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Some good news! My recent urinalysis and blood work on my kidneys show that so far, they are in the clear. For now, it seems my GPA is showing up only in my nose, sinuses, trachea, and ears. My lungs, for the most part, also looked good. Doctor P. scheduled a few biopsies to be […]

3 November 2019

I’m beginning to feel the seriousness of my diagnosis, Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA). In the last few days, I was unsure of how I was feeling and was trying to process everything. But the weight of it all felt like it might crush me… I have the urge to run, burn some energy, just to […]

21 October 2019

Wednesday, October 16th, Dr. P called me to let me know that my blood tests came back ANCA positive. I have been diagnosed with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA), formerly named Wegener’s after a Nazi, so it’s not referred to by that name anymore. GPA is a rare, potentially life-threatening, auto-immune disease where your small and […]

17 October 2019

Dr. P finally called he confirmed that my trachea is in fact narrowing and ordered the following blood tests: Complete Blood Count (CBC with auto differential) Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (Blood Sugar, Liver, Kidney, Muscle, Heart function). Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies (ANCA, MPO, PR3) – [ANCA testing] detects and measures the amount of Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies in […]

17 October 2019

Currently, my thyroid, iron, and other related health issues have been put on hold while I figure out what is going on with my lungs. Last Thursday, I went in for my CT Scan. Fingers crossed, I hoped for some good news come Friday, but I didn’t hear from anyone. I planned on calling Dr. […]

8 October 2019

2014 Justin and I had been married for 10 years. We planned to start a family, but nothing was happening. After speaking to my gynecologist, we decided to try Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). A “fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside the uterus to facilitate fertilization.” I started taking medications to help stimulate ovulation, regular ultrasounds […]

23 September 2019

It’s 2:30pm on a Thursday. I am sitting at Miller Park in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as I write this watching the locals go about their business; the tourists passing through on their way to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The weather is how I like it, unpredictable. The day starting out sunny and […]

19 August 2019

normal | ˈnôrməl | adjectiveconforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected Normal is not a word that I will ever use to describe a mass shooting or any type of hate crime or violence. Normal is the word that is being used across the internet about the recent mass shootings of El Paso and Dayton. We don’t […]

6 August 2019

I firmly believe that no matter where we come from, the color of our skin, how we identify in regards to gender and sexuality, or how we chose to worship, we all want the best for our families, our children, and ourselves. We are all human, sharing this little planet made predominantly of water (71% […]

10 July 2019

Educated is an astonishing coming of age tale. I was engrossed in Tara’s telling of her childhood growing up in a Mormon family in a rural town, roughly 80 miles from my hometown, in Idaho.   There are moments while I read when I had the inklings of a sort of déjà vu.  Not only did I grow […]

19 February 2019