Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A little of this and a little of that...

Quick little update... its become Fall in Minnesota.  Which is my favorite time of the year.  But with the colder weather, comes the more achy, stiff muscles and the coughing... oh how I hate the coughing.  But considering how bad all of this can be... I can't complain too much.

Officially... I have started to get a little bored.  It has taken 3 years.  But I finally feel like I might be able to handle a part time job of some sorts... we'll see.  I first want to get through this winter to see how I feel, as the winter months are the worse for me physically.  Fingers crossed everything works out and maybe I'll find a little something to keep me entertained.

Chris is SUPER busy with school and work... so proud of him, but can't really remember the last time I relaxed with him.  Seems as if we're going a mile a minute these days.  I'm finding ways to entertain myself though.  I've taken up sewing and am currently constructing a baby gift... pics to come later as I don't want to post before the shower :)

Also working on Halloween wreath and with Chris out of town this week I might just have to decorate before October 1st... we'll see! :)

Chris and I were fortunate to have one of my best friend's Liz and her husband come this weekend for a visit.  So I got to cook a meal and entertain, which I love.  Plus the company was amazing.  I really wish Liz and I lived next door to each other... she's that friend that no matter what I will always need in my life.  We just get each other.  She's the one friend that I haven't had to explain too much too about my disease, as she just gets it and knows the right thing to say. She has allowed me to be sad with her, get mad with her, and laugh about some of this as well.  Not sure what I would do without her.  Although I didn't look like me or feel like me, she was always able to pull the old me out.  But allowing me to be frustrated and not judge.  Its hard to come by friends that can help accomplish all of that... I'm fortunate and that I have had a few!

Anyways... not too much going on in this lane.  My blood tests have been normal for almost a year come this November and I got see the doctors in October.  I'm on 4 months visits and 2 month blood tests routine... considering I use to be every month... I'm ecstatic! :)

Keegan and Mia are doing amazing.  I get to see them in October!  Mia is obsessed with the Wizard of Oz... which was my favorite as a child.  Yesterday they had Wizard of Oz day at dance class.  Thought I'd share the two pics I got that warmed my heart...

Keegan Lee (Kiki) 4 years old 

Mia Reece (2.5 years old)

Hope everyone is feeling good, or better and enjoying the fall weather.  Fingers crossed we don't get snow in October this year! :)

Warmly... Maggie

Friday, September 23, 2011

Heavy Heart

The autoimmune community is a small one, although it seems to be getting bigger.  Most people don't talk about their disease unless its severe or they don't even realize that what they are experiencing is an autoimmune disease.

For the past few years, this blog and technology and given me a gateway to connect with people all over the world who either have my disease, or another autoimmune disease.  We all tend to experience the same things, some worse than others.

There is one person that I have always found comfort in.  Although, I've never met, her blog has brought me great comfort the past 3 years.  She has one of the most amazing outlooks on life and her faith is one of the most memorable things about her.  She writes so beautifully and truly can put into words what she is going through, without making you feel sorry for her. 

For awhile there, I felt a lot of parallels between Sara and I.  We were both basically house bond... her with her dog, me with my cat.  The doctors weren't really figuring out how to help either of us.  Dealing with BIG QUESTION MARKS, I always fond comfort in her blogs, as she handled her situation with such grace and strength.  She didn't complain or feel sorry for herself. Her blog gave me great strength, when I was at my lowest point and felt like no one would ever understand what I am going through... but Sara did.

The difference is now I was able to find a treatment that worked for me and a few answers regarding me disease.  Unfortunately, Sara did not.  Her body is slowly shutting down, and hospice care came this week... she is surrounded by,although I've never met them, what seems to be one of th emost amazing families.  I grieve in my heart for this fact, but I rejoice knowing that she will soon be with our creator and her body will feel no more pain.

I felt the need to write this blog, as whether you are struggling with an illness or even your faith... Sara's blog is one of the most inspirational things that I have come across.  She is a true inspiration for anyone.  I will truly miss her inspriation, but her blog is the type of blog you can easily go back and re-read many times and learn/grow over and over.

Please say prayers for Sarah and her family...

