Friday, July 15, 2011

Somewhere, Over the Rainbow

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"Somewhere, over the rainbow
Bluebirds sing;
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true."

In two weeks, I will hit the one year anniversary of my diagnosis of late stage Lyme disease. I have made unbelievable progress over the course of the year. I've gone from being almost totally bedridden to being able to function again. Some days I can function close to about 90% of what I used to. My pain levels are much more manageable now. I do have good days and bad days, but I can take care of my kids again, I can drive again and I can do many of things that I love to do again.

I've gone through some pretty dark days, but all through my fight, I never let go of my dream of owning another horse since I lost my beloved horse, Shiloh, nearly a year ago to a blood clot. It was so hard to admit that I just wasn't well enough to jump back into that kind of lifestyle. 

Yet now, after nearly a year of treatment, I'm finally strong enough and in a good place to pick up my dream again. I am so excited to announce that I have found my absolute dream horse and she is coming home tomorrow!
Indroducing: Fjóla (click for pronunciation), my new Icelandic horse!

I know that the challenge of owning a horse again is going to be tough while I continue to battle Lyme disease. I still have a lot of symptoms and I still have a long road to recovery. But my undying passion for horses has sustained me through the best of times and the worst of times. When the pain of Lyme disease overcomes me, my mind finds respite in dreaming of horses. When I struggle with the burden of depression from chronic illness, my sorrow turns to laughter at the barn. On the darkest days, I close my eyes and fly away from the pain on the back of my dream pony.

Tomorrow, my equine soul mate comes home. I could not have asked for a more perfect match, given the nature of my illness. Her laid back attitude and affectionate nature are everything I could have dreamed of and more. I am the luckiest girl in the world! I have fought so incredibly hard to turn this dream into a reality. Thank you so much to all my incredible friends and family who helped make this possible! And an extra, extra special thanks to my beloved Nana, who is cheering me on from heaven!

Fjóla, I cannot wait for the adventures we are going to have together! I've waited my whole life for a horse just like you. You are truly my dream come true. <3


  1. I'm so excited with you!!!!

  2. She looks awesome! Can't wait to hear about all your adventures and see the incredible photos she inspires! P.S. Can I have some of her magic Icelandic poop for my garden?

  3. That is AWESOME!! She looks so cute! Riding is a great way to exercise, and people always say to have an exercise buddy (most probably think human, but why not a horse, lol)

  4. I am so happy for you. She is a beauty....wishing you many magical adventures with your equine soulmate.

  5. SOOO happy for you!!!! Can't wait to see more...

  6. Yay!!!!! SO happy for you! Cant wait to hear all about it!

  7. This is wonderful to hear!! We can all appreciate your excitement after fighting so long and hard for better days. So very happy for you!! Enjoy your adventures to come with Fjola. Love and blessings to you.

  8. Thanks, everyone! :)

    Staci, we will start separating the magical Icelandic poo from the mediocre "regular" horse poo and make a special "pile" just for you! ;)