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I am so happy being married and living with my best friend. We adopted our first child, Ari, in 2011 through a domestic adoption and our second, Jude, in 2014.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

One Shot Down, Five to Go.

Well, it's official - I am now menopausal! I went in today for my first injection. I was hoping it would be in the arm. I knew it would be different when the nurse came in and starting shutting the blinds... haha! It was administered in my hip. Not too terrible honestly. And no Shane, I didn't cry. :)

The point of these injections is to decrease my estrogen, but during the first two weeks it will actually increase which causes my endometriosis to flare up. It could be a painful next two weeks, but things should start straightening out pretty soon after that and get back to normal. Or as close to normal as my life will be for the next six months! :)

Friday, January 25, 2008

I Got Tagged...

This is for you Mr. Coffman.

The Rules: Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
Share 5 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, OR
Share the 5 top places on your “want to see or want to see again” list, OR
Share 5 things you never pictured being in your future when you were 25 years old.

Tag a minimum of 5, maximum of 10 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. The tagees have a choice of which they want to do.

Well let's see...since I'm about 4 years away from 25 and haven't been to too many places, I suppose I will go with random facts.

1. I'm actually slightly excited about getting the Depot Lupron shots. I figure by the time I'm done with them I will be a pro with needles and getting shots.

2. I actually enjoy cleaning the toilets at home... I'm just so proud of my clean, good-smelling toilet when I'm done!

3. I dream of having the job of being a secretary/receptionist. It just fuels my desire to be organized and keep everything in its place.

4. I hate driving and have a great fear of the highway. I didn't get my license until I was 18 and pretty much had to and I have never driven on the highway by myself (all two or three times I've ever even been on it!)

5. Given the choice of going out with a bunch of friends or staying at home by myself, 97% of the time I will choose staying home. I'm very much a home-body.

Okay, now to the tagging part... I guess I will choose my mother, Brenda, and Heather. That's not five but I enjoy breaking rules. :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Careful What You Wish For...

Well, God has certainly been testing my patience, as I asked Him to do. It has been almost three weeks since I wrote my last entry and insurance has just now approved my treatments for endometriosis. I was extremely anxious during those three weeks. Just very ready to get this show on the road, and make sure I got all the shots completed before I go off my parents insurance in June! :)

So now the time is here. This coming Monday, the 27th, I will receive my first shot of Depot Lupron that will chemically induce me into an early menopause. I don't know how long it will take for the side effects to appear, but I have a feeling it won't be too long.

So here's to round two of trials and patience!

Friday, January 4, 2008

New Year's Resolution?

Some make them, so don't. If they're made, all struggle to keep them, but I don't think this should ever stop us from making a new one. It never hurts to set goals for yourself to stretch and change, no matter how many times you fail to keep it. What matters is that you tried.

So my goals for myself? Patience. And understanding of God's will for my life. I know that I will certainly need this in the month's ahead.

Just a little over two weeks ago I had an exploratory surgery performed which resulted in me being diagnosed with endometriosis. I met with my doctor on Wednesday to discuss treatments available. She sat down with me and told me I was at a Stage 2 of 4 and then said, "We can either give you a series of shots called Depo Lupron or you can get pregnant right now." Pregnancy seems to somehow cure this disease, although it can be difficult since infertility is a symptom. Now, while it would have been fun to go to Vegas this weekend to get married and pregnant on doctor's orders...I went with the shots. :)

These are a series of shots that I will take once a month for the next six months. It will chemically induce me into an early menopause. This will stop the endometriosis from growing as long as I am on the shots. I will have the typical side effects of menopause such as mood swings and extreme hot flashes. There is also a common loss of bone density while on these shots.

I feel confident and comfortable with my decision. It seems like the best answer right now. The only thing I struggle with at times is how difficult it will be to be a 21 year-old in menopause. But it's what needs to be done, therefore I am ready for it. I know it won't be easy, especially since I am asking God for patience and understanding. I know without a doubt that He won't just give that to me, but give me opportunities and situations to be patient and understanding. Like I said, I know this will be a trying six months, but with Him I feel fully ready for it.