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
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…
No one dared say it out loud. Hell, I didn't even really know it was happening. In the days after my transplant my family reveled in how pink my cheeks were. They oo'd and aww'd at the rouge returning to my lips. Mildly annoyed by their gushing I told them to stop. I didn't see much … Continue reading I didn’t even really know it was happening.
I have another blog coming up soon! Until I can get that thought finished here is what is on my mind today. I love Doctor Borkon. He was my surgeon that performed my heart transplant and he's nothing shy of amazing. that being said I think he may have ruined the v-neck for me forever. … Continue reading #FirstWorldProblem
Every day I am asked, "How are you?" I ask the same of my husband and children each day. I ask it of strangers on the street, friends on the phone, and dance moms at practice. I can't imagine the number of times a day that, "How are you?" is uttered. How many times do … Continue reading How are you?