Wednesday, February 24, 2016

How did I get here?

I shared this recently on Facebook and because I want to start sharing and pouring more into my blog for myself and for others I thought I would add it here as well.  

I originally posted this on 01/07/16:

The 1st picture came up today in my Facebook memories. 

I remember this day 3 years ago like it was yesterday. All three of my children were sick and it was miserable. I was a single mom with no job, I had recently moved out of the only home they had ever known and moved in with my parents, and I had not worked since the birth of my oldest daughter, Emma in 2004. I had no idea how I was going to cover the copays for all three of them, not to mention the cost of the prescriptions that they would need. I vividly remember thinking “How did I get here?”.

I had been happily married to a very successful mortgage banker, I quit working when we had our 1st child and never looked back. We had 2 homes, boats, jet skis, and fancy cars. Life was good!
But in 2009 my youngest, my son, Nate was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at the age of 14-months old. He was hospitalized for a week but our lives were changed forever. I was completely overwhelmed with 3 children and a baby with T1D. Less than a year later, my middle little, Sophia was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. She was a very sick little girl spending time in and out of the hospital. My life had been turned upside down. Having 3 children, 2 of which have serious chronic medical conditions is hard. It was hard on me and it was hard on my marriage.
After a very tumultuous and lengthy divorce I was suddenly left without a place to live. I got the truck and the kiddos but he got the house. I definitely got the better end of the deal but I was terrified. I was fortunate to have loving parents to take us in but I knew we could not stay there long. And with 2 chronically ill children that required so much time from me I was not sure how or where I would look for a full time job.
A few short months after this picture was taken, my friend, ShayBosma introduced me to Plexus. We both had great weight loss success and a ton of other health benefits. She signed up as an ambassador and a short time later I followed suit. I had no idea what a blessing Plexus would be to me and to my family at that time. I was able to work Plexus into the nooks and crannies of my life … sitting in carpool, waiting on kids at gymnastics, waiting out high and low blood sugars while Nate was in kindergarten and the endless hours in the hospital while Sophie received her Remicade treatments!!
I became so passionate about helping others feel as good as I did that it was easy to share with friends, with family and on Facebook!! Best job ever! In 2015 I became an Emerald Ambassador with Plexus Worldwide!! In June I picked up my free #PlexusLexus and in September we went on a free trip to #Maui for our #EmeraldExtravaganza (where I got to marry the very handsome love of my life, Ian Ivory!!!). I am beyond thankful to tell you that I now make enough money to never have to worry about a copay EVER again. That may not sound that great but if you have ever been in that position you absolutely know how horrifying it is.
I still have that Yukon XL that I got in the D-I-V-O-R-C-E but I’m not going to lie ---- driving around in my Plexus Lexus is a lot more fun! #PlexusProblems

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Post about the cutest Cheerleader ever #GymcatCheer

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW - Our daughter Lexi and her cheer teams are killing it this year.  Yes, I said TEAMS.  She is on 2 teams this year (and this year only) - Junior 2 and Senior 3.  Both teams are doing so well - - - we are spending every weekend watching cheer competitions and she is collecting trophies and jackets! She is so passionate about cheer and it really shines through in each and every performance.  I love watching all of her sass on the stage!

Some of my favorite pics from this season:

And these . . .

And then there is this:

Oh wait . . . and this one:

Yikes - - - that is her on the left ---- way up in the air.

This weekend we have a big one in Dallas!  The NCA all star competition.  Stay tuned for updates and pictures!

& Ian :)
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Middle School Little and The First Dance

Tonight was a big first for us in the Hivory House --- Our oldest, Emma went to her 1st middle school dance! It was the "Sweetheart Dance" but our girl went with a group of her friends (Mom wipes her brow in relief).  She is 11 almost 12 and is such a sweet girl.

She's been through a lot in these 11 year! Both of her siblings being diagnosed with such big illnesses, I feel she gets so little of me, the divorce was so hard on her, then the move to a new town and a new school --- WOW!  She has handled it all like a champ.

 It is so good for this momma to see her so happy and absolutely thriving in middle school.

She is in 6th grade and we just picked out her courses for 7th grade with a few AP classes and she is taking up MS tennis.  I am so proud of her and love her beautiful soul!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Belated Update on the Doodle #CrohnsFighter

At the end of January we met with Sophie's GI and Dermatology doctors.  By the time we got in to see her dermatologist the psoriasis that had been so miserable for her on her face had all but disappeared.  We got a prescription for hydrocortisone for her face and we upped her probiotic dose from 1-2 a day to 2-3 a day.  Once we upped the probiotic her psoriasis cleared completely.

That made our decision so easy on how to move forward with her CD treatment --- because the Remicade has worked so well for the last 4 years and we are currently controlling her psoriasis with ProBio5 we will continue on the current path.  She received her last Remicade treatment on 2/1 and we have seen no signs of an outbreak anywhere.  This is fantastic news!

Her current treatment plan is Remicade every 8 weeks, 2-3 ProBio5 daily along with a large dose of Calcium and Vitamin D.

I love that laugh!  She is so strong, so brave, so beautiful and so incredibly happy!

Oh - ya! Did a little blog maintenance/update!  Looks good - right?  #HivoryFamily

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I am NOT a doctor, nor do I play one on this blog.

I AM a wife.
I AM the mom of 3 wonderful children.
I AM my son's pancreas.

The information provided on this blog is from our personal experiences with Type 1 diabetes. Because something works for us does not mean it will work for you.

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