Today is the 1-year anniversary of my open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve and check out a growing aneurysm (left that one in there, unfortunately). Looking back, it's been the most amazing year! I knew surgery was needed, but I didn't realize how much I'd slid and given up until I had a healthy heart again---healthier than it ever was, actually, since I was born with a bad valve.
I still have over a week with my family before we all return to Fall routines of school, orchestra, work travel, softball, and more. This week, instead of a proper blog post, here's a collage of all of the fun places and experiences we had this summer---actually, these are JUST in August!
Photos are from hikes along Bluemont Junction, Potomac Overlook, and the C&O Great Falls trails, the National Zoo, swim days and berry picking days with friends, and a weekend in the Shenandoah.
I'm so very glad to be here, and I'm even glad to be reworking our foods yet again as allergies in our house change. I've learned a lot from being a heart patient and from having OHS. One thing I'm going to remember to hold on to:
Always say yes to (allergy-safe) cake.
Hi, I'm Nicole.
ABOUT THE BLOG
An apothecary is a person or a place. Either one implies healing and relates to pharmacy in its truest sense, as a source of treatment and advice.
This blog is my way of uniting my pharmacy training with my efforts to provide a healthy and safe lifestyle for my family. In true apothecary form, I research and prescribe alternative ingredients that work just right in each specific recipe, and I would like to share the results with anyone who needs help making their own family’s kitchen allergy safe and heart healthy.
I made the 2017 Top-40 Food Allergy blogs!
Nicole Van Hoey's books on Goodreads
Bakery Bites: Breads and Treats Without Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, or Soy
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Kitchen Adventures With Multiple Food Allergies: A Recipe Collection for Celebrations Without Dairy, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Seeds, or Soy