I have learned that friendship isn't about who you've known the longest, it's about who came and never left your side.
I'm convinced that probably everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. It's just one more reason to always try to be kind.
Unfortunately but absolutely fair to all, the one thing money can't buy is health - and happiness.
Although I am not Jewish, I have been to many Friday night Shabbats at my friends houses, and I absolutely love it. It's a great and inspiring tradition to keep the family close.
Becoming chronically ill has definitely given me a greater understanding of human nature, and I've learned to accept people's lack of long-term compassion for others while they live their busy lives.
It took me a while to learn the true meaning of patience and surrender, but I have finally accepted that healing doesn't happen on our schedule. It doesn't have a clock or a calendar.
I always like to remind myself that the most honorable people of all are not those who never make mistakes, but those who admit to them when they do and then move on and do their best to right the wrongs they have made.
Even though I struggle with severe diminished brain function, I take 100 percent responsibility for every word that comes out of my mouth and gladly admit to my mistakes.
While the majority of my career has relied on my aesthetics and how I look, I worked hard at keeping a spiritual connection with what was most important, what is inside me.
The Lyme disease had so severely affected my brain functioning that it was extremely hard for me to think, form sentences, and stay focused.
As a woman who experienced infidelity firsthand, I will always advise my girlfriends to only trust their husbands 95 percent and leave 5 percent for human error.
In 2013, after a challenging two years of long-term IV antibiotics and six weeks at a clinic in florida, I received the 'Star Light' award from the Lyme Research Alliance for my advocacy and strength to light the way of Lyme disease awareness.
I am righteous and not afraid to speak my truth. My delivery might not always be as diplomatic as I would like it to be, but my words are truthful - spoken from the heart and to the point.
Having been raised very disciplined, I had to iron for my mom every Friday afternoon after school.
Anyone that was raised with a Germanic language will agree that our tone is strong, especially once translated into English.
I have always been fascinated with romance and the fact that it is so effortless when we first fall in love but how it then becomes a conscious effort to stay creative and connected. Thats why I always say, 'Get wise: keep your romance alive.'
I will not allow anyone to shut me up or shame me into silence, and I'm not going to rot away behind closed doors.
Since losing my health, I also feel strongly about making each new day worthwhile.