Let’s Chit-Chat

Hello, it’s time to catch up with my iterryblog readers! Shall we take a seat near a window

My 2018 is starting off very blessed I received great news last week. My cup runneth over! Just think about the moments when God has blessed you. You know it only came from God. You know that God truly has a plan for your life. I tell you sometimes you don’t even see it coming, yet everything falls right into place.

Just a little over a week ago I walked out of church filled with so much hope. The last couple of years have been kind of trying for me. Honestly, I’ve had far more joyful days then sad days. You know at times during our journey we go through storms in life. It truly tests are faith and we have so many unanswered questions of when will this storm end. I was going through a storm and all of sudden hope filled my heart. Everything is going to work out keep the faith. Trust God. I walked out filled with joy and hope in my heart. Just a few days later I received some really good news. God knew what was best for me.

God truly has a plan for our lives each and everyone of us. Even during those storms God will never forsake us. God will get us through storms in life and fill our hearts with hope. We will have a testimony to share!


A lot has been going on these last couple of weeks during that time iterryblog turned 1 years old. I’ve been blogging consistently for a year now! It’s been a great joy of mine to blog. I love coming up with different topics to blog about on iterryblog. Thank you to my subscribers for taking time to subscribe on iterryblog. I greatly appreciate it! Thank you to anyone that has left a comment on my blog. I enjoy reading various comments and replying back to them. All the different countries that iterryblog readers are from is cool as well.

One of my favorite posts has to be Hello 2018, My Vision Board. It’s a lot of fun creating a vision board. Being able to share my vision for 2018 and possibly getting others interested in making their own vision board. I also love What Makes You Happy blog post it makes you think about hobbies that you once enjoyed or discovering a new passion. Life gets busy, yet it’s important to take the time to do what brings you joy! You have to have a zeal for life!


I look forward to creating more blog posts for iterryblog!

Cheers to 1 year of blogging!




Thank You – Power Through Challenge

Thank you for joining me on iterryblog Power Through Challenge these last couple of weeks. The challenge was to shine a light on Marfan Awareness Month and Heart Awareness Month. Hope you gained some knowledge about Marfan Syndrome and the heart through my feature 5 Facts that were posted on Power Through Challenge blog posts. I also learned some new facts from researching throughout the challenge.

The challenge officially ends on Wednesday!

Congrats to those that conquered the challenge and really stuck with it during the last 3 weeks in February. Kudos to you!

My family gave it a good try during these 3 weeks. I didn’t expect anyone to be perfect but just being more aware of the choices we make when it comes to fueling our bodies.

The trophy goes to my sister who really stuck through the challenge! She went to the movies recently and didn’t have a soda. I know my sister, she’s like all of us we have our favorite snacks and beverages at the movies. Kudos to her! She really Power Through the challenge!

I’m back at it again today to finish these last 3 days. I was doing so good these last few weeks and the weekend came rump ro. I need the funny music they play in movies for the uh-oh scene. I went 20 days without soda or fast food. I will finish these last 3 days strong! Thank you to anyone that joined me during this challenge!

For more information about Marfan Syndrome and Heart Awareness or to make a donation visit Marfan Syndrome Foundation https://www.marfan.org/ and American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Week 3 – Power Through Challenge

WooHoo! We are now into Week 3 of the Power Through Challenge! My motivation throughout the challenge is honoring Marfan Awareness Week and Heart Month. Please take time to visit Marfan Syndrome Foundation website and American Heart Association website. I’ll have the links posted at the end of this blog post for you.

What motivated you to keep pushing on throughout the first 2 weeks? It hasn’t been easy let me tell you. I would have that craving for a soda but realize my reasons for doing the challenge which helped me get over that hurdle. Fast food let’s be honest can be very convenient. Especially if you just need a quick lunch but how many of us pick the healthy choice at those particular restaurants.

Now for 3rd Week of Power Through Challenge

Take time throughout the coming days and focus on any improvements in your health since starting the challenge. The Power Through Challenge will be coming to a close but that doesn’t mean we should go back to our old ways in the choices we make on our health. I think from doing the Power Through Challenge it should help us realize the importance of making healthy choices for our bodies.

5 Facts about Marfan Syndrome

  • Early diagnosis is key.
  • It’s important to know family history pertaining to family members that have Marfan Syndrome or those in the family that passed away unexpectedly early in life due to unexplained heart-related death. The information is used in making a diagnosis.
  • An echocardiogram is done when suspected Marfan Syndrome as a possible diagnosis.
  • Eye examination using a slit lamp is done to see if the patient has dislocated lenses to help in making a diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome.
  • MRI is done to check for possible dural ectasia in patient’s lower back which can help in making a Marfan Syndrome diagnosis.


