“Believe in yourself and stand for your dream…Even in the midst of difficult times…you need to maintain the confidence and conviction that you can achieve what you want!” – Anonymous
I’m back on your radio today after having been under the weather and off for several days. That is always hard on me when I am away. I miss it, miss playing music and connecting with you. Work is therapeutic for me. I love the positivity of most of the music that we play and how it makes me feel light and happy. I love sharing the new songs that catch my attention – like Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind”, I just love the lyrics and the message of that song.
It is a true delight, honor and privilege to be on the air. And when I am under the weather, I miss that stuff that helps me feel good. I battle for my health every day, many people do, it’s not unusual. But I do mine on a public platform and I confess, it’s a challenge to stay “up” all of the time. If it weren’t for my faith and the love God has surrounded me with, including the support of this community, I just don’t know where I’d be.
But I’m here and blessed to give life my best shot everyday. Some days, many days, I get to be upright and moving and making memories. Other days I can’t overcome the obstacles of the pain and nausea that are a part of the illnesses that have very much changed my life. It can be isolating, which is why it is even more important for me to get to work and live my life daily.
I am inspired by a handful of sweet friends that I know personally are fighting for their lives under much more difficult circumstances than my own. They keep me going and keep me on the uplifted side of life and I am thankful for them. Ironically, all of them I have met through being on the radio. See how my life just circles around? It’s more than coincidence, I think!
So for the days that you don’t hear me on the air, know that in my heart and head that I would much rather be at work and on the radio than feeling sick and being at home. I am a fighter and I wont give up even though here is no immediate cure for the stuff I deal with, chronic pancreatitis, chronic pain and gastroparesis (it feels like a bad case of the flu with non-stop nausea and pain). But there are advances in medicine and technology that are happening everyday that are helping and I will not give up or give in.
I am very blessed and fortunate to have the support of the station when I am unable to make it to work. Brett, Boomer and Kevin take care of everything when I am away and I appreciate them more than they will know.
In the coming weeks I will be having an outpatient surgery that will, hopefully, stimulate my stomach sphincter to work during the digestive system like it is suppose to. I wont bore you with the details, I will just humbly ask for your continued prayers and support as I seek the options available to me. As I said, I am a fighter and that is as much for me as it is for you – to be here for you. I count myself a blessed girl for the support that you, as a community have shown me. Thank you. I could not ask for more.
Here’s to your health, take care of you!