Life has thrown me more complications than I would have preferred, that is for sure! As an MS and traumatic brain injury warrior, it is important to me to live my life as simply and holistically as possible.
I have an affinity to the ways of the past, simple times where people grew their own food, made their own cleaners, utilized remedies handed down through generations and always kept God at the center of their lives.
Preface – 1998
“The force of the impact was incredible. Glass shattered around me, raining down everywhere. The sickening, crunching sound of metal was deafening and I felt myself spinning. I saw the taillights in front of me disappear and then the headlights of the cars that were behind me were heading at me; and so it continued.
I was spinning forever, or so it seemed. I was saying a silent prayer. I was wishing blessings on my family and friends because I knew I was about to die. I was surprised there was no pain. That would come later, I was to learn. It was amazing just how many thoughts went through my head in that very small amount of time.
The noise stopped and the spinning stopped. It was quiet; too quiet. My thoughts were thrust into darkness, and then they drifted to a simpler time, one filled with comforting memories of a lifetime of striving for the ultimate goal of Olympic gold….”
My new, and harsh reality
I’d spent my entire life dedicated to becoming the horse rider of my little-girl dreams. I’d worked hard, trained hard and was completely dedicated to achieving Olympic God. I’d even earned my way to managing Ri-Arm Farm, the Internationally renowned facility of my coach and US Equestrian Team member, Mark Leone.
I learned the hard way that even the most amazing dreams are not immune to disaster. On July 2, 1998, the car I was driving was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. My dream, and life as I’d know it, were over.
I sustained multiple, permanent injuries from my accident, the most devastating being a traumatic brain injury.
I was forced to “re-learn” what most take for granted, such as reading, writing, walking and talking. A short time later, I was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis (an incurable neurological disease).
My circumstances sure threw a lot of curves and detours in the journey of my life. I lost my career, my future earning potential, and the only way I knew to earn a living.
Becoming a champion… In the arena of life
The athlete inside my broken body was still alive and well and refused to let these seemingly insurmountable obstacles stand in the way of achieving success… in the arena of life.
For the past 17 years or so, I’ve enjoyed being a motivational speaker; sharing the amazing story God has given me to tell throughout the United States. I’ve been partnered with three different service dogs throughout my disability-years; the latter part of those years with service dog-extraordinaire and always present companion, Nadja.
Over the past few years, the progression of my MS has presented me with new challenges, and so I am in need of re-inventing myself again. Now a 40-something wife and stay at home, home-school mom, I am still dedicated to becoming the best “me” I can be. I’ve found that the best way to do that is to live simply.
I’ve learned that many “from scratch” recipes, natural remedies and the overall simplicity of yesteryear are actually beneficial to managing my Multiple sclerosis, cognitive impairment and overall wellness in general.
I am cultivating a love of gardening (pun intended ;-), canning and all things vintage while living here on Friendly Acres; a 45 acre homestead in Southern Colorado where my family and I host a variety of ministry animals which include: horses, chickens, dogs, chickens, goats and even a crazy cockatoo named, Pearl.
I’m going back to the past in order to move forward simply to a healthier and happier future, and I hope you’ll take the journey with me!