Jun 19, 2012

A Blonde Walks Into a Blog...



One of the first girls I met blogging was Juliana. We bonded over our shared Carrie Underwood enthusiasm. ;) I remember her being so sweet, kind and genuine. I think I squealed when I saw that she put me on her blog roll on the side of her page, because I totally looked up to her and her fabulous blog. 

I have been thinking about her a lot recently. If you don't know her story, it is pretty unreal. Of course I'm not going to get all the details right here, but about 2 years ago she got sick, and has continued to fight daily for her life. I believe she is suffering from lyme disease, which from what I have read is just awful. I was lying awake in bed last night after reading some of her status updates, and I just teared up. I can't imagine what she has gone through. What she continues to go through. She is a mommy to a precious little boy Johnny. She never thought in a million years this is how her life would go. These are not the plans she had. She just wants her life back. She has been in constant treatment, and bed ridden for two years. TWO YEARS. Throughout it all what amazes me the most is her spirit. She is so incredibly sweet, and remains so hopeful even when she literally has no energy to do so. She completely amazes me. Just keep swimming is her motto. I pray for this sweet girl and her family every night. 

I just wanted to share a few of the things she has posted on her facebook recently. They have just brought me to tears, and I have just been so called to share her story. 






I am just so touched by this family. This woman. Her strength and her love for her family. Please lift this beautiful girl up in your prayers. She needs to get better. She wants to raise that precious baby. I know she is not always able to respond right away, but you can reach her via her blog, or twitter. :)

I know she'll feel the prayers. 

xoxo
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43 comments:

Lindsey said...

this makes me incredibly sad. Praying for her. Thanks for posting this boo, you have a big heart.

Tiffany said...

That is just heartbreaking. Prayers for her and her sweet family.

Bri Buzali said...

Thank you for posting this, it brought me to tears. It makes us realize how blessed we truly are, and that the things we think are so monumental really don't matter. Love and cherish those close to you every day!

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Elizabeth {Ms Classic Glamour} said...

Praying for her and her family! Thanks for posting this so we can come together in agreement for her total and complete healing!
xoxo

Hannah said...

This is so, so, so incredibly sad but thank you for sharing about this brave woman. She will be in my prayers for sure! It's stories like this one that puts so much into perspective.

Erin said...

I found her blog through your side bar a while ago and I wonder how she's doing often, thank you so much for posting this ... VERY sweet and thoughtful of you!!

Bethany Scruggs said...

I found her a while ago and absolutely adore her. I hate that she is having to go through this. :(

Dreams Do Come True said...

I love Juliana and I follow her blog and twitter. I pray for a miracle and that the Lord heals her.

Cait said...

a friend of mine is going through this same disease and i know the pain seeing such a good friend go through such a difficult thing ;( prayers and hugs to you both dear!

Shayna said...

What an awful thing that she is going through! My heart, thoughts & prayers go out to her & her family! God does work in mysterious ways!

Tricia said...

I also have been a reader of her blog and have no idea how she has the strength to pull through every single day. Her perseverance is an inspiration.

Megan - Style Me Swanky said...

What an amazing, brave soul. She is in my prayers!

Ashley {AshesMcG} said...

I found her blog through yours a while ago and I always check her blog to see how she is doing. Thank you so much for posting it! You are so kind and thoughtful!

Hilary said...

Lyme is such a scary disease. Praying for her!

Lauren H. Edmondson said...

Crying at my desk at work. Bless her beautiful heart, sending prayers and happy thoughts her way and for her family.

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

I could not imagine having to live my life this way. She seems like an incredible person and she is in my thoughts. I hope that one day soon she is able to swing her son around and around!

The Sweetest Thing said...

Wow. Prayers going up now.

Jenna said...

Wow, what an amazingly strong woman. This is terribly heartbreaking. Keeping her and her family in my heart and prayers. Thanks for sharing this!

Katie said...

Thank you SO MUCH for posting this! Hers was also one of the first blogs I found when I started, and I wonder frequently how she's doing with her illness. I'm glad that you're keeping up and shared this!

Hannah said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! It is truly heartbreaking to read about what she is going through. It puts into perspective how much we are truly blessed and how much we take for granted. I will definitely be keeping her and her family in my thoughts and prayers.

Karrie said...

No one should have to suffer the way that sweet woman is suffering! Prayers for her to get well enough to do the things she dreams of doing!!

californiadreamin said...

I follow her blog too, and oh my gosh girl, these statements from her, brought tears to my eyes. She and her family are definitely in my prayers, tanks for sharing.

