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When I started feeling depressed, I ignored it. I continued to push my feelings down until I felt completely, utterly alone. I felt nobody cared and I didn’t need to bother anyone with my problems. I didn’t want to go to class, didn’t want to hang with my friends, and didn’t even want to get out of bed some days. But because of the love and encouragement of best friends like Drew, I sought counseling and started medication. I started advocating for mental health, practicing self care, and doing lots of self reflection.

I found my voice. I started coming out of the darkness that surrounds mental illness and working to confront it. But so many more struggle than we realize, and it is not easy to battle mental illness. That is why I walk: to fight the stigma around mental illness. To support those who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts. To advocate for self care. I walk for those struggling to find their voice.
#WhyIWalk

It’s prematurity awareness month & this is a very special & emotional time for me. As most of you know Aubreana was born a “micro preemie” which means she was born before 26weeks & weighed less than 1 pound 12 ounces (by definition) Aubre was born when I was just 25 weeks pregnant! She was 1 pound 6 ounces & was almost 5 months early! Aubre was born with all of her enteral organs severely under developed and had only a 20% chance of living the first 2 months of life. She was resuscitated 3 Times because her heart stopped, she fought pneumonia her first 3 months of life, when she was 4 Months old she had eye surgery for retinopathy of prematurity (R.O.P.) because the vessels in her retina were developing abnormally and would eventually cause the retina to detach from the back of her eyes & she would be completely blind by now, she also had a grade 1 brain hemorrhage that deteriorated a very small portion of her brain but thankfully subsided on its own because if it hadn’t she would have needed brain surgery & if the hemorrhage got bigger it would have caused mental retardation. She had blood transfusions, was intubated (feeding tube) for the first 3 months, had intestinal problems and seizures. It took 2 months to able to hold her for the first time and 3 months to breastfeed for the first time (although I was pumping and they were feeding her my breast milk through the tube the entire time) Aubre was born May 17th 2009 & was in the #NICU at Loma Linda Children’s hospital until the last few days of September...she had finally hit 5lbs and was well enough to go home! She came home on a heart monitor, oxygen tank & 7 medications...today Aubre is 8yrs old and in 3rd grade, she does have asthma & when she gets sick she gets really sick BUT she is not on any medications, her brain, heart & lungs are good. She is so smart and if you know her you know there is absolutely nothing wrong with her! She’s the loudest, funniest, most intelligent little human I know & she lights up every room she walks into, everyone LOVES HER! I never knew I could love like this 💜 #whyiwalk #marchforbabies @marchofdimes #Preemie #PreemieMom #PrematurityAwareness #MarchOfDimes #MicroPreemie

#WhyIWalk for a future where those who need help feel comfortable enough to get help. Shout out to many people in @buphidelt for helping change the way that people think about mental health!

Please consider donating to my Out of the darkness page (link in my bio) to help AFSP work to lower the current suicide rate! Thank you! #BeTheVoice

@butlerhrc supports @bethevoice_bu #whyIWalk campaign to honor Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. #bethevoice

Spent a beautiful Saturday walking with friends - among countless others - in efforts to change the way mental illness is perceived. In the future, I hope that mental illness will be understood as something REAL, and that more people will begin to appreciate the importance of attending to mental health, while also enhancing the services provided to those suffering from mental illness in any capacity. The mind is a powerful thinggg. #WhyIWalk

Walk to End Lupus Now 2017 - Team Livin La Vida Lupus
#walktoendlupus#whyiwalk#livinlavidalupus#lupuscruelmystery

Incredibly grateful and proud of @prollydrew and the AFSP organization for everything that they do to raise awareness for suicide #whyiwalk

When you make a gift through events like March for Babies, you help provide support to families like the Lebeau's. Jaxson and Jamison were born 13 weeks too soon and ultimately spent 109 & 111 days in the NICU at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Join us and show NICU families how much you care. #NICUgrad #alabamapreemies #marchforbabies #whyiwalk #marchofdimes 💜💜💜

November 1st= Epilepsy awareness month! This is what life looks like when you have a child with epilepsy. Thank God hers have been controlled with medication. Medicine she has to take everyday until who knows when. Don't get me wrong, i'm thankful, very thankful, not everyone has had the same success with meds. And this is exactly why we need to raise awareness and funds for future research. Seizures are scary and life changing. #StopTheStigma #EndEpilepsy #Epilepsy #WhyIwalk

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💜Today I wore my favorite solid purple Julia tucked under as a tunic with my favorite wolf leggings. 🐺 👉🏻Stay tuned for outfit ideas dropped to the group this weekend! 🚗 Also Open House tomorrow! Come see me and grab some last minute leggings before Thanksgiving! 🦃
#WorldPrematurityDay #WearPurpleForPreemies #PreemiePower #AllBabiesDeserveAHealthystart #MarchofDimes #MyBoys #WhyIWalk #LuLaRoeGivesBack #lovemyjob #becauseoflularoe #lularoejulia #lularoeleggings #lularoe859 #lularoenicolettedrahman

Water walking on my lunch break.

Between unpacking a new house and lots of selfless service projects going on I’m also reinvesting in my feet. Seems like every time I do that I find the calm strength and clarity within to do and be anything.

