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A Story of a Girl and her Bladder after Surviving Rat Lungworm. A Trilogy My first appointment with the Urology clinic once I was on my own was January 20th, 2014. That’s 13 months and a day after I was released from the Community Living Center in the Phoenix VA Health Care System following my […]
I am a runner. I’ve always been a runner. Now, I’m a recovering runner. And I’m inspired. I find it slightly ironic that my entire life I’ve been thought of as “different” for wanting to run epic long distances (I mean, really, where I’ve grown up, most people don’t express a ton of excitement to […]
I’m asked often when I visit my friends I met in the Army if I miss it. I can honestly and openly answer a clear and concise, “NO,” anytime I answer without hesitation. Some of my friends challenge that fact in disbelief… “Really? You don’t miss it at all? After 8.5 years, you can just […]
From Patient to Caretaker: A little over a year ago I was wearing the gait belt while my physical therapist and my lover taught me how to stand and walk again. Today I held it. Today was my first day officially working as a caretaker. Granted, it was only for one hour of my morning, […]
WATCH THE VIDEO! TRUST ME!!!! FUNDRAISER FOR RAT LUNGWORM SURVIVOR, GRAHAM MCCUMBER! LET’S GET THIS MAN A SERVICE DOG!!!!!! OBVIOUSLY, this story resonates with me on levels that are EXTREMELY personal. This is a VERY worthy fundraiser for an especially spectacular young rat lungworm survivor. Take the 5 minutes or so it takes to be […]
A short story on how Outdoor Zumba in Moab Came to be. The mantra I’ve found myself repeating as I’ve downsized and downsized and downsized is this: Let it go. It will come back. So I let go, most times for ridiculously low prices, sometimes for free. We gave away or sold everything John and I decided wasn’t practical to […]
Laughing Through Recovery is Necessary. Without Humor, there’s no hope. Tuesday night I got a text from John. It was a photo. There was blood. He’d gotten in a fight… With a tree branch. It split his cheek open, but other than some glue, a headache, and some swelling, he came out fine. Having a […]
Salsa Dancing in Moab, UT Just Got HOT! I’m excited in this moment. So much so that I’m positive I’m glowing. I wrote about how 2014 has been named “ The Year of Dance,” just a few days ago, and already my dreams are being realized! Two nights ago I sat with a group of incredibly talented musicians as a […]
Where am I in my rat lungworm recovery? A year ago, they thought I wouldn’t walk again. They didn’t account for my determination. This day last year I slept about 20 hours of the 24. I was wearing a diaper because I could no longer control my bowels, weighed about 99 lbs, and could not […]
Yep, you read the title correctly, EATING SLUGS PROMOTED. John and I watched my episode of 72 Hours again last night after our hot tub session. We snuggled up on the couch and acted like it was the first time seeing it while my legs twitched this way and that. Gotta love spasms. That is […]