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Sondra E. Z. Hines
Sondra E. Z. Hines

Since 2009, when I joined Qcitymetro, one of the highlights of writing this “Wednesday Wellness” column has been the opportunity to connect with readers on a variety of topics.

I’ve shared my experiences on sampling fitness classes, teaching Zumba to adults with disabilities, health fairs and recently chronicling my personal story of triumph. I delight when this column connects to our readers.

Like last week’s column, “Sondra Hines shares her journey through fibroid surgery.”
The response was beyond my imagination. For example, more than 300 people “recommended” the story on social media, and I was flooded with inquiries, text messages and emails. I had no idea how many readers were affected by fibroids, many of whom are acquaintances.

Women like Laura, currently at a crossroad. “This is confirmation for me,” she wrote. “I have been putting off surgery for over a year. One of my fibroids is the size of my child’s head at birth. I will schedule my appointment.”

So this week on my journey to wellness, I’ll address some of your questions about my surgery and recovery:

How are you doing? – Overall, I’m doing great. Each week I get stronger. Although I have cabin fever, I’m getting plenty of rest and allowing my body time to heal.

How much weight did you lose? – I weigh approximately 13 pounds less than before my surgery on January 29.

Are you regaining any of your weight? – I hope so! My appetite is better, but not yet 100 percent (due to meds). In the interim, I have permission from my doctor to eat high-calorie foods. Normally I’d concentrate solely on healthy eating, but as stated in last week’s column, I’m currently underweight. So instead of a ‘healthy’ smoothie, I opt for those with high calories (and when possible I sprinkle in eating healthy too).

How is your energy level? – As you know, energy is primarily derived from food, so my energy level gets stronger this week (week #5) and increases incrementally as I eat more food and move towards week #8.

Who is your doctor? – My physician is Dr. Cheryl N. Onwuchuruba, part of Novant Health. Dr. O is amazing.

Thank you for your inquiries, well wishes and prayers.

Until next time, I wish you joy and wellness!

Sondra E. Z. Hines is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, Zumba instructor, workshop presenter and motivational speaker. A former adjunct professor, she has 15-plus years as a fitness instructor...