This is us: crazy, goofy, loving and constantly on the go.
This year is the year for new challenges and experiences. We are out to conquer the world one day at a time. Practicing living in the moment and taking note of the little things. My main focus will be healing and learning life as a below knee amputee. IF you just sighed and had a thought like ‘awe’, ‘poor thing’ or anything similar – scrap that! This was an elective surgery to vastly improve my quality of life and reduce nerve pain. All good things, but I won’t spoil it for you. Assuming you want to know more, then dig through my blog posts and enjoy!
In my spare time I can be found reading, taking pictures, cooking, quilting, spending time with loved ones and drinking coffee, tea or wine. I thoroughly enjoy sarcasm and witty banter. I loved growing up in the Midwest and decided to stay and raise a family here. The last few years have been a whirl wind for our family. We got married, bought a house and then I was hit with an unexpected auto-immune disease. Transverse Myelitis left me paralyzed from the waist down (temporarily). I spent over a month in the hospital and have had over 300 medical appointments in the last year and a half. Thankfully I have been able to regain some of my mobility and can walk without a device and bike for short distances. This has given me the opportunity to gain new hobbies and interests.
In December 2016 we adopted a 3 to 4-year-old dog from the local Humane Society. Her name is Shiva; she is a Manchester Terrier mix. She has been an awesome addition to our family. We enjoy that she is a potato at home and has energy out and about at the dog park, hiking or running along side us on bike rides. We are currently taking her to obedience classes so she can learn to walk without pulling and come back to us when called.
I am working on finding a balance in life. Family, friends, work, myself and to do lists. Part of taking time for my self is allowing time to do something I enjoy; even if it means setting aside things that need to get done. This is something I struggle with because I am a perfectionist with ADHD and anxiety. Leaving things unfinished causes me great stress. This has become an issue that has gotten more difficult because my energy and capabilities have changed since my diagnosis.
My family is one of the best you could ever ask for. I have a supporting loving husband who is my partner in crime. A daughter who ensures that there is never a dull moment in our home. Parents (all three of them) who are there for me, but never hesitate to tell me the truth, even if it’s not what I want to hear. Plus extended family and friends who have become family (whether they like it or not). It is pretty special when I think about the wonderful people in my life.
Hopefully you will enjoy some of my stories, pictures and tidbits about our life. If not, that is okay too because they are here because I needed to get them down on paper so to speak.