It was about this time 2 years ago that I embarked on the impossible journey through the alps in honor of my best friends mom who had been diagnosed with cancer when I was recovering from my broken back, spinal cord injury, and nervous system shut down. Here’s the full story on the journey I’ve been on and hope it encourages and inspires ❤️ Following the storm 🌈 ahead. Link in bio to @imbikemag article 👆 📸 @katielo.photo
After a week of taking a break from social media, I learned a lot about the good and the bad I pull from it. I realized just how much I compare myself to others. I thought I was pretty good at being confident in my own skin and life choices but after being away I realized how hard I am on myself, often based on how I’m living in comparison to others.
I have felt disgusting over the past month or so. I hated catching glimpses of myself in the mirror. My 9 months pregnant body has not gotten much of my grace and patience.
After my ultrasound today though, I was feeling such peace. I was able to see my girl practicing breathing. I heard her amazing heartbeat. And after my appointment, I caught a glimpse myself in a mirror outside my office and thought how amazing is it that my body is working this miracle?! And so I snapped a picture of my big swollen miracle-working body. I’m grateful for the positive I was able to see because of my break from social media. And I’m especially grateful for my miracle sunshine girl who I get to meet in less than 2 weeks 💕
I never truly believed in miracles until today. Over a week ago my mom went to the doctors because of a sinus infection and cough. They took an x-ray of her chest to see if she has a pneumonia and found it was negative. They called back last week to let her know her heart looked a little off. This past Thursday she went to the cardiologist to get it checked out and the news was not good. The doctor found whats called an atrial myxoma inside the left atrium of her heart. It’s a benign tumor that is extremely rare and if it goes unnoticed it could kill her. Next thing we knew we we’re scheduling her surgery and rushing to Columbia Presbyterian for her pre-op work. During her catheterization they discovered she also had a clogged artery. A week ago she thought she had bronchitis and now she had a surgical team planning to do open heart surgery. To say we were all scared and overwhelmed was an understatement. Here we were celebrating my engagement and now we’re booking a tumor resection and a bypass for today. Life is insane.
These last few days were truly exhausting, emotional, and difficult. I’m not religious, but I did A LOT of praying along with everyone else. Today was the longest day of our lives in the hospital but my mom got through her surgery with flying colors. She is so brave and incredibly strong. Words cannot describe how proud I am of her for getting through this. She isn’t out of the woods yet and she has a LONG recovery ahead of her but because of this accidental finding my mom will be at my wedding and be around to bug me and love me for a very long time. I couldn’t be more thankful for this miracle in our lives, her amazing surgeon and team at Columbia. My mom and I are best friends but I appreciate and love her even more now knowing I could have lost her. Always tell your loved ones how much you care, you never know when your lives will be turned upside down. It’s time to start going to church, my faith has truly been restored. #atrialmyxoma#openheartsurgery#zipperclub#havefaith#miraclesdohappen
Campaigning I see a door hanger recommending that Democrats vote for my opponent. I laughed, not in annoyance or worry but in joy. Because if I win this race, it'll truly be a miracle. 😃 #miraclesdohappen
Packing day!!! Kenzie has a bone marrow and another lumbar puncture tomorrow and we are hoping that alllllll the leukemia cells have been destroyed by chemo. We have peace in our hearts and I can feel God holding us and I know we will get favorable results. All my prayer warriors please join me in praying for Kenzie and that the leukemia is gone. I want to say we have been so lucky that she has been reacting perfectly to her treatment plan but I know it’s not luck I know it’s because all of you have been covering us in prayer and every time someone has stopped by to visit her and every positive message that I received I read it to her and showed her how many people love her and are rooting for her. All of this lifted her spirits and encouraged her to stay positive and keep fighting. Once again Abba our Heavenly Father has broken through and made miracles. He’s parted seas-moved mountains- and raised the dead. He will do it again!!! #childhoodcancer#leukemia#miraclesdohappen#littlewarrior
That’s an instruction from the Word. I meditate and pray every day. Doing so allows me to talk to and hear from God, relax, gather my thoughts, plan a course of action, and overcome stress.
For example, meditation truly helps me redirect my energy and focus it towards issues that require my attention. Similarly, praying is my way of talking to God and also hearing what He has to say. He gives me instruction and revelation on things that I need to do.
My life would be chaotic without prayer and meditation.
How about you? What do you do to maintain a healthy mind?
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I'm just SO lucky with her right now.. The first year had been really hard for the both of us. It all went so bad that I thought I was going to lose her (2 times in one year). One time because of sickness and the other time because I may had to put her down because of the hoof ulcer. "You'll never be able to ride her again, so why would you keep her?" That's what they said.
But look at us now! We've achieved so much. Her leg really got better and we can ride again. She really is my once in a life time horse ❤. So what did learn from her? Don't give up to soon, a lot can happen if you're having enough patience.. And miracles do happen 💖.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ik heb nu zoveel geluk met Cootje. Op het begin hebben we zoveel tegenslagen gehad. Zo erg dat ik twee keer in hetzelfde jaar haar dacht te verliezen. Een keer omdat ze heel erg ziek was, en de tweede keer omdat ze was gediagnosticeerd met hoefkatrol en nooit meer beter zou worden.. Mensen om mij heen vroegen waarom ik haar zou houden terwijl ik nooit meer met haar zou kunnen rijden, en dat ik haar het beste gewoon kon laten afmaken of verkopen. Maar kijk hoever we nu gekomen zijn! Ik kan weer alles met haar zonder dat ze pijn heeft aan haar beentjes. Ik kan zelfs weer volop rijden met haar. Dus zo zie je maar weer; geef het niet te snel op, luister niet teveel naar wat anderen zeggen en heb vooral geduld. De wonderen zijn de wereld nog niet uit 💖. #luckyhorse#luckyhorseowner#horsesofintagram#horseoftheday#instahorse#horseinstagram#horseriding#horselove#horselife#myhorselife#nevergiveup#miraclesdohappen#equestrianlife#equestrian#equine#equitation#horserider#horseowner#paardenliefde#paardenleven#paard#gelukkigpaard#blijpaard#ruiter#paardenmeisje#paardenpraat#paardensport#instapaard
The longer you have to wait for something, the more you appreciate it when it’s arrives. And the more pain you have to endure on your journey, the sweeter the arrival at your destination. All good things are worth fighting and waiting for.
Mila Lilian, we loved you before we even knew you, even when there was just hope for you we loved you 🌈
As we come to the end of baby loss awareness week, I saw this written on another post and it meant so much to me.
I think of babies no longer with us, babies carried and never met. Babies held and no longer with us 🕯