rheajunior "Thanks for being my best friend..."

"Easiest thing in the world." #mswalk2016
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  •   thomchi Like the t-shirt says "Together we are stronger" 2d

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rheajunior You've done it again @wakenbakedonuts !!! I needed some fuel before my #mswalk at #greenfieldlake and this VEGAN donut was perfection itself ️ Thank you, thank you, thank you #mssucks #donutsarelife #splurgesometimes #lifeistooshort 3d

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rheajunior My nails are painted orange in preparation for my #mswalk tomorrow!! Thanks to everyone who donated, or is walking and volunteering with me! I couldn't fight without you guys ... Your love is everything #ms #mssucks BUT #loveisallaround #fightforacure 3d
  •   samwlcx Great way to raise awareness! 3d

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rheajunior My favorite picture from last night! She schooled me in pool, even though we were playing the "Rhéa Rules" version ... And she still humbly accepted my request for a photo my mom is a rockstar! Love you!! #mommasgirl 1w

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rheajunior Love is being loved; and I am surrounded by it. #besthusband #bestdog #bestmom #belove #saltlife 1w

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rheajunior Happiness is having my Mom here taking care of me & @thomchi ... Her presence here makes it easier to breathe and really try to live that #saltlife #mommaknowsbest #sheboughtthishat #relaxgirl #yougotthis 2w

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rheajunior I hope the only thing Mom wants to eat while she's here is Light Beer #priorities #nofoodfordinner #beerfordessert 2w

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rheajunior A beautiful day for yard work, right @thomchi ???? ️ I mean, it looks that way from where I am #viewfromthehammock #lawnsarelotsofwork #soimtold 2w

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rheajunior Random, I know, but this #blistex Five Star lip protectant smells like suntan lotion and putting it on immediately makes me feel like I'm ready for sun, sand, waves and rum. When I need a quick #happyplace moment, this is my go-to. #random #youdonthavetohitlike #iamprocrastinating 2w

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rheajunior I should not be this cold on a sunny, 70 degree day, but here I am, bundled up with a blanket in the hammock 😎 how did I ever survive NY winters?? 2w

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rheajunior Here we have @thomchi acting out the 4 stages of life with his crazy wife: 1st is #Optimism, 2nd is #Confusion, 3rd is #Exasperation, and last comes #Acceptance. #marriage #itsaprocess #wedgaf #notrehearsed #happycoincidence #happycouple #noshame #12years #toomuchtimetogether 2w

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rheajunior Volunteering with @thomchi and some of his Gap staff at UNCW Make-A-Wish "Wine, Women and Shoes" fundraiser An excuse to get dressed up for a good cause!! 3w

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rheajunior Blessed with #love, #friendship & #icecream Thanks to @leannebeaudoin and Jordan, and my boy @thomchi for a great #azaleafestival 3w

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rheajunior Based on my photo album from this weekend, it appears I did a lot of laying around... HOWEVER, what I really did was the following: went to a downtown concert and fought anxiety in the middle of a PACKED crowd (surrounded by drunk girls with no concept of personal space), went to a chowder cook off and fought anxiety in a PACKED crowd (obviously surrounded by people eating & watching me eat which is always a trigger), went to a downtown festival and fought anxiety in the swarms of thousands of people weaving in and out of cramped spaces to look at dozens of vendors (and for an extra treat, we were all battling dangerous wind gusts that occasionally tossed around large objects and hurled smaller projectiles through the air). All of this to say that I joined the masses in what comes naturally to them - enjoying and living life fully and socially. It was a huge step and an important one in my struggle to "show up" for my own life & work my way out of this long lasting depressive episode that started when we lost Memere. It's not easy. Some days I'm up for it, most days I'm not. But the normal days (or at the very least, a few hours strung together) are starting to equal the dark and numb days. Soon I hope the scale is tipped solidly in the favor of light. And we need to all be honest about how exhausting the fight for wellness sometimes is. Be it physical, mental, emotional, whatever; the work to bring yourself closer to your BEST self is hard. It is inconsistent and messy. It is tiring. But you have to remember you are the sum of all your parts and you can't hate yourself for the dark days or the steps back - and you can't deny the work it takes to walk yourself towards whatever light you find. Celebrate every achievement, however small. Rest, without guilt, when you are tired. Surround yourself with people who love and support all versions of YOU, and if anyone doesn't think that you're doing the very best you can every day, release them from your life, because we are all working our asses off just to be here. We all want to love the life we have. We all want to be content. We all want to give what we can. It's work. Go easy on yourself. 3w

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rheajunior Year round outdoor concerts are the best things ever. Pretty much. #avettbrothers #wilmington #ilmnc #azaleafestival #musicislife 4w

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rheajunior YAPPY BIRTHDAY RILEY GIRL!!! Thank you for being the sweetest dog in the entire world, and bringing us so much love. This is your house, we just live in it #happybirthday #yappybirthday #dogsofinstagram #labsofinstagram #bordercollie #aprilfoolsbaby #7yearsold @thomchi 1mon

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rheajunior Typical. On the left, is Joeys old scratching post that is ragged, and coming apart; on the right, is a brand new deluxe scratching post with hanging toys. Which one do you think he's playing with? Guess we'll return it and just appreciate the fact that we have a (relatively) low maintenance cat #easytoplease #ididntwanttospendthatmoneyanyway 1mon

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rheajunior I have a headache, 3 days running. 2 herniated discs that didn't respond to steroids. 1 panic attack this week. 100 reasons to smile but I can't ever seem to make the math add up. #1stepforward10stepsback 1mon
  •   damngoooodcoffee Smiling causes wrinkles anyway. You're just gonna start aging backwards too! 1mon
  •   lindaschad Feel better soon. Sending love and positive vibrations! 1mon

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