Ten years ago, I went to a birthday party of a family friend. (See the very brown picture below, haha.) It was at this party that my future husband, Andrew, noticed me. Admittedly, I had noticed him for quite awhile, but never made a move. Well, Andrew - being the "sly" guy that he is - approached our mutual family friend and asked who I was. As fate would have it, my mom happened to be standing right there. Long story short, a business card was given, an email sent, phone calls made, dates happened...the rest, as they say, is history. January 12th will always go down as the day I "met" the love of my life.
This was taken a few weeks after we started dating. We look so young. And rested.
Fast forward 8 years and in 2015, I went in for my second open-heart surgery to replace my aortic valve. If you've followed me for awhile, you know this story and you know how much has changed these last two years.
Within a week of my surgery, I was walking outside. I carried my heart pillow as comfort and because it hurt like crazy to cough. I could walk from my house, past about two houses, turned around and came back. Then I needed a nap.
I kept at it. I ordered this shirt and took this picture soon after surgery. I changed my outlook on health, food and fitness. I looked at my family and knew I wanted to do better. To BE better. It was the ultimate motivation.
Two years later...
I write a lot about my progress. Maybe you're annoyed, inspired, motivated or just happy for me. Maybe a little of each :). But I need to do this for me. I need to see where I started and remind myself why I am doing it. This all has new meaning now since my mom is now on her own recovery journey - much more difficult than mine was. She is one of my biggest supporters and I plan on doing the same for her.
So happy 10th anniversary, Andrew. Ten years ago you changed my life and you've been by my side. I love you.
And happy 2nd anniversary to my valve...you made it possible to change my path and feel what living really is.
January 12th...a day to celebrate.