End of Year Reflections from Adele

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Late last year I began filming a documentary about aging, ageism, aging in the beauty biz…and other intriguing topics. I was entering a new phase of life and wanted to create an empowering picture, particularly for women. So, I teamed up with an awesome producer and our ideas were overflowing. 

Before we started, I prayed that the higher purpose of the film be revealed in an inspiring way and that I gain a more ‘intimate relationship’ with my body. Well, be careful for what ya’ wish for! Shortly before we shot a significant segment in studio, I sensed some discomfort in part of my body that persisted as I continued to power through life, hoping it would just go away. 

It didn’t. Eventually the pain got so bad it was difficult to do very simple things – like walk my dog. Within weeks, I went from advanced yoga to struggling to touch my toes or tie my own shoes.

After a few months of limping around and now praying for a miracle, I finally succumbed to an MRI. I’m not yet ready to talk publicly about the diagnosis – there’s lots of layers and all the details will be in the documentary, wink wink. Suffice to say, something happened to my body that I had associated with much older people. I thought I was falling apart before my time and it freaked me out!

There’s a common theme in the world of wellness and woowoo which I’ve subscribed to since childhood: Surgery should always be avoided and more often messes people up. 

When I was younger my mom didn’t take us to doctors when we got sick. We used food, herbs, homeopathy, vitamins, and bodywork to get better. Or we just ignored the inconveniences of the body and waited for things to resolve on their own. We rarely got sick, but when we did, our ‘natural’ approach to healing worked pretty well. But now I was told I needed major surgery!

So, for many months, I passionately pursued an alternative cure. I tried stem cells, fascia release, dynamic neuromuscular stabilization, chiropractic, meditation, visualization, countless supplements…and more prayer. Occasionally I’d get little relief, but nothing stopped the suffering and/or resolved the issue. 

Sure, there are many unnecessary surgeries performed on people that often make matters worse…AND there are times of course when surgery saves lives. I’m all for holistic healing, but sometimes bone broth, crystals, sage, and celery juice don’t cut it, and no amount of imagination is going to grow an arm. 

If I had not surrendered to surgery in October, my lifestyle (and body) would’ve been permanently and severely compromised. Though I’m still in early recovery, already I feel far better than prior to the surgery and am deeply grateful there was a solution. 

Spending most of this year in chronic pain was one of the toughest things I’ve ever experienced, yet truly transformational. The limitations of my body forced me to slow down (yet again), and reflect on what I truly value. Nothing like pain to bring more perspective! 

I’ve often considered emotional pain to be a close companion, yet physical pain was new for me. And so far, it’s been one of the greatest teachers in my life. 

Today, I have much more compassion for people who live with chronic pain. Basic bandwidth is so stretched when operating in a body that’s hurting. Rather than sweat the small stuff, I now truly appreciate the small things – like walking without wincing. I feel more compassionate toward myself as well. That ol’ inner-critic who’s messed with me most of my life is just less loud lately. Something has softened and sobered inside me. 

Since the diagnosis, the documentary was put on hold….again. This film has actually been in the works for a really long time. There have many gaps along the way, sometimes lasting years as I’ve tended to other responsibilities and career callings. Truth is, I’ve been petrified to put this story out there because it’s so deeply personal. But after a year of reflection on what matters most to me now, this film really wants to be born!

Since January, I put building my business on hold and directed more energy to caring for myself and loved ones. I felt more private and stayed off social media for the most part. I knew I’d re-emerge into the world when I was inspired to do so. After a much-needed retreat, I feel freer, clearer, and more confident. Sometimes you gotta go off-line to come back online!

Next year I plan to focus more on projects, pastimes, and people that inspire me. I also plan to prioritize fitness, something I haven’t been able to do for an entire year. One way to get motivated to exercise: try being in a body that requires a walker and you’ll likely run to reunite with your gym buddy when the time comes! 

