It’s Been Awhile… And Anniversary Photos

About 10 months... actually.



Before my last post on books, I wrote about my diagnosis with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. The year before I was diagnosed was very hard because I was in so much pain and not working. Doctors acted like I was insane, but I knew that the pain was real. I tried to end my life 6 months before I was diagnosed, so while I was trying to blog in 2015. It was very hard to leave out of my blog. I felt really ashamed, but the hospital was able to adjust some medication errors that happened due to moving from SC to DC to NC.

I am only talking about this to help end the stigma because I reached out for help to 6 different people who only shrugged it off because it was uncomfortable for me to talk to them about it. I only got medical attention after I took the pills. Chronic pain, especially undiagnosed, is a burden because doctors are not always compassionate.

Without the diagnosis, treatment, and help of counselors who took the time to understand things like sleep hygiene is meaningless when you have hypersomnia, related to EDS, I might not be alive, still.

However, while I am physically trying my best to make friends, be productive, and live a life that I can be proud of, my body doesn't always keep up. So, I spent my non-blogging time in counseling, physical therapy, traveling 3 hours to see my EDS specialist, 1.5 hours to get Botox for my dystonia, and all of the medical appointments that come with being chronically ill. I haven't read as much this year. I have spent more time watching TV. But that's ok. That's what I needed.

I would love to start blogging again, if people want to read again! I want to educate people on EDS. I want to talk about life. I want to talk about make up. I want to talk about friendships. I want to talk about my amazingly cute dogs.



Third Anniversary!

My third wedding anniversary was two days ago (I woke up with a horrific virus! What a present!), so I do want to leave you with a few of my favorite photos that we had taken by our friend, Elli, who is the photographer behind Due West Photography in Charlotte, NC. She does everything from professional head-shots to weddings to engagement photos! We did ours at the beautiful Big Rock Nature Preserve in Charlotte, NC. If you are looking for a great place for engagement photos and a great photographer, get Due West Photography and go to Big Rock Nature Preserve! We LOVE these.

The photos commemorate what hard times Brian and I have been through, but how we made it to the other side, much stronger. We couldn't have picked a better anniversary to capture our photos. It was also nice because we didn't have engagement photos, since we had such a short engagement.

If you follow my Instagram, I've posted a few on there! I couldn't contain my excitement with how well they turned out. If you've taken engagement photos, I have a new respect for you. Picking outfits is hard!

Fall Engagement Photo Charlotte NC Big Rock Nature Preserve by Due West Photography

Fall Engagement Photo Charlotte NC Big Rock Nature Preserve by Due West Photography  

Fall Engagement Photo Charlotte NC Big Rock Nature Preserve by Due West Photography

Fall Engagement Photo Charlotte NC Big Rock Nature Preserve by Due West Photography

Fall Engagement Photo Charlotte NC Big Rock Nature Preserve by Due West Photography

Fall Engagement Photo Charlotte NC Big Rock Nature Preserve by Due West Photography  

Fall Engagement Photo Charlotte NC Big Rock Nature Preserve by Due West Photography



Fall Engagement Photo Charlotte NC Big Rock Nature Preserve by Due West Photography



Thanks for taking time to read this, look at the photos, and stop by. I hope to keep updating and writing, so that you'll come back soon!



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  • Good to see you writing again, Sarah! Sending love your way! <3

  • awww happy anniversary girl! love the photos. we had engagement photos and i kind of hate them. i’d much rather do anniversary photos, maybe next year or the year after. we are a much stronger couple now and happier too (we weren’t unhappy before, but you know. life) and i’d much rather capture that.
    i hope you are well (as can be) and i am glad to see you writing again.

    • I read a quote from a toast at a friend’s wedding that said something along the lines of how the toaster wished that the wedding day wasn’t the day that they were most in love, but how they would continue to grow to be more in love. And I think it shows in our photos compared to wedding photos. Even a candid shot from my brother in law’s wedding from over the summer took me by surprise… we looked SO in love. We plan on doing this every two years or so–different seasons, maybe when we’re on vacations, so we can get different backgrounds. They’re just really nice to have. And I found the BEST printing company. They are expensive for 4×6’s, but price-wise, they are similar to other places for 5x7s or larger and the quality is outstanding! Mpix is the name. I highly recommend. My friend didn’t recommend their black and white paper for black and white photos, but I tried it both ways. If it’s a professional photo and the photographer chose black and white, it comes out better on the slightly more expensive black and white paper. And you don’t need the luster (lustre?) finish, if you’re ever interested.

  • It’s so good to see you on the blogosphere again! I’m so sorry that you’ve had such a hard time the past couple of years, and I’m so glad that you’re getting the medical care you’ve needed. I hope you start posting regularly again, but whether or not you do, do what’s good for you!

    • Thanks, Kate! I don’t ever go through Bloglovin’, like I used to, but I always check out your posts when they pop up on Facebook! I am sorry to read on twitter that you’re feeling poorly and have a lot of school work. I loved school… and it seems like you do too… so I hope you can feel up to par ASAP!

  • Beautiful pictures!!