I’m sorry, I’m sure all your feeds are filled with this, but it’s neat to see and to think about.
10 year old Kate was in a bad place. She didn’t have friends, she was bullied, and she was a chunky little thing which made everything worse. She had a hard time figuring out who she wanted to be and how to become that girl. 20 year old Kate is still trying to figure things out, and that’s okay. Not much has changed in a decade but that little girl grew up to be a freaking fighter.
She learned how to find peace within herself. She learned how to love deeply towards the few that deserved it. She dealt with heartache, loneliness, and the small voice inside her head telling her that she wasn’t good enough. She found her faith and made it her own. She fought tooth and nail to conquer depression and anxiety. She received a few scary diagnoses, but nothing more than what she could handle. Most of all, she learned how to accept herself and to love herself and the life that she created.
I’ll admit, my life is FAR from perfect, but I’m happy with where I’m at. I think if 10 year old Kate could look at all she would go through and see herself at 20, she’d be proud. •••
Okay so my feet are a little dirty from being barefoot and hairy from needing a shower. But see how swollen my ankle is? You know what I did to it? Nothing. Absolutely nothing except walk on it. Now my leg hurts like a mother fucker and my toe are turning colors. I'm so done with this foot. It never gets any better and it doesn't help that I'm already sick and dizzy. I wish the damn rheumatologist would call me back already. I have so many other appointments to make and I just don't want to deal. I'd rather sleep all day tomorrow but J has work so I have to get up a take care of this kids 😖 I just want to feel better but that's a laugh #chronicillness#chronicpain#spoonie#spooniemama#badankle#inpain#ijustwanttosleep#normiesick#myheadhurtstoo
Thankfully, there are a lot of good days. Often times there are even more good days than bad. Days where I am pain free, have energy and don’t feel like I’m dragging ass just to get through. Days where my joints aren’t so arthritic that I can’t bend my fingers and days where my lung isn’t filled with fluid. Then there are days like today. It’s been two years since I lost my first born, Mason, because of my lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome. Days like today where I have blood drawn to make sure that my blood thinners are working to keep me from developing a clot that would threaten my own life. Days like today suck. Days like today also remind me that I am a bad ass. #chronicillness#lupus#antiphospholipidsyndrome#survivor#invisibleillness#autoimmunedisease#aps#sle#badass#iamabadass#unbreakable
I’ve been thinking about these three little pups ever since we left the litter. These three are our “top three” selected by our behavorist. One of these puppies will be mine, but I won’t have any idea until the day I go to pick her up. I’ve been replaying each and every moment that I’ve had with them in my head. I’m keeping an open mind, I don’t want to key in on one single puppy to have it not be the final pick of the litter. If I’m being honest, I felt a stronger bond with two of the puppies than I did with the third. Not knowing is so hard. Fate is difficult. Trusting in the process is scary. Yet I know that when I go back to pick her up in two weeks and she is presented as “mine”.... it will be perfect ❤️
I’ve decided to use Instagram as a way to document the rest of my journey. I’ve been through absolute hell in the last ten years and I feel like if nothing else I can inspire someone to keep going. 4 years ago I almost gave up on myself, I was barely holding on. Now that I made it through the worst of it, I’m glad I didn’t give up because my life is worth living for. This side of my journey is still really hard, but in the best way possible. I’m whole again and there is no better feeling. #chronicillness#crohnsdisease#ibd#hernia#spoontheory#spoonie#spoonielife
Officially en route to the first ever @iracelikeagirl Triathlon Training Camp at the renowned National Training Center in Florida!! Finally get to meet my coach and biggest inspiration @angelanaeth & teammates 💕 Could not be more excited for this opportunity to bond with these incredible ladies and get some really solid training hours in, all while learning from the best of the best! Let’s get it 🏊🏼♀️🚴🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️
Exhausting, lousy day. I was taking Ben into hospital this morning when the car seized up & wouldn’t move. Had to be there in 10 so we got a cab, ignoring the car. Also I’ve been so hammered with bills in recent month and hadn’t paid my RACQ bill which was due about 2 weeks ago. Paid it while waiting at the hospital, then when Ben was ok I left him in the waiting room, got a cab home & waited for RACQ. Apparently nothing is wrong with my car. No idea why it didn’t start. Got a call a few hours later to go collect Ben from hospital & car worked both ways. Go figure. I’m exhausted. Ben’s exhausted. We’re all exhausted.
“Cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me. It changed my life and it gave me a new dream. That dream is to create a system that responds to my future needs and to those of others.”
Torrie Fields, MPH is a two-time cancer survivor. Her experience navigating the healthcare system helped her see the gap that exists between payors, providers, and patients.
Watch Torrie Fields’ full End Well talk here: endwellproject.org/2017speakers
Official #squadgoals. T is back in the hospital with acute pain that came on so suddenly on Monday. We did his school work, took a lunch break with he and big brother playing around with daddy…then within 15 minutes he went from my tummy is hurting to full blown crisis. #Sicklecell continues to puzzle us I tell you. We started antibiotics yesterday for #acutechestsyndrome that case on rather fast as well. He’s resting in between bouts of pain and we covet your prayers. He’s always so strong but even he said it was just too painful this time around so we know he is seriously hurting. Praying for you all as well as a quick glimpse of my feed tells me many of our warrior friends have been in battle mode as well. Can winter go away already? Be strong, friends! We’re fighting this ill together. *
3 SUPPLEMENTS FOR SKIN HEALTH .
While I was chronically ill I struggled with severe painful acne. Here are 3 supplements that helped improve my skin health
NAC plays an important role in the body's detoxification system. As your body is able to detox better, the acne will lessen and heal.
🌟Liposomal Vitamin C
Vitamin C is incredibly powerful for skin health. Liposomal Vitamin C is extra special because its absorbed through fat, so your body is better able to utilize it. When I started taking this every day, I noticed a big improvement in my skin & energy!
Anytime I had a breakout I would put on topical probiotics, and it would help to diminish the breakout, and heal it quickly. This was a game changer for me! .
What are some of your favorite acne healing tips? Share below so everyone can benefit!👇 #totalhealing
"3 Years CANCER FREE today 🎈I am BEYOND grateful to have survived cancer (even though I now sit at an alarmingly high risk of a statistic to develop a secondary malignancy) but being a cancer thriver, it has taught me life lessons I’m not sure I would’ve learned if it wasn’t for my battle.
Surviving cancer and chemotherapy is such a blessing in disguise. It’s pushes you to your absolute limits, it strips you of every last piece of who you thought you were, it teaches you to be vulnerable, and it gives you a new appreciation for life.
Cancer has changed and sculpted me into the person I am today. I often refer to my life as “life before cancer" and “life after cancer” because they are two completely different people. Life After Lymphoma has been an endless discovery of new friends, hobbies, and passions for life. I’m constantly searching for ways to better myself but at the same time acknowledging and knowing my self worth. Building back the confidence that cancer took away from me has been and will always be a working progress.
Cancer, you did NOT win.💜" •
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