The one where I talk about 2 years ago..

I know I often write about funny things that happen in my life.  I swear, all of them are true stories.  Today, I hope you’ll forgive me as I share something on the more serious side of my life.

I started this blog almost 4 years ago to document my transition into life in the Netherlands.  It was never intended to be anything more than a way to share my stories here with my friends and family back home.   It was simple about sharing my experiences.

October 25th, 2013 saw a moment that I’ll never be able to change, and one that helped me grow as a person.  This was the day that TTTS and TAPS entered our lives, and we learned that our twins had been given what could be a death sentence.   It wasn’t an easy diagnosis to take, especially as so much is unknown.  I am eternally grateful to the researchers and doctors who saved the lives of my children.

Through this traumatic experience, I learned patience.  I learned to trust.  I also learned that I cannot control ever aspect of my life.

From the experience I gained a new appreciation for my sense of humour, which helped me through some dark times.  I learned to always double check my email signatures, because sometimes comparing your doctor to mythical creatures can lead to amazing new experiences.

From this experience, I began to understand myself.

Now I write to share my stories with my family and friends.  I write because it is my release – and I love it.  I also write in the hope that someone finds my story, someone who faces the same dark spaces as we did, and they find reassurance that they aren’t alone.  I walked down the same path they did, and it’s not an easy one.  But by sharing my stories and my experiences, I hope they find a small light to guide them.

Happy 100th post to me.  I hope that you can share your stories with someone who needs to see that light on that dark path you once walked on as well.