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Vacation Treasure/Health Update


Hello! It's been such a long time since I've posted! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying these last few weeks of summer!

This summer my little family traveled once again to Destin, Florida. I absolutely adore it there! The ocean in that area is indescribable! The colors of the ocean are so gorgeous its literally like heaven on Earth.

One of my favorite parts of traveling to Florida is thrifting on our way down and back! Destin actually has an amazing selection of anitque stores, which sell authentic French furnitures that are handpicked and  shipped into the area.

 This year I was able to purchase a few large french pieces for our home.



 

The first item that I purchased was this pretty French Bombay chest with inlaid wood.



The top is a green marble. Would you believe that I found this at a thrift store in Destin? 

 


I love the character that this little chest brings to my stairwell. 



The bust that sits upon the Bombay chest is actually from the same thirft store in Destin! I purchased her last year.

I did acquire another large piece at this thrift store for our home. I will be showing it in a later post, but its amazing and from the 1800's. This Bombay chest could be vintage or fairly new, I have no idea, but its lovely all the same!



    My stairwell has needed some love since I moved here nine years ago. I just couldn't figure this space out.... how to make it look nice. I brought home a stunning piece of jewelry for this space! It couldn't be more perfect!



This is an authentic antique french Trumeau mirror. I found it at an antique store in Destin.



I was lucky enough to be able to speak with the previous owner and she did confirm that it was imported from France.



This mirror is about 7ft tall and will not fit above any of my mantels, so we decided to hang it in the stairwell. It literally changed the whole space! I feel like I live in a castle!



This mirror is so special to me and brings me so much joy each day as I make my way down the stairs. The carvings are so intricate and delicate. The painting has the softest colors which work so nicely with my wall color.


My trumeau mirror reminds me of heaven.



This space will now be getting French moldings for the walls and when I find the perfect one...a Large chandelier to hang down in front of the leaded glass windows. I am thrilled with my stairwell's progress! Beautiful homes don't happen overnight, it takes time, inspiration, money, and hard work but in the end its so worth it! I cannot believe its been 9 years for me to finally feel like I'm headed in the right direction for this space.




I also wanted to share with you a beautiful Florentine desk that I found on Facebook marketplace this summer. I adore Florentine! I have acquired a few trays and lots of wall plaques but never an actual piece of furniture! This piece cost me $45 and I think that was a bargain. A few weeks later I found another smaller table on Marketplace for the same price, I bought that one as well.



My garden is filling up with David Austen roses. Here is a sweet bouquet that I picked earlier in the season.




                        TRIGGER WARNING


Below I will be sharing my story of miscarriage and being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. I will be showing MRI images of my brain, so if this makes you uncomfortable please stop reading now.🙏🏻


These sweet pale pinkish white roses are called "Earth Angel". I planted these in honor of my sweet angel baby that I lost in 2020. I have never been so devastated in my life. I think I cried just about everyday for one year, I couldn't feel any joy. I had tried to conceive for about 6 years and no luck, and then finally I conceived! My pregnancy wasn't feeling right to me at all. I was bleeding so I went in for a sonogram expecting my angel to be gone, but sure enough a healthy baby was on the screen with a healthy heartbeat. I was so relieved. The next day I had a miscarriage. I still cry but not as often. I am grateful that I was able to see my angel on the sonogram and have a picture of them forever.




                                                                    HEALTH UPDATE

I know many of you have messaged me over the years asking me for more consistent blog posts, I wish I could have done better but my health had not be good for years. After I lost my baby, my body was not working correctly. Something was off and had been off for years! My period never came back after my miscarriage and I started lactating a lot. My prolactin was checked and I had slightly elevated levels, which when I went back through my charts, before I even conceived, my prolactin was elevated! Thats not normal and should have been looked into.  My thyroid was at a 5 when it should be at a 1 to conceive and sustain a pregnancy. My doctor knew all of this and still proceeded to help me get pregnant with fertility medicine. My baby never had a chance. I blame myself for not checking those charts and blindly believing what I was told,  that everything was in a normal range, I could have saved my baby's life. I will never do that again. I will always advocate for myself even when doctor's brush me off.

 




Finally with the more intense elevated prolactin levels I had to have a MRI which showed a huge tumor on my pituitary gland. I circled it below. The white blob is the tumor. Your pituitary gland is about 8mm, so extremely small...my tumor measured at 1.6cm x 2.2cm x 1.7cm. I had what is called stalk effect. My tumor was non functioning but pushing against my pituitary gland causing elevated prolactin levels and lactation. Our pituitary gland is our Master Gland! It controls absolutely everything. My head would hurt so bad for weeks at a time, nothing would relieve it. My face would feel like it was drooping on one side, my legs, face, and neck would swell daily. My body was in so much pain, I didn't leave my bed very often. It was hell. I couldn't remember words, my face even looked different. I would cry a lot.





