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  • Time To Put Some Makeup On

    So, since I haven't been working anymore I'll admit I have let myself go. One, could say I'm a hot mess.

  • Dear Kiddos, Mommy Is Sick.

    Dear Loves of my Life, I was diagnosed officially and unfortunately with the same genetic disease my Daddy had. We found out on this past Wednesday that I was in stage 2. It pains me to tell you this for 2 reasons. You both have the same odds of getting this that I had now. Which is 50/50. The second reason is, it’s likely that I will miss so much in your life. I feel extreme guilt. You both will never know. My life has always been you boys.

  • 21 Items For Mindy Project Fans

    I have the right to life, liberty and chicken wings!

  • I Have Been Diagnosed With Huntingtons Disease...

    Hi, I’m a 31 Mother of two that lives in Nashville, TN. I went into the Hospital for inappropriate sinus tachycardia and left completing a DNA test for the same disease my Father passed away from. I got the results from the test two weeks ago on this coming Monday. I was staged and signed up for research this past Wednesday. My whole life and plan has changed. I was just recently married to my high school sweetheart in April. We went from discussing future vacations to whom will be my Power of Attorney. I decided to document everything from now until my memory allows me to no longer do so. I want to educate others on my rare, genetic, and deadly disease. When I would tell people the disease my Father had, they a. didn’t know what it was or b. would look at me with such sadness. As if, I didn’t know that I could soon have this same fate. It is a combo of ASL, Parkinson's, and Dementia. Only 35,000 are diagnosed in the US, but over 200,000 at risk of getting. One person can affect 20 in their blood line. Unfortunately, due to my Dad being adopted and there being no medical records, we don’t know where it began. Bless his heart, he was misdiagnosed as bipolar for many years until his chorea (shaking and jerking) began. We had no idea of his diagnosis until after my first son was born. I did know after my second son was born and I was in my early twenties. They didn’t have the embryo implantation genetic testing at that time and they knew my family history not saying anything further. I feel extreme guilt knowing that my two boys are now at risk. My oldest who is sixteen is already displaying chorea and they believe he may actually have juvenile Huntington’s. We are still deciding as a family if we should go forward with the testing next week. I will explain the difference between Juvenile Huntington’s and Adult Huntington’s on another blog. The onset is different and progression is, as well. We have been misdiagnosed for many years. Typical onset for an adult is slight mood and depression changes for up to ten years before diagnosis. Typically, getting much worst a year before genetic testing and suicidal is also highest due to the changes in the brain at this time. I have had every disease known to man according to many different doctors and on every antidepressant known to man for the depression and mod changes. How I knew I had it, wasn’t the fine tremors, because I also had an overactive thyroid for many years. But the depression and mood changes changed who I was. I had always been very successful being an Account Executive for eight years at a huge technology company and was also very happy as a whole. I had always had a small amount of seasonal depression, but I could shake it off with a nap and never needed medication. I quit my job in April due to being too depressed to manage and my moods were all over the place. I knew something had to give. I decided I had to figure out what this was before I let it take over my life. While, I had another episode with my heart rate being 170, the hospital did a nerve test. I googled it and saw that it was related to Parkinson's and Huntingon’s. My heart dropped. I knew that my memory had been hugely declining, shaking, and other cognitive functions were also declining. I knew then, even before I called the case manager I had it. I called and thankfully the hospital I was at was a Center of Excellence. The Case Manager and Neurologist on call had me tested and the rest is history. It seems so long ago, but only three weeks actually. Writing and sharing is actually therapeutic for me. I had my first apt to enroll in research this week. While there, the amazing Director did his exam I was placed in stage two. Which is early stages, by their standards. Where the cognitive and motor skills are starting to decline. I am on a cocktail for my Huntington’s and I go back next week to meet with my actual Neurologist. So it hasn’t been said what my prognosis is, but it goes without saying. I’m a realist and I know that essentially I’m dying. There is no cure and nothing to slow down the process. I have hopefully tenish years. I was told that I should do Physical Therapy to help with the shaking and that thirty minutes a day to exercise. It adds years to the disease. So I’m doing just that. I’m working out everyday, taking meds, and getting into the new norm for my body and disease. Where, I’m a realist, I’m also very positive. The dr and I said the goal is just to stay in stage two as long as possible. That’s a real goal that I will work towards by any means. I’m no longer able to work, probably not going to drive after my next apt, and take it much easier on my new body. The great news is that I van volunteer at the Hospital. Which, as corny as it sounds gives purpose. My family, friends, and making new memories are what matter now. Everyday is a brand new day. While, it’s inevitable that I will die from this disease, I will go out kicking it’s ass! Sorry, to write so much. My other posts will be much shorter, I promise! Feel free to ask and questions!

