First off - my ankle is completely healed! No need for even an ankle brace. I did get a referral for physiotherapy. I am wearing my sneakers today instead of one shoe and the boot (air cast), and it feels great.
My mom and my aunt are two of the strongest women I know. They took very different paths in life, but they are both members of the ALI community.
I have talked before about how my parents had no trouble getting pregnant, but experienced great difficulty staying that way. My mom shed a little more light on the why while I was in the hospital and we were having one of many conversations.
When she was a teenager a doctor decided the best way to treat her heavy periods would be to increase the size of her cervix. Damn crazy 60's medicine. So basically he created her incompetent cervix. It's good to know that it is not genetic. Still, I feel so bad for her and my dad. They even did a cerclage for the pregnancy with my younger sister (in 1980), but it did not work.
Then we have my aunt. Her fallopian tubes were blocked. They did surgery but it did not work. At 38 she and my uncle placed themselves on the list to adopt a baby. Then about a year later she ended up buying her publishing company. Over the years the business and her employees have become her children. She once even let me know that there was a failed attempt to adopt a child through a frined of a friend, but the baby's mother decided to parent the child.
Both my mom and aunt fought hard to be mothers. One ended up with three children (two biological and one adopted), and the other became a super successful business women with an extremely busy life (volunteer activities, boards, and social engagements).
I respect them both.
But I hope that I find a way to be a mother.