Last August I had Endoscopic trans nasal transphenoidal surgery.  My surgeon had to go up through my nose and remove a piece of my skull to remove the tumor. I was in the operating room for 6 hours. The goal was not to remove all of it because they didn't want to damage my pituitary gland as I still plan to have children. My doctor told my that if my pregnancy would have continued I would have gone blind. Do you see the horizontal line above the tumor? Thats my optical nerve, once the tumor grew large enough to hit it, I would have lost my eye sight. 
 
Surgery was the scariest thing I have ever been through. I was in ICU for several days. My family could only be with me for a few hours of the day because of Covid. It was intense but I am still here! The biopsy came back non cancerous. The majority of pituitary tumors are non cancerous.

This is my newest MRI. You can see it is much smaller! I speak wellness and health over myself everyday. Recently I have been feeling much much better! I am grateful for the the little things, like doing laundry, washing dishes, walking up the stairs, making meals for my family, going to my son's school events! I am grateful that the headaches are gone, my periods are back! I am grateful for my life. These past two years have been some of the most difficult years of my life. I am much different, I am stronger, I am more independent, I am more thankful. Losing my baby really changed me, I'm still soft inside, but yet i feel a hardness inisde too, there is a huge hole in my heart that can not be filled.

I wanted to update you all and kind of explain what has been going on with my health for many years now. I hope to be more consistent and get back to doing things that I love.
I really want to get back into sharing more on social media. I am most active on my IG account.
I appreciate how patient you all have been with me on here! I love you all!



Photo of my husband and I on vacation a few weeks ago. Im feeling much better!



My other angel! Look at my sweet boy all grown up! 9 years old! He is my miracle!



 
Thank you all again for always being so sweet to me! It means the world to me!

-Larissa

8 comments

  1. Dear Larissa! Take good care of yourself!! I had a friend who had the same health issue as you, she is now thriving a d happy!! You will too! I love your house and look forward to more pics!

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    1. Thank you so very much!💞 Im so happy to be feeling better and so happy to hear about your friend!! Im glad she's doing well!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Thank you so much for your kind words and following along with me here!

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  2. Oh my; you poor thing! So sorry you had to go through all of that. You're strong, though, and sounds like you're on the other side now. That chest and trumeau mirror!! Gorgeous! That mirror is beyond words...definitely a dream find! And of course, you've styled them perfectly. Take care of yourself!

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    1. Thank you so very much for your kind words!🙏🏻💞 Im glad to be feeling better! I love my Trumeau mirror so much! Its definitely one of my favorites pieces ever!💞💞💞

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  3. Larrisa Darling, Thank You for sharing Your Health Story. I can't imagine how hard it was to go through that. I am so very Happy You are feeling stronger and enjoying doing the things You Love! Big Hugs from Me!!
    I can't believe the Treasures You found in Destin!!! That Mirror is Ooh La La and I adore it!!!It looks Gorgeous where You put it! Love the Bombay table too! I am going to Destin next Week. Would love to check out the Antique stores You liked most.can't believe how much Our decor style is the same.

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    1. Hello sweet friend! Yay! I'm so excited for your Destin visit! One of these years we are going to be there at the same time!💞 I purchased the mirror at a shop called Smiths Antiques. You will love that place! The thrift store that I always find good stuff at is called Path of Grace thrift store. I found the Bombay chest there and the bust that is sitting on top. A couple of years ago I found two golden tole rose tables. The most impressive store is called Antiques on Holiday. It is extremely expensive but the furniture is so amazing! They have so many French mirrors, chandeliers and French furniture! I also love to buy my sea shells there. Those are my very favorite shops in Destin! Enjoy your trip my friend! I hope you find some beautiful treasures! Thank you for your kind words as well!💞🙏🏻💞

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  4. Dear Larissa,
    I have been on a similar path to the one you are currently on. My periods stopped, I felt sick and had headaches along with difficulty conceiving. It turned out after all the testing I had elevated prolactin. Testing showed no tumor but the conclusion was I had a few cells on my pituitary pumping out the signal for too much prolactin. Four miscarriages later (and a wonderful adoption) and I had a surprise pregnancy that my doctor was able to help me see to full term.
    All this to say you are not alone and there is always hope. Continue to recover and stay with your great medical care. Praying for a full recovery and the gift of more children!

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  5. Larissa, I have missed your blog tremendously! I decided to Google your site and found this about your health issues. I'm so sorry to hear what you have been thru but thankful you are feeling better. I hope to see your blog again soon because your taste in decor is gorgeous!!

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