I have told my story so many times that I forget who has heard it and who hasn't. But, if for some reason you are stumbling upon this page and you know nothing about me, let me share a bit.
I am the middle of three daughters raised in the every changing homes of an Army Chaplain family. I was always pretty sickly but I never let it get me down and anything from 2 allergy shots twice a week to use of my inhaler to breathe became a part of my everyday life. We grew up knowing about faith, hope, love, and our fallen nature. I was an athlete and a scholar in high school and the next step was college.
The last seven years have been rough, to say the least. I mean, we try to prepare for life changes, for taxes, for falling in love, for harsh winters, and for pets getting sick but it is hard to prepare for crazy curveballs. Shortly after marrying the love of my life, we moved to California and things started to come off the rails. My job was going smoothly but I got sick with something and no one could diagnose me. A few days later, I was having surgery.
But it didn't end there! The spring of 2009 led to 4 major surgeries and a lot of medication. Then, my employer decided not to renew my contract so we moved in with friends while I underwent another major surgery. Then, we got a place of our own and I had my 6th surgery. I was unable to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, I had 3 pair of pants that I could fit into, and I was almost 100lbs heavier. Life was painful, depressing, and bleak - and then my husband deployed overseas for 13 months.
There are a few months that I can't even remember and many others that I can remember as just endless days of sleeping, lying as motionless as possible to avoid pain, or immersing myself in Netflix. But, the Lord helped me to find work and get moving again. I started working out and being grateful that things were improving. The hubs finally made it home from deployment and we were reunited and I was informed by the ortho doctor that my shoulder injury needed attention. That's when I had to have rotator cuff surgery and was sidelined again physically as well as emotionally when a bitter supervisor terminated me without cause. The Lord wasn't going to let me drown, though. He lined me up with another job right away, I healed reasonably quickly, and I managed to start getting my total fitness back on track.
In the last 3 years I have undergone two surgeries on my left foot, each one sidelining me for about 3 months and my chronic migraines blossomed out of control due to work stress. Again, the Lord rescued me! Now, I am active, my migraines are manageable, my tummy troubles have been tentatively diagnosed as IBS, and I love my job. To be totally fair, I have to give credit where credit is due. My migraines and IBS have improved by leaps and bounds since I started drinking Shakeology everyday. My foot, shoulder, and knees are feeling great since I started my fitness programs. My heart is lighter as I have pride in my faith, my home, my work, my body, and my marriage. Things are improving and continue to improve.
The Lord has brought me through so much - a dozen surgeries, terribly strong medications with miserable side effects, job terminations, loss of loved pets, military deployments, miscarriages, failed adoption, sexual assault, massive weight gain that threatened my life, and on and on. He has seen me through the up's and the down's, the high's and the low's, the stagnant middle ground, and the raging storms. There is no way I could have made it through it all without Him and I praise Him daily for what He has done and is continuing to do in my life.
Now you know a bit more about me! If anything I wrote has helped you in anyway, if you can relate to my story, if you want to know more, please feel free to get in touch with me!
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
I am Christian Straightedge Christ follower, an Army Brat, an ex-milso, founder and CEO of FitnessAnyaMind, a sofa CEO, a nomad, a fur baby mom, and a mindset builder. I enjoy nature, reading, music, cooking, and taking care of those whom I love.