Heart of a Servant. Strength of a Fighter.

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500,000: how many cases of NMO that have been documented worldwide.

Unknown: how many people have died as a result of NMO.

3 to 90: the age range of those that NMO can strike.

9: how many years John has lived with NMO.

7: how many months pregnant I was when we found out John had NMO.

20+: how many times I have written his eulogy in my head.

5: how many years it was touch and go.

4: how many years it’s been since John decided to fight back.

Weekly: the times John gets emails from people around the world telling him their story of living with NMO and what an inspiration he is to them.

Daily: the times John exercises in an effort to stay alive for Ella and me.

10: how many races John has run for those who cannot.

9.28.14: the date John ran the Great…

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Top 5 Fall Fashion Must Haves {Accessories}

It’s no secret that there are a ton of gorgeous fashion trends for this fall! I don’t think I am alone when I say that I have looked forward the scarf, vest, and boot weather all year long. Admittedly, I have been “that girl” who put off purchasing some of the best fall fashion trends, hoping I’d find a deal or (9 times out of 10) I simply couldn’t make up my mind. I certainly don’t plan to be that girl this year, and I suggest you do the same. Unfortunately for my wallet, a few of my favorite, savvy fashion designers didn’t disappoint and I simply couldn’t wait to share a few their fall fashion accessories.  From the iconic J. Crew Herringbone vest to Kate Spade insanely adorable bow booties, you’ll be happy you didn’t miss today’s blog! Enjoy!

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  1. Tory Burch Caroline Ballet Flat in Cabernet
  2. “Zara Style” Blanket Scarf by Crystal Feather Boutique
  3. J. Crew Factory Herringbone Vest 
  4. Kendra Scott Naomi Double Ring in Platinum Drusy
  5. Kate Spade Lanise Boots in Stone

Autumn is My Favorite Color

If there is one thing to know about me, it is that autumn is my favorite time of year. Pumpkin decorations and treats, riding boots, crisp morning air, changing of the leaves – I have always felt that fall offers a fresh start, a new beginning. And, this year I hope to make it the very best yet!

While I realize that autumn hasn’t officially arrived yet, but I couldn’t help but share this fall bucket list for Southern Belles! Stay tuned for The Glitter Guide’s seasonal bucket list that I love to share each time is comes out! Until then, I hope you’ll join me in checking off all the things to love about this time of year.

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When Life Gets in the Way…

Wow! It is absolutely amazing how quickly time can fly when you’re in a caught up in the Summer haze. Looking back, I guess I could pin point when the madness started and that would be after I returned from Hawaii. Truly, that’s when I started getting sick. I thought I was on the fast track – my exciting new job in North Carolina, my boyfriend finally getting his release date and my health on the up swing! Think again…

I don’t think I will ever be able to forget that phone call. After having a MRI on my spine, my doctor informed my that my transverse myelitis had returned. This villain of a disease had taken so much from me before – my hair {thanks to treatment} and my ability to walk. After being admitted into the hospital with so many unanswered questions, all we could think to say was “at least they caught it early.” Comforting, right? Moments like this will make your fast track come to halt and you’re left feeling helpless, angry, and lost. I have always tried to be a positive person – the girl who views the world as her oyster, a believer in everything happening for a reason, always sipping from the glass half full – while finding hope in any obstacle.

Staying in tune with my insane medical history – transverse myelitis {TM} is a rare disease. Frankly, there isn’t much research out there and course of treatment is a fine line. Living this life is enough to make someone lose their self. Having your legs tingle with too much physical activity and the most recent side effect – my hands are tingling too. This feeling of not having any control of your body is mind numbing and indescribable. I would never wish this feeling or sickness upon my worse enemy.

My life is currently run my a treatment of prednisone and chemotherapy, in “hope” to reverse the damage done to my body. Just this week my hair has started falling out. I know that means I need to start looking to wigs to hide what TM has taken from me, but “at least they caught it early” {right?}. I returned to work pretty soon after getting discharged from the hospital and luckily, my life seems fairly normal from that outside. One thing that has been steady throughout this process is my faith and my family. Without these two things, I wouldn’t be able to put a smile on my face everyday and find hope in any situation when life gets in the way.