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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…

Kyiv

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.

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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

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

xoxo
Olena

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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

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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


Ukraine

Easter celebration

Orthodox Easter celebration

In a village

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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?

xoxo
Olena

 

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Be Weird, Be Random, Be Who You Are Or 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Good morning, darlings!

A quick follow up on yesterday’s run. It was somewhat tough because my legs were sore from my Sunday’s workout. However, I did manage to run 6.5 km in 37 minutes, which is okay. I SHALL NOT GIVE UP!

tough-runs

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Needless to say, my foam roller became my best friend yet again *read here for more foam rolling tips*! Today, thankfully is my rest day, so I will probably do some stretches, nothing major though.

As you most likely remember, I was nominated for the Liebster Award about a month ago. However, when I was nominated again last weekend by She Does Write, I was truly honored and couldn’t decline it. Not to repeat myself, I decided just to answer the questions. I find, it is a great way to provide give you with another glimpse into my life. *For some strange reason, I noticed that I don’t tend to talk about my private life in here that much.*

So there it goes.

1. What is your favorite word or phrase?

The first phrase that came to my mind is…

Be-the-change-You-Want-To-See-in-the-World-Gandhi

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2. Dogs, cats, or other–and why?

I am definitely a dog person. It might sound somewhat funny *and RIDICULOUS*, but I am actually scared of cats. Not that I want to run the moment I see one, but I am really afraid that it will scratch me. I think I’ll blame my grandma’s cat who is super cute and WILD at the same time! On the other hand, I’d love to own a tiger! *How confusing!*

As for the dogs, I am a German Shepherd lover. Meet my beloved Sanda who passed away last year.

German Shephed

And here is my little 4.5 months old pest and trouble-maker, Bella:

Bella

3. What was the best part of living where you grew up?

I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Kyiv

When I was little (about 2-3 years old) my parents decided to move to my dad’s home city Cherkasy, where I ended up living for about 13 years of my life. My fondest memories of my childhood are the moments I spent with my family at the beach close to our house, where we would go quite often: in summer – to swim, play soccer and volleyball, and even camp, in winter – to skate and ski.

Dnipro

Dnipro 2
4. What’s the best part of living where you are now?

Montreal is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world! I might be biased, but my heart belongs here.

The nature is breathtaking.

Montreal - Mont Royal

There are plenty of events happening all year long.

Jardins botaniques

And the architecture is beautiful, and yet not overwhelming: a mix of old and new.

downtown Montreal
5. What was your last dream about?

To be honest, I don’t really recall, but it was something in James Bond style, meaning me running away from someone to stay alive. All jokes aside, that’s how I felt. Haha!

Nightmares

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6. Have you ever pranked someone in an epic way?

Okay, so I don’t really remember pranking anybody recently, HOWEVER… I was pranked pretty badly about a year ago by a local show Les Détestables. It is a Montreal’s hidden camera comedy program, where elderly people say or do inappropriate things trying to get a reaction out of innocent people *me!* who do not suspect a thing!

Since the video is in French (Montreal is a bilingual city), here is the translation:

Elderly lady, ‘Excuse me, but I haven’t finished reading… Can you turn the page back?’
Me *clearly shocked*, ‘Excuse me?!?!’
Elderly lady *turning the page of my book*, ‘I stopped reading right here.’

You won’t believe, this encounter lasted for much longer, but they didn’t show it all on TV. What you need to know about me is that I am NOT a rude person. That being said, this situation gave me a pretty intense headache from conflicting emotions and feelings that I had experienced for the rest of the day! Haha!

7. If you could ask your future self anything, what would it be?

How was child labor?! Ahaha! *I am terrified!!! Not that I’m pregnant either! LOL!*

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8. How would you describe your personal style?

I am not sure I understand this question properly, but I am very determined and competitive. Definitely, a good friend and a family person.

9. Have you ever met a celebrity?

Multiple times! My problem though is that I don’t know who they are!

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10. What is your favorite thing to do in downtime?

I love to read, take pictures and edit them!

smelling books

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11. What is the last thing you photographed?

I actually took this picture of myself.

nomakeup selfie

Not that I’m one of those girls that loves to constantly take selfies, but I thought the idea behind it was really nice. #nomakeupselfie was done in order to show support and raise breast cancer awareness.

So tell me, do you like these posts where I give you some random facts about myself? What would you like to know about me?

xoxo
Olena

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