doctors told me they had no idea what happened  but if it kept up I wouldn't live 5 years past the birth of my son.

Fast forwarding through many, many, many blood clots, so much pain, so many doctors, many hospitals, and of course the many mutations of my blood condition. My daughter is now 24 & my son is 22. Both are healthy, beautiful & strong. I have fought so hard to "try" to live a normal life. I will tell you I am blessed with so much strength, love, & will power. In May of last year, they had to amputate my right leg below my knee due to clots in my arteries that had done so much damage, the arteries collapsed. My foot died. After the many scrapes with death, some broken bones, and all the blood clots...I thought I would face this with the same strength I have always fought with. I will wholeheartedly admit, I was not prepared for any of it & it has taken so very much strength to keep facing each day. First blow was they were only going to remove right above the ankle but awoke to half of my calf down removed. They said the decay has spread & so many nerves were damaged. Ok, I got this. I had surgery on a Friday & by Sunday was taking myself to the bathroom. By Tuesday, they released me and I could do everything for myself but change my bandage. I kept forcing myself forward even though you had to cry sometimes because of the way it so changes your life. Plus, every time I thought we were making progress, there was always a set back. By October, I had gone septic due to pouches in my stump that would not drain.
On October 26th, I underwent emergency surgery where they had to remove a little more and I had to start over...again. I married my husband now in 2006. I raised his two daughters & son with my children. In 2018, we adopted four more children who were victims from abuse & parents who did drugs. I tell you this because their love & strength is what has pushed me through all of this. My first five are grown & amazing. The other four are getting close to grown but have changed and blossomed beautifully. My husband has been so much of a rock like them...I have pushed through & happy to announce that after almost 8 months, I took my first steps on the 20th. I now have my semi-permanent prosthetic and pushing myself to walk. I will walk, I will drive, and I will try everyday to do more. Yes, I will cry. Yes, I will still be in pain. And yes, I am a Beautiful Disaster that will keep going like a storm. No matter what life has thrown, I have made it fighting & screaming...always a disaster. I hope that I can inspire someone who needs hope as much as I do...but like a Beautiful Disaster.
Thank you for this opportunity to share. I know it is a long story, but I believe it is a long story of strength.

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Comments

Gwen April 19 2021

Very proud of your strength! Especially hard when it was your mother. It isnt uncommon and the more people talk about this the more we are aware.

Your story gives people strength to carry on.
I too was a victim of child hood sexual assault, neighbour.
I started using LSD at 12 years, alcohol and then hard drugs, cocaine, crack cocaine and dabbled with heroin. Finally at 31 yrs I got clean and sober.
23 years in Alcoholics Anonymous, I finally felt strong enough to go to the Police. He plead guilty, my life changed that day, he no longer interferes with my life.

I work in child welfare and believe the children who I spoke to have me the strength to deal with my own abuse..
Crazy eh

Today is amazing, I live a good healthy well balanced life, my choice. Today I’m 30 yrs sober! I could have missed it all, and you too!
Best wishes to you.
Gwen

Sari Munn April 12 2021

I can not even begin to imagine what you went through… you are so inspiring and a strong woman. Loved hearing your story, I have had my struggles but in many different ways, the pain that you must have gone through must of been exhausting at times… you shown anything is possible with some love and support and resilience… again thank you for sharing you are an amazing person, I can just tell. I wish you the very best in life.

Pam April 11 2021

What an amazing story detailing your amazing courage, strength and grace!

JoEllen Jordan April 11 2021

Thank you for sharing your story and soon I will share my story

Nana TJ April 11 2021

Every day I tell myself I am going to fight a little bit harder to overcome my obstacles and then I don’t necessarily do it and come up with excuses that I tell myself about why I didn’t do it. Are used to be quite a fighter and then I got tired because every time I fight I get knocked down by something! I get bad news or the devil comes at me in some kind of way! I’m tired. I’m just shy of 49 (July 6) and I’m tired. I know God is out there and He’s there for me I just don’t always have the energy to seek Him sometimes. Today, he found me and brought me your story! I’m feeling like I can be a little bit stronger and maybe I’m not as tired as evil leads me to believe!
Thank you for sharing your story! One day I will share mine and when I do, it will be inspiring as well! Thank you Janeen! Thank you BD!

Jennifer Scratch April 11 2021

Thank you for your amazing story!

Amy Cornell April 11 2021

Your story is so inspirational! Thank you for sharing!! Reminds me to keep fighting! I have had 12 knee surgeries since 2013 and just had a total knee replacement on St. Patrick’s Day this year at 34 years young. And some days it’s so depressing that it’s hard to get up. I have all the support from family and friends, but I hate to rely on others. Thank you for reminding me to keep fighting!!

Dudy Chomanics April 11 2021

What an amazing and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. This makes me step back and take a look at myself. Things I thought were such a big deal were not. Really makes me look at things so differently now. Janeen you are my hero. You have made me a different person. Thank you so much!! I never realized how much I took for granted. I can’t thank you enough. God Bless you and your family. Your strength and optimism are amazing. Thank you for opening my eyes and seeing how blessed I truly am.

JAMIE JUDY April 11 2021

Omg. Ur story is sad but yet so amazing. I cant imagine how it feels to lose a arm or a leg, but i did go blind in 2000. A week later i got sight back in one eye. And its amazing how you pushed through. I gave up on life. But my family wouldn’t have it. Still am trying to become truly ok. Thank you for showing me that it can be over came.