I’m still processing the passing of my friend. I knew this time would come, but it was too soon.

I miss our conversations. Being able to connect with someone who also has the same heart condition gave me comfort. I didn’t feel so alone and misunderstood. There were shared frustrations and fears. Despite that, we were able to talk about tv, makeup, and food. It was nice. From there, we connected with other individuals like us. We became a community.

Her writing was strong. And I always resonated with it. When she mentions milestones, I totally get it. Some of those are (still) unattainable for me. At times, I can’t help but feel guilty, unloved, and envious of my peers. I always ask myself, “Why did my life turn out this way?” Sometimes I just overly obsess about it to no avail. Unfortunately, I still don’t have an answer.

I’ll continue to hold out hope for a cure. It is absolutely needed. I don’t want to hear about life expectancies and limitations. You create your own future. Your thoughts are powerful. And I’ll continue to keep going. This is my reality.

This quote is all over social media: “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” I intend to do just that.

Can’t stop, won’t stop. #PHighters


My milestone. 


Today is an important day for me. Ten years ago, I received life changing news. Ten years ago, I didn’t think today would come. But here I am! 🙂 I’ve had my ups and downs. To be honest, it’s been a journey. I’m so thankful for this new decade. Everything I didn’t get a chance to do in my twenties, I’m pursuing now! There’s no time to wait. 

It’s taken a lot of breakdowns, mistakes, tears, and sometimes sleepless nights, but I’m grateful for it all. My family has been with me since day one. There are a few more bumps, but I’m ready! 

Being positive has really helped. Blogging and taking photographs are my outlets when it gets tough. How am I doing with it? Hehe. 

Show gratitude every day. Your mindset creates your reality. Anything is possible! 


Adventure is out there! -Ellie, UP