Jun 27, 2013

{Review} Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Lauren Barnholdt
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: ebook
Source: PulseIt
Age Group: Upper YA
Date Published: June 26, 2007
Two-Way Street

There are two sides to every breakup.
This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.
Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

Jun 23, 2013

I've Been Gone {An Explanation}

OK so, some of you lovely loyal followers may have noticed I REALLY haven't been around lately. This is a personal post, but I think it needs to be said.

Anyways, on May 23, 2013 I was admitted into the hospital. I had gone to emergency at around 6 pm on the 22nd, and once I was seen, they admitted me to the children's hospital. I don't remember much of my first week here. That week was basically lived between morphine doses, as I was in an incredible amount of pain. At the end of that week, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. That was really hard on my parents (as I was in too much pain and under too many pain meds to care). 

Let's back up a little, because I think someone out there needs to hear about my stupidity. About 2 months prior to my hospital visit, I had begun showing symptoms of UC. I didn't tell anyone, because I couldn't miss school right before AP testing. I don't know if I would have ended up at this point anyways had I gone to the doctor earlier, because UC is a really weird disease, but I never gave myself the chance to find out. 

What is Ulcerative Colitis you ask? No? Oh well this is what it is (from Crohn's & Colitis):

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a chronic, or ongoing, disease that affects the colon, also known as the large intestine. The innermost lining of the colon becomes inflamed, and ulcers, which are tiny open sores, could form on the surface.
It’s the inflammation in the lining of the colon that causes the painful symptomscommonly associated with UC. Inflammation causes the colon to empty frequently, leading to diarrhea that – because of the ulcers – can sometimes be bloody.

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