This week at school was literacy week. There were multiple spirit days, such as dress as your favorite book character, rainbow day, dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character and dress as your favorite teacher day. Lying in bed the night before dress as your favorite teacher day, unable to sleep, I thought of all … Continue reading Dress As Your Favorite Teacher
In November 2018, I was asked to be one of the speakers at the Kansas City Medical Society Dinner. I was beyond honored to be listed beside Wesley Hamilton and U.S Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams but I had no idea that I would receive another honor that evening. You see, I … Continue reading I’m Back!
Whenever a family is in crisis friends, family, neighbors and loved ones jump in and help out! The most common contribution is a meal, specifically dinner. I'd like to offer the idea that there may be a better option. About two weeks ago I had an epiphany. I was sick, Will had ever so kindly … Continue reading The time I cried over banana bread
I wanted to throw out a quick thought running through my mind. Someone always has it worse. This thought came through my mind MANY times while waiting for my transplant. I've told my husband a hundred times that as long as my kids are ok I would do it all again. This week has been … Continue reading Someone always has it worse… BUT
Today I cleaned out my closet. Let me give you a quick sneak peek into the life of Jenna Bell. This is HUGE! I am terrible and putting away laundry. Ask my husband! He folds laundry for me and then leaves the laundry basket on my side of the bed. I usually simply move … Continue reading ‘pet peeve’ vs ‘favored fun’
Katelyn Mary Vanacore, my donor.
My donor Katelyn and I have been together for a year now. I feel a sense of relief knowing that my risk decreases now that I've hit this mark. I've thought a lot about Katelyn and her family this year. Every time I feel blessed to be alive I think of what they've given me. … Continue reading 1 Year Anniversary
This morning I was on 99.7 The Point for their segment Tell Me Something Good! I shared a bit of my story and was able to talk about the prevalence of heart disease in our country. Here are some other good things happening in February! National Heart Month (all February) Nation Wear Red Day (Friday … Continue reading 99.7 The Point Tell me something good
I woke up January 1st, 2017 with a healthy heart. Since no one knows exactly when my heart failed I don't know the last time I woke up on New Years day with a healthy heart. I'm going to take a pause here to remember my donor Katelyn and her family and the heartache I … Continue reading Being happy in 2017
For those of you who don't know, I run a home-based business through WineShop at Home. I do in home wine tastings, help people shop for gifts etc. I am frequently asked at my tastings, "I got this bottle of wine from XXX, how long should I age it?" My stock answer usually recommends that … Continue reading Today is a good day…