Hi I am Mommy Rhetoric and I am currently a grad student, a teacher, a wife, a sister, a daughter and the list goes on and on. Below are my three daughters, lovingly, referred to as # 1, # 2 and #3. All three girls named with a name starting with an A (of course we are teachers so we were shooting for straight A’s). I have been married to my guy for what feels like forever. We are both educators and really cool people, no really we are.
I have my MA & BA in Rhetoric and Composition. I am currently a Purdue University graduate student working on an MA in Communication and Rhetoric.
In my spare time, or time that I use to avoid what I really don’t want to do but need to do, I write creatively, cook, take pictures, sew and exercise. My most favorite thing to do though is reading. I read books, blogs, random catalogs, instructions and street signs. I don’t really care what it is because if I am reading I am happy.
I write a lot about my OCD because I deal with it every day. It causes bouts of depression and aggravation that I feel like are important to write about. Life in that picture above looks awfully perfect, but I am not one of those bloggers who paints a picture of perfection. Instead, I share all the flaws that picture does not show and I claim every single one of them proudly. They make me me and honestly I believe that is what makes my blog worth reading.
For over 6 years my husband has dealt with debilitating facial pain. A pain that is hard to physically see or understand. It took us almost that whole time to discover what was actually going on. In October of 2013 we realized it was likely more than TMJ in his jaw. I lived in denial for awhile until out to dinner for my birthday in November. I realized then that what we were dealing with was much more severe. By November he was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia. By December he was admitted to the hospital to control his pain and a month later he underwent brain surgery. That has drastically changed our lives. We still are finding ways to cope with his disease and how it is changed us.
My favorite quote of all time is a real meaningful one by Forest Whitaker from Oprah Winfrey a few years ago. He said, “You have to what you have to do, to do what you want to do.” Now how true is that? Dr. Suess put it much more elequantly in Oh the Places You’ll Go! He wrote, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose…” I live by these quotes and I try and encourage my girls to do it too!
I get a lot of readers searching for weight loss inspiration. I lost 80lbs and changed my life in amazing ways by losing weight, exercising and teaching myself how to eat. I encourage you to look at my ‘less of me’ and you will get the run down and on my non-secret secret.
Thanks for stopping by and reading and I hope you will come back!
If you want to read about my life being married to a trigemenial neuralgia sufferer please read my other blog, Our TN Journey. I respectfully ask you to understand his story is his story, and my story is my own. I try and respect his story and his right to tell it when he is ready. I share my life as the wife of a sufferer.