Happy Dance

We used to have a 'happy dance' tradition in our family. When we received good news or reached a milestone, we would do a goofy, happy dance together as a family. My husband and I started this in the early years of our marriage and our son delighted in them throughout his preschool, elementary years. … Continue reading Happy Dance

heartSTRONG

Yesterday, I had a routine transplant check up which included an office visit with my nurse practitioner and my local transplant cardiologist as well as labs and an echocardiogram (ECHO) which is an ultrasound of the heart to evaluate structural integrity and heart function. Now that I am 11 years out from my transplant, these … Continue reading heartSTRONG

Angels Among Us

Warning: this post will make you smile and it may make you cry. I'd like to share an encounter I had as my heart was beginning to fail. I was headed to a cardiology appointment one January day. I parked the car, hopped out, locked the doors and headed towards the medical complex. I made … Continue reading Angels Among Us

When the Heart Fails

In February 2008 within the confines of the 4 walls of an exam room and a 20-minute not even 8 weeks after my valve surgery, my husband and I were told that my heart was failing. An encounter etched in my memory forever; an encounter characterized by shared disappointment and genuine compassion. After delivering this … Continue reading When the Heart Fails

Giving Voice to Trauma

"Hiding your core feelings takes an enormous amount of energy, it saps your motivation to pursue worthwhile goals, and it leaves you feeling bored and shut down." The Body Keeps the Score ~Bessel Van der Kolk, MD By way of background for those who likely don't know my story, I was diagnosed and successfully treated for … Continue reading Giving Voice to Trauma

Why I blog

It's been a while since I reflected on WHY I blog; I've had some time on my hands of late recovering from a 'bout of 'should-have-gone-to-the-hospital' pneumonia, so I thought I'd share my reasons for blogging. I blog for a few reasons: to infuse hope, light into places of despair, darkness to educate, equip, and … Continue reading Why I blog

Working Smart: Grocery Delivery and/or Pick Up

Living with a chronic illness requires one to work smart, to listen to one's body, and to be flexible on a daily basis. Today, I am sharing my grocery shopping tips, tricks, and props. I really must confess that my dislike, borderline hate, of the grocery store predates my heart transplant and while I'm no fan … Continue reading Working Smart: Grocery Delivery and/or Pick Up

Thanksgiving Debrief

That moment that I found myself in the hospital the week before Thanksgiving and it finally hit me; 'I can't do this'. So, I made an executive decision to cancel Thanksgiving meaning that I could not possibly host those we'd invited. My husband has an international travel component to his job as a software engineer … Continue reading Thanksgiving Debrief