There's information all over the internet about how to overcome challenges, how to be successful, how to stay motivated, how to cope with loss. But, they're sanitized, and often aimed at some sweeping happy ending. Our uncanny inclination to focus on the positive often glosses over how do we actually, step by step, get up and rise again after a fall? I think what we need more of is seeing behind the curtain, behind the facade. What are the real struggles our friends and family face? What do they wrestle with daily? What challenges do they face, and how do they get through them?
Last night I was watching Chicago Fire, an episode where one of the main characters, Hermann, goes into a burning building with a friend & fellow firefighter from another house. In a split second trying to save a man trapped inside, the two men are separated in the smoke & Hermann makes it out alive, … Continue reading Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please
They wanted me to wear a heart monitor for 30 days. I told them, "No." I'm not the type of girl who needs a heart monitor for 30 days. Am I? I am healthy, fit and strong. I tell myself that every day. I want my ears to hear those words, constantly. I am living … Continue reading I’m Not that Type of Girl…Am I?
Everything changed at a Chainsmokers concert in November. I am living an extraordinary life now, and it all started with one night, standing on a VIP riser, drowning in bass at a Chainsmokers concert. Back in September, I had a major relapse of seizures. I'd gone 110 days without any seizures over the summer (summer … Continue reading An Extraordinary Life Makeover, That Started With a “Chainsmokers” Show
Six weeks ago, I started seeing an amazing new doctor who finally diagnosed this mystery illness that has made me so sick the last two years. He has begun weekly IV treatment along with a host of other alternative therapies that are finally starting to give me my life back after two years of countless … Continue reading I Hereby Grant Myself Permission to Be Shitty