Hello Friends!! It’s almost February AND we have a brand NEW NAME!!!!!
For those of you who know me well, my name is Mimi . Why you ask? Because the little people in my life call me that and it will forever be my name to them. 🙂 The nickname first came about 4 years ago when my first niece Nora couldn’t say Aunt Mary Beth. To be honest, it has stuck around for the second niece and nephew, as well my favorite family that I help watch every week. One of the little kids I help watch is my precious Goddaughter and when she says Mimi ALL THE TIME NON STOP, it’s actually truly heart melting. OK, maybe not 50 times in a row, but seriously, these little people have me wrapped around their little fingers. 🙂
I don’t have any children of my own and to be honest, I have no idea what my future looks like, especially knowing of my Congenital Heart Disease. Although, I pray everyday that having babies is a part of Gods plan for me, right now I don’t have that. Is it hard? Yes, especially seeing all of your close friends and family raise beautiful children. But then I realize, if I had my own children right now, I may not be the same Mimi to these little kids that I adore so much and who truly give me the joy and hope to keep moving forward. It’s almost like they are all my own kids in a way, but I get a good night sleep 🙂 HA
This new name has been in the works and prayed on for a long time. Surprisingly, I used to be the opposite of an open book. I was a very private and personal individual until my 1st open heart surgery. It changed me. It changed me in a way that has allowed me to accept trials in life and be vulnerable in a way I didn’t think was healthy. Saying I am an open book is a pretty true statement now. At only 28 years old, I have been through a lot physically, mentally and emotionally. I believe this life long disease has molded me into a person that doesn’t want to be defined by this disease. Once I accepted that this was my life, I chose and still do(it’s a daily battle) to embrace what I have instead of what I don’t have. Trust me, I am not perfect and basically fail every other day, but I get up and try again.
Mimi’s Open Heart is honest, vulnerable, imperfect, and hopeful. I hope you will follow me along this journey through living with a Congenital Heart Defect, spreading awareness and sharing the good, bad and great days.
Always remember you have a special heart! Welcome!!!