Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday Flyby: Where, Oh Where, Have I Been?

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed that while I’ve still been popping in over at your blogs throughout the past week, I’ve been a bit MIA here on my own. And while I wish I could say I’ve been occupied with positive and uplifting things, the truth is, life’s gotten pretty ugly these past few days. Here, the three main reasons I’ve been away.

Reason #1

No good deed goes unpunished, as my husband learned the hard way last week after trying to rescue a lost dog in the street and instead ending up in the ER with a fractured shoulder. As a result, the past few days have been a whirlwind of doctor visits, Vicodin doses, CT scans and a lot of runaround BS from our insurance provider. Luckily, Stephen is starting to feel a bit better and regain some basic use of his left arm, which should heal on its own in about a month with no surgery required.

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Reason #2

After several weeks of waiting for MRI and biopsy results, we received terrible news last week that my beloved Nana has been diagnosed with terminal Stage IV cancer, which was only discovered by chance when she went in for something else. As you can imagine, I have been devastated and in a dark place following this diagnosis, as I try to come to terms with what this means for her and our family. In trying to manage my emotions, I’ve been working on a separate blog post discussing them, but simply haven’t been able to bring myself to share it yet, as though doing so will somehow force me to accept that this is in fact really happening.

Reason #3

After two years of hard work, I’m finally in my last two weeks of grad school. In light of the items mentioned above, though, my motivation has definitely taken a downturn, and I’m trying my best to stay focused and do what I need to in order to wrap up the remaining projects and papers on my plate. I know I can do it, and I’m determined to check a couple things off my to-do list before the end of the day. Better get started... 

How do you stay motivated when things get tough? 


  1. O man, I was wondering where you were, but was hoping it was just busy with cool. So sorry about Stephen and your grandmother and will be praying for healing and peace!

  2. "When there is no turning back, we should concern ourselves only with the best way of going forward".

    I know it's hard when so many things are happening around you and specially when you feel impotent towards certain life situations.

    Sorry to hear about your Nana, may she be surrounded by love and care until the day that God calls her to his side and God bless you, her and loved ones.

    Just hang in there girl, when at times of much stress and dealing with hard situations I always love to take Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy to help me cope.

    Wishing Stephen a speedy recovery.

  3. Oh, Heather!!! I'm so sorry things are not fun right now. Poor Stephen, too.

    My thoughts and heart is with you as you and your family go through this right now. If you need ANYTHING let me know.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your nana, Cancer is an evil bitch. She's definitely in my thoughts.

    I'm Stephen won't need surgery. I hope he feels better soon.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your Nana. :( I know you're going through a tough time so I hope you're hanging in there. It must be hard to have to finish school assignments during this! But I'm sure you'll get through it.

    I hope Stephen feels better soon.

  6. Heather, I'm so sorry to hear about all of this! Having lost my father to cancer (and finding out too late that it was already stage 4), my heart aches for you and the emotions you must be feeling right now. I'm also sorry to hear about your husband, but it sounds like he's on the mend. My thoughts are with you and your family during this tough time. I'm sending you a big hug through cyberspace.

  7. Oh honey, I hope things get better! I know what you mean about grad school though - I'll be done two weeks from today and I'm struggling to get anything done...thinking of you and your family!

  8. hi heather. i am so sorry about your husband's current shoulder pains and grandmother's diagnosis. please stay strong and positive and know you are supported in the blog community. keep your head up and eye on the prize, and i'm sure motivation will return.

  9. I am so sorry to read this Heather :(
    Send you my love and thoughts xx

  10. Hi Heather,

    Sorry to here about your grandmother. Sending prayers and good thoughts to you and the family...

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your Nana. I'm sending lots of positive vibes yours and Stephan's way.

  12. Aw honey. I'm thinking of you!

  13. Sorry to hear about your grandma Heather! Sending up you lots and lots of positive thoughts your way!

  14. Oh my goodness! I hope everything gets better for you and thinks start to turn around for the better. I will be thinking of you. xo

  15. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear this news. My grandmother passed away 2 weeks ago (the reason for my absence on the blog as well) and believe me, I know what you are feeling and going through. It's never easy, but know that you still have time to share in some great and wonderful memories with your Nana

  16. We are thinking about you guys and your family!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  17. I was wondering what happened to you! I am so sorry to hear about your husband's injury and very sorry to hear about the results from your grandmother's tests. My thoughts are with you and hope for the best. Hang in there, and 2 weeks will be done before you know it. When I need to stay motivated I think about how much I'll feel once the weight is lifted.

  18. Poor Stephen I hope he feels better soon and you get through it too!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  19. You can do it! So close to the end, and we're all cheering you on!

  20. I am so sorry for all of the hardships Heather. You are in my thoughts

    And I will let you know when my next event is!

  21. So sorry to hear about your husband and especially your Nana. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck with your last two weeks of grad school. Keep going and you will be through it soon enough!


  22. Big hugs to you, lady! I am sorry to hear about your Nana :( And I do hope that your husband's shoulder pains get sorted quickly. I know how tough it is to stay positive despite these, but little rewards to yourself and a bit of chocolate goes a long way :)
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
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  23. SO sorry to hear about you nana and your husband. Double-whammy:( Glad to hear that you are going to be spending some time with her in the near future and that you husband is making a speedy recovery:) When it rains, it really pours.



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