Planning and Anticipating

We wanted to start a family for a very long time. It took a little bit of time but we finally discovered we were pregnant. We were over the moon with excitement. After 2 long years of chaotic, uncertainty, we have been able to transition into the next chapter of our lives. For the first…

And Just Like That, The Start Of A New Chapter

We have waited for this day for a long time now. It was absolutely surreal when we first found out and after seeing the first picture, it has been an overwhelming feeling of loving emotions. These past few years have been a learning experience and a journey to find out how strong we can be. It…

From One Migraine Sufferer To The Next

I have hemiplegic migraines. That’s right, I Kate (Zimmer) Vilaranda am a migraine sufferer and I don’t care who knows nor do I care what they think. Phew, that only took about 25 years to say with meaning. You see, for a long time I did care what people thought – A LOT. What if…

Project Katie

Have you ever been fired? I have. Twice. Once from a job and then another from a doctor. It wasn’t as bad as I thought – the doctor one. The job was eye-opening; lots of wine and tissues assisted with my self-pity and wallowing. Being fired from a doctor though, that one like it was…

Why Being A Pylon Isn’t As Bad As You Think.

When something goes wrong, do you not question even internally what happened? What went wrong in that situation for that result. This question is a hamster wheel for me. I am constantly questioning and seeking different results ‘if only’ this had happened. Recently at the Detroit Airport I had an episode. It wasn’t unusual, the…

You Are Brave

“You are so brave”. This is often said to me when I tell my story to others. It starts off when someone asks what my tattoo means or if they are bold they will step into unknown territory of why my face seems to not stay symmetrically aligned with the other half. I really like…

What You Don’t Think You Need Two Hands For

I have always thought of myself as an independent woman. I sometimes have gone out of my way to prove to others that I am independent. This has been a common theme even as a youngster. So when you are put in a situation where you lose your independence you are at a disadvantage. How…

The 4 Hard Lessons I Learned From 2016

Every year I sit back and self-reflect on what has happened over this past year. As each year moves forward, I want to look back on what I have completed and accomplished and what I have learned not only about myself but also about life. I think that it’s important to do this every year…

Don’t Judge Me And My Friend Larry

I had been used to the stares by now. By now I even ventured out into the great unknown of society and beyond my comfort zone of the darkness of the movie theatre. I had grown tremendously since that Wednesday in May now knowing that I will never be that person who entered the hospital that…