Friday, September 16, 2011

I love my mom

My mom has always been one of my top supporters and best friends.  I can honestly say that I can share anything with her and she usually one of two people that I go to for advice... her and my husband are the two people I can honestly not live without.

We always have so much fun together... so I was so happy when she came up this entire week and we just got to play.  It has been over 3 years since she has come up and there hasn't been a medical appt. thrown in there or me being extremely sick.

We shopped Monday-Thursday and I helped her sew my nieces Halloween costumes.  So to everyone who is worried that you'll never see a normal life again... I'm living proof that you can get back to enjoying each day.  Oh yes I still have aches and pains, and sometimes get tired and I have to watch it.  But let me tell you... I had a blast with my mom and I went shopping for the first time in 3 years... and enjoyed it.

Weight wise I'm still not back to normal, but I'm okay with that because I know it will come off eventually.  But... I can honestly say that I'm getting my bounce back in my step... which is perfect as it is just in time for my favorite time of the year... FALL.

Whether you are struggling today or feeling good... I hope everyone remembers to enjoy the little things in life.  That goes for the non-sickies as well.  A year ago I was focusing on that fact that I could do a whole load of laundry from start to finish in one day... now I'm shopping for 6 hours.  The little steps, turn into big steps and always have hope that you'll reach those big steps. A positive attitude is key... that is something that I learned from my mom. :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Craziness with a whole lotta happiness

Sorry for the lack of posts, but life has been a little hectic lately.  My dear friend, Molly, just got married last weekend so I have been gearing up for that the month of August.  It was a wonderful wedding and I was so honored to be a part of it.  Needless to say, I handle my anxiety perfectly and danced the night away.  As my Dad said, this is good for you Mags.  It gets you out there being"you" again.  I had a lot of fun, and I was so happy I was able to enjoy the entire weekend.  I did come home Sunday afternoon and sleep 16 hours straight though!  Pretty sore and tired for about 2-3 days but it was all worth it and I have recovered quite nicely! :)

Me and my father... Love him!  Prayers for him... he is on his way to India for  a mission trip of sorts tomorrow helping woman there to increase their agriculture production! :)

Chris and I... fresh off his fly fishing trip to Montana with my Dad and brother and his 28th birthday! :)

My mom and I... my best friend!  I couldn't of gotten through emotionally/physically if it wasn't for her! :)  Always and forever my number one cheerleader! :)

Best friends since 5th grade... So happy she found Neil and I was able to be a part of it! :)

The happy couple... Mr. and Mrs. Neil Mulholland! :)

One of my best friend's husbands, Ryan, took the wedding pictures.  Can't wait to see what he was able to capture on the wonderful day!  The weather was perfect! :)

So... besides the wedding, our house got struck by lightning in July... so we have been without our main computer/wireless.  SO I am writing this on my OLD college laptop.  I will admit that I never realized how much Chris and I relied on technology.  Also... we now have a wonderful technology graveyard!  I won't even begin to tell you how much that little lightning has cost us.  But hey... it could be worse!

So now that Molly's wedding is over I'm looking forward to my favorite time of the year... FALL/HALLOWEEN!  My mom is coming up in  a week to have a Mom/Daughter week.... she hasn't been here since April and it'll be the first time in 3 years that she'll be here without any medical interferences! woo hoo

So... I have sat and reflected this week while I re-cooperate.  Its hard for to think that 3 years ago this week I was diagnosed with my disease.  Two years ago this past weekend, ones when I hit my low point.  I could barely walk, coughing none stop and had a temperature of 103.  That's when I had to go to the hospital.  That is the lowest I have ever felt, as morbid as this is I never thought I would live to see the day that my dear friend Molly got married.  So... Molly's wedding was a triumph of sorts for me against my disease.  God has been good to me and has allowed me to start to lead a "semi normal life."  Slowly, he is starting to show me why he chose me to handle this.  Figuring out life and my purpose one day at a time can be quite joyful.  Well... enough rambling.

OH... I almost forgot.  Happy Allen news... Brant and Kelly are having a boy!  Parker Samuel Allen is due in January! :)  Finally that girly family get a dose of testosterone.

Hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day!  Warmly...

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