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Positivity is a Choice

Wherever You Go, There You Are : Positivity is a Choice

I’ve heard this saying for many, many years, from several sources. (If you’re interested in a slightly entertaining list of “I first heard it HERE” check this out). I’ve tried travel on for size, experiencing 49 states and 14 countries. I went places. I was places. I felt present in those places. It was a fantastic […]

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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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An Inspirational Wedding Story – The Family that Attended

October 4th, 2014, I married my Soulmate. There’s a catch… I’d been married once before in 2005 to a Marine I’d met at the Defense Language Institute, aptly called the  Desperate Love Institute.  I’ve jokingly called my first wedding my $12,000 mistake for many years, as that’s what it cost, and that’s what it was. He’d proposed to me […]

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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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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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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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The Meaning of this Birthday

This birthday means something a bit different from those of the past. When I was a child, my birthdays meant success. They meant I was a WHOLE YEAR older and I could puff out my chest when I claimed proudly, “I’m now EIGHT, and yes, I feel older!!!” to the age old question.  I’d look […]

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Rita’s Rat Lungworm Recovery Update – Prognosis

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 […]

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Eating Slugs Promoted on TNT AFTER Contestant Paralyzed, Nearly Dies

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 […]

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