One year ago today, I woke up early in the morning. As I slowly opened my eyes to see the world around me, I started to remember where I was. I gently rolled over on my blue plastic mattress, opening my eyes to the sight of my hospital room, the same room I had previously … Continue reading One year ago today
Growing up, I've always loved birthdays. I am a big fan of tradition and holidays in our family are full of them. Birthdays are like mini holidays; they happen often and are breaks from reality that we've always celebrated with food, family, and love. Not to mention that I also love gift giving! Finding someone … Continue reading 9 things on my 21st birthday
Learn how I made this beautiful Corner-to-Corner (C2C) beach themed crochet blanket and make one for yourself!
My routine over the last few years has stayed fairly consistent no matter what month of the year. It mainly consisted of running from appointment to appointment, test to test, spending more time with my doctors and other medical professional than my friends. Not only did I spend much of my time in the same … Continue reading The summer of self-discovery
Three summers ago, I was laying in a hospital bed in the fourth floor of our local hospital. I slowly try and pull myself up in bed, the new incision in my stomach pulling and causing pain. After I sat up, I hesitantly walked over to the mirror by my bed in a hunched over … Continue reading How social media helps (and hurts)
Though time machines don't exist (yet), my dad and I managed to travel back in time this afternoon to a time of pirates where tall ships openely roamed the seas. We were able to do this right here at home, at the first day of Saint John's Festival of Sail in celebration of Canada's 150th … Continue reading Exploring the Festival of Sail
This past Thursday, I had an appointment uptown. This appointment was with one the most important members of my medical team, a member I really haven't talked about being on my medical team before: my counsellor. I'm not sure why I haven't talked about seeing her. Maybe because of my past experience or maybe because … Continue reading Caring for the Mind, Body, & Spirit
This past year was probably the toughest year of my life. With my health posing lots of challenges, I had a lot of hurdles to overcome and mountains to climb. Yet, because of all of this, I learned so many beautiful lessons I would like to share with all of you. I realized how much … Continue reading 2016.
"You were so brave." That's what the doctors told me after my feeding tube change done at the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax earlier this week. After being briefed by the interventional radiologist who would be taking the lead in the procedure, we went in with expectations that it would be an easy switch. … Continue reading Slaying the dragon
I've had this sense of impending doom overhead for the last little bit. It first started out with my birthday last week. Last years birthday wasn't so great. I had just been discharged from the most mentally, physically, and spiritually draining hospital stay. Needless to say, I didn't have the energy nor necessarily the desire … Continue reading On Turning 20 & Decision Making