Sunday, August 31, 2014

Life

The last number of weeks have been busy. Let me try and brief you on what's going on:

Last month, I was successful in securing a part time, work from home HR Coordinator internship with a not-for profit organization. If you keep up with my blog, you'll know that I have been a bit frustrated and at a loss as to what or how I should go about securing an HR role, with my main obstacle being my lack of experience.  Thankfully, this company decided to take a chance on me and give me the opportunity to gain some valuable experience which I can put on my resume. This will hopefully help me in the future when it comes to getting a paid, full time role.  So far so good- I really like it. There is a lot of research and learning involved, and I look forward to the next number of months of work with this organization. I am doing this internship in addition to my current/previous job at the bank.

Next, just 2 days ago was my father's official last day on the force-he has finally retired! My dad has been on the force since 1978 and has accomplished such greatness in that time-the type of greatness that could take several lifetimes to achieve.  His work in the community has helped bridge the gap between youth and the police-a relationship that can sometimes be strained due to preconceived notions about what "at-risk" youth OR the police are about. It makes me so happy to have such a positive, strong, and selfless man as my very own father. His retirement party is coming up in a couple of days and it's going to be a big one for sure. After retirement, my dad will still work with the police, but in a chaplaincy capacity.

What a great man.

What a proud daughter.

If you follow me on instagram, you'll likely already know that I went to Florida with my mom and dad in July. It was an absolute great time.  We drove down in the RV. It was amazing for me, as this is the first time I've done something like this since the transplant. What a blessing to be able to do such a thing and not need to worry about coming up with hundreds, even thousands of dollars for dialysis, or worry about getting sick. I didn't get sick once while we were in Florida, on our way there, or on our way home. Again, what a blessing.  The only hiccup we experienced was an issue with our transmission on our way home. We were in Tennessee in the middle of the night when I was woken up by the sound of my mom yelling my name, telling me to "come come come!" The RV was full of smoke. It turns out there was a leak somewhere near the transmission so we were leaking oil...so essentially, we were driving this huge RV with no oil in it. We were lucky enough to have been towed to a great repair shop with lovely, honest mechanics who got us up and running in a little over a day. It was an adventure to say the least, and I actually look forward to going back to Tennessee to visit our new friends at the repair shop in the future.

One of the most important updates-I'm an aunt! My brother and his girlfriend brought my lovely niece, Mia, into the world exactly one month ago. She's an absolute gem-I'll share pictures in the near future! :)

That's all for now I think!

Where did the summer go?? :(

Friday, August 1, 2014

Prescription for Disaster!

Let's face it-the main topic of conversation for my blog is a topic that isn't necessarily the happiest of topics to discuss. In spite of some of the horror stories I've shared, you'll find that often times, I take a humorous approach to my stories. But why would you take a humorous approach to such a thing! This is serious! Well, there are a few answers to that. One, sometimes, some of the stories of things I've been through are so ludicrous that I actually find humour in them. Secondly...to me, at the end of the day, Lupus is something that I'm just going to have to deal with, and if I can't laugh at myself sometimes...c'mon!

This is why I was happier than happy to get my hands on a copy of the book Prescription for Disaster, written by Candace Lafleur!


If you have a chronic illness or a loved one with a chronic illness, you will definitely identify with many of the topics Candace touches on.  I couldn't help but chuckle at some of her stories, as many took me back to times when I've went through similar things.  Candace talks about being in the ward of a hospital and all the characters she has come across because of it. Screaming, complaining old lady? Yup-been there, done that! Dealing with student doctors? Hospital food? C'mon, if you've spent 5 minutes as an in-patient in a hospital, you've dealt with all of these things!

Now, what I really like about this book is the humorous approach that it takes.  Yes, chronic (and acute, for that matter) illnesses are serious, they're bad, they're awful...yeah...we know. But if you've lived it and have experienced the things that come along with it, you'll find that there is actually quite a bit of humour to be found in a lot of the situations we go through and experience.  I talk a lot in my blog about doing your best to remain positive in spite of everything. To me, it's SO important. That said, to me, this book is great for those who can find humour in some of these crazy things that happen, and also to those who perhaps have trouble looking past the negative side. This book will help you see that you're not the only one that these crazy things happen to, and maybe if you looked at it in a different way, you might let loose a chortle which will perhaps lift your spirits a bit! :)

Check it out-you won't be disappointed!

http://www.amazon.com/Prescription-Disaster-funny-falling-apart/dp/1499595719/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402667166&sr=8-1&keywords=candace+lafleur

 
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