Tony and I got married on June 22, 1996. In the weeks, leading up to the wedding, I felt no better, no worse. Just the same symptoms – calling it mono – and hoping one day I would just wake up and come out of it. My friends and family were amazing at taking care of me and all the wedding details. I could never have done it without them. Days before the big day, I came down with a terrible sore throat with visible white patches. Back to the doctor (different doctor). It was some kind of throat infection and antibiotics were prescribed. Like I needed another ailment on top of what I already had.
My wedding pictures tell a beautiful story. We all looked good and the ceremony was amazing. Picture perfect. Continue reading
During my college years, my body somehow learned to sleep better, not great, but better. I don’t know how or why, but I am grateful for it. I don’t think I could have survived college without proper sleep. My college years were similar to my high school years in that I was involved in lot of different activites. Music groups, opera theater productions, social events, basketball, cheer-leading, sorority officer, etc… I am somewhat shy, so I don’t have this big booming personality, but I think I do have the type A drive. I was definitely a perfectionist in certain areas, but not every area. (Just ask my mom what my room looked like as a teenager. It wasn’t pretty!)
The first semester of my senior year (1995) was packed FULL of stress. It was generally good stress, but I had so much going on in my life. Continue reading
My life has been good. God has blessed me abundantly. I have memories of a very happy, stable childhood. No abuse, no traumatic events, no car accidents, or chronic illness. I accepted Christ into my life at a very young age. My parents had a stable marriage and provided a loving Christian home. I have one sibling, an older brother, who I got along with fairly well. I actually really enjoyed life in my adolescent and teen years. I went to a private, Christian school and was highly involved in the many different extracurricular activities the school had to offer. I got good grades. I was captain of the high school basketball team and captain of the cheer-leading squad. I sang in the school choir, small ensemble groups, and played in a hand-bell choir. My school’s music groups were very competitive and won many awards. I took piano and voice lessons and played piano and sang for church and school activities. I was in church 2-3 times each week. I had a lot of great friends. I dated some, but no major boyfriends or breakups. I consider my high school years some of the happiest times in my life. I loved life.
In hindsight, there was only one tiny little thing that could have given me a clue about my future illness. I didn’t sleep well. Continue reading