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This Veteran’s Day: Advice from a Vet

FACT. I have not met a single combat veteran who is doing absolutely fine in “society” who has not spent a significant time in the wilderness to heal. Do you disagree that this is a fact? ASK. Correct me if you need, but before you clearly point out SGT SoAndSo’s vague successes to me, please […]

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An Inspirational Wedding Story – Part II – How it was Different

As I explained in An Inspirational Wedding Story Part I, John and I felt a distinct need to enjoy our wedding, regardless of who chose to participate. Something about the well accepted tradition of a bride being miserable on her wedding day, stressing about every single detail and decoration, worrying about everyone but herself simply didn’t […]

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Monsters Inside Me Season 5 Premiere…Save the date

Ours is a true reflection of love and dedication. Monsters Inside Me season 5 premiere episode OCTOBER 9th 10 PM E/P. That episode features our story. Why should you watch it? I was chosen for a reality adventure race: 72 Hours: Fijian Jungle as a result of the video submission below. Watch it and get to know Hurricane Rita. I had […]

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A Trip to the VA: Rat lungworm Urological Symptoms

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 […]

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A Recovering Runner Inspired

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 […]

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10 Years Ago Today – My First Deployment

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 […]

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From Patient to Caretaker – From Wearing the Gait Belt to Holding it

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, […]

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Fundraiser for Rat Lungworm Survivor Graham McCumber!

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 […]

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Outdoor Zumba in Moab, Utah – Doing What You Normally Do Inside, Outside

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 […]

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Gabapentin Moment – Laughing Through Recovery

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 […]

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