Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HEALTH MATTERS: Paying It Forward

an no, I did not eat all that cake--just 2 small bites is all I needed :)

Yesterday was my 29th birthday and for the first time in my life I am actually excited about moving forward into another year!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HEALTH MATTERS: Hope Found


I've been wanting to write about my health journey for quite some time, but I have been REALLY SCARED. Scared, that people would look at me differently if they knew what I was struggling with. I try SO hard to appear to be the kind of person I want to be that I didn't want people to think badly of me. There are so many misunderstandings about the health problems I deal with that even I had a bad stigma of them until I did the research. So with a fear, but hope, I am going to tell you my story.

I've been on a long journey to find good health.
My goal was simple: feel good so I could be the kind of mother, wife and person I want to be for life.
 But, that proved much harder than it seemed. It took doctors 9 years to finally diagnose me with Severe Depression and Anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). All my blood work “looked great” but I was feeling awful! I wasn't sleeping at night, I was having chronic headaches and migraines, and panic attacks. I was not functioning because my depression was soooo bad. I was living with constant pain. Some days my depression was so bad that I just couldn't face life. 
Over the course of 9 years I went to doctor after doctor, trying to find relief. Their advice was to try "this medication" or "that medication"...which I tried and nothing seemed to help.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

FAMILY MATTERS: The "Twins" Night Out

Last Saturday Shelby and I were invited by my soon-to-be sister in-law, Allyse, to go watch her try on wedding dresses. Shelby and I were thrilled! We don't get many opportunities to just hang out with the girls (without all those boys around heeheee). So Shelby and I decided to dress like "twins." We scoured our closets for similar clothing and came up with this: