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Day of Thanks

22 Nov

Thanksgiving every year is always a day that I look at my life and what really matters to me. This year has been filled with ups and downs but through it all, I am more thankful for the people, love, and support than I ever have been in the past. The older I am getting, the more I am realizing what really matters in my life and the things that will get me over any mountain in front of me. I am thankful for so much that I’m not even sure I will be able to put it into words but I am sure gunna try!

  • My family – through the past year with losing a close friend, we’ve been there for each other and family is the most important thing in my life, I love them so much and hope someday I can figure out a way to show them! My sister and her family bring so many happy moments to my life, my Dad demonstrates so much strength, and my Mom is my biggest cheerleader. Thank you all so much for being the best family a girl could ask for!
  • David – can’t imagine life without you! You may be silly sometimes and a little obsessed with hockey, but you are one of a kind and one that brings so much happiness, hope, and together we can get through anything! Love you lots!!
  • My In-Laws & family – You never fail to make me laugh and lighten any situation. You all welcomed me in with open arms and from day one have been my second family!!
  • My friends – I have finally realized what good, true, selfless, and genuine friendship means and I am so thankful for my friends from high school and college that are still so close as well as the new friendships I have made in the past few years. I love you all so much and you accept me for me!
  • My home, health, memories, faith, hope, future, and so much more – I am lucky to be alive today and constantly remind myself of that daily.

I hope you all have a very special day today and I encourage you to think of all of the things you are thankful for in your lives. It will definitely put things into perspective. Enjoy some wine, enjoy some pie, but most of all enjoy the people that surround you and the love that fills your homes. Have a happy day!




A Blessing in Disguise

9 Nov

Through my battle with HA, I have met several wonderful women struggling and having the same issues as I do. These friendships have been made because we are all going through one of the harder things a woman should ever have to endure on her own. The bonds we have made have been life changing and the support we can offer one another is irreplaceable.

When I found the support board back in April, I immediately felt a connection with these women. They were saying the same things that I was thinking and it was like I found a group of people who are the way I am and think the way I do and do the things I do – which in turn has gotten us to where we are now. Those bonds have also gotten me to where I am today in my recovery, and I am forever thankful for each and every one of them!

There are women in the group trying to beat HA by gaining weight, medicine, acupuncture, herbs, faith, and positivity. Because at this point in my recovery I am trying to get pregnant naturally, I reached out to another girl on the board who was doing the same. We had found the board around the same time and gained our cycles back around the same time. Her name is Priscilla, and she is one of the most positive, inspirational, and caring people I have ever met – and she was that way to a complete stranger miles and miles away.

Priscilla and I clicked right away and began messaging daily, then texting, and Skyping. She was like my own personal Dr. Google and Chicken Soup for the Soul all wrapped up into one! After months of talking about all things baby, life, seeing a different perspective, and a virtual shoulder to cry on, Priscilla and her mom decided to come meet and visit me in Iowa!

I was so nervous when I was driving to the airport, but as soon as we gave each other a big hug, all of the nerves were gone. It was like catching up with an old friend that I’ve known for years!

I’ve never been able to talk to someone DAILY (multiple times a day in fact), spend 4 days with them, and still not run out of things to talk about!!

We started the weekend off with making our own homemade calzones and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

We drank some wine and laughed a lot while trying to mimic Pinterest’s version of the calzones.

Saturday we went to a town called Galena, IL. It has lots of cute little shops on their Main Street. We did some shopping and ate lunch there and headed back to town to visit the River Walk and take some pictures.

Later we joined up with some of our friends and had dinner, drank some wine, and went to a friends’ house to hang out.

Sunday, Linda and Priscilla got to meet my nephews and my sister. We ate lunch at my sister’s house and then just hung around until David played hockey later that night.

Monday came too fast as always and it was time for me to take them back to the airport. We had such a great time with so many good memories and laughs that it was really sad to take them back so soon but I am so thankful that they were even able to come visit me and I can’t wait until I get to visit them some day!

This past year I have learned a lot about people. There are such good, genuine people out there. We see on the news about all of the crazies and bad things that happen, but why don’t we document the goodness in people. The people who mail you something from far away who don’t even know you just to brighten your day. The people who will fly miles and miles to spend a weekend with you because your friendship is that important to them. Or even the people who lend you their mittens, scarf, and Carhartt overalls because you are standing outside in the Iowa November weather for hours and hours conducting exit poll surveys (yep, that’s me!).

Maybe someday we can turn on the news and hear about all of the good things that are happening in this world and all of the good people that are in it.

My battle with HA has been super hard but it is definitely a blessing in disguise. I have met some of the most wonderful women that exist and I have built friendships with each and every one. The road hasn’t been easy but today I am thankful for those friendships like the one I have with Priscilla that I have some extra positivity in my life for the times that are hard and I wish that everyone would have a special friend or a strong support system of family and friends around them like I do because we aren’t alone in this world.