Katelyn Mary Vanacore, my donor.
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've seen this picture before. It gives a numerical value to each letter (i.e. A=1, B=2 etc) and shows that if you apply that formula to the word 'knowledge; you receive 96%. Apply it to 'hard work' and you'll get 98%. Finally, is shows you that 'attitude' gives you 100%. I think initially this was … Continue reading Attitude
There is a saying that seems to explain what I'm going through pretty well. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. This phrase means that one is waiting for an inevitable event to occur that is usually undesirable. I usually don't use this to describe my transplant, because that is quite desirable, but to … Continue reading The other shoe.
With Thanksgiving coming up this week I want to point out a few things I wasn't, but should have been, thankful for last year. My goal here is to help myself, and maybe a few others, think of some of the small things we take for granted and be truly thankful this holiday season. Showers! … Continue reading I should have been thankful.
Lao Tzu said, "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Having a chronic illness, disease or disability not only takes its toll on the patient but on all of the loved ones as well. I think this quote really embodies the relationship between Dan and I during … Continue reading Mr. Perfect-for-me
We all try our best to be Super Mom (or Dad, brother, sister, aunt, cousin etc.). We have to remember that in taking care of our loved ones we have to take care of ourselves. If I have to take my kids to daycare a few times a week, so that when they are with … Continue reading Super Mom
Today was a rough day. My kids were driving me bonkers, random crap went wrong that added to my 'to do' list and it was just a crummy day. I decided that today would be a perfect day to remember the lovely things about my children and thus write this blog post. The American Heart … Continue reading Her wedding is why.
I saw some good news on Facebook today! One of my favorite bands, Halfway to Hazard, is getting back together. They've been through a lot. Chad Warrix and David Tolliver took a break from their dream but are now back and better than ever. That's my plan for my transplant too. For now, let's rewind … Continue reading Surviving, Shining and Smiling
My heart journey began in late February 2008. At the time Dan, now my husband, was 12 months into a 15 month deployment. I was a special education teacher and head of the special education department at Hiram Elementary School. I was working on my Masters degree and also working part time in retail. My … Continue reading Long, long ago… kind of