Oh how quickly things change! One day everything is going the same as always and the next you have a headache that changes your life. At least that's what happened to me. I was an inclusion aide at my local high school, battling a two day migraine when I decided to run to the nurses office to get some Tylenol. She insisted on taking my blood pressure ( I assure you it was because of my weight) but that's okay, I'm not mad, I'm overweight and I know it. When she took it for the third time with a different cuff I began to worry. Apparently it was at "stroke level" so she sent me to the doctor.
After a wonderful battery of tests that led to the removal of my gall bladder, the introduction of blood pressure meds as well as learning I had Type II diabetes everything in my nice, normal EASY life changed.
No fast foods, no fried foods, no soda, no salt , no sugar, no beef....I was sure I would starve to death because lets be honest what the hell is left to eat once you take all those things out?
What's left is ground turkey breasts, fresh veggies, fruit in small amounts and low carb pasta. Such a huge change should have drove me into a self induced Blue Bell diabetic coma, but with the unwavering support of my husband, who gave up all the things I did except his daily Dr. Pepper I have not only survived but actually THRIVED. I found that after a few weeks I didn't miss those things so much anymore, the icing on that cake being that so far I've lost 35 pounds, my energy is up and I actually crave vegetables now instead of McDonald's French fries.
Even after that landslide of changes there were more on the horizon. My husband got a new job in a town 5 1/2 hours from our home. While his little car gets good gas mileage that's a hell of a commute through both Houston and Dallas traffic! So we packed up everything, kids included and moved from our two story house to a small two bedroom apartment. I love the location, the kids love the pool, my husband loves his new job and bigger paycheck.
To celebrate all the life changes I decided to go out with a very good friend of mine and get tattoos. I know they aren't for everybody, but I love them. Before I got this one I already had three others. And I plan on getting many more. This one symbolizes my life long dream of being a writer, which I am now! Losing Connor is the title of my first self published book.
I guess the moral of this long rambling what not, is even when things look their worse, good things can always come from it! A headache changed my life, diabetes saved it, and now I am ready to get out there and LIVE!



06/17/2013 5:04pm

How nice it is to have a very good friend to share those life changing experiences with.

Megan Stietz
06/19/2013 8:10am

That's an awful lot of changes but as you said in the midst of all those changes your life became better. When we struggle it makes us smarter and stronger. I am so happy that you had so many people support you. I love the tattoo! I really want one but haven't been able to get one yet. You know how much I love Losing Connor so I am very glad that your dream came true! Congrats <3

06/19/2013 9:28am

Thank you Lisa, it is nice to have wonderful people around you to help with life's surprises!

Megan thank you for your support. It's phenomenal readers like you that keep me up at night typing away!

06/19/2013 3:46pm

That's amazing! I loved Losing Connor and I can't wait to read more of your work. You are so talented! I know that the book world can be ruthless and it's hard to break into it, even with enormous talent. I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on your success!

Colleen Hickey
06/19/2013 7:28pm

I enjoy your excerpt of Loosing Connor. It reflects of a Mother's regret on giving up her child at a young age.

06/19/2013 7:31pm

I am starting Losing Connor today. The books sounds amazing!
Thanks for the giveaway also :)

06/20/2013 5:24am

Thank you Stephanie! It can be ruthless but I have found some of the most amazing, kindhearted people in the world! Without the support and love fro them , and readers like you Losing Connor would still be just a saved file on my lap top!

Colleen thank you, it's always good to hear that readers connect with Cassie feelings, it's one of the things I worry about when writing. Will readers like this character, will they care about them and their problems, will they get it. Thank you for stopping by!

Jessica, I hope you love the book. I would love to hear from you once you're done with it! I love feed back , good , bad , ugly , feedback of any kind! I'm also open to questions if you have any!

06/21/2013 11:03pm

Looking forward to reading Losing Connor.

kelly e
06/23/2013 8:11am

Smart nurse. Love the tattoo isn't it wonderful when a series of negatives all add up to positives?

06/25/2013 5:11pm

I love the tattoo! Just simply beautiful. And also let me say I LOVED reading Losing Connor, one of those books that just brings tears to your eyes. That sucks you have diabetes, but I guess the positive look on that, is you caught it before it could have become worse. Wow and you learned from a headache. Something I would have never thought could be a sign. Hope you are taking care of yourself now. :D Can not wait to read more by you in the future, wishing you the best health.

06/25/2013 7:06pm

I must say that reading your book has made me grow as a person. I felt as if I was in the same room as Dec & Cassie. I love the way you write. It is so raw and emotional. I cant wait to read more of your work.


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