Stitches, Schnitzel, and Succumbing to the Sofa.
It has been exactly one week since my surgery and my sense of time is definitely altered. It's hard to tell how many days have passed as since I returned home from the hospital, I made myself a nest on the living room couch and have not moved m... Read more
Home After A Narrow Pirate Escape...
On what seems to be a beautiful beginning of spring sunday morning, I am happy to say that I am home and recovering from my unimaginable pirate attack. The Johnny Depp look alikes kidnapped me and left me, alas, with no pirate booty to speak of ... Read more
Surgery, gluttony, sunshine, SOBE, and Cirque.
What seems so strange in this moment is how unbelievably hard it is to accept that I have cancer. Curable cancer, yes. The "cancer of choice" I've been told. Like I should feel special that it bestowed itself on me.
It seems so surreal. ... Read more
A Letter to My Family and Friends | Surgery Date
Dear SparkFriends: I am forwarding you below the letter I sent out today to my family and close friends. Since it is also relevant to all of you, I send it to you as well, my cherished SparkFamily :)
I want to take a moment first though t... Read more
Four Scary Words
A few days ago, when I was in the shower, a tune popped into my head and I couldn't shake it. I had no clue what it was but the the melody line kept haunting me. It was an old song, most likely remembered from my childhood days when my mother ... Read more
The Hopefully-Anti-Surgery Box Has Arrived.
First, thank you so much to everyone who sent me messages, goodies, and commented on my blog in the past week. It's meant the world to me to have so much support and well-wishes/prayer/energy/ligh
t sent in my direction. I cannot thank you ... Read more
It's So Hard to Admit Our Shortcomings... (Health Update)
We all believe we are Wonder Woman - able to finish what we start and in record time. Today was a lesson in priorities and humility... and licking a few self-imposed wounds.
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It's just a waiting game, five long weeks to find out what's going on.
I am calm. Really. I guess because right now there is no answer - at least not one that I am privy to. I saw the nose, ears, & throat specialist yesterday. My blood tests all came back without issue - my thyroid is otherwise functioning fine... Read more
On A High...
Today is my three month SparkPeople Anniversary - and coincidentally, it is also the day that I am exactly 20 pounds down from my weight when I started this journey. This in itself makes me do a crazy happy dance around the house as I've been t... Read more
Keeping the Cookies at Bay and Trying To Stay Calm
There are days that I admit that I worry about things I have no control over. There are days that I wish I could just sit back and let life unfold and roll with the punches. I already live a high stress life but am trying day by day to work to... Read more
Is My Body Learning?
Last week I was in Mexico capturing a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort (for those of you who don't know, I am a wedding photographer). I was also at a resort three weeks ago for another wedding in Jamaica and will be at one next w... Read more
Do Lower Calories actually equal healthier food?... (An Adventure at the Grocery Store)
I am an avid cook, perhaps even an aspiring chef. So when I moved into my home six years ago, my boyfriend was kind enough to one day surprise me by building me a pantry in my kitchen so I could keep my kitchen stocked and at the ready for what... Read more
When a few pounds come back | Dealing with client/peer-pressure
So this past week I was in beautiful Jamaica at an all-inclusive resort with my clients. This was NOT a vacation for me but a work-trip for a destination wedding (I am a wedding photographer and specialize in destinations). I was trying to be ... Read more
Calorie Counting On "Vacation" (an all-inclusive challenge and a thank you to spark people everywher
Who wants to count calories while at an all inclusive resort in paradise? Better yet, HOW do you do it when you don't have access to measuring cups, spoons, a food scale, or nutritional information? Many people would probably just say that the... Read more