When disappointment strikes keep marching on

My story is riddled with disappointment, changed plans, complicated/mysterious disease, one step forward & 2 steps back, fixing one problem only to reveal another. Perhaps the theme of God’s plan for my life is “Peace in the unknown” and “Piecing together a broken heart by the Healer’s hand.” And this latest disappointment, well, it will just be another part of my story through which God … Continue reading When disappointment strikes keep marching on

If you’re ready to give up read these words 

“I want to break free. I want to break free. God knows, God knows I want to break free.” Those lyrics from Queen’s classic rock anthem ran through my head all week. What a perfect description of my soul’s song for the last few weeks…few months…heck, few years. I want to break free from the chains of this body.  From the chains of illness and … Continue reading If you’re ready to give up read these words 


A circle of eternal love…. That’s what Tyler & I bought this weekend. Our circles of eternal love.    This week’s #ThoughtofThanks is in honor of wedding ring shopping on Saturday. The sun was shining, it was unseasonably warm (yet I was still frozen),  we had on our matching shades & I had the chance to leave my house for a little day-date at the … Continue reading #ThoughtofThanks

Purple for Pancreas: Help me by showing your support!

Friends, it has been too long since I have shared my heart. The last few weeks have held some super exciting moments: bringing my wedding gown home from Cincinnati to have local alterations (it’s hanging in my closet right now!), an early Thanksgiving celebration with my family– we have not had one in two years because of my medical issues, and this weekend we are … Continue reading Purple for Pancreas: Help me by showing your support!

Left Behind

Graduations. Earned degrees. Job interviews. The first REAL job. Accomplishments. Achievements. Having something to be proud of. Your first place that’s all your own. Engagements (check!). Weddings (coming 4/23/16). Babies (not for a loong time). Independence. Financial freedom. Work Stress. Bills stress. “I can’t pay for groceries this month” stress. “Mom and Dad I need a loan” stress. Grocery shopping. Errands running. Driving. Normalcy. Friends. … Continue reading Left Behind

Pictures Are Worth Infinite Words

For everyone who has been following my journey, this post is filled with pictures that tell the story of my 23 days in the hospital following my Pancreatectomy, Splenectomy and Islet Cell Transplant in November. During that time we witnessed God’s answers to the unceasing prayers of you the faithful warriors. We saw God’s miracles. I can’t thank you all enough for your loving prayers … Continue reading Pictures Are Worth Infinite Words

Farewell, Captain!

“I am the captain now.” These are the commanding words I imagined my pancreas saying to me as it reared its ugly tail and stared me down. Clearly, I was in a state of delirium from unrelenting pain, nevertheless, this encounter felt very real. I had seen previews for the movie Captain Phillips and pictured my pancreas in the role of the hijacker Somali pirate … Continue reading Farewell, Captain!