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Michelle | PNW 🌲🏔  🙏🏼 "For I will walk by faith even when I cannot see." -2 Cor. 5:7 💕 🌈 Endo, infertility, adoption 👊🏼 On a journey to better health! ⬇️ -50 lbs

His love. His love overwhelms me. ✝️💗 Easter has always held a special significance to me, knowing that our God laid His life down for me, for us. He’s my Savior and my Redeemer. Just look at this precious girl who fills my arms after years of them aching from being empty. He has truly redeemed in the most amazing way, far better than anything I hoped for, bigger than my biggest prayer. And you know what fills me with awe and brings me to tears even more than how much I love our daughter? Knowing that His love for me (and for all of His children) is infinitely more than my love for Hazel. I can’t even fathom it, but everyday i get to experience it and His grace. I see it, I breathe it, I get to hear it in the word “mama.” Thank you, Jesus. “By His wounds, we are healed.” ❤️ He is risen indeed!
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Hi all! In honor of Endometriosis Awareness Month, I am joining some friends who also have endometriosis to share a little bit. To read more, click this photo & keep going until you get back here!
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❤️ How long do you believe you’ve had endometriosis?
Since I was a teenager... at least that’s when I started experiencing pains.
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❤️ When were you diagnosed?
In 2010. I had already been experiencing pain for almost 10 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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❤️ How did doctors confirm the diagnosis?
Through exploratory laparoscopic surgery. My doctor finally suggested endo after ruling out other things, but did say it was “rare,” perhaps not even likely, & could only be diagnosed with surgery. I went home & Google’d “endometriosis” and, upon reading that first article, i just knew that was what i had. I couldn’t believe that I was finally seeing my symptoms listed in black & white. The following day, I called to schedule the surgery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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❤️ How did you feel when you were finally diagnosed?
Relieved. Validated. Like I finally had answers & could no longer be ignored. At one point, one doctor minimized my pain & said “Pain is subjective” & someone in my life even thought I was making it all up & exaggerating. 😔 I felt so hopeless & unheard during that time in my life.
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❤️ Looking back, what symptoms do/did you have?
Very, very heavy periods & extreme pain & cramps. Right before I was diagnosed, I was in such severe pain during my period that I felt like I was going to pass out. 😣
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❤️ Have you had surgeries to remove endometriosis? Were the doctors able to remove it all?
I have had 3 so far & due for another. They are never able to completely remove what’s on my colon, which is an area of pain for me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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❤️ How do you manage your monthly pain? Has anything helped the pain?
Having surgery has really helped me though I hope to find a treatment, or a more specialized surgeon, where i won’t need to have surgery every few years. I also I try to eat really well & I’m gluten free (Celiac disease). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👇🏼Continued in comments...
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Hey all! It’s my first post of the year! 🙈😂 I’m terrible about posting pics to my actual IG feed as some of you may have noticed and a few of you have pointed out. 😆 (IG Stories are different—quick pics/videos are just so much easier to me! I post a lot more there) Anyway, I’m trying to be better, starting now for #transformationtuesday! I’ve been meaning to post this for a few weeks now, an accomplishment that I’m so proud of! Last summer, I set a goal of losing 50 lbs by my birthday (Feb 8) and guess what? I did it! 🎉 By the end of January, about a week earlier than I expected/hoped to! Since then, I’ve lost 5 more lbs for a total loss of 55 lbs. I’d like to lose another 10 and tone up, but I’m not stressing about it—I really just wanted to be healthier for me, my daughter, and my family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve been asked a lot about my weight loss journey and I’m thinking of writing a blog post talking about it. I’m not an expert, I can only share my experience and what worked for me personally. (In a nutshell, more/regular exercise + diet changes such as being mindful of carbs and sugar.) While my IG name has “blog” in it, I haven’t really blogged since Hazel was born. 😝 I hope to pick it up again and a post about this might be my first one back since I get a lot of questions about how i did it. If I can be of any help and encouragement, even to one person, I want to be that. So stay tuned, but in the meantime, I’ll be sharing more photos and thoughts here about what I’ve learned, not just physically, but emotionally. I’ve shed things much heavier than the weight, likely more important even. Health really is so much more than our physical bodies and appearance. We need to take care of all of it and that balance is something I’m always striving for. Thank you for all your kind words, messages, encouragement, love, and support on this journey. ❤️ It has truly meant the world to me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👉🏼 Scroll to see more transformation pics
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Merry Christmas! ❤️ The Schaefers 💚
Someone was super excited about all the friends, family, and fun that Christmas brings! 😄 Hazel is our greatest joy and it’s been wonderful watching it all through her eyes. She is such a precious gift to our family and so incredibly loved by all! (Swipe left to see 2017 vs 2016! Our little girl is getting so big!)
