In early August of 2021, I was diagnosed with GuillainBarré Syndrome (GBS) – a rare autoimmune disorder. My own immune system damaged my nerves, which left me paralyzed in my legs, arms, and face. Luckily, my lungs have been only slightly affected.

I’m finally well enough to start sharing some of what has happened and what’s to come. I want to honor this moment as an opportunity to be transparent and vulnerable. 

This is my journey of healing and growth as I navigate life after being diagnosed with GuillainBarré Syndrome.

March 21

Everyday Mindfulness

Meditation has been a part of my life for over 15 years now. It has been such a positive addition to my life. So often, when we think of our health, many of us think of exercise and diet, when actually, I think, mindfulness is the bigger game changer of the three.
March 14

Knowledge is Only Potential Power

Knowledge is power. How is that powerful? Knowledge is about Knowing & Leveraging: gaining the right information and using that information. A lot of people know what to do but only a few actually do what they know.
February 28

I Can Smirk Now

As my body comes back online, it has been a process. My hands and arms come first, legs and feet second, and my face is trailing behind.
February 21

Musings Around the Fireplace

As I watch the fire, I can’t help but think about change. Fire is a symbol of change. It’s force literally creates change, some would say devastation. Is it devastation or is it just different? Is it both? Maybe it’s perspective.
February 14

What Experience Do I Want?

My wife and I like to enjoy a cup of hot cacao outdoors. We enjoy the peace and energy nature gives us. It’s a great place for us to discuss our lives. What’s working, what’s not working and what we’d like to experience next.
February 8

Grumpy After a Bad Day

This is me, grumpy and sad. My daughter took this picture when I didn’t want her to. She said she took the picture to show me how grumpy I was. It was the end of a tough day.
January 31

From Wheelchair to a Cane

October of last year was a big deal. I went from being in a wheelchair to walking with a walker to using a cane. I keep getting stronger and gaining my balance.
January 24

I Dropped My Phone off the Bridge

I was trying to take a picture of this sunset from the bridge over this little river. I dropped my phone off the bridge into the river. I’m still gaining back my hand grip.
January 17

A Walk to the Beach

I made it to the beach! Going out to a beach my family enjoys, we had forgotten there is a short hike out to the beach from the car. Normally, this would not be a big deal at all. It was the longest walk I’ve done to that day while recovering.