In the end, what I initially thought would be a terrible trauma turned out to be something that helped me heal more than just my body. Life literally stopped me in my tracks and proceeded to recalibrate my entire being in profound ways that I’m still processing. The body is a miraculous living machine made of many parts, all interconnected. The profound healing I’m experiencing physically and otherwise, just shortly after surgery, gives me renewed HOPE. Sometimes parts need to fall apart to come back together again. 

I’m truly grateful for all of you, and hope your holidays bring much LIGHT and love to you and your families. May the New Year deliver a positive reset for all, and beautiful rebirth. 

What has your body taught you, whether through pain or even pleasure? I love hearing from you! 

Showing 18 comments
  • elaine christine

    Awesome message Adele – you are so inspiring and beautiful in every way. Thank you for your sharing and thank you for your beautiful lotion. I am holding you in my heart for a complete recovery.
    Love and hugs and blessings … Elaine Christine

    • Adele Uddo

      Thank you so much Elaine! Love, hugs and blessings back to you 🤍

  • DD

    Hello there! I am so looking forward to your documentary! You are a wonderful storyteller and have such a rich and vibrant way with words!

    I think of you often and was, honest to goodness, just about to reach out when this update came through!

    I wish you health and wellness, always! Have a fabulous Holiday season! Take care my friend ❤️🙏🏽

    • Adele Uddo

      DD! Love you my friend. Thank you SO much. Will definitely let you know when the documentary is finally finished 😉 Ditto, wishing you a wonderful year ahead! x

  • Lorianne

    Sending humble prayers of healing and comfort. Your courage when faced with a life changing challenge is awe inspiring.

    • Adele Uddo

      Aww Lorianne, thank you very much! Love to you and happy new year 🤍

  • Cheryl

    I really enjoyed this email/blog post. You are a very gifted writer. Sending love. 🧡💪🧡💃🏻

  • Cayon

    <3 thank you for sharing your stories, your photos, and your amazing product!

  • Michelle

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! Your products are the best!

  • Nance

    Dear Sweet Adele. Your journey reminds me so much of my own that started so many years ago and one that continues to this day. You write beautifully and cohesively which makes it easy to understand and feel and take in. Thank you for always putting yourself out there one way or the other. You are doing so good and i can tell from your words that you know it now which is so important. By the way, I sure hope you don’t ditch the lotion for other avenues of spiritual and physical growth. Your lotion is a very important part of my daily ritual. I love it so much and you and Chris and everyone you love, i love too.

    • Adele Uddo

      Ha! No plans to ditch the lotion any time soon 🙂 Thank you so much for what said. Love to you!

  • Dr. Nicki monti

    As usual a beautifully written piece. Sending love. 🌹

    • Wendy W Wolff

      Dear Adele,
      I had no idea about what you have been going through. We have missed seeing you on our neighborhood walks. But now I know you have been taking care of yourself. And obviously, you have been doing yourself a conscientious favor favor. We sense that you are on the other side of things now and you are mending.
      God Bless you and now you are in our prayers too!
      Warmly, Wendy W

      • Adele Uddo

        Thank you so much Wendy! Appreciate the prayers and kind words. Happy and healthy new year to you and your family! 🤍

  • Andree

    So well written, Deli! Kudos to you for turning your difficult journey into an opportunity for growth. Your strength is inspirational!!! Your post reminded me of one of my favorite quotes, “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Budda. Wishing you all these blessings and more!!

    • Adele Uddo

      Love that quote. Thank you for sharing! And thank you for the love. Back to YOU x

  • Wendy Maurer

    Hi Adele. I was along ti e friend of your dad and knew you in Lacombe when you were younger. I am one of your great full customers. I do understand the path you have been on and send you such strong beams of love. Your work has been important and your shared story equally so. Wishing you all good things. Wendy Maurer.

    • Adele Uddo

      Wendy, thank you so much for the kind message, means a lot to me. Amazing that you were a friend of my dad’s and I love that you still live in Lacombe. And thank you so much for being a grateful customer. I’m grateful for YOU 🤍

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