|Birthday Fun Planned!|
I can’t believe that it is 2012 already! One thing about New Years Day for me was that my birthday is super close! My birthday is January 6th! After my birthday I know the holiday season is officially over and that “real life” will commence.
Each year my mom recalls that day that I was born and the terrifying time that occurred hours after I was born. When I was born, I was immediate rushed away and “worked on.” A few hours later several doctors and nurses came into my mom’s hospital room and explained to her that I had major heart problems, they didn’t know how I was alive or how long I would stay alive and they were talking to doctors at Children’s National Medical Center to devise a plan. Then they handed her my birth certificate and left. That is a lot to take in, in such a short time so I cannot blame my mom for misspelling my middle name on my birth certificate. My middle name is supposed to be Renee but she was so distraught that she left out the last “e.” So now my middle name is Rene. I just add an accent mark to the last “e” and say it is French. (:
|Pretty in a patient gown|
Being a congenital heart defect patient has shaped my life and me as a person. I wouldn’t change that for anything. It has given me appreciation for life that most 24 year old’s don’t have. It has given me direction to become a Registered Nurse but truth be told... I am scared. With worsening health this year it has just made a bit more scared. I developed a mural clot in my right atrium AKA a thrombus or collection of blood. Developing clots is a side effect the bi-directional glen surgery I had. So, I was placed on Coumadin and now get my blood tested all to often. The Coumadin won’t get rid of the clot it will just make sure that new clots don’t develop and this one does not get bigger.
A Greek writer, Seneca wrote “If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.” So I stick by my mantra for “I am to stubborn to die” and live my life, love my family and friends, learn daily and just enjoy the ride.
What ride would it be without birthday cake – chocolate birthday cake - to celebrate proving all those doctors wrong?! Here is a simple, single serving 1-minute, microwave birthday cake recipe that you can make whenever you just want to enjoy the ride.
|Messed up cutting it out of the ramekin :(|
2 Tablespoons Boxed Devil’s Food Cake Mix (any kind like ones Betty Crocker)
1 Tablespoon non-fat vanilla yogurt
1. Mix all ingredients together in a small microwave safe ramekin.
2. Place in the microwave for 1 minute.
3. Let cool for 2 minutes.
4. Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, a candle or other desired goodies!