Life These Days..

It’s been a rough couple of days with a rough diagnosis. Yesterday, after waking up with no feeling on my left side, and no use of my left limbs, I spent the day at the Illinois Masonic care clinic ER room, and was (after many, many tests!) diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I have 3-4 more days to spend at this hospital, getting pumped full of steroids, talking with tons of doctors and neurologists and, hopefully, getting my feelings and movements back. And a week of inpatient rehab, that I am begging to be able to do in Des Moines! Whoa, right?! Jumping right into some heavy news! Apologies, that’s how it happened here too.

Social media isn’t maybe the most appropriate way to make such a daunting announcement, but it seemed the easiest way to reach so many (already concerned! Thank you for thinking of me!) friends. I don’t know a lot right now, and probably won’t ever know all the answers to the billion questions I have. But a few things I do know:

I have some of the best family and friends a girl could ask for. Your messages, your thoughts, your prayers.. All of it have been incredibly appreciated and not gone without immense gratitude.

And without a doubt, I have a husband who is far better than I ever imagined. I am not sure how I got so lucky to share my life with someone so courageous and encouraging.

So thank you to all of you. Really, thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for not being weepy, or having any pity. Thank you for being encouraging and laughing at my off the wall jokes. Thank you.

Life is this crazy journey and sometimes we wind up in places that aren’t always that awesome. But the good thing is, we get to just keep moving (dragging our limp left leg behind us, but moving none the less!!) and hopefully the next stop is even just a bit better. But we will never know unless we just keep taking this journey one day at a time, with a full heart and a (often wildly inappropriate) sense of humor.. So that’s my plan! .. And you know how I love plans! .. And bloody Mary’s. Could a girl get a Bloody Mary up in this piece?!

31 thoughts on “Life These Days..

  1. You are simply amazing and I love you!
    I hope you are watching hospital TV and getting caught up on pop culture 😉

  2. Wow. That came all at once. I’m glad you guys were able to figure out what’s going on quickly and happy to hear that you’re in great spirits. But I have to say I’m rather impressed that you typed all that with one hand. Keep moving Kari

  3. Bless ur heart girl. I’m heading for CO in the morning, but will be home Mon or Tue and after that so let me know if there’s anything I can help with. I did txt Jenny but will leave other contacts up to you & ol’ what’s his name unless you want me to blast an email to the rest of the family. Be in touch and hope you get a Bl Mary – or 6 – soon.

  4. Knowing you, you will rock this with absolute style and grace! You are amazing! Thinking of you! (Ps, if you need a good love story to read, I got you!) 😉

  5. Reynolds, you always amaze me with the zeal in which you attack any problem life throws your way. Love you and see you soon with lots of treats and great gossip!

  6. Rey – sending you all my love a healing vibes. You are one of the toughest chicas I know. Love you so much.

  7. Wow Kari! Rough days indeed. However, I know you are strong and brave and will continue being awesome through all of this. I wish I was close enough to sneak you in a Bloody Mary, cuz I would!

  8. Even though this news saddens my heart, you are one tough cookie and will be able to tackle this diagnosis head on because of your strength.

  9. Holy shit, Brooks! Crazy news that rocks paint off the walls. My thoughts are with you. I will giggle at those jokes ALWAYS!

  10. Holy wow! I wasn’t aware of this news. Thinking of you Kari. I wish nothing but a speedy recovery to you! Hope to see u & Der in the near future!

  11. Ohhhh Kari. It must have been frightful to awaken with limited mobility. I knew your husband was special way back when during the times of Curves and your weekend visits. Family and friends are such a gift, and as I also remember, your mom and dad are pretty remarkable in that area. I have no doubt that you will face these coming challenges head on and with determination. You have probably forgotten, but I remember the vigor in which you spoke to the Mt. Vernon police officer about getting ticketed in an area improperly marked. Man, you were letting him have it and you didn’t grow weary or give in!!!! It is with that same perseverance and tenacity that you will learn and grow and educate and march to the tune that you now have playing. I am in Des Moines, and would love to make us Bloody Mary’s. Love you.

  12. Well if some good food will make you feel any better… I work at a pretty awesome restaurant across the street from Masonic called DMK. Tell that hubby of yours to come pick up some good for you 2 to share… It’s on me! Feel better. Xoxo

  13. I can’t imagine the fear of waking up that morning the way you did.
    I have no doubt you are stronger than even you realize. For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve had the wit and wisdom to make this situation the best it can be and embrace it. It’s very brave of you to share this openly with everyone. I’ll be thinking of you and wishing you all the best. I also hope your treatments will get closer to home.

  14. Sending thoughts and prayers to you! You have such a positive outlook and inner strength that will get you through one day at a time!

  15. Jackie alerted me to this news about you. From the time you were A BABY ( I remember) you were always such a cute little spunky girl and I know you can handle this! Before you were a Brooks you were a Reynolds and your Grandmother and Great Grandmother had a lot of fire and guts, so just get on with your exciting life. You have a good husband and family who will support you all the way! You have me and my families love and prayers.

  16. It’s really tough when someone or something beats up on our kids. (Myrna) Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and Derrick and your folks. Stay positive. We love you.

  17. Whoa!!! You are an amazing woman! Keep up the great attitude and know your Colorado cousins are praying for you! Love from all of us!

  18. Hi Kari, sending thoughts and prayers your way. You are an amazing and strong young woman just like your parent and your husband and with them and all your amazing friends, you have alot going for you. Please take care and God Bless!!!-

  19. Kari Lynn, just spoke with Monica and she let me know about what is happening with you. I’ve known you before you were born and know you are a tough young woman. Keep the faith and your lovely smile going everyday. I will keep you in my prayers along with your family. Take care, Beth

  20. Oh, Kari. This MS doesn’t know who it’s up against, does it? You are such an amazing lady who I’m thankful to call my friend! We’ll be sending prayers your way and you can let me know if we need to take a raincheck on the 15th. Love ya!

  21. If you need Nything, I’m always here. Anything. Maybe drinks…. Okay 🙂 Always drinks. Love you.

  22. Thinking of you and Derek and sending lots of love and positive energy your way. We live in the Chicago suburbs, if there’s anything you need or we can do to help while you’re here PLEASE let us know. xoxoxo

  23. Oh How scary! Life is soooooo precious. You have such a great attitude. I will keep you in my prayers. You are definitely a fighter …I know you’ll fight this withh all your streghth.

  24. Whoa! This sucks! Now you can tell people you are all ‘roided out, though, so that’s kind of badass.

  25. Kari, I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I hope you feel better soon and I am sure your positivity and humor will help that reality come sooner! Stay strong and full of life, light and energy! Love from us all!

  26. Hey Kari I’m thinking about you and so glad that you have Derek in your life taking good care of you 🙂 I know you will brave this with style and class. Can’t wait to see you soon girl, take care!!

  27. I work with a teacher friend that sounds exactly like you and everytime I happen across her in the hallway sassing her kiddos it takes me back to Spring 2004! I’ve always admired your sass and spunk. Though I like to pretend to be cool, you are definitely one of the coolest chicks I know. I know you will come out on the other side stronger and more beautiful than before! Praying for you!

  28. Oh Lady…even in this ‘daunting’ time you ooze humor, optimism &, in turn, inspiration. Simply admire your strength! This thread abounds with love, support & prayers. Hope you & Derek lean on it anytime that strength may waiver. And know the Johnson Snow stronghold has a mean Bloody Mary recipe! Stocking up.

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