Life Showed Up
When I announced that KeelyStyle.com was making a comeback I wasn’t expecting the responses I began to receive…so many of you have reached out with kind words and I have to mention the people that have reached out due to concern. Thank you all for your support past, PRESENT, and future. You have no idea how deeply it touches me! I thought since I did receive so many heartfelt questions that I would tell you a bit as to as how and why I fell off the planet, and no, it’s not because the earth is flat.
The first reason KeelyStyle became number 2 vs. 1 was because I was presented with an amazing business opportunity in the network marketing industry. I would've been silly not to run with it and I’m so glad I did. I have always been terrible at sales but I loved and believed in this specific product with all of my heart. I naturally started telling people about it and they told others and those people turned around and did the exact same thing. It was literally like watching a wildfire in action. This business and the team we built has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I am forever a believer in the Relationship Marketing industry because I have seen and experienced it work over and over again. I learned many lessons and gained the friends for a lifetime. The only con was that this opportunity grew so quickly and so massively that I had to take a step back from my passion, KeelyStyle.
The next challenge to juggle came when my husband and I decided we wanted to have another child. It turned out that I had “missed my window” and this process that once came so natural to us would take us on a very different, difficult path. WE had a long IVF road and I delivered 6 weeks early to a healthy baby girl. We took our precious gift home from the hospital but something was wrong, something was missing, it was me!!! I had severe postpartum. I experienced it with my first daughter, Kinsley, as well but this was much more deep, dark feeling that ripped through me on an hourly basis causing deep emotional wounds to form. My husband didn’t understand and just kept begging for me to get back to normal… I understand that feeling and confusion he experienced. The baby cried for 22 hours a day so things were intense at The United Nations’ household. I used many resources and the dust began to settle and so did my heart, mind and corresponding emotions…. Many women struggle with postpartum and the struggle is real. Please do anything and everything you can to support your new moms as they may be crying out for help and don’t know how to ask because the expectation of moms is that we have “it all together, all the time”. How lovely that sounds but it’s just not the case nor should it be expected.
Lastly, one year ago, my husband was diagnosed with a very rare red blood cell lymphoma. The care team at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center wanted to move quickly and aggressively because the cancer was doing the same. The Sunday evening before we would start 8 intensive rounds of chemo therapy, it was put on my heart to post our story on Facebook. I decided that we could find resources in this dark, uncertain time and also be the light and possibly a positive resource for others’ with our story. So I posted…. You will never believe what happened next. God began to move mountains. Our former nanny called me and told me that her mom was also diagnosed with the exact same lymphoma and was admitted to the world’s leading lymphoma center at the prestigious MD Anderson in Houston. She gave us a contact and told us to call. That Monday I canceled all of our current scheduled treatments with Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and we were to fly to MD Anderson one week later to be interviewed for a study currently undergoing.
We arrived in Houston, met with Dr. Wang and were accepted into the study as the 100th patient out of 100. TEARS of JOY as you can only imagine!!!! One year later, my husband is cancer free and thriving. This study is nothing but a miracle and what we believe to be the cure for this rare Mantle Cell Lymphoma. My husband has many more precious years and quality of life to spend with our two daughters and all glory be to God.
Thank you for taking the time to read my update. YOU inspire me and I missed KeelyStyle on a daily bass. It not only feels good to be back but it’s time.
Be your best YOU,