Blog Housekeeping

Does anyone know how I can make my Wordless Wednesday photos the same size?

I thought that I could choose MED/LG/JUMBO or some such thing…but now I can’t find that option in the media tab/folder?

Thanks in advance. My OCD is on fire with my photos all different sizes. #Blergh

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Monday Motivation

I got up early today; early for me that is.  Set my alarm for 6:30 AM and I actually got up!  Put on some shoes, drank some water, kinda brushed my hair, and set out for a morning walk.  Put in a good 25 minutes so I call that a win!

I’ve noticed lately that I seem to write with no regularity whatsoever.  I almost wrote, “with no purpose”, but I realized that’s not true.   My purpose is to talk about Rare Disease.  To share about what life with brain tumors is like.  Before all this garbage, I (obvi) didn’t know anyone with a brain tumor.  But now, dear reader, you CAN say you know someone with a brain tumor: ME!  I’m going to make it a goal to write about my regular, boring, life when brain tumors aren’t on my schedule.  But, wait.  These tumors in my cerebellum are always on my schedule; whether I address them or not remains to be seen each day.  🙂

I started PT again this afternoon.  I’m excited (?) to see how it goes this time.

I am thankful I started this blog all those many years ago.  This has been such a great tool for me!

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PS. What happened to the edit/spell check function on here?

Uses

I started this blog almost 8 years ago as a way to communicate with friends and family about my brain tumor diagnosis and surgeries. Then, my blog became a friend; someone I could talk to about the very things keeping me up at night. (The recovery of 2 brain surgeries a week apart is one the hardest things anyone can endure, IMO.)

Slowly, albeit very slowly, I have found my voice – welp, kinda – and I am feeling comfortable writing about other things in my life: my faith, more about my health as I made some major decisions the end of 2017 and my life is in a different direction now, my financial ruin, bankruptcy, and now seeing the other side of those things, and more!

I guess my point is I am gradually feeling the urge to share a bit more about myself. I hope you stay around. ❤

I’m forever playing catch-up with my life

Where or where to begin?

I’m up early – couldn’t sleep – and decided to jump on the ‘ole blog because life is coming full force and at times, I can’t breathe.  Writing, sometimes, helps me breathe.

Here’s a quick recap on the last few months:

  1. In January, I lost my rescue dog.  I loved him for the past 8 months and he forever changed my life.  I was utterly gutted at his loss, but it was time.  He was ready although I never was, nor ever will be.
  2. Finally got the referral to a neurologist (that was desperately needed!) and was told I have (the beginnings of?) nerve damage in my feet.  From the brain tumors?  The brain surgeries? Huh? What else now?! I had a nerve test last month and it was hell.  The dot and the period.
  3. Do you remember the thyroid issues I have dealt with since last October?  Last month also, I had another fine needle biopsy on my (empty) thyroid bed.  (So, let’s see that’s – ultrasound/MRI/fine needle biopsy X2) – and there is STILL NO ANSWER AS TO WTF IS GOING  ON IN MY NECK! I had have elevated thyroglobulin and my doctor thinks maybe it was a technician error?  Yet something is growing (I guess?) in my neck but it’s not a lymph node or thyroid benign or malignant cells? Ugh, I’m beyond exhausted.
  4. Haven’t filed BK yet.  Found out there was some paperwork I need to submit to one of my creditors.
  5. My anxiety is getting pretty riled up and I am struggling with even the simplest of daily life tasks.
  6. I deleted my twitter account.  I don’t know why; just felt like the right thing to do.  Maybe I’ll be back one day? There are so many wonderful things about twitter, and to be honest it just doesn’t feel right watching Days or Gutfeld w/o tweeting!
  7. I have this great urge to purge (LOL).  Probably the shame and anxiety about the BK.

So, what else folks?  Do I continue this morning to wallow in shame or do I put on my big girl pants and get crap done today? I’m sure you know what I want to do.  Let’s see if I fight against my norm and do it different.

 

 

What do you do when you can’t…?

