Glam Slam: I'll Never Have Gisele Bundchen's Body, But...

Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the 'Hope' Valentine Day Special Collection Launch Fashion Show, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 12, 2011 Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the 'Hope' Valentine Day Special Collection Launch Fashion Show, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 12, 2011

Gisele Bundchen is one of the world’s most beautiful women. How can a mere mortal such as myself stack up to her perfection? Um, not very well!

She is 5’11”. I am 5’6”.

She measures 34” 23” 33”. Me? 32” 30” 39”.

She has a gorgeous mane. My hair is thin and stringy.

She is very tan. I am pasty beyond belief.

She is a supermodel. I Am. Not. Even. Close.

You know what? I am OK with that and more appreciative of what I DO have than ever before.

On the day I was to leave for London to cover the Royal Wedding, I ended up in the emergency room. The next day I had my appendix taken out. I had never thought of an appendectomy as a “real” surgery. I mean, don’t lots of people have theirs taken out? No big deal, right? I thought I would be up and about in no time. I thought I might even be able to still make the trip to London.

Yeah, right. I could barely stand up and move around. Nurses had to help me get in and out of bed. Being so helpless made me mad! I am someone who is active and does some sort of exercise seven days a week, whether it be getting on my treadmill every day before work, hiking in my hilly neighborhood or taking my yoga classes. If this surgery kicked MY butt like this, I can only imagine what it would do to someone who does not exercise.

Ending up in the emergency room threw me for a loop. I was missing out on the trip of a lifetime… a chance to go to one of my favorite cities and witness history firsthand, blah, blah, blah. Wah, wah, wah.

Once I was able to hobble around the hospital hallways, I noticed all the people who were in FAR worse shape than me. That’s when I realized how lucky I am. Lucky that I did not get sick on the plane or in London. Lucky that my surgery could have been a far more serious and invasive one and lucky that my doctors rocked. Lucky that I do have wonderful family and friends to take care of me. Lucky that my body is strong and healthy and on the mend and I will get back to my normal routine soon. Some of the people in that hospital will never be the same, never get back to a “normal” routine.

So, while I might not win any beauty pageants or model searches, I’ve never felt more blessed- my body rocks!

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