Megan G. said...

Thank you for posting this. I am sending her and her family many prayers.

Michelle @ The Vintage Apple said...

I am sending many many prayers to this family....thank you for sharing, A. So heartbreaking....I hope the Lord hears our prayers.

Kate @ Green Fashionista said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. My mom has advanced lymes disease as well, and the regimen of treatments she endures for 16 week periods are just plain awful and make her so ill. It breaks my heart to think someone so young with so much in front of her is going through something similar. Thoughts and prayers definitely going out to her, promise to keep us updated! ;)

Kate @ Green Fashionista said...

On a side note.. do I spy a new blog design? Where have I been? Did it happen with the domain change? Love it gurlie!

Carolina Charm said...

I am so glad you posted this. I started following Juliana's blog awhile back and have since read and reread it multiple times, wondering if there was any updates.

Her story brings me to tears, and then down to my knees - every time. It is so crazy to think we take all of the little things for granted every single day.

She is stronger, braver, and more positive than I could ever be. I pray that the Lord will continue to uplift her, hug her, and heal her.

Natisha said...

I just said a special prayer upon the healing of this lady & I don't even know her ;) that's a blessing we get from social connecting... we can pray for people we don't even know! what can one more prayer hurt? that might just be the prayer that lifts her up :).

Lesley said...

Live is not fair. I hope & pray that she'll pull through this. xx

CMae said...

She was one of the first blogs I started to follow so long ago...I wasn't sure she'd ever return to blogging due to her illness so I hadn't popped over to her page in a long while. Thank you so much for taking the time to update us on her.

MeTheMama said...

I can't imagine. I'm a single mother to a 2 year old boy and i CAN NOT IMAGINE what it must be like to not be able to care for your child. And on top of that, the battle for health. I will beg the Universe for her recovery.

Ashley @ Places To Go, Things To Buy said...

Wow, thanks for posting! Makes you really appreciate what you have. Those "bad" days we have are nothing compared to what she is going through. I will start following her blog for sure!

hotmesscoolday said...

I have tears welling up as I sit in my office and read. She is such an inspiration, especially to those of us who complain of having to go to work. I'll definitely have this in the mind the next time I don't feel like getting out of bed. Thank you for sharing and introducing her story!

Jamie said...

Sending love to her.

Erica said...

Wow, this blew me away, I went to her blog and then was even more overcome.

I can't even imagine going through a quarter of what she has.

Thanks for posting and letting some of us step outside of our regular every day happenings and think and pray for a random stranger. She deserves all that we can do!

Stephanie@SweetTeaAndSunshine said...

It won't let me e-mail her from her blog, so please forwad this message to her: Looking at her pictures and reading her thoughts leaves me crying and praying for her. I am about her age with two young daughters, and a husband, and a rare leukemia that has left me a fraction of the person I used to be. I recognize the baldness, I recognize the patches that are covering what I assume is her port, and I recognize the pain in her words. Six months ago a team of doctors gave me six hours to live. I had to larn to walk, talk, see, etc. all over again. I did not see my girls for two and a half months. Even now, I take chemo five days a week . We cannot see beyond this very moment, but know there is relief coming for you. When you stand up, when you take your first steps, when you pick your litle boy up -- it will make it that much more precious to you.My husband held this Scripture close while I was in my darkest moments...."Be still, and know that I am God." We don't have to lift a finger. He knows just how we are hurting. A preacher friend of ours once told me that God wasn't surprised when I got leukemia. He wasn't surprised when I almost lost my life. It didn't surprise Him because He wrote it out before y life ever began. I'm praying for you and will be checking for updates.May God be with you.

Laura said...

Wow. Thank you so much for sharing.

Kenj said...

Julianna has been such an amazing friend to me since I started blogging. I was always intimidated by her blog because she had such a great following, but she was so welcoming and outreached herself to me all the time. I pray for her constatly, i wish I could take away her pain.. she is so strong and I hoipe she gets better soon! You are such a great person for dedicating this post to her!

RealDanaGentry said...

Wow. Totally brings tears to my eyes. We all need to repost this so everyone can be lifting her up in prayer! I will link up to this too :) Thanks for sharing, I have never been to her blog!! :) Miss you. XO

jayme said...

its crazy because she was one of the first blogs i began reading also and find myself thinking about her all the time. i love when her twitter account randomly shows up with a few tweets, and my heart hurts for her. thinking and praying everyday for her.

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