Mystery Blogger Award


Wow! Super cool to be recognized by a fellow blogger. Thank you Ana, over at momlifewithchiari. Sorry it has taken me so long to figure out how to respond! I got it down now, girl!

If you haven’t checked out her blog, whatcha waiting for? She is a Chiari sister, mom and wife. I love reading her posts! Thanks again, Ana for the nomination and supporting me in this blogging journey!

Here are my answers for your questions:

1. If you could cure one disease, what would it be and why?

This is a tough one for me to answer. I feel like if I answer Chiari, I’m cheating on Meniere’s. If I answer Meniere’s, I’m cheating on Chiari. I am going to have to choose Chiari Malformation. So sorry Meniere’s Disease! You know that you are near and not so dear to my heart. The havoc that both diseases have wreaked in my life and the life of my family is indescribable. I think the main reason I want a cure for Chiari is because discovery of a cure lends itself to more research to find the cure. More research would lend itself to more experienced Neurologists and Neurosurgeons. Experienced surgeons so that Chiarian’s can be cut on by someone who knows what the heck they are doing. My third surgery, lifting my brain out of my spinal cord, would not have been necessary if my second surgeon didn’t remove too much bone creating the hole for my brain to fall through.  Quite possibly the second surgery would not have been needed if the first surgeon had removed enough skull. Research and a cure are imperative as more and more people are being diagnosed with Chiari Malformation.

2. If you could speak any other language what would it be and why?

Spanish no doubt. I was two classes shy of a minor in college. I was only taking those classes so I didn’t have to take college math. I went Bachelor of  Liberal Arts route versus a Bachelor of Science. I would rather take all of that Spanish over math any day! Math makes me want to puke! I am a history teacher through and through! In May of this year, I resigned from teaching history full time after 14 years. I am blessed however to be going back part-time. What will I be teaching you ask? Spanish vocabulary from Pre-K through 6th grade. It is a new program at the small Christian private school where I teach. The goal this year is to teach them basic vocabulary and have fun! I can do that! Who woulda thunk all of that Spanish would come into play twenty something years later. God knew. It was already in the plan.

3. If you could do your life over, what is one thing you would change?

Nothing. Every battle. Every misstep. Every scar. Every gray hair. Those make me who I am. I wouldn’t change a thing.

4. What is one word you wished you heard more often?

Oh wow. Why is this the hardest question of the four to answer? I don’t think it’s going to fit within the confines of the question, but here it goes anyway. I wish that I saw people smile more. I think if people smiled more at one another then we would get the “hello” that you mentioned. We, myself included are all too busy going here and there. Heads titled down, necks craned looking at our cell phones. We inadvertently avoid eye contact. So in essence I guess the word I want to hear more is “hello,” as you mentioned, Ana. But I think that starts with eye contact and a smile.

My nominee is:

Sunflower Iris


  1. Amazing!!! I enjoyed getting to know you through your answers. Love, love the answers! At this point, if I even think of Chiari it just gets me worked up and down. It’s awful! But it’s so nice to know I’m not alone. You know?! I get it! Don’t forget, you are NOT alone! You are a fighter, continue to live, even if you have to crawl out of bed on some days and battle your way through life on others. Fight!
    I’m sorry about you surgery journey, mine is similar. My first surgeon removed too little bone, another surgeon described the results as a ‘good attempt’ on the other surgeons work. Haha! Thanks – it’s only my brain 🙄 I mean! We’re here right?! What can you do? And yes, don’t change a thing about life, Gods got you and He has been with you every step of the way. Congratulations on this new journey of teaching Spanish! Incredible, I should send my kids to you! 😏 Once they enter school, it’s all English and now it’s like pulling teeth with them to get them to speak to me in Spanish. I try though – they’ll thank me later! I’m not as strict as my Spanish speaking mom, growing up she only allowed us to speak Spanish in the home and English outside. I dreaded it, however growing up it open doors. So, today I can tell her, gracias!

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    • Super cool! Thanks!!! I appreciate the acknowledgement. We all have a story to tell. I love the blogging family that I am coming to know. Reading the stories of others inspires me so. Thank you again for taking the time to read my ramblings.

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