World Heart Day 2018

Did you know that World Heart Day is celebrated every year on the 29th of September? Cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly half of all non-communicable diseases, making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day strives to educate individuals that by controlling their risk factors at least 80% of early death from stroke and heart disease could be entirely avoided. Risk factors include poor eating habits, lack of exercise, smoking and excessive drinking.

From Medical Meltdowns to the Magic of Meditation

Hi guys - I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I last wrote...a lot hit me at once and I needed a little writing hiatus. Super grateful to Allison for stepping in and sharing her Until Further Notice....Celebrate Everything piece which came at a time I needed it most! Taking a break from writing specifically isn't typical for me - usually one of my first go to's for processing tough stuff is through writing. So let me briefly fill you in on what's been doing on and how it brings me to my topic for this month...meditation! 

Until further notice..CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!

We've always tried to keep this blog positive.  We deal with heavy topics sometimes here at LL, and we're definitely not immune to some seriously challenging life circumstances.  One of the side effects of hardship (for me) has been that I hesitate to feel happy, to feel joy, to feel like I have my feet on solid ground.  When I do feel the urge to celebrate, I think "what will go wrong next?", or "will celebrating make it more likely that something bad will happen?" or "how will I ever get anything done if I'm always celebrating where I'm at?"

Going Primarily Pescatarian & Plant Based!

Happy July, Loving Lately readers! I honestly don't know where the month of June went! I've had many different ideas for posts floating around in my head but the majority of them require a little extra research and insight so I'm going to save them for a later date. For this month's post I decided to copy Allison (because twinning….duh) and focus on something that I have been Loving Lately: my transition to a primarily pescaterian and plant based lifestyle!

Loving Lately: Queer Eye

So you guys may or may not have noticed… I took a little hiatus.  Kelly and I have religiously switched on and off every 2 weeks writing blog posts since Loving Lately began and in the middle of last month I just completely shut down and couldn’t.  I didn’t want to write candidly and in detail about what was going on in my personal life, but I also didn’t feel like writing about just anything because everything else felt so inconsequential.

The long story short is Scott and I lost a member of our immediate family to cancer.  And we’ve been grieving this for some time now and the last time I was supposed to write for Loving Lately I just couldn’t wrap my mind around what would be important enough to write about and Kelly I’m so thankful took the wheel for me and posted all this gorgeous love and amazement with her Heart’s Delight post.


The Two Week Reset

As many of you may know, Mike and I just relocated the first week of May to a new apartment that is just 4 miles away from my office and 10 miles away from Mike's campus (& much closer to his clinical sites, too!) Mike had been adamant for quite some time that we relocate closer to my office, he could see more clearly than I could how much of a toll the commute was taking on me. I was insistent that I could keep plugging along, but five and a half years of 10+ hours spent commuting a week, combined with my health and the immense amount of stress I'd been under, particularly this past winter and spring, was truly starting to derail me. So I did something that wives hate to do...conceded that my husband was RIGHT! (yes Mike, I put it in writing that you were right ☺)

Hearts Delight

Mike and I had the profound honor of being asked to speak on the third night of the Hearts Delight Wine Tasting and Auction in Washington, DC. This was extremely monumental for us, as it marked the first time we were both featured patients, advocates, and speakers.

Fighting Fear with Gratitude

In tonight's post, I tackle what's been plaguing me for almost two months now: abject fear regarding my health and the uncertainty of the path it will take. Let me be completely honest – this is a very new feeling for me and I absolutely hate it. Sure I have wrestled with a plethora of emotions regarding my health: anxiety and depression surrounding the future, trauma from the past, a sense of loss over certain things (like the ability to biologically carry a child) but I have truly never really experienced any day to day consistent fear and panic. In fact, I was the complete opposite.