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Friday, September 20, 2013

Some befores... with my two of my favorite men. Missing Dr. Rilo though!


The girls at the hospital. 

Getting closer to going home!

Thank you Jesus! THANK YOU! 

Recent girls trip to Malibu



1 year, 7 months...at a winery. Thank GOD for the ability to drink wine again!

“Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.”
-Proverbs 3:6


Monday marked a year and 7 months. Hard to believe that in just a few short months I will be celebrating my SECOND transplant anniversary (transplantiversary). I usually only write the blog now when something happens that sparks a memory into my old life, or when I am feeling like I have something very profound to express. Today I really don’t feel like either of those things. My dad wrote me an email recently asking where The Soup of the Day went...he said he missed my writing. I do too, I remember when it was my favorite hobby, partly because I could not do anything else, but also because I do love to write! 


I had the intention of writing this today because of some things I had been hearing about and seeing in the support groups regarding recoveries. Sometimes I feel like I have to touch on things because I never want those who are about to have their TP-AIT to read things and get so scared that they decide not to follow through with surgery. I had typed up a whole rant, but deleted it. This blog has always been a positive one, that I wanted to keep up to offer HOPE to those who may be walking in the same shoes as I was for years. Instead of dwelling on those few negative stories, I want to focus on the positive that has been and still is my life a year and 7 months after TP-AIT.


I can say that minus being diabetic I am exactly where I always dreamed I would be at this time. A few nights ago a pancreas friend posted on my Facebook wall thanking me for posting all of my pictures of fun times. They offered her hope, hope that her life would return to normal soon. I know it will, and I also know that all this was a process, not an instant cure. Glad my partying with friends can be hopeful:-) Life is still great, I am healthy, and things are really back to normal. Now I just need to freeze time and enjoy the moment!


With every day that goes by, I am more thankful for this life. I am thankful for everything that happened, as weird as that sounds. I learned how to just be happy, investing my time only in positive things and positive relationships with others. I see stories every day, with the way things fly around on Facebook, of lives ending too soon, heartache and struggles, and positive feel good things too. It is a big world out there, full of good people. Find them, surround yourself with them, and smile. Everything can change tomorrow, so make today the best it can be! 


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