• Informative

    Survivor, not victim.

    A few weeks ago, I attended a local dance schools spring recital. I enjoyed seeing the young girls get their moment on stage to show their families and friends all the hard work they’ve put into practices finally pay off. The whole show was bittersweet because there was a missing dancer among the tutus and tap shoes. Her absence wasn’t due to being ill or on vacation, it was due to a senseless act committed by someone she once loved. Emilee Hurst would have been on stage, at that recital, showcasing her solo dance routine and participating in a few group routines as well, but sadly, she was killed in…

  • Informative,  Life story,  Musings

    Medicated Motherhood

    Being a parent is stressful. Managing a chronic condition on a daily basis where nothing is certain, despite doing relatively the same thing at the same time every day, is stressful. Interacting with a toddler who is trying to learn how to exert their independence while not being able to clearly communicate is stressful. I won’t even delve into the extra pressures mothers feel from the¬†external pressures we see, hear, read about, scroll by on social media. That’s a whole blog post itself. After I had my daughter, she had to spend a week in the NICU due to a serious case of jaundice that almost led to her having…