Hello, I’m Nikki Cifelli. Join me as I travel through 100 days of Pilates. Each week, I’ll share a new article to demonstrate how Pilates continues to transform my life, and how it can benefit yours. I’m confident this vicarious excursion will inspire your own…
It Began with a Scare
Over a year ago, I competed in a New Jersey State Triathlon. I had another triathlon scheduled for a few weeks later, and was simultaneously preparing for the New York City Marathon. Four days after my NJ event, I was lying in a hospital bed, recovering from extensive emergency abdominal surgery. What I had originally thought to be appendicitis was a tumor. A portion of my colon and small intestine was removed, and a bowel resection was necessary. I was told recovery would be slow.
“Postpone everything,” my physicians advised. With horror, the surgeon’s words rang out, “Your abdominal muscles were cut and sutured to remove the tumor. You won’t be able to do anything for a while.” As an extremely active person, you can imagine “rest” is not normally on my agenda.
Frustrated and determined to get back on my feet, I desperately thought of where I could start. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t bike. I couldn’t swim. At that point, I could barely walk!
But, I could “scoop.”
On April 4, we’ll learn how Nikki’s physicians were amazed with her recovery. Oh, and yes, we’ll explain what scooping is…