Les haré un pequeño cuento...📖 . Un día, luego de mucho pensamiento decidimos montarnos en una aventura en un “botecito”. Al inicio fue extraño pues nunca nos habíamos montado en uno así. Nos tomó tiempo ajustarnos a el, entenderlo, manejarlo y encontrar nuestra comodidad.... . Luego de varias remadas mi abuelo empezó quejarse de dolor, intentamos pararnos para ayudarlo pero era casi imposible pues estábamos en medio de fuertes corrientes. Aún así logramos detenernos y en lugar de bajarse decidió quedarse con algunos acomodos para poder continuar en esta aventura sin dolor. . A mediados de la aventura nos dimos cuenta que aunque nos encantaba nuestro botecito ya estábamos cansados y adoloridos por tanto sube y baja y por las fuertes corrientes. . Me di cuenta que así es la vida, montarnos y bajarnos de nuestro “botecito” cuando ya no podemos más. . Elegí bajarme. Parar de remar. Parar de gastar mis energías en algo que aunque nos encantó y lo disfrutamos ya no nos hacía bien. . Desde afuera me doy cuenta que remar por ese río fue duro, a veces nos dimos, estuvimos a punto de caernos, dolió, pero a pesar de todo nunca paramos de remar. Porque así es la vida...remar en contra de todo. . ¿Pero qué tal si te cansas? Te cansas de remar todo el tiempo en contra de esas fuertes corrientes que venían y lo único que queda es cuidarte. . ...Llegamos al destino, nos bajamos del “botecito” , lo guardamos y ahí quedo guardado como una de las mejores experiencias de nuestras vidas. #backpackingcostarica#family#river#riverrafting#travel#life
We went shopping for fall decor today and by “we” I meant them. These two had a ball looking for all things pumpkin and spice 🎃 and everything nice. // Love my shirt from @kensiskorner The message makes any mama walking by smile!
_❤ Grandson #2 of 3Bruthas! I love this handsome lettle man! He is tough as nails and will tell you Unapologetically the Real Deal! Born Leader, a True Entrepreneur and certainly going places... Kingston is exactly that a KING! Just like his brothers... He makes me proud every day! KK All Day! #king#grandsons#family#love#blessed
We will be closed tomorrow Saturday, August 24th for our big customer education program and our advanced coaches training back Sunday morning 9 AM for our healthy breakfast hour then “FEEL THE DRUM” at 10a
Why do I feel guilty for sharing that I have a chronic illness with others? Why do I feel sad for others when I share that my ongoing treatment involves weekly chemo or limiting sun exposure? • These questions are something I have pondered for awhile. Initially, I thought that it was strange for me to be concerned about upsetting others when this is my lived reality. Perhaps, this was a way of thinking that required change? After reflecting this week, I no longer wish to change my way of thinking. • I’ve discovered that I feel empathy for those who listen to my story because there is always the chance it will strike a chord with them as it does for me. Hearing my experience solidifies for many that there is a false sense of control over ones own health. It is scary to think that one day they too could wake up facing a similar reality to mine. Hearing my story may raise a greater awareness of things they take for granted, yet I personally long for (e.g. sunshine, pain free days, no nausea, a good nights sleep). • I can see the expression on people’s faces or see it in their body language, hear it in their voices or lack there of, & feel it as the entire vibe changes. So I no longer will question why I empathize with those who listen because even if I have come to terms with things, or am trying my best to, it doesn’t mean they have. There is nothing wrong with feeling concern for others who learn about what my day to day battles involve or my treatment regime includes because as it was terrifying, shocking, & unbelievable for me, to wake up 1.5 years ago facing a new way of life in matter of hours; it is also all of these things for them to try to understand. • I feel these situations offer an opportunity to build others up, by sharing how I’ve continued to persevere & grow in the face of adversity. To share my interests that span far beyond my illness. And to spark hope that even if it may seem unfathomable some days, it is possible to reach your goals with continued support & strength from those who love and care about you... if you just let them.
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 22 years young. I would’ve never imagined waking up one day unable to walk or bend my fingers from inflammation or fast forward to today after numerous tests, trials, and facing fears to be striving for continual progress. No one prepares you for the amount of grieving one endures following diagnosis. That the process is not linear & my functioning can change drastically day to day or even within the same day. Even though it’s invisible it doesn’t mean that my body isn’t flared with symptoms, just somedays I’m able to shine brighter than the pain. • Dancing with vulnerability isn’t an easy task but we all have something to offer. I have the chance to continue to raise awareness & educate by sparking more conversations. To share that RA is a systematic autoimmune condition in which arthritis is only one of the numerous symptoms. There’s no cure & the cause is unknown so every person’s experience with RA may be different, as is how we respond to treatment. To all of the warriors: Never hold back from asking questions, seeking conclusive answers, & finding professionals who support you. If I had taken the ER Doctors diagnosis of growing pains at 22 because I was “too young” for RA who knows how much damage could’ve been done. • If you take away anything from my story, be aware that even the strongest & most optimistic are fighting invisible battles that should be known 💜