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Take a Moment to Read My Story

October 17, 2011

When I was around 20 years old, I got some news no woman wants to hear. I had an abnormal pap smear and needed to be rechecked. The second one came back abnormal as well. I was then sent for a biopsy of my cervix which revealed pre-cancerous cells. A procedure was performed to get rid of the abnormal cells, and I have had normal test results for the past 15 years.

So why am I telling you all this? Well, I am VERY concerned about the recent attacks on women’s healthcare. You see, my pre-cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment was provided to me by…get ready for it…Planned Parenthood. I’ll give all of my more conservative friends a moment to pull themselves together (wink-wink).

That’s right. Planned Parenthood. The ONLY place a 20-year-old college girl working for minimum wage at a daycare center that did not offer healthcare benefits could get regular well-woman care and treatment. Not only did I receive affordable care, but quality care, lots of education, and respect.

I don’t like to think about what could have happened had I not been diagnosed so early and treated so quickly. Cervical cancer? Chemotherapy? Hysterectomy? Death? I look at my four beautiful children and wonder if their lives would have been possible.

So before you immediately think “abortion” when you hear “Planned Parenthood,” take a few moments and remember my story. What they did for me, in my opinion, was very pro-life.

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The reason I wrote this was NOT to spark a debate about abortion. This is a very sensitive subject for me and many women who face difficult situations. Please be kind and courteous. Also, be aware that any negative comments will not be tolerated.

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Who Me? Blog??

June 12, 2010

So my friend has been telling me I should blog. I keep telling her I don’t have time, and I wouldn’t know what to write even if I did have the time. Her advice was to make time and just start writing. So here goes…

Married With Children:

A little introduction into my life. I have been married for 11 years. My husband is a nurse, which makes for some interesting conversations when my more natural model meets his medical model and vice versa. However, it makes for a good balance as we try to navigate the job of parenting our four children, ages 8, 6, 4, and 3.

Homeschooling:

We recently began homeschooling our two oldest. It has only been a few months, but we are all loving it. I’ve found that they really do grow up quickly, so I enjoy having them with me everyday. Number three begins Kindergarten in the fall. I am interested to see how I handle juggling three in school and a preschooler!

I Gotta Have Faith:

I love Jesus. Really. Wouldn’t want to try to live this life without Him. My faith and spirituality has changed a lot over the past 15 years and continues to do so. I love how, no matter how much I put into my spiritual growth, no matter what God teaches me about life and faith, no matter how much I think I have figured out…I never arrive. The journey goes on and on. Why do I love that? Because, wihout fail, the next place I come to is always so much more amazing than the last, that I can’t wait to see what’s next!

I Gotta Have Friends:

I wouldn’t want to try to live this life without them, either. I have regular weekly meetings with my group of friends. One with all of our kids, one without. I count on it. These ladies breathe life into me in a unique way that nothing else can.

Childbirth and All Things Childbirth Related:

I won’t say much about it in this blog post. You can read about my journey to becoming a doula here.

Singing:

The only thing I am more passionate about than birth. If I have a few minutes to myself, I WILL be at the piano singing. If there is someone around willing to sing with me, even better! I still find myself hoping that somewhere down the line, my destiny involves using this talent in a more public arena than my living room, but for now, I am content to sing to my children and our hamster.;)

Naptime:

A must-have for moms. Naptime for the children so I can have a break. Naptime for me on occasion, so I can get through a day that’s looking particularly long for some unknown reason.

I know there’s a lot more I could say, but the aforementioned naptime for children is about to draw to a close, and I will once again hit the ground running!

 So there it is…Blog #1.

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