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All the heart eyes for these two! 😍😍😍 On Thanksgiving day, and everyday, I praise and thank God for this amazing man, our beautiful daughter, her incredible birth mother and family, and the great honor and blessing of being chosen for her. We were chosen for Hazel! 😭 It still brings tears to my eyes! We went over to my aunt’s for Thanksgiving and oh how they adore Hazel! It melts my heart. This little girl is SO loved! ❤️
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Thanksgiving 2017 😍 A gratitude and love that I’ve never known! It just grows every year and I adore our little family. God is so, so good. Also, this is Hazel’s mischievous face. 😜
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“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” ~Luke 1:45 💗 #nationaladoptionday
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“Be a light for all to see.” ~Matthew 5:16
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Oh this girl! 😍💛🍁🍂 She just shines. Her smile and her joy penetrate so deep and she touches and affects everyone she meets. Her spirit and happiness are absolutely infectious! It’s incredible to witness and it brings tears to this proud mama’s eyes. She is truly something special, no doubt an angel sent by God. Hazel inspires me everyday... “Let them see You in me.” This is Hazel. She exudes all that is good, and i get to experience a little bit of heaven on earth having this precious girl as my daughter. I remember how dim life seemed through those years waiting for a child. A cloud of gray, a cloak of sadness, fear, and heartbreak. Then God. He was always there and He knew the goodness that He had in store for us. I wouldn’t change our journey for the world and I will forever be overcome when I look at this sweet child, a precious reminder of how faithful He is and how much He loves us. 😭❤️🙌🏼 Hazel, you are the light of our lives! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“My God turns my darkness into light.” ☀️ -Psalm 18:28
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I’ve always dreamed of being a mother, and for the longest time, during the darkest days of my life, I felt denied of the thing I longed for the most. I felt like a mother... a mother who didn’t have children in her arms yet. Now, I have the most amazing, precious daughter and I’m a proud, head over heels in love, mama! All because I was chosen, trusted, and loved by another to be just that. Not adoptive mama, just mama, in every sense of the word. We love Hazel’s birth mother with all our hearts and honor her every day by being the best mother and father we can to Hazel. ❤️ I look at this photo and it brings tears to my eyes because there is JOY. Where there was once doubt, pain, devastation, loss... there is utter, abounding joy. For those of you in the trenches, waiting for a baby to fill your arms, press on, have faith, and know that there is so much hope and joy for you too. I encourage you to follow the hashtags and stories of the amazing families in this adoption community and let them fill you, and lift you, up.
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(Also, this is the last World Adoption Day pic, I promise! I’m the worst Instagram mom... weeks without a pic, then spam. 😂🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ And yay for new hair! 💃🏻)
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#worldadoptionday with the greatest blessing of our lives. ❤️ Swipe left to compare Hazel to last year! It’s amazing how much sweet babes grow. I remember taking last year’s pic so clearly—Hazel was just a little over a month old. Now she’s a vibrant toddler who rarely sits still, but when she does, she holds my hand. This is love. This is family. I’m beyond grateful that adoption built ours, that God led us and Hazel’s birth family to one another. Adoption is so many things. It’s beauty. It’s brokenness. But above all, it is love. Pure, unselfish, unconditional love. From her birth mama’s arms to ours, this baby girl has known nothing but love and is blessed to have more family than most. And you can never have too much family or love. 💗
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