5 Facts About Heart Awareness

  • 150 minutes moderate exercise for adults (at least 30 minutes 5 days a week) or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise for adults (25 minutes 3 days a week).
  • Average 40 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise for those that need to lower their blood pressure or cholesterol (do 3 to 4 times a week).
  • Walking simple exercise to start that helps improve heart health.
  • Aerobic exercise benefits the heart.

Please consult your family physician before starting an exercise program.

For more information about Marfan Syndrome and Heart Awareness or to make a donation visit Marfan Syndrome Foundation https://www.marfan.org/ and American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

What is your true passions in life?


Take a moment and think about something that brings great joy to you!

For me, it’s Public Speaking… I know…I know… of all things but it brings great joy to me. It’s something that I have a great passion for and honestly, I should do more of it.

What keeps us from doing what we absolutely love in life? What drives people to do what they absolutely love?

I’ve been holding on to the comfort zone instead of getting out of my comfort zone. How many of you are holding on to the comfort zone?

I think 2018 is going to be the year that I’m going to really work on not holding on to the comfort zone; especially when it comes to doing what I love.  Of course, comfort is great for when you go home. You want that familiarity but I’m talking about fully living and being present in your life.

I know when I’m doing public speaking in front of people it brings great joy to me!

I’ve always had a passion for reading out loud. As a child, I loved performing in plays that brought so much joy to me. Maybe it was my little escape from everything going on having Marfan Syndrome. It was my treasure! It was my gift!

As I got older like some of us we store those talents and gifts away. The very thing that brought so much joy into our lives is boxed away.

2018 is about unboxing those passions of mine and discovering new passions. I would love to become audiobook narrator. I hope to see that dream come true one day. I hope to do speaking engagements and really work on my craft.

I love academia and want to become a professor. 2018 will be the year to work on making that dream come true.

What do you have a passion for in life? Do you need to unbox it? What new passions have you discovered that you have a joy for over the years?

Power Through Challenge

Start of The 2nd Week!

Woo Hoo! We are into the 2nd Week of the Power Through Challenge! My family is doing great on the challenge! Feedback from my family about the challenge is overall feeling better, able to sleep better and noticing inflammation going down in legs and feet. We’ve been encouraging each other. It hasn’t been easy especially when you want something quick to eat but we all persevered through those challenges! I was craving a soda a couple of days and that craving is starting to go away. It’s all for a great cause! Keep pushing through!

5 Facts About Marfan Syndrome

  • Marfan’s Syndrome is a connective tissue disease
  • Marfan Syndrome is caused by a defect in the gene that tells our body how to make Fibrillin-1
  • Increase transforming growth factor beta in people with Marfan’s Syndrome
  • 3 out 4 people with Marfan Syndrome inherited the connective tissue disease.
  • 1 in 5000 people has the connective tissue disease called Marfan Syndrome.

5 Facts About Heart Awareness

  • It’s estimated that 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure.
  • Statistics show that only 1 in 5 Americans gets enough exercise.
  • Poor eating habits was a major contributor to 45% of the deaths back in 2012 in the United States (heart disease, Type II diabetes, stroke).
  • Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the world
  • New guidelines for high blood pressure is 130/80


For more information about Marfan Syndrome and Heart Awareness or to make a donation visit Marfan Syndrome Foundation https://www.marfan.org/ and American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/


Power Through Challenge

First day:

You can do it! We are going to Power Through to conquer this challenge of no fast food or soda for the rest of February. Just think positive thoughts and how much better you’ll feel as the days go by. Ask family members and friends to join you in this challenge. It’s always great to have a great support system. We can cheer each other on for the next couple of weeks.

What better reason to do a challenge which focuses on bringing attention to #MarfanAwarenessMonth #HeartMonth and bettering our health at the same time.

5 Facts about Marfan Syndrome

Today’s 5 Facts will focus on possible features that are present for someone who has Marfan Syndrome.

  • Dislocated lenses
  • Tall
  • Flat Feet
  • Long arm span
  • Thin body frame


5 Facts about Heart Awareness

Today’s 5 Facts will focus on Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

  • Unhealthy diet
  • Family History of High Blood Pressure
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stress
  • Smoking


For more information about Marfan Syndrome and Heart Awareness or to make a donation visit Marfan Syndrome Foundation https://www.marfan.org/ and American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/