For Pete’s sake, I have Cowden Syndrome and Lhermitte-duclos Disease and can’t think of anything to write about today?  Eeeeeesh, that’s weird.  I just spent 20 minutes looking up “Blog post ideas” and got sucked into the black hole of competitors and marketing?  Baha.  No clue.

I have some news that I am debating about sharing here.  You guys are the greatest and I know you’ll be supportive and happy for me! ❤

I decided to join a few books clubs and I am very excited to go to them.  I was a huge reader before diagnosis, but then I put it away for a while because it became so challenging for me; and in fact it still is.  But, I know reading is good for my brain so I am thankful to have found my passion for it again.

I ordered the books online and can’t wait for them to arrive.  I’ll share them with you soon.

Fall is just around the corner; I cannot wait.  Which then leads to Christmas time which is brain scan time.  Blech.  Saw the oncologist a few weeks ago and have a mammogram and kidney scan coming up quick.  I wish I could tell you I am a pro now at these appointments, but haha, nope.

I do not want to ignore my feelings, but I then wonder am I doing myself a dis-service by not writing about them? I can’t will them away; my thoughts or what I’m experiencing.  It’s a bitter pill for me to swallow as I am acutely aware of how many walls I am running into because of my wonky balance issues.

Soon enough I will write about the current brain tumor/surgery/symptoms I am experiencing.  Not tonight though.

Oh one more thing.  Have you watched this showI love it so much I cannot stand it!

 

Complaining changes nothing

And of course, I get that.  But, I don’t view my blog posts as complaining; I’m documenting.

My biggest fear is dying alone and I suppose that this blog helps me feel safe secure that my life has some value and since everything is forever on the Internet, haha, I won’t be forgotten.

Being single and alone, no children too, is weighing on me heavily as of late.

My brain surgery/tumors are causing me more grief, too.

I have run into walls more frequently, about fallen over several times, and since it’s summer that means it’s time for daily headaches.  Oh, joy. 😦

So, writing here about my life’s struggles helps me to feel validated.  I know I am not alone in my brain tumor life (or my Cowden Syndrome life for that matter.)

It is what it is.

I’m scared and anxious today.

Thank you for being here.

Daily Prompt [Flaunt]

I will forever think of this when I hear or read the word flaunt.

 

Daily Prompt [Sleeve] – AND THE EVER-LOVING SYSTEM IS BROKEN!

Hello.  My name is Heather and I would like to welcome you to my blog.  Today’s post is full of anger and bitterness; thank you for joining me!  🙂

I have no connection to the daily prompt except that sleeve reminds me of peeved.  Pissed.  Angry.  Furious.  Frustrated.  MAD.  Irate.  And, we will continue from here:

I have 2 brain tumors and a Rare Disease called Cowden Syndrome, which you may or may not know.  What concerns me more than CS is the brain tumors I have, called Lhermitte-duclos Disease, or Gangliocytoma.  I’ve already had 2 crainiotomies and am currently experiencing more symptoms that are annoying and down right scary.  A few years ago I applied for disability, appealed, had an “advocate” (and I use this term loosely because I got snowed and he is a terrible excuse of a man) and after almost 4 years of the entire process the Judge finally denied me.  Period.  End of story.  Do not pass go and do not collect 200 dollars.  In part, he denied me because I was “calm and collected” in his courtroom and after my hysterectomy in 2013 I told a doctor on my team “I wanted to go back to work.”  Ugh, thinking about this again makes me nauseous and I want to spit fire.

Since the outcome, and well actually since I started to feel any semblance of a normal life (probably around 2012) I have worked my ass off trying to find a job(s) so that I can surviveDo you know how expensive it is to LIVE though?  If you have a job, be grateful.  If you have money, be grateful.  Be grateful for what you have.

Anyway, a few months ago I found another part-time job that is flexible and they understand my health issues, the brain tumors, the good days and bad days, the daily headaches, etc.  I am very lucky to have found this job.  And, guess what?  I made “too much money” in April and May and will lose my state medical coverage the end of this month.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?!

