2013 in Rewind

This has been the longest hiatus from writing on my blog in years–but that’s a true testament to law school I guess–no time for anything else. :) I haven’t written since before my last thyroid cancer surgery, and since then it’s been a crazy few months.

I should take a moment to say my third surgery, though the most difficult, went incredibly smoothly. I managed to only miss 2.5 days of school! (Maybe should’ve taken longer ;) ) All of my other surgeries put me out for weeks, so this was a miracle.  (Most of) my professors were incredibly supportive this semester, and my classmates were above and beyond what I could have asked for. I am blessed. In any event, I always like to take the time to sit down at the end of the year and reflect on some of the most memorable events of the year.

JANUARY

-2- My nephew Oliver was born on my birthday.

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-9- After having to defer a year for surgeries/cancer treatment, I was received my new acceptance from Chicago-Kent.

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-25-28- I traveled to MINNEAPOLIS and spent time with my Venture Expeditions family and my old Bluecoats friend Andrea Richards.

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Andrea and I in Minneapolis.

FEBRUARY

-22-24- I went to The Justice Conference with Venture Expeditions.

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MARCH

-13-22- I went to Rome and Florence, Italy with my Dad.

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-22- I received a box of nearly 50 letters from my dear RCC drumline friends, wishing me the best of luck in my thyroid cancer journey.

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-27- I got my marimba. After playing for 11 years, I purchased my first marimba.

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APRIL

-3-4- I attended the admitted students weekend for my new class, and met these wonderful ladies!

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-26-Thyroid Cancer surgery #2 (second surgeon)

MAY

-8- I started babysitting my girls.

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-26- I STARTED LAW SCHOOL!

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JUNE

-23- I met the 4k for Cancer folks, who presented me with a scholarship because of my fight with cancer.

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JULY 

-1- I got my second tattoo, illustrating my thyroid cancer journey.

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-19- I went to Pitchfork Music Festival with Andrew.

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Click to watch us dance.

AUGUST

-14-15-Andrew and I went to Door County with his parents. It was one of the most relaxing, special trips I’ve had in a very long time.

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SEPTEMBER

-19- I went to my first Blackhawks game.

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OCTOBER

-19- A group of my friends from school went karaoke-ing with me, because there was a high risk my voice would be damaged in my surgery at the end of October.

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-24- I had my third thyroid cancer surgery (third surgeon).

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-31- Costumes and Kegs halloween party at school. Andrew and I were Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.

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NOVEMBER

-14- I participated in the Kent Justice Foundation wine event–bottles of wine were donated by professors and all proceeds went toward scholarships for students to work in public interest over the summer.

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-22-Andrew and I celebrated 6 months with wine and cheese at Bar Pastoral.

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DECEMBER

-9- Andrew and I went to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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10-  With your help, I raised $1965 for International Justice Mission.

-20- Finished first semester of law school

-28- Began personal training!

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