Brain surgery, strength, and the will to never give up.

Last Friday, I had to have brain surgery done to repair a shunt that had malfunctioned; I have been experiencing headaches and nausea for some time, as well as some changes in my seizure activity, and so my doctor had said it was time to fix the issue.

We all fall and encounter roadblocks in our lives; these past few days have been draining for me, but I have not let the roadblocks in my life stop me, don’t let them stop you.

Continue to believe in yourself and know that you’re stronger than any obstacle put in front of you. Keep on keeping on, and have a great day, everyone.💜

The Promises We Keep

It’s a brand new day and a brand new week; three more days until the end of the new year, and despite all that has happened throughout these past ten months, I am thankful!

I am thankful for life; even though it may seem challenging, I know that I am tougher, and I continue to move forward. Know how tough you are.

I am grateful for love, love is a fantastic feeling, and it continues to push me forward; open yourself up to it.

I choose love over hate, trust over fear, and happiness over sadness. My life is not perfect, but I know that nothing in life is, and I promise to live each day to the fullest. 

I promise today to be strong when I am weak and let my strength push me towards a new tomorrow. I promise to focus on positive feelings because I know that positive emotions are always better than negative ones. I promise to continue to believe that life will be better than today because nothing in this life is permanent. 

As we go into these last three days, I want to thank all of you for following me and for inspiring me with your writing; I appreciate you all. And as you go into your last three days, what promises will you make to yourself so that you can create the future that you want for yourself? 

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I had a seizure Wednesday; I thought that I was doing good with taking my medication, getting enough sleep, turning my brain off at a reasonable time, but I guess I was wrong. I realize that life can get in the way sometimes, and we will fall back, but that is not a reason to stop. Life will continuously try to get in the way every chance it gets, but why will I allow it to stop me. I have learned over the years that I am only as strong as I see myself to be, and today I see myself being as strong as ever. 

When I wake up the morning after having a seizure, I know that I have two options; I could let the seizure control how I act throughout the day, or I could accept that I had a seizure and move forward, continuing to be grateful anyway. I may not feel great physically or even mentally; my muscles and joints might feel stiff, and I might have a headache, but I know that by changing my mindset, things will seem a bit easier to handle. 

A healthy mindset is critical when moving through a neurological illness. If we are constantly dwelling on the dis-ease, then we will always feel that we are less capable of getting through it. We will think that the dis-ease is bigger than we are, and we are not capable of moving through it. I know that some days this is hard; a seizure, or two, or three might try to make us feel like we are weak; I know for me it does, but I know deep down inside that I am not weak, even if my body and brain might feel as though. 



I AM CAPABLE of living a HAPPY life.

Know that you are strong, and you are capable and that you are resilient too. Keep believing that you will get through this, and you will.

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Don’t take this life for granted.

I have contemplated the thought of suicide quite a bit throughout my life, and I have tried to end it on numerous accounts, with my last attempt being in September of 2012. Over these past seven years, I have realized that no matter how difficult this life might get, suicide is not the answer. 

Life is more beautiful than death, and I am grateful for this life, regardless of how much it seems to get me down sometimes. I am thankful for the tough times; they have made me stronger, and I am grateful for the strength that I have to get through those tough times. 


Each new day I am alive is a gift, and I promise myself today not to take this gift for granted. I woke up this morning, and I have air in my lungs, and I have two eyes to see and two ears that allow me to hear. I will choose today to allow myself to be grateful and promise myself not to take this day for granted. 

My brain and my body sometimes do not cooperate; I might have a seizure that causes me to stiffen up, but I will not take it for granted. My brain still works, and my body even moves, and I am thankful. 

Life is a mess, but it is beautiful; embrace it. When you wake up at 5 AM, and your body aches, and you wipe the sleepers out of your eyes, and you feel the air in your lungs; before you complain about your aching back, how tired you are, or that it’s too early. Be Thankful that you have aches and pains and air in your lungs. 

The more we promise ourselves to be thankful for the little things in our lives, the more those little things become big things, and the more we allow those things to create a better feeling inside our hearts and minds. 

Be thankful, choose hope, and promise yourself every day to embrace life.

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Peace is found in the present

I have been feeling quite anxious over the past few weeks due to a few things out of my control. Work has been a bit stressful, and dealing with a few health hurdles on top of it has made my thought process get quite cluttered.

I was thinking too far ahead when I really should have been thinking of the here and now, and I wasn’t allowing myself to feel the peace of the present moment; today, that changes.

I am choosing today to think in this moment, for this is the only moment that matters. Overthinking about the future doesn’t bring me any peace, and I am choosing to be at ease at this moment. As the great  philosopher Marcus Aurelius once said,

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” -Marcus Aurelius

Be at peace with your thoughts today; tomorrow is not promised to anyone. If you feel anxious, allow yourself room to breathe and bring yourself back to what is in front of you. Keep on keeping on everyone.

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I am feeling good today, yesterday was not so good, but today is better. I will continue to stay encouraged through this beautiful mess and not get discouraged. 

I took a break from much of anything yesterday, mostly because I couldn’t think through the pain that I was experiencing. I had a kidney stone working its way through me, and I was too tired and also in pain to do anything.

I choose to feel encouraged

But I am not complaining. Today is a new day, and while although yesterday I couldn’t do much, I am not going to get discouraged. I am going to continue to move forward and appreciate how far I’ve come. I feel a bit better today, not perfect, but better, and I will continue to embrace my challenges and choose to allow them to make me into a stronger person.

As you move forward through today and the rest of this week, don’t get discouraged by a setback. Stay encouraged, and continue to move forward. If you feel that you can’t do something, step back for a minute, and allow yourself a moment to breathe and realize that life is never perfect, and nothing in life is ever permanent either.  

Continue to stay grateful, and if you encounter a setback through this week, remember that a setback is a set up for a comeback, and when you feel yourself falling back, pick yourself up and fall forward. Keep on keeping on.

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An Attitude Of Gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for so much. I am grateful for my life and all of its ups and downs, eventhough, at times, there may seem like there are more downs than ups. I am grateful.

I am thankful for my strength to get through this crazy time we are all living through right now; it has not been easy, and I have had my moments, but I am stronger because of those breakdowns, and I am grateful.

I am thankful for my support system; I appreciate every person in my life who has helped me get through these tough times and so many others.

I am thankful for my family; we may have our disagreements, but I still love every one of them through thick and through thin. After all that has happened, I realize that this is no time to hold a grudge and hold on to the past. It is time to let it go and move forward. I am thankful, grateful, and blessed to have each one of you by my side.

I am thankful for my health and my broken brain. It may not be the best, and my brain may not be either, but I am grateful. Things could always be worse.

I will continue to keep on and embrace this beautiful mess and be thankful for it all.

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A poem about our inner voice, and how it can heal.

The voices you choose can save your life, the voices you choose can change your life.

The voices you choose can cause you harm, make you feel sad, or can give you new hope, even during those times when you feel at the end of your rope.

The words you speak to yourself will cause you to feel down or will allow you to keep your chin up when life feels unsound. These words can sting, or they can sing, but most importantly they can heal.

So, If you continue to look up, even when you’re down, your life will start to turn right around. It may not happen fast, it may take some time, but the voices you choose will make you begin to feel just fine.

Each new day will bring something different, so allow yourself to speak; feel and let go, allowing you the room you need to listen to the voices that will help you grow.

life can be either messy, or it can be sublime, but when you choose to talk to yourself with the right voices, life will seem less complicated, and in the end, reassure you that life is not  terrible all the time.