Category Archives: Life Letters

Learning to Just Be in 2016

Learning to Just Be

Learning to Just Be in 2016

Lately I’ve seen a lot of people talking about their “one word” for 2016. Have you seen this too? Do you have a word to focus on this year? I’ve never been the kind of person that can focus in on just one word. But I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about what I want this year to hold for me, and especially for this blog.

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Life Letters: On Being Cautiously Optimistic

Life Letters: On Being Cautiously Optimistic. The next chapter of my acoustic neuroma recovery journey. via

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a health update, but there have been appointments and decisions filling up my calendar and my mind all summer. My last post was about my surgery and recovery (if you have no idea why I had surgery, it was to remove an acoustic neuroma tumor from my inner ear/brain). I had just started therapy to help me regain my balance and loosen up my neck muscles. I attended therapy sessions for a few weeks and by the time I was released, I was feeling about 85% – 90% back to normal, or at least my new normal.

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Life Letters: Post-Surgery Reflections


Even though I’ve been sharing snippets here, on Facebook, and on Instagram of how my recovery is going, I thought that the process warranted a longer, more detailed post. Mainly because this whole experience has taught me SO MUCH, and I sort of feel like I need to capture it in some way. If you’re new here and wondering what I’m talking about; I recently had surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma tumor (also called a vestibular schwannoma) from my inner ear, near my brain.

Don’t worry, no gross medical-related photos will be shared in the course of this post! I can’t even stand the sight of my incision!

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Life Letters: On Patience and Trust {My Acoustic Neuroma Story}

Life Letters: On Patience and Trust. My Acoustic Neuroma Story. via

Have you ever tried to grow an orchid? They can be tricky. Even when the label says they’re the easiest type of orchid to care for.

This particular, ordinary orchid has taught me an incredible lesson recently. One that centers around both patience and trust… two things that I am currently putting all of my faith in.

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