Tea Party Thank You

There are some women in my life who really stepped up for me during my surgeries and recoveries. I mean really went above and beyond. My best friend came down after each hip to help care for me. She had her husband switch his work schedule so he had multiple days off in a row …

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Dance Party!

Coming full circle... I truly love full circle moments. And last night was a big one for me. In February 2017, when I was bedridden after my neck and right hip surgery, I made two big goals for after recovery. As many of you know, goal #1 was a trip to Portugal and Morocco. I completed …

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Paper Challenge

So I went to get a glass of wine with a friend at a local winery and ending up doing the "paper challenge." I had never heard of this before, but saw some people balancing on one leg and bending down to lift a piece of paper up with only their mouth. I was intrigued …

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Caregiver/Visitor Tips

This is more of a difficult post to write and have out there because of it's brutal honesty. I think it will be helpful for patients to prepare themselves and also for caregivers to learn before they're in the caregiver role. I've learned things that's made me feel guilty for how I've helped or sometimes …

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Changes…

In a nutshell, life has changed for me. I settled my work comp case and can now write more about what I'm going through with my cervical spine and surrounding areas. I had to resign my job to settle the case. My relationship ended. I moved out of the apartment I was living the past …

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Hospital Packing List

I have made a PDF form, for anyone to be able to print, to prepare for their hospital stay. It's a long list and obviously, not all the items are needed. My hope is that it will be a useful list to give you ideas of what to bring with you and if you want …

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How it all began…

February 1st, 2017: It all starts to get real at this point. It's the day of my pre-op appointment, which also happens to be 15 hours prior to my surgery.  All my tests and doctor visits have been completed at this point. My surgeons, Dr. Muldoon and Dr. Santore, have presented my case at a …

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