I was going through some old photos and found one of my little sister playing on the beach. I remember this day. She was just talking to herself, playing in the sand and building sandcastles. She looked so cute that I HAD to capture the moment. But as soon as I went to take her picture, a little friend swam up just in time to photobomb the shot. LOL
September is Chiari Malformation Awareness Month. And this disease is something that one of my personal heroes, Kaeko Freenote, has suffered from for an incredibly long time.
What is Chairi Malformation, you ask? According to Mayo Clinic, Chiari (pronounced: kee-AH-ree) Malformation (also known as Arnold Chiari Malformation) is a condition in which brain tissue extends into your spinal canal. It occurs when part of your skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on your brain and forcing it downward.”
There are many symptoms to Chiari Malformation including but not limited to: pain, headaches usually after sneezing or coughing, dizziness (balance issues) and coordination issues. The most common form is congenital; but all forms depending on symptoms and level of severity can be treated with either medication, surgery or a combination of the two. Some forms of Chiari don’t need treatment at all.
While the information on Chiari is vast, there’s still plenty being learned about this disease. Research is being done daily over at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) among other places. I wish I could write more about this but without knowing more information, I’d be misinforming you and that is something I don’t want. So…in an effort to pass the good information and raise awareness, I strongly encourage you to find out more about Chiari Malformation, how to detect it and what you should know by visiting www.conquerchiari.org.
In the meantime, wear purple in support of your friends and family who are living with this disease. Rock the purple and conquer Chiari…together.
“Brizo is an ancient Greek goddess who was known as the protector of mariners, sailors, and fishermen. She was worshiped primarily by the women of Delos, who set out food offerings in small boats. Brizo was also known as a prophet specializing in the interpretation of dreams.” ~ Wikipedia
The story of Arturo & Catarina is a beautiful, but tragic story of true love. Arturo and Catarina fell in love but he was a fisherman who had to ship out, and she the daughter of a very controlling governor who didn’t approve of their relationship. He told her he’d be back for her in one year and upon his return he’d take her with him so they could be together forever. I’ve always believed that Catarina & Brizo are one and the same. No idea however who Arturo truly was…
So, after going to this month’s amazing Collab88 (it’s their 3rd birthday!! WOOT!) I picked up some amazing items that reminded me of both the goddess and the love story and wouldn’t ya know it…a look was born! 😮
caption: Catrino (Brizo…) awaits her true love Arturo’s return, watching over all mariners as she waits to ensure their safe passage.
What I love about everything I saw at Collab88 this month, aside from the awesome theme, was the light and vibrance of everything. If it was a light color, then it was a vibrant tone; signals of life! The craftsmanship on the items I bought just blew me away! I love the attention to detail in even the smallest parts of each piece.
Once I put my little look together I needed to find the perfect place. I went to Dionysus and while beautiful, it wasn’t feeling like home for my Catarina/Brizo hybrid. So the search went on. My trusty little pan companion suggested the forest, but I think he just needed to poop. Either way, bad idea.
Then I saw this wonderful garden. And as I looked on, I saw a brilliant lighthouse beckoning me to move forward. With every step, I knew Catarina/Brizo had found her perch where she could await her true love so we stood, waited and watched and perhaps one day, her Arturo will return.
Feel free to read the story of Arturo & Catarina by clicking their names up top or by clicking here.
See you soon lovelies.
Dress – *katat0nik* (lt gold) Goddess Dress (mesh) [Avail at Collab88, Mainstore SLurl]
Boot Sandals – Pure Poison -Gold Goddess Sandals-for SLINK Medium [Avail at Collab88, Mainstore SLurl]
Accessories & Makeup
Jewelry Set – Cae :: Odyssey :: Collection [Avail at Collab88, Mainstore SLurl]
M Necklace – gift from my youngest daughter, so no idea. I just know that the M stands for Mommy 🙂
Nails – ULTRA MESH RIGGED FINGERNAILS V5 BY JAMMAN (BOXED) [SLurl]
Feet – Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Mid [SLurl]
Companion pet (seen in featured image) – *MishMish* Little Pan Companion [Avail at Collab88, Mainstore SLurl]
Hair – AD – Kathryn [SLurl]
Eyeshadow – *LpD* – Group Gift! Eyeshadow Golden [SLurl]
Decorative Eye Makeup – [White~Widow – Face Tattoo] Sakura for Chic Limited [SLurl]
All poses are from the *VEXTRA DESIGN* ANI-mate Pose HUD [SLurl]