5 years since I earned my zipper!

August 28, 2017

I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since my 1st Open Heart Surgery?!

Somedays, it feel likes a lifetime ago and then some feels like yesterday. Anniversaries, whether you’ve had one or multiple open heart surgeries bring a mix of unexplainable feelings.

You want to shout from the rooftops of how grateful you are for every single person that operated and saved your life that day. You want hug your family members and enjoy the beauty of the world a little closer on those days.

And then, you want to hide away somewhere and forget it ever happened. The rawness of the pain and suffering still exits because by the grace of God, you still have your memory. Although, trust me, these surgeries definitely do a number to it. If I’m ever talking to you and forget midway through a conversation of what we’re talking about, please accept my apologies and we’ll just blame my surgeries. Yea, talk about thinking you are going crazy.

Open heart surgery anniversaries are so special. They bring a whole new meaning to what it means to live.

So, if you have a special anniversary coming up, celebrate and share them!!!

You’ll be finding me with a glass of wine, Netflix and enjoying the comfort of my own home(thankfully not in a hospital) and my family!

The older you get, the harder it stings.

  We are getting near the end of wedding season. Weekend after weekend, you see your family, friends, or people you just met marry their special someone and enter the beautiful sacrament of marriage. I’m not going to lie, it’s hard to watch sometimes.…

August 21, 2017

My favorite planner to use!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might know that I am a planner addict. I love writing and organizing my days in a pretty planner, but lately it has become a necessity in more ways than one. Y’all, no one…

August 1, 2017

Top 5 must have apps for people with a chronic illness!

As a congenital heart defect and two time open heart surgery survivor, my life is full of doctor’s appointments, medications, grad school and working full time. To be honest, there are days where I’m barely keeping my head above water. Some days, I’ve to…

July 19, 2017

Top 5 grad school tips when you have a chronic illness

If you are currently in graduate school or have finished that part of your life, you might have an idea that it is no joke. I think the part that makes it so hard is not only being a full time student, but also…

July 11, 2017

A recent purchase I can’t live without!

If you are a CHDer or even someone who has had grueling surgeries in their life, you might know oh too well how your whole body is effected, not just the part being repaired or fixed. I won’t get into the details of open…

July 6, 2017

Making fun auntie and niece memories!

One of my favorite childhood memories is going to my aunts house. Whether is was an overnight event or just when she would watch my siblings and I for an evening, she would always make it fun and memorable. From the moment my sister…

June 26, 2017

My struggle with FOMO is a real thing!

FOMO(fear of missing out). I think it’s a real feeling and an even bigger one for people with a congenital heart defect. As I’m not too far away from closing out my twenties, I haven’t gotten the chance to have my own apartment, be…

June 21, 2017

When you are sick, but not sick enough.

If I hear the words, “you are basically stuck in the middle” one more time, I’m going to have a breakdown. Being told you are sick, but not sick enough is the WORST thing ever. Hands down, the worst!  Imagine being told you are…

June 8, 2017