  • Best Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites To Visit This Fall!

    It’s Fall In Iowa! That means hayrack rides, harvest festivals, and pumpkin patches! It also means the leaves they are a changin’ & we have a colorful list of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Partner Sites to visit and Get Your Fall on!

  • Which Appstate Admissions CSA Are You?

    Find out which of the ~LoVeLy~ customer service associates you are TODAY!

  • Finding Dress Watches For Under $1000

    You can often tell a lot about a person by the watch on their wrist. A classy, sophisticated choice in timepiece makes an entirely different statement than a sports watch or a diving watch. And when it comes to dress watches, it's all about style and essential function. But our go-to's for formal occasions all-too-often are ultra-pricey luxury watches. While the Rolex brand certainly carries a statement all of its own, you don't have to pay for a premium name to find a dress watch that projects a sense of style -- your sense of style.

  • If Josh's Tweets Were Motivational Posters

    All the tweets about pizza and musicals you could ever want.

  • The 5 Worst Alcoholic Drinks Every College Student Regrets

    No matter which one you drink, you will regret it in the morning.

  • Let's Talk About Break-Ups

    Let's be honest, we've all been there.

  • The Top 10 Ways To Enjoy Autumn To The Fullest

    There is More to Autumn than Just Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

  • The police are the force of authority. No one can tell the law what to do.

    Police have already enforced the law around the world in our society. Why should the public citizens enforce there own law to break the polices.

  • Cats Pusy

    Cats smile!

  • There's A New Bill Nye The Science Guy And Her Name Is Sophie

    The trolls have wasted no time responding

  • 3 Pillars Of The Most Successful Tech Products

    If you’ve started a tech company to make a lot of money, chances are you’re bad at math—or simply delusional. Statistically speaking, your odds of a big-time payday are somewhere between zero and almost zero.

  • Poll:Holiday Decorations

    What are people decorating for?

  • Because You Can't Have Everything...

    Oh, sure, at some point, there was the possibility of that "other life." The one composed of all of the choices not chosen. The one we occasionally convince ourselves is somehow magically still out there lingering in the lament, going forward without us.

  • Grumpy Cat WHO?

    16 cats that have every reason to be grumpy.

  • 3 Traits That Will KILL Your Career - BuzzFeed

    You've read every development book on Amazon. You've attended various seminars, learned from the brightest in your industry, and regularly model your advisors and icons. You're following the traditional roadmap in achieving success in your career goals - and it's working.

  • Do You Know The 4 Stages Of Abuse?

    Madeline shares her story and how she stopped the abuse cycle from continuing. Everyone should to know about the phases of abuse to help themselves or someone they know.

  • Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight Fast With Little Or No Exercise

    When it comes to losing weight and refine the silhouette, exercise accounts for only 30 percent of the overall program. The rest comes from a good diet and positive image that one has of oneself.

  • We Know If You're A Bad Hombre Or Good Hombre With One Question

    In the words of Glinda the Good Witch, "You have no power here! Begone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!"

  • Top Snapchat Filters From The Debate

    What's better, lies or inexperience?

  • When America Tries To Make Sense Of The Third Debate #BruceTheDebate

    Thanks to the Brian Lehrer Show for making last night's debate a little more bearable.

  • Live From The Upfronts: Trump's New TV Network Programming Preview

    NEW YORK, October 20, 2016 -- Following last night's unofficial end of the Trump presidential campaign, the billionaire businessman and entertainer confirmed the rumors and announced the creation of his new broadcast media network. Trump Information Television, also known as the TIT Network, will feature a mix of news, reality, competition, comedy, drama and sports. Here is a sneak peak at the fledgling network's programming schedule.