This Is 50

To say that "age is just a number" sounds like it's wrong to feel our age.

🎈🎈🎈Today I turn FIFTY. 🎈🎈🎈I think and feel like a 50-year-old ( it's all relative ), and there's nothing wrong with that. Turning 50 is a meaningful milestone for me, and I am choosing to embrace what I have become today.

This 50-year-old body endured severe asthma at a young age, gym rat days in the 80s, various diets and weight changes in the 90s, five pregnancies, four easy & and one arduous labor, three very happy baby deliveries, and two incredibly heartbreaking miscarriages.

This 50-year-old body also endured six needle biopsies, a thyroidectomy, and painfully inflamed lymph nodes called Lymphadenopathy. This lead to what my doctors first believed was Lymphoma that turned out to be a Kikuchi Fujimoto Disease diagnosis after more careful pathology testings. A rare disease that took my spirit and body almost over a year to regain some normalcy. Adding on the numerous infections resulted from my weakened immune system after going through months of drug treatments.

I physically and mentally survived them all, and there's not a day I don't feel grateful to be alive and kicking. My biggest gratitude goes to my greatest love and solid rock - my husband ♥️and three children♥️♥️♥️.

To all of you, my friends and families, thank you for sticking with me through it all. I look forward to many years with you. Here's to my next 20-30-40+ years to come! 🍾 πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³ #ThisIs50
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