Stacy London Shares Her Inspiring Story Of Healing After A Spine Surgery
American fashion consultant and stylist, Stacy London, has been through some pretty rough times and come out on the other side. Her story is nothing short of inspiring.
Stacy London had a challenging 2017
In a candid piece she wrote for Refinery29, the "What Not To Wear" host talked about getting a spinal surgery and a process of healing that left her emotionally broken and financially spent.
Small debate about my 1930s dress from @thewaywewore yesterday about whether it's a kind of lace or crochet. It looks MORE like crochet to me, but weigh in if this a particular type of lace that has a name that I don't know or if we are all kinda unsure? Also, lots of questions about my necklaces: The globe with star is a new piece from @marylouisedesigns and as always, the Moonstone and opal combo is from my dear friend and talented angel on earth @taryntoomey. I think they make a nice combo! #vintage #vintageclothing #vintageobsession #lace #crochet #ihavenoidea #necklace #pretty #combo
Stacy says she agreed to make a surgery in December 2016 in view of a successful year in 2017. She wanted to be free of the back pain that had dogged her for years. She was newly out of a job and planned to make 2016 a sabbatical year, until it became clear that she had to undergo the surgical procedure.
ONE YEAR AGO TODAY. Disabled, immobilized, terrified. Spine surgery. This year has been hard work but I wouldn’t trade it for anything: I’m out of chronic pain physically AND psychologically. It feels like it was yesterday and at the same time, so very long ago. I have my friends, family and @hspecialsurgery to thank for that. #countyourblessings PS: pretty sure I took this selfie high on Oxy, Fentanyl and Ketamine. Although I don’t really know whether it was a selfie or not. TBH, I don’t remember much of anything. #fuck2017
The TLC star host was, however, not prepared for the toll her plans would take on her.
If I’d known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have made any plans at all.
Escaping reality through retail therapy
On paper, the surgery procedure was meant to heal in six weeks, but she did not account for how much longer it would take to get her life back on track. As the healing process dragged on, Stacy says she felt unhinged without a job or purpose. She used shopping to compensate.
"I’m a grown-up, but surgery, sadness, and immobility had me acting like a child," Stacy said in her revealing essay.
Love on the 11th floor. The first and only post I'll be making from @hspecialsurgery - 5 days after spinal surgery I can stand and walk. Maybe even a little faster than @nickonken ???? (And before any comments - my penguin pjs were special soft ones for my surgery from @meijerstores so back off.????)
Long weeks of healing from surgery resulted in clinical depression, but she continued to indulge in retail therapy. It kept her from dealing with the fear that she was losing a grip over her life. It also distracted her from facing the fact that her relationship with her boyfriend was over.
How she got her life back
The TV host, who has made a career out of helping people make better fashion decisions, says it took a lot, including the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, and a meeting with her accountant, to wake her up.
At the start of 2018, she revealed that she had to forgive a bunch of people who had hurt her in the past, but it took a lot before she got to that point.
She says, these days, she is very conscious of her mistakes and the need to rectify them.