Monday, June 11, 2018

4 OUT OF 6

Requesting some big thoughts, prayers, good juju, or whatever you got for my cousin, Eileen Stewart!! She will be having her total gastrectomy tomorrow morning by the amazing Dr. Michael Kendrick at St. Mary’s Hospital/Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I know she is in the best hands not only because he is rated the #1 laparoscopic surgeon in the world, but because of how well myself, my aunt, and another cousin are doing since our stomach removals!! She will be #4 out of 6 who have tested positive to have a total gastrectomy in our family.

Eileen has been nothing but positive throughout this whole journey and that will definitely be on her side throughout the recovery!! When I asked how she’s feeling, she just says she’s ready to get this over with. She’s a kind soul with the fight and bravery of a soldier and I know she will do well!!! Love you, girl, and keep that positive attitude flying high...always remember your why. 💜💜💜

Friday, June 8, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


With Mother’s Day coming up, my heart breaks every year and probably more so since Paige has been a part of my world. I would have loved to see the relationship my mom and Paige would have had!!! Also, it pulls a little more at my heart strings seeing all these grandparents (specifically Grandmas) at their granddaughters soccer games and Paige doesn’t have that. What I wouldn’t give!!! I’m glad she doesn’t see it as that and just enjoys the game! Although this journey hasn’t been a breeze, I’m so thankful I was given this opportunity to be preventative so that one day, when Paige has kiddos, I will be on that side line cheering her kids on!


To MY family and to family of my CDH1 friends, YOU are not exempt. Stan Walker said this in an interview with Australia's TODAY show and hearing that felt like a punch to the gut and is SO true. It doesn't matter WHAT you do or if you stay as healthy as possible, YOU are NOT exempt!!!

Monday, May 7, 2018


Meeting a new soccer mom at Paige’s soccer game and Paige tells her, “My mom had surgery and now she poops a lot.”

Thanks Paige!!!!


I had the privilege of sharing my stomachless story with this one of my college friends 9th grade class! It went very well. Mrs. Albrecht has a great group of students who were very much paying attention and asked some killer questions at the end!!!!
Thank you for asking me to speak to your class, Alyssa!!!! It was a great time and I’m so glad I was able to share my story and spend time with you and your family after!!!! 💜💜