Friday, May 17, 2013

A really long story, but worth reading

I happened upon this story this week in all the hoopla over Angelina Jolie's news about having a preventive double mastectomy.

It is a really, REALLY long article about how we view breast cancer and if the treatments and education tactics are really working. It was thought provoking, if not a little depressing.

Happy Friday.

No, no, you don't have to thank me.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I have people ask me how I am doing wayyyy more often than they used to. I appreciate that. It does make me feel like they care. It is just a tough question to answer...that is true for a lot of people.

Multiple sclerosis is a tricky disease. One day can be very different than another, and one person's disease can be vastly different than another. I read a story one day about a group of people with MS who are literally climbing mountains. And then I remember the friend in my MS support group who is a few years older than me and can't walk anymore. So unpredictable.

I found this blog entry the other day, and it really explains some of the day-to-day feelings of having MS. Not just the physical feelings of exhaustion and pain, but the psychological feelings. It is a war between living in the moment and planning for an uncertain future. Worry versus letting go. Being aware of my body to prevent injury versus knowing not every pain is due to MS.

So if you want to know what goes on in my mind - read on!

And thank you for caring. :-)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Deep moments, brought to you by a kid's movie

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

Occasionally, some of the movies that Bridget wants to watch have a story line that actually keeps me interested and seems to have some sort of deeper meaning. I just saw one of those yesterday - The Lorax.

Yeah, I realize I'm a little late on this...everyone else has seen it already. I'm just slow on this, folks.

But anyway, I'm watching the end of the movie, and that quote that I put above ends up on the screen and the tears started to fall.

It isn't just about the environment, or nature. The beauty of the movie is that that truth can be applied to just about anything in life. About spreading love, kindness, and truth.

Sometimes, teaching the Creighton Model System, I feel like I'm shouting at the wind. I occasionally get burned out and frustrated and I wonder why I try when it seems like the world doesn't care. Then I have moments when I am reminded that I have to care. I have to keep caring and trying. A whole awful lot.

Because I have seen this make a difference to people and bring more love, joy, and peace to this world. And if I don't care, and if other people don't care, then nothing is going to get better.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Top Ten Things Going on Right Now

I'm the worst blogger EVER. I am feeling challenged to keep this up a little better, so this seems like a good way to get back in the game.

So here are the top 10 things going on in the Harlan house...

10. We got a guinea pig! He is adorable and his name is Ollie. Wanna watch him play? My adorable techie husband set up a live webcam.

9. Client follow-ups. I have so many Creighton Model FertilityCare clients! I am swamped! Don't know what I'm talking about? You better go to my website, mi amigos. 

8. Diocesan work. I write articles and design ads for the Office of Family Life. Have a good idea for an article about building a culture of life or the Catholic Church's teachings on married love? Share it with me. Don't leave me hangin', peeps.

7. Kindergarten continues. Bridget is learning to read so much more everyday. She says she hates math, much to the dismay of her Uncle Scott who is a math teacher. :-) She has also developed a devotion to St. Francis of Assisi. LOVE THAT.

6. I should start a cooking show...Cookin' with Crazy. It will star me, my darling husband, and all the poor souls I enlist to help me as I cook for all the big dinners at St. Isidore's. We are a barrel of fun in that kitchen, let me tell you. The last big dinner of the year was this past Wednesday, so I'm breathing a sigh of relief.

5. Annual MRI to check for more MS lesions on my brain...was good! No additional lesions, all was stable. So my brain isn't melting like a science fiction novel. Cool.

4. We have all developed a strange love for the show Duck Dynasty. This world definitely needs a little more laughter, amIright?

3. Bridget and Gabriel. My bestie, Mandi, has a son Gabriel who is in Bridget's class (God is so smart, isn't He?!). Bridget and Gabe have been forced to spend craaaazy amounts of time together for their entire lives, and they occasional drive each other nuts, but now they are like peas and carrots. They want to play nearly everyday and I love getting to chill with Mandi even more.

2. Women's basketball games. We went to nearly every single one with Bill's parents. Bridget really loved them. I do, too. Sadly, the season ended in the WNIT semi-finals, but it was a ton of fun.

1. Busy, busy, busy! Bill said today that he is thinking of going with me to a meeting in Salina on Saturday because he just wants to spend the time with me...things have just been going a mile a minute. Before we know it, summer will be here and FFA convention and birthdays!

So that was a lame number 1, but I ran out of stuff. Cut me some slack.