#walk #lunchbreak #waves #lifeat3mph #kihei #workfromhome #service #selfscare #whyiwalk #optoutside #naturerx

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the #WorldPrematurityDay fundraiser @swedishinstitutenyc a huge success!
And thanks so much to everyone who has supported my previous #MarchofDimes fundraising (via my personal fundraising page) in the past; it means a lot! Here’s to health and wellness in the years to come.
#thankyou #marchofdimes #givethemtomorrow #modimagines #preemiepower #rn #nicu #fundraiser #pampers #hope #health #wellness #baby #nyc #swedishinstitute #love #whyiwalk #purple #november #prematurityawarenessmonth #mrsnygivingback #future

HAPPY WORLD PREMATURITY DAY!!! 💜✨[Swipe Left]

To my fellow preemie parents that are raising and may have lost a premature baby/child, you're in my thoughts and prayers today. We love our preemies and we're celebrating and honoring your little fighter with you today!

We're also celebrating our humorous, rambunctious, hardworking, smart, sweet, people-loving, outgoing, strong-willed, bold warrior, Caleb Jordan! This little boy is such a fighter, and overcame ALL of the following:

1. No brain bleeds as expected.
2. No PDA ( unclosed hole in the aorta) as expected.
3. No heart surgeries or issues as expected.
4. Needed multiple blood transfusions.
5. No tracheotomy as doctors informed he may need after having difficulty with weaning.

6. Extubated (removal of breathing tube) himself many times.
7. Hernia surgery ( during /after NICU stay). 7. Chronic Lung Disease.
8. Supplemental oxygen for 10 months post NICU stay.
9. Physical therapy the first three and a half years of his life.
10. Feeding therapy the first two and a half years of his life.

FINALLY, after a 114 day NICU stay, (arrived 12/18/12), our miracle was discharged home on 04/10/13!

#WorldPrematurityDay2017
#GoPurpleForPreemies
#PreemieStrong #PreemiePower #KickingPrematuritysButt #FightLikeAPreemie

#WhyIWalk for a future where those who need help feel comfortable enough to get help. Shout out to many people in @buphidelt for helping change the way that people think about mental health!

Please consider donating to my Out of the darkness page (link in my bio) to help AFSP work to lower the current suicide rate! Thank you! #BeTheVoice

Why do we walk? This is the question I will be asked all weekend.
These tags each hold a name (or two) of those who we walk for. I don’t know them all. Mary Jane was added to our tags in the airport. Before we even boarded our flight, we heard stories of love and loss and battle and triumph. I walk for each and every one. 💕
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#sandiego #sandiego3day #whyiwalk

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia #Repost @hpsportsphysio
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Byron with a stunner of a day. Saw a #koala run across the road today 😳 First time in the wild for me ! He nearly got squashed eek! #australia #byronbay #nsw #beachtime #igersaustralia #instaview #cloudporn #skyporn #wildlife #brokenhead #threesisters #whyiwalk #outsideisfree

I typically focus my prematurity posts on our daughter, but today on #worldprematurityday I want to share my appreciation, admiration and love for my wife, @nadinecmacon . In the face of great uncertainty and stress when our daughter was born six years ago at 24 weeks gestation (weighing only 1lb, 7oz), she demonstrated such strength, grace and resolve. She is an amazing mom who is, and has been, completely dedicated to Natalie’s well-being - even putting her career as a successful attorney on hold for several years to take care of our angel. I also want to express sincere appreciation for the @marchofdimes and their work to give every baby a fighting chance. The advancements in medical care stemming from their research certainly has had a profound impact on our family and it is my hope that their continued work will eliminate the possibility that any family has to experience prematurity! #givethemtomorrow #24weeker #nicugrad #preemiepower #whyiwalk #marchforbabies #fplcares

When I started feeling depressed, I ignored it. I continued to push my feelings down until I felt completely, utterly alone. I felt nobody cared and I didn’t need to bother anyone with my problems. I didn’t want to go to class, didn’t want to hang with my friends, and didn’t even want to get out of bed some days. But because of the love and encouragement of best friends like Drew, I sought counseling and started medication. I started advocating for mental health, practicing self care, and doing lots of self reflection.

I found my voice. I started coming out of the darkness that surrounds mental illness and working to confront it. But so many more struggle than we realize, and it is not easy to battle mental illness. That is why I walk: to fight the stigma around mental illness. To support those who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts. To advocate for self care. I walk for those struggling to find their voice.
#WhyIWalk

That's a wrap on our 2017 #walk2endalz season! Thank you to all our walkers, donors, volunteers & sponsors. Together, in Eastern NC y'all raised over $615,000 towards Alzheimer's research, care and support with over 4,600 walkers and 665 teams participating to #endalz 💜😊 THANK YOU!! #whyiwalk #trianglewalk2endalz #fayendalz #gopurple

@butlerhrc supports @bethevoice_bu #whyIWalk campaign to honor Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. #bethevoice

Incredibly grateful and proud of @prollydrew and the AFSP organization for everything that they do to raise awareness for suicide #whyiwalk

We're proud to support @bethevoice_bu in raising awareness for mental health conditions and preventing suicide. With National Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, we're sharing #WhyIWalk in the annual Out of the Darkness Walk this spring. #BeTheVoice

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