Tuesday, September 29, 2015

this life

Although I do consider myself a very independent woman, I will be the first to admit that I am who I am because of my marriage. I know who I am outside of my marriage but my life with Vincent is something I am very proud of.

I am incredibly proud to say that Vincent and I have built our life together from pretty much nothing. We come from amazing families but getting married at 18 doesn't leave much room for financial stability. We received a lot of help from our families in the beginning but we became finically independent after three years of marriage (mostly meaning, my grandma stopped paying for my car). We decided it was time to be adults and it stunk.

Things aren't perfect now and we still have our struggles but I look at our beautiful daughter, our amazing family and friends. in our amazing home, in a wonderful city and I am so grateful. I am grateful for a husband who, despite having crummy 80+ hour weeks during tax season, is a hard worker. I am grateful that we are both stubborn and are willing to fight for his marriage no matter what is thrown our way. I am grateful for the life WE have built together.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Yesterday was Mesothelioma Awareness Day. You probably didn't know that did you? I feel like the most we hear about Mesothelioma is on those law firm commercials - you know the "If you were exposed to asbestos..." ones. But do you really know anything about this scary and aggressive form of cancer.

I remember when I first really learned about asbestos. My high school was going through a major face lift my junior and senior year. They torn down the original building, that was built in the late 1960s, and I remember seesing signs on doors that said, "CAUTION ASBESTOS." The first sign I saw was on the door to the Little Theatre - aka the drama room. A room I spent hours and hours in. I remember asking my friend what asbestos was and he gave me a very simple definition. Even though is was a simple definition I knew how serious it was. And it's scary. We need to open the discussion because this cancer is VERY RARE and VERY SERIOUS.

Heather Von St. James is a survivor with an incredible story. Three months after giving birth to her daughter she was diagnosed and given 15 months to live. Yes, 15 months. She is now approaching her 10th year as a survivor. As a mother, I can't imagine the struggle and fear. 

So today, I ask you to read/watch her story and share this post.