Friday, November 13, 2015

This Holiday Season...


Emily Boldrin PhD RD
To say that I have had an "interesting" last few months would be an understatement. I am sure many of you have had an “interesting” few months or years…even a lifetime. Be sure that I do not want to share my story to compare, because many of you have had worse and that isn't the point, but I share my story in order to reflect.
A few months ago, at 7 months pregnant, I had a Grand Mal seizure. It was out of blue, there were no symptoms, my pregnancy was going well and I (or so I thought) was the picture of health…according to my yearly checkups.  After I had the seizure, I was taken in an ambulance to the local hospital to get an MRI. The MRI revealed that I had a significant size tumor (about the size of an orange) in my brain. Thus I needed to undergo brain surgery (at 7 months pregnant) to remove the tumor in order to avoid hemorrhaging in my brain during labor and delivery.
Needless to say I underwent the brain surgery and spent some time in the hospital and at home recovering. During that time (like many others) I had the chance to reflect on what is important in my life and how it affects other people in my life. Frankly, the brain surgery was a gift to me and allowed me time to assess what was important.  This holiday season, I hope that you don't have to have a major life event to have a chance to truly reflect on what is important.
This holiday season…I hope you smile at strangers
This holiday season…I hope you take the time to hug your dog
This holiday season…I hope you love your family
This holiday season…I hope you share in the joy your friends bring
This holiday season…I hope you feast on some good food
This holiday season…most of all…I hope you are happy…

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