While I like to think and often feel as if I spent most of last year on the couch recovering, I realize as I am writing this post that I actually got quite a bit accomplished in the past year, especially for someone who did have two brain surgeries!
Looking back on 2014, I realize I accomplished almost all that I had hoped, even with all of the hiccups along the way… We managed to find a nice house to rent, complete with nice ocean view for the rest of our time here in the northwest, I switched jobs and only a few weeks after my second surgery was able to go back.
I then completed my year by prepping to begin my master’s degree by taking my GRE test and also obtaining my Stillbirthday doula certification from stillbirthday.com. Whew!! Makes me tired thinking back!
I can’t speak for everyone but this past year was quite an eye opener for myself. With the diagnosis of Chiari Malformation I and the recovery of 2 brain surgeries, 2014 taught me a valuable lesson in learning to appreciate the smallest of things in life! Each new day of learning to deal with this rare, and for the most part, unheard of in my local area, chronic illness over the past year has helped to reinforce patience, trust, and learning to value even the tiniest glimmers of hope throughout each day….
This past July 4th, marked my husband’s third year of service as an active duty service member with the U.S Navy. In his military time, Kris has worked exceptionally hard to become an x-ray technologist and this is what he does for a job with the military. His service has given us the opportunity to see the country via cross country moves and the chance to live in areas of the country that we would have NEVER chosen to live if otherwise possible.
While he was still in “school” for the navy, I moved to be with Kris, we had the opportunity to live in and experience life in San Antonio , TX.
We’ve lived in Virginia Beach, VA as he finished up the second half of the radiology tech program, this gave us another opportunity to meet awesome friends, make wonderful memories, and also remain close to family as we made the transition into the full “military family lifestyle.”
On his 1.5/2 year mark, Kristopher was finally finished with schooling and ready to actually begin working as a rad. Tech with the navy, they moved him from Virginia to Washington state, not just Washington, but a teeny, tiny island a few hours from Seattle in Washington…
We’ve lived here in WA for nearly 1.5 years now and are finally starting to feel as if we are settling in. We have begun to make friends, both have good, secure jobs, a nice place to live (with an ocean view) and our dogs are no longer looking around waiting for the boxes to disappear.
Who knows if he’ll decide to make this life choice a career...
Just a girl, a wife, angel mother and friend... An infant loss parent, post menopausal 20 something year old and brain surgery survivor...I've been through alot and have a lot to share!
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