Blessings Found – To Those Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected


“To those whom much is given, much is expected.” – John F. Kennedy

I have been blessed with so much. I am grateful for my family, my home, and my friends and yes, my health.

When I started blogging I wanted to share my apples and my project with people I did not know but who I had one very big thing in common with – a disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. So, I went looking online for places to meet people with AS. I went to various forums, I went to Twitter, I went to Facebook. And it was very intimidating at first. I couldn’t imagine how I could possibly make real connections with people I didn’t meet “for real.” And this may strike you as odd but before I began the Apples For AS awareness project that I wanted to share, I was a FB looker only. I didn’t really get Facebook. I didn’t think I had anything to share.

And, then I did. I had an enormous amount to share. And to receive.

I learned I could share so much. I could share my experiences, trials, and triumphs of the entire process of becoming ill, searching for years for answers, and finally getting a diagnosis and help. I could also share my positive nature and my heart. It was like a flood gate opened and it all came pouring out. I went from posting an apple image and a few sentences to creating apples that really conveyed a message. This all came with an outpouring of emotions.

As I progressed day to day, I continued to connect with people and share. I was overwhelmed by the love and support I received back – from strangers…

The last two years have been a blessing. I rejoice in the friends who I have found and can love on every day. I am not shy in saying that I love to love on people and thankfully my husband Doug understands that sharing love is just who I am. Some people feel that sharing words of love cheapen the feelings and the sentiment. I’ll tell you what – there are a lot of good and joyful friendships and moments lost in life if you hold back on giving love. There may be some who think I’m over the top – my positivity may get on the nerves of some – and that is OK. That is not something I can control. I speak of being yourself, of following dreams, of being authentic. This is my authentic.

I have also been told that I might not want to encourage people to be more open and loving because there are people who do not have it in them to be this way.




I don’t know how to answer that but to say that I won’t stop being who I am and sharing what I believe. The AS, Autoimmune Arthritis, and Chronic Pain family I now have are blessings found out of a difficulty I deal with in my life. I have been given so much in life and I will continue to give all that I have in return as long as I am able. ┬áIf I don’t know you yet, please message me or leave me a comment here. We are friends yet to have met!

Just wait – I’ve got so much up my sleeve! We’re going to take things with our (yes, OUR) apples to the next level.

Hang on y’all – we’re going on a big, glorious, sparkly RIDE! I hope you come along.

Until tomorrow. (did I just say that?)



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4 comments for “Blessings Found – To Those Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected

  1. August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Much love and gratefulness to you Jenna. At times my world is very small and lonely. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how anyone could try to discourage you. You express yourself in a way that to me shows that you trust your instincts. I admire all who can let go and channel what is inside of them into words, art and music. Thank you for showing me that I am not alone in this struggle and that there is a life outside of the dark place I had fallen into. Recently a horrible accident set me back so far that I lost much of who I thought I was and I became isolated. AS took advantage of my injuries and grounded me. I don’t yet know where I’m headed, but there is still so much life left in me. I find myself inspired by you.

  2. August 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you for being authentic, we all appreciate it. It helps us all toknow that we are not alone. And people like you help bring us all together to support each other in our illness.

  3. Susan
    August 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Tomorrow????? I’ll come for the ride. XOXOXO

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