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May 1, 2018
Hey friends,   I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while!  It’s been a pretty rough two months.. :(   The last half of March, I started experiencing severe, cramping abdominal pain, terrible nausea, distention (I looked pregnant! :( )....and just felt really unwell.  The abdominal pain started happening every few days to every single day.  Pretty soon it hurt terribly to eat (much worse than the usual pain from gastroparesis) and drink water. :(  Even pushing meds through my jejunostomy tube caused pain right away.  I lost weight and felt really weak.  Everything [...]
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Mar 16, 2018
Hello friends,   My family and I recently got back from an amazing vacation in Orlando, Florida!  I shared this on FB, but for those who didn’t know, a very kind friend and his wife wanted me to “make a wish,” so I chose Disney World/Universal Studios since I’ve never been there, and my family and I all had the most wonderful time!!!   The weather was so beautiful, the food was amazing, the parks, rides, and shows were all so very fun, and it was just so nice being able to get away from weekly doctor appointments and all things medical-related.   Anyways, this [...]
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Jan 31, 2018
“Faith means believing that God is good.  Even if we can’t see it today, one day we’ll look back and see clearly His sovereignty, goodness, and kindness.” ~Randy Alcorn   Hey friends,   Just checking in with a short update. :)   The flu season has been so bad....so other than going to my doctor appointments, I realized I haven’t been “out” since Christmas Day. :(  I just can’t get the flu!  It would be really dangerous with mito.  So I’ve just been staying home and hand lettering (my new favorite thing to do! ;) )....it’s already been 4 [...]
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Apr 26, 2017
"It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life.  It is the glory of God to conceal a matter.  It is our glory to trust Him, no matter what." ~Joni Eareckson Tada    Hello friends,   I'm so sorry it's been more than a month since I last blogged! :(  To be honest, the last several weeks have been very rough....   Long story short, I had yet another ER visit/hospital stay at the beginning of April because of issues with my port, neurogenic bladder [...]
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Nov 15, 2016
"Pain is a forest we all get lost in Between the branches, hope can be so hard to see And in the darkness, we've all got questions We're all just trying to make sense out of suffering, but You say I am blessed because of this So, I choose to believe As I carry this cross, You'll carry me..." ~Carry Me by Audrey Assad   Hey friends,   Just a short update.  Thank you all for continuing to pray for me!  I know I've said this before, but you are a huge encouragement!! :)   It has now been more than 3 months since my hip [...]
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Oct 26, 2016
"Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering.  It is the presence of God." ~Sam Storms     Last week, I threw up a ton again, and it never gets easier. :(  We don't know what caused it this time...but my GI dr. thinks these vomiting episodes are from my gastroparesis/intestinal dysmotility.     My feet have been burning horribly lately.  I don't know if the nerve pain is getting exacerbated by the change in weather or what.  My pain dr. did switch up one of my medications a little while ago, so it could be because that is not at a [...]
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Aug 30, 2016
Hello friends. :)   I just wanted to say a huge thank-you for all of your prayers, cards, flowers, and encouragement!  I'm so thankful for all of you.  You guys brighten up my life.   I'm sorry it's been almost a month since I last blogged.  Post-op recovery from my hip surgery and muscle biopsy has been extremely rough, and I've had to literally draw all of my strength (physically, mentally, and spiritually) from the Lord!  This month of August, I had 18 appointments on top of surgery and hospital stays.  But the Lord is full of grace, and He sustained me through [...]
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Aug 2, 2016
This past Friday, I had my Orthopedic Pre-op appointment.  I saw my surgeon's physician assistant, and she explained what's involved with the surgeries, the extensive rehabilitation protocol, and much more.  In addition to the hip labral and cartilage repairs, my surgeon will possibly be doing a femoral neck osteoplasty and acetabular rim trimming (this depends on what she finds inside my hip joint).  During surgery, the doctors will do a femoral nerve block for pain management purposes which will hopefully last 1-2 days.   After surgery, I have to take an anti-inflammatory [...]
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Jul 13, 2016
Oscar Wilde wrote: "In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." To rephrase his thought, I suggest there are likewise only two joys. One is having God answer all your prayers; the other is not receiving the answer to all your prayers. I believe this because I have found that God knows my needs infinitely better than I know them. And He is utterly dependable, no matter which direction our circumstances take us. ~Joni Eareckson Tada   Hey friends,   Thank you for always checking in and reading my blog. [...]
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Jun 7, 2016
Last Thursday, I had my hip MRI arthrogram.  Before the actual scan, I was taken to Radiology, and the doctor injected a combination of saline, adrenaline, two types of contrast, and long-acting lidocaine all into my left hip joint.  The needle was very long! :O  They used long-acting lidocaine because they said that contrast really upsets the hip joint a couple days after the MRI.  The numbing medication took away my hip pain completely which was so nice. :)  Sadly, after it wore off on Friday, the pain has since doubled, and I can't move my leg well at all. :/   Yesterday, [...]
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