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Only Good News

Only Good News

I feel like a normal person again. Since our last post my hands have gotten significantly better. I can use knives again… and feed myself… and clip my fingernails. I get excited about every little bit of progress. Sometimes it seems like a dream when I think about how bad I was, and I feel like I was being dramatic back then because of how good I am doing now. Last two months I started working full time again in November. It…

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Gratitude and Taking Health for Granted

Gratitude and Taking Health for Granted

Taken for Granted It is easy to take your health for granted, especially when you’ve never experienced major health issues. It’s funny how when we get sick, we feel as if we would give anything to be healthy again. Once that health comes it is easy to forget how much you longed for it. Then there are ailments that I have never experienced and may never experience. One good example is being paralyzed. It is so wonderful just to be able to…

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Labor and Delivery: A Spectator

Labor and Delivery: A Spectator

I thought I would also share my experience from when our son was born, so that we have a more complete record of Shaylee’s labor and delivery. However, I will warn you that this is not nearly as detailed or exciting as her story. Early Labor On September 15, 2016 Shaylee finally went into labor. We were pretty ready for our son to come at this point. So Shaylee was trying some techniques on her own to further the process along. I…

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Wilson Disease: Update

Wilson Disease: Update

Three weeks after my diagnosis I finally started a treatment. Initially, the treatment for Wilson Disease seemed simple and straightforward. However, after digging a little deeper, we realized that it is not so simple. There are some pretty serious risks associated with all of the options for treatment, and it definitely didn’t help that my insurance was not cooperating either. As you can see from the image above, we are still optimistic and happy to start on the road to…

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Brandon Sanderson Humble Book Bundle

Brandon Sanderson Humble Book Bundle

Note: This deal is over. I would recommend starting with the Mistborn series if you want to get into Brandon Sanderson’s books. You can buy the entire trilogy by clicking here. You can also click here to get the first book only. For those of you who don’t know, Shaylee and I are big fans of Brandon Sanderson. About two years ago a friend of Shaylee’s lent her a book called Mistborn. As she read it she began telling me…

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Wilson Disease: The Treatment

Wilson Disease: The Treatment

All I Need is a Prescription Apparently, getting a diagnosis is only half the battle. This past week has probably been more stressful than any of the previous five. I wasn’t even able to talk to someone about setting up an appointment until this past Tuesday (4/11/17), and they initially told me that the first opening was in May. It makes sense that the receptionist would just look for the first available appointment, but waiting another month for an appointment was…

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Wilson Disease: My Diagnosis

Wilson Disease: My Diagnosis

I want to start by pointing out that Wilson Disease is a very rare genetic disease. It effects 1 in 30,000 or 0.0033% of people around the world. I obviously don’t blame any of these doctors for not catching it sooner, and I actually feel very lucky that the diagnosis came pretty quick. To learn more about Wilson Disease click here. I Don’t Even Drink In late 2014, Shaylee and I were getting life insurance policies. We each had screenings…

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Our Favorite Michigan Restaurants

Our Favorite Michigan Restaurants

As I grew up in Michigan, I went out to eat a lot, and slowly developed a list of my favorite Michigan restaurants. Whenever Shaylee and I visit my family in Michigan now, we try to eat at as many of these places as possible. Below are a few of them that I would highly recommend. Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill is probably one of my favorite restaurants of all time. This is typically the first restaurant…

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The Joy of Cooking 75th Anniversary Cookbook

The Joy of Cooking 75th Anniversary Cookbook

When Shaylee and I got married we received a lot of gifts that were not on our registry. There was one in particular that I was not that excited about. It was a cookbook called Joy of Cooking. I typically like a cookbook with a lot of photographs because I want to be able to see what I am cooking. Joy of Cooking has no photographs and I was very underwhelmed when I realized this. That being said, it has quickly become…

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Gateway Games for the Family

Gateway Games for the Family

Board gaming is a hobby that Shaylee and I have developed together as a couple. Neither of us really played board games before we got married, but it has become one of our favorite activities. We have introduced various games to friends and family, and some have gone over better than others. These are a few of our favorite gateway games (in no particular order). Bohnanza Bohnanza is a game about farming beans. That doesn’t sound very fun, does it? However, it really…

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