Crushing a Car, Running Five 5Ks and a New Instagram – Buttkicklist

Hello!

It’s been a while since I’ve pestered you with a post.  I’m sure you’ve enjoyed your vacation, but time’s up!

As you may know, the five year post-transplant mark passed, and I’m feeling great!  Thanks again for all of the incredible + crazy = incraydible support!!!  At my last COH visit for AFBT and a visit with Dr. F, I was told I didn’t need to come back for six months!  Amazing, when just a short time ago, I was going up there twice a week.

I still have lingering eye issues, but nothing too bad.  You, my friends, are the ones who are suffering with this one, since I can’t wear eye makeup on a regular basis (it makes them red, puffy, and swollen).  You will just have to put up with my plain, natural, wrinkled, dry, flakey, fugly peepers.

I had another procedure done on my eyes to try to get them to calm the f down, called Lipiflow.  This is how it went:  First, they tape these invasive goggle things on your eyes.  After giving you drops to numb your eyeballs, these things go on the surface of your eyes.  Not exactly sure what the drops did, because just the placement was very uncomfortable.  Then they heat them up.  Think french freyes.  THEN they start squeezing the edges of your upper and lower lids.  Think popping a zillions zits.  You just want to pull everything out and throw it against the wall.  I refrained, hoping Lipiflow would be my answer.  Nope.  Not the answer.  My meibomian glands are f-ed up and it appears they will remain so.

Here’s what a normal person’s meibomian glands look like:

And here’s what an abnormal person’s (me) meibomian glands look like:

I snapped this photo when my ophthalmologist left the room after declaring that my glands were in sad shape 🙂

My mei glands think they can keep me from my Buttkick List, but they are eyeroneous.

I’ve been busy with that, and even created a new Instagram, buttkicklist to share with and inspire fellow bucketlisters 🙂  If you’d like to stay on top of how I’m kicking butt on my shituation, along with inspirational quotes on making the most of each precious day, follow along.

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Rex and me with what once was a pick up truck

One of my favorite Buttkick List experiences came last weekend in Las Vegas.  I went to Sin City to watch the Pac-12 Hoops Tourney with Rex, and I somehow found myself destroying a pick up truck with a Caterpillar excavator!  I highly recommend it, if you find yourself in Vegas with a free morning.  Rex and I walked into the place, along with a gang of guys for a bachelor party and a father/son duo.  The guy who worked there said, “So, which one of you guys signed up to destroy the car?”  When I raised my hand, all 20 (males) in the room turned and looked me up and down, as if to say, “as if.”  You can see the others (pussies) playing in the dirt in the background of the vids.  Ya, baby!

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Destroyed it!

Also on my List was Running Five 5Ks in 5 different states before I turn 55 (two weeks from now).  I ran 5Ks in Colorado, Minnesota and Pennsylvania last year, but needed two more, so I ran one in Vegas with Rex and another with my friends, Sharon and Devon yesterday right here in California.  Just under the wire!  I hate running, but wanted to see if I could force myself to tolerate it by running these ‘fun’ races.  Nah!  Still hate it, but earned another √

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l-r: Sharona, Devon and the slowpoke.  Photo cred:  Mychaela
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The nicest race ever – Skye Canyon 5K, just outside Las Vegas. Rex placed 3rd! Showoff lapped me 873 times.
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My first and last 5 racing bibs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am a survivor of two extremely rare diseases, thanks to over 100 blood transfusions and ultimately, a bone marrow transplant. My blog, joselynsbrawl.com, chronicles my adventures through medical offices, operating rooms, clinics, transfusion centers, hospital transplant floors, victory celebrations, and finally my bucket list items – all with a humorous and sometimes profane twist. My goal is to inspire others not to give up on life or anything else, and to understand that it’s actually possible to enjoy any experience, even battling a life-threatening illness (or two).

29 thoughts on “Crushing a Car, Running Five 5Ks and a New Instagram – Buttkicklist

  1. I am squirming in my seat reading about the eyeball situation. You are seriously such a rock star! I hope you don’t have to ever go through anything like that again! BTW, I love the new layout of the blog and immediately followed and am a huge fan of @buttkicklist . Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got planned. XO Kemi

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  2. Hey Jos,

    Love the car smash and the story, especially about the surprised pussies. I’m sorry your eyes didn’t respond as hoped, but don’t worry about the make up thing – real men don’t care about make up. We had a good time and visit with your parents the last few days in LC, wish you had been there too. Funny you don’t like to run since Leason and Rex are good at it. But just think of all the things you have excelled at that they haven’t done – like smashing cars. Love You, Lynn

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    1. Lynn – Thanks for reading the latest post… You have given me incredible support throughout this journey, and I appreciate it SO very much! As far as running, I try to channel you while I’m on the road, suffering and gasping for air, but alas, I don’t think I got those Pomeroy running genes 😦 I’m so glad you guys had a great time at The Crosses! What a special place to visit with those near and dear. Love you! Jos XO

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  3. If you were a guy I’d call you a stud, but since you are a fine lady, I will just call you a fine young lady. You continue to impress all your friends. Keep going –don’t stop. Bob ( Brad’s Dad ).

    On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 2:05 PM, JOSELYN’S BRAWL wrote:

    > joselynmiller posted: “Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve pestered you > with a post. I’m sure you’ve enjoyed your vacation, but time’s up! As you > may know, the five year post-transplant mark passed, and I’m feeling > great! Thanks again for all of the incredible + crazy = inc” >

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  4. Well done, keep that bucket list going! We’ve started training for a 100 mile bike ride the day after my first “birthday”, May 5th. Not sure I can stay awake long enough to finish it, but that’s the goal!

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    1. Thanks, Sheryl! I appreciate the support 🙂 I don’t personally send out the updates… It’s done through the entity you signed up with, so maybe you could change your email in there? Sorry to create work! Miss you! XO

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  5. Hey Jos. Thanks for the update. You da greatest.
    Dr F is lucky to have you as a patient.
    Love the Buttkick adventures adventures also.
    Just promise me one thing.
    You won’t come anywhere near my garage!! You need to muzzle that there backhoe about now. 😱👊❤️.
    Good luck with progress on the eyes.
    Even though it’s slow, the wind is always at your back with that upbeat attitude of yours.
    I heard through the grapevine that Nurse Todd never liked the “made up eyes look”! He loves you just the way you are.❤️
    Truth be told, we all do. 👊💪👍
    Bart
    PS: SAE Rex sould have let you win your last 5k!! Our Kappa Sig peeps gonna take care of that one.
    As always Jos, whatever you need, the answer is yes.❤️

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  6. Glad to see your still working on your bucket list. I don’t have a bucket list per se, but for my one year transplanaversary we decided to do a bicycle century with our longest training ride being only 30 miles! It was a good challenge and we finished in a good time for us averaging 14.9 mph. I am truly blessed to be here a doing so well…a few lingering issues as I know YOU know about. Woohoo for five years for you!

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