And as I was running errands earlier today I ran across the booths offering FREE CELL PHONES TO ANYONE (who qualifies, whatever).  WHAT ABOUT ME?  WHY do I fall through the cracks?  I will not debate immigration concerns, illegal or legal, because that’s not my job nor is that my concern today.  MY CONCERN IS ME.  MY LIFE.  MY FUTURE.  I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND GETTING DIAGNOSED WITH 2 BRAIN TUMORS HAS DESTROYED MY LIFE.  WHY AREN’T I AS IMPORTANT AS OTHER PEOPLE?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

May is brain tumor awareness month.  Brain tumors are evil bastards that ruin lives.  Mine, included.  Please visit these links to find ways you can help.  Thank you ❤

National Brain Tumor Society

American Brain Tumor Association

Global Genes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Prompt [Suddenly]

There are about 18 different directions I could take this prompt.  However, since this is a Rare Disease Awareness and Advocacy blog, why don’t I write about how my life suddenly changed on July 18, 2011?

If we go back to the beginning, see this post about what led me here.  (Boy, I just took a few minutes and re-read those posts from the early dark days.  My anxiety is full-bore right now…I am so thankful that time of my life is over.)

Sometimes I wish I only had the brain tumors, and not Cowden Syndrome also.  It seems like my energy could be put to better use if I was focusing on healing and recovering from just one condition, not two.  HAHA.

Yet, life doesn’t roll like that for me.  I do have this thing called Cowden Syndrome and sometimes it’s a beast to carry.  This month I have a lot of medical procedures and I am already nervous about them.  I have tried to focus my energy on other things (reading, volunteering, etc.) but I know I will be slapped upside the head come next week.  I feel this need at times to “be prepared” but some days I want to put my head in the sand and not come back to reality for like 2 months.

Next week I have the colonoscopy and EGD scheduled; really really really really not looking forward to that again.  I tell the doctors every time that I need to be sedated before going in.  Not one doctor has listened to me and I have such huge PTSD for anything related to surgery/procedures that I have a full blown anxiety attack right before I go under.  And that sucks eggs.  Bad.  I pray this time is different because I met the doctor at my pre-op who will be the one doing the procedure, and I begged him for something before going in.  He got it!  Please keep your fingers crossed that it will be smooth sailing.  🙂

I am not even going to discuss the EGD right now. Denial is a wondrous thing at times.

The last week of March I have the breast MRI.  I don’t want to write about that either as I want to enjoy a bit longer my trip on the River Denial.

My hope is that if I can reach just one person who might say to themselves, “What’s a Rare Disease?  What’s Cowden Syndrome?  What’s Lhermitte-duclos Disease?” then all I’ve endured so far will be worth it.  I wish someone (friend or medical personnel) would have told me in 2011 that I am not alone, and that I will be OK.  

 

Daily Prompt [Messy]

Oh my.

How appropriate today’s daily prompt is!  As I am pondering this early Saturday morning a few things keep going over in my mind:

  • Bedroom
  • Life
  • Car
  • Life
  • Hair
  • Life
  • Clothes
  • Life
  • And
  • On
  • And
  • On

Life is messy.  It just is.

What matters is what do you do with it, right?  I know I say that often, but I want to keep reminding myself that although my (medical) life is out of control, and that directly affects all other areas of my life, I am still here!  I can and should still exert control (my choices, rather) on what I do and do not want to do with my life.  My bedroom is a hot mess.  My closet is a hot mess.  My hair is a hot mess.  My car is a hot mess.  I guess I just have embraced the messy because I feel that’s a representation of my life.  (!!!!!!!!)

Gosh, who knew that blogging could be such great therapy, LOL.  That’s exactly it.  I’ve been absorbed into the mess that is my life and cannot find a way out of it.

YET, I do have a choice!

Even if it’s as simple as reading a good book.  Or listening to music I enjoy.  Or cleaning out the trunk of my car.

Cowden Syndrome and Lhermitte-duclos Disease robbed me of the life I hoped and dreamed to have:  Mother, wife, blah blah blah.  When you have no dreams or hopes and feel your life is a mess…ew that’s just too much for any one person to handle.

I am reminded I only have to “handle” today.  I will finish this blog post and and start on my laundry.  Then, I will make sure I make time to pick up this book that I have been trying to finish for years!

Thank you for being here!  ❤

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What are you doing today?