Taking care of yourself

Standing by my dad at mom’s visitation I overheard him tell people and specifically to listen to their bodies. This caught  me off  guard but as he went on to explain my mom’s situation it really resonated with me. A big factor with mom’s initial diagnosis was that it was caught in the later stages, 3C to be exact. The next stage being the 4th and final stage. With ovarian cancer the symptoms are typically silent until it’s in the later stages.

Mom definitely had symptoms but we had no idea to even think of ovarian cancer. When she’d comment about her bloated stomach or how she just didn’t feel hungry much we’d just tease her. She’d visit family practice clinics but never thought to visit an OB. Often times she left these appointments feeling bad for bothering the doctor with something so minor – they would tell her she was just constipated, overthinking it or reaching menopause. I’d like to kick these people.

As women and just human beings we’re taught to tough it out but after watching my mom’s battle, seeing the changes my own body experienced during pregnancy and just with getting older, I’ve come to the realization that we have to be our own advocates. No one can tell you how you’re truly feeling. I love being proactive with my health. Whether that’s doctor visits or daily self-care, it’s something I try to prioritize.

And a big part of that is prevention and skin care. My skin changed a lot with each pregnancy and my dad’s voice would often pop into my head “listen to you body” and made me take my skincare to the next level. Enter the Ginzing Collection from Origins and Influenster.

I was given these products complimentary to test and I’m so glad. I love how vibrant they make my skin feel. It’s enhanced my pregnancy glow and made me feel like I’m doing my skin a favor in using it. The Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff is great for mornings where my eyes are extra tired. The Refreshing Scrub Cleanser and Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer give that added freshness. I don’t wash my face every day, only days that I wear make up which is maybe once a week (maybe). Otherwise I just splash with water. But I always moisturize and this cream is an AM and PM cream which is more bang for your buck.

Definitely recommend trying these products and seeing what they can do for your skin. You’re welcome for the up close an personal no make up selfie. And if you haven’t joined Influenster I highly recommend. I’ve had an opportunity to test products from food, beauty, Victoria’s Secret activewear and more. It’s a great way to try new products and share it via social media.

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1 in 4 is me.

This Wednesday will be five years since I last saw my beautiful mom alive. Each year it is always hard but this year hurts even worse. I think of all the times I’ve needed her here and all the things she’s missed out on.  Her shoulder to cry on and her hugs are something I wish I could have just one more time. Especially during the hard times like this past August when our journey to become a family of four (not counting Lou) was derailed when I started to miscarry at nine weeks; just two days before our nine week ultrasound appointment.

We found out we were pregnant right away. I remember being so excited and telling myself I would really make the most of this pregnancy. I was confident in my body’s ability to carry a healthy child full-term and had made it through a fairly uncomplicated labor and delivery (minus 36 hours of labor and a hematoma). After taking a few tests and thanking God for positive results, I shared the news with Joel and Hayden Keith. We were all so excited. Continue reading →