Today I’d like to do a little something different.
Rather than share a quote for today’s Feel Good Friday, I’d like to you (yes, YOU) to share with me and the whole internet something you truly value about your life. It could be tiny. It could be monumental. But one thing, whether it be material or emotional or a character trait…anything.
One thing that makes your life better. Or unique. Or just more valuable. Or lifts up your spirits very time you see/hear/think it.
Today I’d like to share some news that has developed over the past week or so.
Do you remember the missing hiker I posted about a month ago, Derek Barge?
Well, a body was discovered in the desert by a group of hikers on August 29th. It took law enforcement a few days to retrieve it due to extreme weather conditions, and the medical office nearly a week to identify. But his family received confirmation that it was, indeed, Derek.
My heart goes out to his family and friends. People whom my husband and I have spoken with multiple times over the past month, people we have walked the desert with in search of any clues, and daresay people I have grown close to.
I am grateful for having met Derek. And I am thankful to all those who searched for him, for the Sheriff’s office’s investigation, and the hikers who discovered him. Do I have questions? Oh so many. And I will never have answers to them. And that is okay.
The greatest outcome of all of this is that there is closure of a sort. And hopefully his friends and family can find peace.
I share this with you today to remind you to, please, reach out to your friends and family. Take a moment to tell them how much they mean to you. You never, ever know when they may suddenly be gone.
Good morning and happy Friday. August is half-way over. Where does the time go?
Today, this is for you. If you’re in pain, if you’re hating your body, or just wanting to give up, please read on.
“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest – thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.”
The irony of the growing back over and over on an Endometriosis blog is not lost upon me. But, please…hang on. Don’t give up. You will come back from this. Over. And over. And over. We are Warriors. And we are resilient.
A young man (I say young, but he’s my age) that I met on Saturday went missing late that evening. And in a very hot desert terrain. The day after his disappearance hit 112 degrees. And the following day was 110. And the official SAR efforts were called off due to the terrain and heat. It has now been 6 days since he vanished into the evening air. My statement has been given to the authorities. My husband has aided in the search last Sunday.
This weekend we will be heading back out to the area to help with the search.
Hold onto to those you cherish. Never be afraid to say I love you. Be kind to anyone you can. My heart breaks for his family.
May we find Derek alive and well elsewhere, pursuing some grand life adventure without telling anyone or having brought his possessions. Or may we find answers and closure somewhere out in my beautiful desert.
Each image features a different model and each image discusses different aspects of dealing with Endometriosis.
This is my image. My word, granted to me by Brandy, is “Foundation.”
Measured by Numbers” an Endometriosis Awareness Project by Brandy Sebastian Featuring: Lisa Howard: “Foundation”
”We are all strong enough to stand up and reach for the hand of a Warrior in need.Each of us possesses the power to build greatness. We each started alone, fought the emotions, and found our strength.And we all found each other, brought together in a group, united by our circumstance.
Forged and bonded by our bodies and hearts. We accompany one another to difficult doctor’s appointments. Encourage each other through surgeries and treatments. Reach out and embrace others who are struggling. Cry together. Laugh together. Grieve together. And push on together.
What started as a quest for answers has morphed into a group, a walk, a presence – an incredible show of force. Countless Warriors, together, always.