423 days since the shooting. I think I forget that I’m still emotionally in pain. The other day I heard balloons popping, fireworks and someone accidentally touched my bullet wound and I had become very uncomfortable. Fortunately I was with company who knew what happened to me over a year ago so they understood why I had to leave. They knew better than me,  actually. Today I hung out with my roommate who was in the ambulance with me. We aren’t living together anymore, which I’m sad about. But I couldn’t afford my medical bills plus that apartment. If it weren’t for the kindness of friends and family I’d be sleeping in the gutters. What an awful idea. I’ve come so far from where I was last year. I’m so glad. I’m so grateful. But not everyone is this lucky.

423 days since the shooting. I think I forget that I’m still emotionally in pain. The other day I heard balloons popping, fireworks and someone accidentally touched my bullet wound and I had become very uncomfortable. Fortunately I was with company who knew what happened to me over a year ago so they understood why I had to leave. They knew better than me, actually. Today I hung out with my roommate who was in the ambulance with me. We aren’t living together anymore, which I’m sad about. But I couldn’t afford my medical bills plus that apartment. If it weren’t for the kindness of friends and family I’d be sleeping in the gutters. What an awful idea. I’ve come so far from where I was last year. I’m so glad. I’m so grateful. But not everyone is this lucky.

422 days since the shooting. I forgot to post yesterday. I went to several bbqs. My stomach is hurting a little bit from the food. But it didn’t get too bad until the morning. I need to stretch out my abs I think.

422 days since the shooting. I forgot to post yesterday. I went to several bbqs. My stomach is hurting a little bit from the food. But it didn’t get too bad until the morning. I need to stretch out my abs I think.

420 days since the shooting. I said goodbye to my desk, which I was lucky enough to have occupied for two years. It was a real blessing when the deans and chairs at NYU Tisch let me stay an extra year as a research resident even though my contract was ending. They did it so I can recover from the shooting and not worry about finding a job with health insurance right away. And I’m glad to say that I’m at a good point right now and can move on. It’s time to let someone else take the reins. To move forward. Boldly where no man has gone before. I’m happy to move on. But will really miss this office. Goodbye ITP residency. Hello world.

420 days since the shooting. I said goodbye to my desk, which I was lucky enough to have occupied for two years. It was a real blessing when the deans and chairs at NYU Tisch let me stay an extra year as a research resident even though my contract was ending. They did it so I can recover from the shooting and not worry about finding a job with health insurance right away. And I’m glad to say that I’m at a good point right now and can move on. It’s time to let someone else take the reins. To move forward. Boldly where no man has gone before. I’m happy to move on. But will really miss this office. Goodbye ITP residency. Hello world.

419 days since the shooting. I’m enjoying my last day of summer. Tomorrow I start teaching again. It’s going to be a fantastic semester. am so glad I can teach a full semester course now. My strength has come a long way since last year.

419 days since the shooting. I’m enjoying my last day of summer. Tomorrow I start teaching again. It’s going to be a fantastic semester. am so glad I can teach a full semester course now. My strength has come a long way since last year.

418 days since the shooting. I’m feeling much more relaxed now I’m back to NYC but I forget how much sleep I need to get back to normal. I told a good friend I’m giving up on getting my stamina back. It’s just not going to be the same. Unlike what other people usually say, she said she believes in me and refused to let me give up. That was really sweet. I’ll try harder now by hurrying up and sleeping in.

418 days since the shooting. I’m feeling much more relaxed now I’m back to NYC but I forget how much sleep I need to get back to normal. I told a good friend I’m giving up on getting my stamina back. It’s just not going to be the same. Unlike what other people usually say, she said she believes in me and refused to let me give up. That was really sweet. I’ll try harder now by hurrying up and sleeping in.

416 days since the shooting. I woke up at sunrise, unfortunately that means I woke up late. I really had to rush to make it on time to the North Rim so I can return my car and catch my flight. Surprisingly, I did it! But what I didn’t expect was how much i was going to cry. I couldn’t stop. This was a dream i had since I was 8 years old. I hiked across the Grand Canyon! I promised myself in the hospital, recovering, that once i get better I’d do it. I did it! And it took me so long to stop crying i returned my car with minutes to spare. Nothing but a long flight home now.

416 days since the shooting. I woke up at sunrise, unfortunately that means I woke up late. I really had to rush to make it on time to the North Rim so I can return my car and catch my flight. Surprisingly, I did it! But what I didn’t expect was how much i was going to cry. I couldn’t stop. This was a dream i had since I was 8 years old. I hiked across the Grand Canyon! I promised myself in the hospital, recovering, that once i get better I’d do it. I did it! And it took me so long to stop crying i returned my car with minutes to spare. Nothing but a long flight home now.

415 days since the shooting. Greetings from the top of ribbon falls. I started my ascent out of the canyon. It’s a brutal walk North. So I split it into two. I’m so glad the park rangers suggested that. I would have missed all the amazing sights otherwise.

415 days since the shooting. Greetings from the top of ribbon falls. I started my ascent out of the canyon. It’s a brutal walk North. So I split it into two. I’m so glad the park rangers suggested that. I would have missed all the amazing sights otherwise.

414 days since the shooting. I got to the bottom of the canyon! It’s 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which is seriously chill for August but I’m overheating. I sat in the Bright Angel creek for hours. I’m a little worried about my scar being exposed to the sun. But it’s too hot. I had to stay shirtless. I layered many squirts of sunscreen on it. I hope the scar tissue won’t sunburn. It’s at high risk for that and will cause more pain and even long term complications.

414 days since the shooting. I got to the bottom of the canyon! It’s 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which is seriously chill for August but I’m overheating. I sat in the Bright Angel creek for hours. I’m a little worried about my scar being exposed to the sun. But it’s too hot. I had to stay shirtless. I layered many squirts of sunscreen on it. I hope the scar tissue won’t sunburn. It’s at high risk for that and will cause more pain and even long term complications.