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Welcome to another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:


LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

There are some things I need to discuss regarding the MRIs I had taken a few weeks ago, but that’s for a post next week. Today, I’m keeping it all positive.

  • I saw my neurologist today and he’s weaning me off the Keppra and next week starting to increase the Depakote. He’s working one med at a time in case there’s a problem, he’ll know which med is responsible. I’m just happy to get this ball rolling already.
  • Last week my other blog, lilicasplace celebrated four years of blogging.
  • Vivi and I also had manicures done last week.
  • After my neuro visit, Vivi treated me to breakfast before heading off to work.


What have you celebrated this week?





Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I posted any real updates on my condition. Way back, I started blogging about my journey through the bleed and subsequent stroke. If you’ve followed me since the beginning, you know that I had to overcome a lot to get to where I am now.

Here is a brief refresher for those who are recent followers and don’t know much about my history. On November 20, 2011, I suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage secondary to a ruptured aneurysm in my brain. I had brain surgery on the 22nd and suffered an ischemic stroke during the surgery.

While in Neuro ICU, I suffered seizures, TTP, and had to be intubated several times. The left side of my body was dead weight for nearly a month, I had to relearn how to speak, and spent almost another month at inpatient rehabilitation at Good Shepherd in Allentown, PA.

By the time I left Good Shepherd, I was walking with a walker. In May 2012, I graduated to a cane. Less than a year later, I was walking on my own (except during bad weather, which I still do).

My speech is near normal, except when I’m overwhelmed or stressed, in which case I tend to stutter. Loud, unexpected noises tend to send me into a bit of a frenzy until I calm down. I recently sang for the first time at a karaoke gig my friend Vivian K-jayed for. The link is on one of my Celebrate the Small Things posts.

I suffered a few seizures since the bleed, but as of last summer, I was cleared to drive again by my neurologist. Finding the courage to do so again is the hard part.

I’ve had two hospitalizations since then, the most recent this past March, secondary to a fall at home. I bought three weeks in the hospital. My medications since 2011 have been cut by nearly half, including the seizure meds. My biggest hurdles to overcome now are the depression and anxiety.

Overall, I’ve come a long way in my recovery. Next on my agenda is to seek permission from my doctors to work a simple part-time job until I can handle more.





Hello fellow bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

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Click on the Image to Join

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for this month’s posting of the IWSG are  Nancy Gideon, Bob R Milne, Doreen McGettigan, Chrys Fey, Bish Denham, and Pat Garcia!

Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their hard work!

I’m not going to lie. The past several weeks have been brutal to me. I haven’t been feeling well (long story) and it’s turned life upside down for me. The first half of the year was pretty amazing as far as my goals were concerned, but now I feel like I’ve moved forward only to take five steps back.

It’s frustrating. I’ve only been able to clear out ONE of my email accounts so far. I have posts in my folder from hops that I had intended on participating in last month that I wasn’t able to get to. That irritates me even more. I don’t like doing that.

The hosts of the blog hops I regularly participate in know my situation and understand that there are times that I’ll miss posting. Because of that understanding, I’m kept on the list. I LOVE them for that. The reason I’m wary of joining one time, or mini blog-hops is because I never know what’s going to happen or how I’m going to feel. Lately, it’s always something.

I’m trying to stay positive, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult. I’d been on such a great course for most of the year, but part of me wants to roll up into a fetal position next to Sophie on the bed and just suck my thumb.

I hope this lethargy and uncertainty are side effects from not feeling well lately. I need my body to jump-start back into action again. I have far too many things I want to accomplish in the coming months.

How do you handle times when you’re veered off course and have fallen behind on important projects?


Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.







Wow, just wow! June is starting off to be an amazing month for me. Fellow blogger and friend Jen at jabrushblog again nominated for another award. This time it’s for the Encouraging Thunder Award! Can you believe it?  That’s two awards in less than two weeks. Thrilled doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel right now. I almost want to cry, but I won’t. 🙂



What you can do with Encouraging Thunder award?
– Post it on your blog
– Grant other bloggers with the award

What you can’t do with Encouraging Thunder award?
– Abuse or misuse the logo
– Claim that it’s your own handmade logo


What you should do after receiving Encouraging Thunder award:
– Enjoy the award
– Thank via comments or mention the blogger who gave you the award 🙂

That’s it. No questions to answer or cumbersome rules to follow. It’s acknowledgment to those blogger friends who have stuck behind you through good times and bad, whether through comments, social media, email, etc.

You don’t need to award it to anyone else if you don’t want to. Just accept it. So many people have my back, I can’t sit behind this computer and not give this Award to some very special people. Whether they choose to accept or display it is completely up to them. (They’d know I love them even without it!)

I’m giving the Encouraging Thunder Award to the following people:

Culinary queen, animal activist/advocate, and my virtually adopted Mom (I did that, but she doesn’t mind) 😀 Jo Wake at Food, Life, and a Scent of Chocolate
Author, Blogger, Musician, founder of the Insecure Writers Support Group, my virtually adopted baby brother (I did that too!) 😉 – Ninja Captain Alex at Alex J. Cavanaugh
Fellow stroke fighter, Megan, who is becoming near and dear to my heart at Stroke Survivor
Blogger friend and #CTST host Lexa, at Lexa Cain
Blogger friend and fighter, Katie at The Cyborg Mom
Blogger friend Maggie at Just Get It Written
Author, blogger and friend, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Although we’ve just recently ‘met’, M.R.R. at God, Entertainment, and Annoying Things always leaves me encouraging and positive comments.
Author, blogger, cheerleader, and friend Elizabeth Seckman.
One of my kindred spirits, amazing graphic artist, and fellow blogger, my dear Father Dragon Al at Dragon on a Mission
Author, blogger, cheerleader and friend Lisa Buie-Collard
Author, blogger, cheerleader and friend Melissa Maygrove
Author, blogger, fellow zombie enthusiast and friend David Powers-King
Writer, blogger, cheerleader, and friend Morgan Shamy
Fellow blogger Dixie at dcrelief – Remove the Rose Colored Glasses

I need to include author, fellow blogger, and friend Mark Koopmans, but the link I have for him won’t work. I gotta find the new one. I definitely need to give him this award because he’s the one that helped me find so many amazing people by commenting on my first blog, lilicasplace, when it was just a baby blog.  😀

I know, right? God has truly blessed me with amazing people in my life. I know there are a couple I can’t think of at the moment. I’m sorry for that, but when I do, I’ll make it a point to let you know and I’ll make sure I correct my error. I’ve been prone to them lately.

Thanks again Jen for the Award! I feel unstoppable now! Love ya girl!