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Dealing With A Stroke: Sometimes It Takes A Painful Situation To Change Our Ways

It’s Wednesday already, and I hope all of you have a wonderful week so far!

Tonight is going to be a fun night because I was invited to a new show of Cirque du Soleil – Kurios. I’ve been to one of their shows before, and I know that I won’t be disappointed!

Cirque du Soleil Kurios

At the beginning of this week, I touched a little bit on the subject of how emotional my trip to Ukraine was. I am sure that the majority of you have heard about what’s been happening there. To be completely honest with you, it breaks my heart. Not only because a lot of my friends and family still live there, but you’d never expect anything like this to happen in the country you were born. The entire situation is absurd and doesn’t make any sense to me. However, enough on this subject…


I doubt I mentioned this previously, but the biggest reason for my trip there was my grandmother. Sadly, she had a stroke last December.

with grandma

When I saw her upon my arrival to Ukraine, my entire world turned upside down. I tried to be strong and not to show hurt, sadness and devastation that was running through me. I didn’t dare to be weak. My mom, who stayed with my grandma for a month, needed emotional support and I didn’t want to become additional baggage for her.

with mom

I can’t explain you how hard it is to see the person that you love so much, who has always been so strong and independent, in this much pain, partially paralyzed, unable to talk. It’s excruciatingly painful to see my grandma suffer to this extent. That being said, there has been some progress and I am grateful for that. However, as my brother and I were leaving and saying our goodbye’s to our grandma and mom, I noticed that my mom got a few gray hairs; everything within me crumbled to pieces…

I’ve heard about stroke before, but I’ve got to admit that I knew very little about it. However, after living this experience with my family, I’d love to raise awareness. And if the following information can be helpful for you to save someone you love, my mission will be complete.


It is important to understand that every single second is crucial when somebody is having a stroke. A few minutes of time can make a big difference in whether the person will be able to walk or talk in the future. Please, remember that, most importantly, someone’s life can depend on how fast you react…

According to National Stroke Association, there are risk factors we can actually control when it comes to reducing chances of having a stroke in the future. They are the following: tobacco use/smoking, alcohol use, and obesity. Make sure to read up more on this subject.

7 ways to prevent stroke


Do you know anyone who had a stroke? How did their recovery go?



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Absence Makes The Heart Say ‘What The Hell Is Up With This?’ I’ve Missed You!!!

Hello my darlings!!!

Holly guacamole, I’ve missed youuuuu! *Secretly, I hope you’ve missed me too! Haha!*

I miss you so much


A week prior to my vacation, I’d been super super busy, trying to spend as much time as possible with my hubby and our Belly-Button *our almost 6 months old German Shepherd puppy whose name is actually Bella, but who also goes by Belly, Bellissima, Bells, and even Pest, when she is really a pain in the a@@ lol!*; unfortunately, they are not with me on this trip. Anyhow, over the past week, my access to Internet in Ukraine was quite limited. So to make up for this long disappearance, I’ll share with you a few pictures from my trip so far. I am super super sorry for being away for sooooo long!

 Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe
Seine river

Seine river

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower


Easter celebration

Orthodox Easter celebration

In a village


Independence Square, Kyiv

Independence Square, Kyiv

Currently, I am back to Paris. However, my plane to Spain is only a few hours away. In all honesty, I can’t wait to be there already to relax a bit. It’s been a really emotionally charged trip so far, and it’d be really great to unwind.

The Spartan Race is only 3 weeks away! Eeeeesshhhhh!!!! How’s your Spartan 30 push ups for 30 days challenge going?! I’ve been slacking!!! *Bad, bad girl!*

How have you been? What’s new in your world?




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