Welcome

Well, please let me welcome you to my new blog. 2008 was hands down the worst year of my life and I am bound and determined to make 2009 one of the best years of my life. So let me quickly recap for you my lovely last year of existance. I continued my 11 year battle against Mulitple Sclerosis (and don’t feel I made any significant victories in my little war), I got divorced, I found out one of my best friends was really not my friend at all, I ventured back out into the dating world only to realize that not only was I not really ready but men still lie, cheat and steal to get their ways regardless of it’s impact on you (but have no fear – I am not a man hater), I started losing my ability to breathe and was admitted into the hospital for congestive heart failure (that’s right – the good ole ticker was only working at 15%!!), I won’t even venture into the family drama that has gone on lately that only makes me sick to my stomach, and I got to close out the year with a whole new life of low sodium diets & changing how I pretty much do everything. Oh… and did I mention I am only 31?????

So, my New Years Resolution for 2009 was me! To figure out this crazy path of living with heart falure, get to know me all over again so I can figure out what I want & who I want to spend my time with and find some cemblance of inner peace! There is a saying that negativity begets negativity (read Nicole’s post on facebook, it’s a good one!) What you put out into the universe comes back to you. My normal way of dealing with all of life’s stresses and ups & downs was to hit the gym for a hard workout or go for a really hard run or just dance my heart out. And right now with my heart, I can’t do those things (they say too much adrenaline right now could make the dumb thing explode!). Therefore, I am releasing in one of the first ways I know how to – to vent, to rant, to write, and to learn.

This blog will not just be a ranting of all the things that have gone wrong in my life. This will be a journey as I discover everything that has gone right. It will be a learning experience for both of us about heart failure, MS, health, love, life and new ways of living. I do want this to also be educational. Just the little bit I have learned about low sodium and the effects on your body are amazing. Anyways, more on that later….

Now to explain why I chose the name, “Salt is NOT the Spice of Life”. Think about salt in your life. What do we use it for? Chefs, cooks, people in general use salt to flavor food – to add a certain spice, taste or kick. It enhances the flavor of the food. If you ever watch Rachel Ray on Food Network, she always throws salt over her shoulder when she cooks with it for good luck. There are containers of bath salts that you can add to your bath to help relax the body and create a more enjoyable bubble bath experience. While that is how salt effects most normal people’s lives, it does none of those things for me. Salt is not only my enemy now, I have to also learn how to make it my friend. Too much salt and I’m in trouble. Too little salt and I’m in trouble. It’s a weird balance that I am trying to figure out. Salt doesn’t add flavor to my food or my life, it doesn’t relax me. In fact, it does the exact opposite – I stress out all the time now about salt. So for me, Salt is not the spice of my life. But I know in 2009, I will find out exactly what is!!

I have always believed that when God closes a door He opens a window somewhere. I feel a lot of doors were slammed in my face in 2008 and I am crawling thru this window for 2009. I hope you will come with me and help me enjoy this journey!

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7 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Cathy Says:

    Dear linz, I want you to know that I am your number 1 fan and follower!! You are my hero and a great source of inspiration. You have a heart and love for others and for the Lord and I am so proud of you. I am believing with you, this year is going to be a great one.
    This blog is a wonderful idea. I love you so much!! To my “heartbeat”, Love Mom
    Cathy

  2. Carrie Says:

    I agree with your mom…..your dedication and stength has been an inspiration to me. I have faith that this year will open many windows for you. I am here for any support you need along the way. You will stay in my thoughts and prayers. I have to say….your situation has made me seriously think about the salt I eat everyday and it is so much more then I ever knew. Salt may not be the spice of life but laughter is!!!! Keep laughing and good luck through your journey! I will stay posted!

    Love,
    Carrie Ollard

  3. mary Says:

    Happy 2009! This will be a bright new and exciting year for you in so many ways.We all possess the thunder of pure fury and the calm breeze of tranquility. If it wasn’t for tomorrow, how much would we get done today? Whatever your purpose… embrace it completely. Get lost in the clouds every now and then so you never lose sight of God’s wonder.

    love, Mary Alice

  4. Ken Says:

    Lindsey,

    Happy New Year,here’s to a great and exciting 2009….Never say never….Fight the good fight….

    Your Beverage Buddy,

    Ken

  5. Virginia Says:

    I’m so excited about your new blog!!! I’m a blog fanatic and now I get to add a new favorite to my list. I’m thinking of you and wish you a wonderful 2009.
    Love, Virginia

  6. Wyndy Amerson Says:

    Lindsey,
    We are all so thankful that you were Dx and treated and on the road to recovery. I can’t believe you are back at your job and traveling. Let’s be thankful you were not one of those people on the wings of an airbus yesterday in the middle of the Hudson. Everyone in book club and bunco is so amazed at your strength and courage. “Back to Normal?” I don’t think I have ever been normal and couldn’t go back to something like that. What is that? You do have to laugh at people. We miss you in book club and bunco and hope you will be able to attend now and then when your schedule permits. Let me know what you can eat – salt light – and I will have it at the house. I don’t eat much salt. I like to taste the food. No salt on my tomatoes. It’s a rebellious thing from living with my salt addicted mother. You are in our prayers. The pictures of you are great. You can come be my “fashion police” any time. I always need help. Ginny is trying. Have a wonderful weekend. We hope to see you soon. Call me sometime when you have a moment. Take care.

  7. ashley watt Says:

    Dear Lindsey,
    I have often wondered when reading your updates on facebooks what you do and what goes on in your life. The heart failure surprised me considering we are close in age. I never knew you had MS either. I remember you in 4th grad as a happy sweet friend- goes to show “you” don’t know what is going on in other’s lives- i thought you were a partier before i read this and it has enlightened me. I only skimmed the important blogs because of my child responsiblity and lack of time and concentration but i am grateful know more about you and look forward to reading more later.
    love, ashley brown watt

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