Why a blog suddenly isn’t very important…

Last night I was up at 4 am, stressing for the millionth time over my blog. I was having a panic attack thinking about how many images I have to resize and reupload to get this little blog back up and running, on top of all the sessions I have to edit, the wedding albums I have to lay out, the Bride meetings I need to attend. I feel asleep after much tossing and turning at the huge to do list running through my bed. When I woke up, I checked my email, and saw a Caring Bridge update on one of my Sweet Friends, Laura. Laura has been, basically, in the hospital for almost a year, battling a disease called hypoplastic myelodysplastic sydrome (MDS). It came on suddenly last fall, and Laura has been kicking its you know what for the past 10 months. A few months ago I popped in to visit with Laura and her family, and decided to bring my camera along. I knew Laura was about to go through her biggest battle to date, a bone marrow transplant. A transplant that could be her cure, but also start a whole new fight as her body would decide whether or not to fight that marrow or accept it. I wanted to document the amazing love that flows between her, and her husband Matt. They have this amazing spark between them. Their love is full of sass, lots of wit, lots of banter, and a passion that you can see from across the room. They’ve been fighting this battle together. Even when Matt was forced to wear a mask so as to keep his germs to himself. I hear he’s had to start placing a towel between his lips and Laura’s forhead so that he can still give her the love and affection he wants, and again, still keep his germs to himself. Laura has been unbelievably strong over these past few months. Her facebook wall is full of sassy little comments about blood draws, IV’s, and the endless barrage of medicines and pills. I wanted to make sure that during Laura’s hospital stays and having to be away from Matt, that she could remember through these images what good, healthy, happy times look like. So she could get back to them as soon as possible.

Why am I writing this post now you ask? Well, this morning, as I woke up to attack my giant to do list of items to clean up what I thought was the worst possible thing that could happen, my blog crashing. The first email in my inbox was Lauras update. It seems, Laura is at a giant crossroads with her battle of MDS. She’s fighting a big bad infection and frankly, I wanted to blog because I need your help. I completley believe in the power of sweet thoughts and words of encouragement. So, sweet blog readers, Im asking for prayers, words of encouragement, sweet words to get Laura through this hard time and to let her know there are so many people out there thinking of her. Feel free to leave blog comments for this sweet, incredible, smart, wise, strong woman and her amazing family and friends.

Lola, I loved you before I knew you simply because I consider the G. Family my own. So, like it or not, when you became a part of it, I instantly claimed you as well. Fight hard sweet girl. The world is a better place with you in it and I know that there are hundreds of people out there cheering you along, with little pennants that say “GO LAURA”. I’m one of your biggest fans.


Theres a giant comment section below that I would love to see full of sweet words and encouragement for my Amazing friend. Whether you know her personally or not.  I know you won’t let me down ;-)

  • September 9, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    admin - Leave lots of Love for sweet Laura!!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Jen - Laura – you and your family are definitely in my prayers!!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Marie - You go girl! I saw your friend Jen’s blog and new I had to let you know that even though I don’t know you I care. So hang in there, grow strong and know that many are sending you good vibrations and sending prayers upward for your healing. Take care, MarieReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    Greta - Lots of good thoughts!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    Emily - You sound like an amazingly strong woman! I know we don’t know each other, but please know that you and your friends and family are in my thoughts and prayers! All the best- EmilyReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Shannon Cho - Laura, I don’t know you, but I know your story. My aunt is a long time friend of Dorothy’s and Jen and Jenn are my sorority sisters. I think you are an amazing, strong woman. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep fighting and know you have lots of people on your side. Beautiful post, Jenn!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Karen - Dear god:
    The lady reading this is beautiful and strong. Help her live her life to the fullest. Please promote her and cause her to excel above expectations. Help her shine in the darkest places where it is impossible to. Protect her at all times, lift her up when she needs you the most, and let her know when she walks with you, she will always be safe.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Sherri - I am Jenn’s mom, and I have been praying for you and Matt and your families since November. You are one amazing lady and have been through so much!Don’t give up!!! Keep fighting!! You have sooooooo many people who love you and need you! Will be lifting you all up in prayer.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    Michelle - Hi Laura- We don’t know each other either, but I want you to know I’m praying for you to get well and out of that yucky hospital! Keep fighting and you’ll be kissing that sweet husband of yours before you know it!!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 6:49 pm

    Lindsay - May your spirit be lifted up and heart remain joyful in this time. You and your family are in my daily prayers. Blessings to you. – LindsayReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    Dara - Lots of prayers for you friend….She sounds like an amazing woman!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    Meredith Tucker - I have already started reading her caring bridge website! Hang tough girlfriend! You are so strong and will win this battle.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    Jody - Laura, you sound like a remarkable woman with a huge heart and joy for life! You and Matt are in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 7:27 pm

    Courtney Rankin - Laura, keep fighting! You will moat definitely be in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 8:29 pm

    Katie - Hang in there Laura! You’ve made it this far, you can’t give up. You are a beautiful, strong, powerful woman and you can get through this! Sending you hundreds of healing vibes through the interweb! Feel better soon and kick this infection & MDS in their @$$!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    Stephanie - I admire the strength you have to keep being full of pep and humor in the face of something so scary. I could never do it. Keep it up; you’re amazing!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 8:55 pm

    Nate's Mom @ NateisGreathts - There is such power in positive thoughts and we’re all harnessing them here for you. You fight this battle, Laura! You’re stronger than you know and, even though you’ve been through a few I bet you’re able to greet each battle with ferocity. Fight away, lady – we’re all rooting for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Rose - Keep fighting! What a beautiful spirit, you are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    Marnie - Laura, you are in my thoughts EVERY day…..you are one tuff chica!!! fight on girl!! You are lovedReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 10:17 pm

    Jennifer D. - Laura, Matt and all of your family. I am praying for you all. You all are so much stronger than you’ll ever know.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    JenD - @Karen, I can’t tell you how incredible your “help her shine in the darkest places where it is impossible to” struck me. I know this beautiful person….I’m lucky enough to be her sister in law and I can’t tell you who much you just summed her up. Those words will forever be in my mind. There is no better way to describe Laura. Thank you for putting words where I can not right now. Can we please figure out a way to pinterest blog comments????ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2011 - 7:32 pm

    Kristin - Stay strong & keep fighting!!!ReplyCancel

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