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6 Mile Hike

6 Mile Hike

Living in the desert offers exciting challenges. Staying positive with the ever-present sunshine is easy. Staying hydrated is more challenging. I didn’t bring enough water on this hike and paid for it with a bad headache after but it was exhilarating!

I found a blogger I can relate to, who’s energy and writing has inspired me to get back to the creativity I NEED in my life.

Like me, Heidi Skiba  has a permanent ileostomy after suffering from ulcerative colitis. She openly shares her challenges and how much she has accomplished since her surgery in her blog Ostomy Outdoors.

You can watch her inspiring introduction here and see all that is possible with or without an ostomy. In Heidi’s own words, “My ostomy is one part of a much bigger life”

Here are a few excerpts that caught my attention:

“One of the things I longed to do most after surgery was to go on a climbing road trip again. I wanted to remember what it felt like to climb all day, cook up dinner at camp, talk about the day’s adventures over a crackling campfire, and then get up to do it all again the next day. Last summer, I wasn’t quite strong enough to rock climb. After training and gaining strength over the winter, my body finally felt ready to spend day after day doing climbing routes.” Click to continue

I’m eating up her blog, reading more about Heidi’s exploration and art. Here’s another bit I love:

“I soaked up the inspiration each day and couldn’t wait to get to camp in the evening to spend more time practicing what I had learned. There, I took out my journal and watercolors and filled more pages with writings and drawings of my chickadee visitor, the boulders near my tent, and even my marshmallow-roasting campsite neighbors. As the sun dipped behind the mountains and my hands got chilly, I reluctantly put away my sketchbook. It had been far too long since I  had a chance to spend this much time drawing, and I didn’t want to stop.” Click to Continue

Something Heidi wrote really resonated with me. It sums up how I feel about my life with an ostomy:

“Others say that they refuse to let their ostomy define them. For me, my ostomy has absolutely been a defining force in my life. Going through the experience has made me a stronger, more appreciative person and has given me purpose.  I love showing what is possible after surgery and helping to give hope to those who are facing or recovering from ostomy surgery. It is hard to imagine my life without this new-found focus. Helping others through my Ostomy Outdoors blog is one of the most rewarding things I do.” Click to Continue

It’s no surprise that Heidi was awarded the Health Activist Best Kept Secret Award by WEGO Health

Nice work Heidi!

Karen

I got a simple email from my dearest friend in the world. We’ve known each other since childhood and stay connected with quick texts and emails, never feeling any distance with time apart. She had a quote at the end of her email that expresses my belief that we all have the power to add positivity:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

This Glassybaby arrived in the mail from a couple other treasured friends. It came with a note that shared the added goodwill that was spread with the purchase of the lovely candle, and the warmth it has added to my life.

My Glassybaby obsession began 5 years ago when my friend gave me one for my birthday and I blogged about it back in 2008 under Great Gifts. These babies glow in my home renewing my senses and connecting me to cherished friends.

Share some light today.

Karen

Look no further. I’m obsessed. Trust me, I’ve searched. This one makes you feel like you actually aren’t hiding anything. The plaited detail is generous and the back is low and sexy. You may have had to say goodbye to the two piece after surgery, but you’ll be back in the swim with this one. It’s spendy but worth the investment if you have a holiday or summer poolside plans ahead.

True to size. Double check the sizing since it’s from Australia. See you at the beach!

Details and images courtesy of Trixan Body.

More about this fabulous swimsuit:

  • A real summer shimmer that will give you that longed-for beach glow, the Shimmer story is available in luscious fruity colours.
  • The Shimmer Maillot with plaited detail offers feminine styling and a stunning low back.It is one of Trixan Body’s favourites from this Seafolly range.
  • Beautifully made, the design features a plait or braid detail down the length of the body and plaited straps.
  • Cups can be removed depending on the look you’re after and cup size.
  • Straps are convertible which can be worn as a halter or as a cross back and then tied in a bow.
  • Simply gorgeous.
  • Fabric: 80% nylon and 20% elastane.
    Nifty video showing the suit on a model walking down the runway. Let me know what you think.

Charming and Meaningful

Just when I thought I needed to toss out all of my bits and pieces from broken jewelry, game pieces and odd keys, I met an artist who puts it all together into wearable art!

Margo Estruth of Charmed Vintage makes handmade soldered charm necklaces and bracelets with vintage objects.  I found Margo in Scottsdale at an art fair but she showcases her work on Etsy.

If someone you love is in the hospital, or facing the emotional challenges of recovering from life altering surgery, giving the gift of positivity is refreshing. Gather up some meaningful items and make a customized gift – it’ll outlast flowers and be a reminder of brighter days ahead.

Traveling in England (with an ostomy!) and thinking I’m really funny…

So here we are screaming through January and at the beginning of week #3 already! I want to blog more this year and focus on real life tips and less about anecdotal stories (and random postings as demonstrated with photo above). I’ll likely do a combination of both since I tend to write without too much forethought and enjoy sharing fun photos. When I think about trying to deliver informative content, I lose my momentum. I want to be a resource but also address the everyday kinds of questions I get asked all the time. I also want to be an example of keeping it light. All this is oh so serious most of the time as it is. It’s better for me just to start writing and see what comes. Life continues to toss challenges at me and I’ll continue to share them.

My goal is to write once a week and I think I can do that. I also came across all of my years of journals and my daughter challenged me to write a book about living with an ostomy. The idea of a book is daunting but I do like to tell a good story and I have plenty of funny, sad and challenging ones to share.

I’m starting the year healthy and feeling powerful after shoveling snow! Each time I exert myself in ways that stretch and challenge my abdominal muscles, I have a little concern in the back of my head. That, and a little voice saying, “awe yeah, that’s me with my ostomy – shoveling snow – I can do anything!” It’s become a joke with my daughters that I can do anything even though I have an ostomy. You see, I’ve been showing my girls their whole lives that I can do anything with an ostomy. It’s now taken on a new meaning, as if the ostomy itself has given me the power to do anything. Rather than being able to do things even though I have an ostomy, they joke that I can do all these things because of it. It’s become funnier as the years go by. Today I hauled boxes around as I get ready to move and I could hear my daughter’s voice in my head, “you see Mum, you can even lift heavy boxes with an ostomy!”

I have lots of packing to do and I’ll pull out some journals to share some “Notes From the Hospital Bed”. Stay tuned!

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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