Blog Post – My beautiful son and his battle with Leukemia┬á

Just so you all know, my Angel Card readings will be on hold for a while. My 3 year old son was recently diagnosed with High-Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We are doing everything we can for him, and I do not plan to leave his side until he is able to leave this hospital, which will be at least another few weeks. He has 7 months of intensive treatments and 3 years of ongoing treatments at home and in hospital after that. He has a high risk of infection, and is going to require to be closely monitored for a long time, basically the rest of his life. He has a long road to recovery, but we are just thankful we caught it when we did, as the Leukemia cells were rapidly dividing and it could have become dire within a matter of weeks. If you would like to donate, here is the link to our Go Fund Me page, https://www.gofundme.com/colebaptiste . Your prayers and donations are greatly appreciated, and will not be taken for granted. 
Thank you all so much for your support and love during this time.
Carrie

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Magazine Review – Cosmopolitan

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My once beloved Cosmo, which I rarely read anymore, and I realize why. My boyfriend picked this up for me, and it was hard to not be appalled by most of it, which was also my inspiration for my poem called “Materialism”. (see previous post) I am sorry Cosmo, what are you trying to sell me? Or should I say, what aren’t you trying to sell me… This magazine looks like it should be geared towards men! I don’t need to see boobs all over… I just laugh at the thought of this, or any girl for that matter, wearing something like this around my town. LOL!! You would probably get attacked, but for surely you’ll be harassed… (not to mention the stares as you stick out like a sore thumb, and people wonder where the hell your going!) And just hope you don’t pop out!! Like really, real women wear stuff like this? I doubt it.

http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/29/woman-behind-100-catcalls-video-is-now-getting-rape-threats-4926536/

This woman in a PSA in NY got harassed 100 times in an hour, and she ain’t wearing no blouse showing off her tatas. Now this woman is receiving rape threats! Why why why do we keep selling sex!!

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This article almost made me choke. Kill the negativity. Sounds actually like it would be a good article! It’s advice? Change the subject. Like duh!! Filler articles.

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And when you haven’t spent enough cash keeping up with the Kardashian’s, now you should go pay to bling your eyebrows!! ­čÖé

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Although the cute little stuffed animals representing STDs made me want to shred the magazine to pieces, there was some good articles. I am glad they touched on the income gap between men and women. This is a very important subject. I also liked the conversation on salaries. I have always been a firm believer we should be able to discuss our salaries, for matters of equality and fairness.

Even with the couple of decent articles, I really felt like most of the mag was crappy superficial filler, and actually inspired me to write the previous poem!! I must have been very moved by it..

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That’s hot for November!! LOL. Not in Canada!! That’s freeze your ass in Canadian. If you love the skin tone of pneumonia!! Obviously I’m kidding, but this magazine has let me down more and more. Maybe I’m just getting old. I would rate this magazine a 4 out of 10. I don’t think I would spend my money on another issue ever. This blog is just my opinion!

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My Poetry – Materialism

Prettier, skinnier, hotter, cooler,
trendier, funner, smarter, newer.
We must be all these things and more,
they say.
Made to feel inferior,
incomplete in someway.
Why aren’t your nails done!
Or your hair done like this!
Why don’t you have on,
this season’s latest can’t-miss!
Why aren’t you trotting around in heels,
with your toddler in tow?
Just to prove to someone,
comfy and casual you won’t go!
To prove that you have some kind of value,
that someone finds you attractive,
that’s all that matters?
I will love myself for being me,
the person I truly am.
The real me,
not trying to hide and scam.
The same me,
no matter what I wear.
The same me,
no matter the look of my hair.

By: Carrie Gallop

Check out my next post, where I will explain (by explain, I probably mean rant) about the inspiration for this poetry piece.

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TV Review – Teen Mom 2

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I am so attached to the Teen Mom 2 girls, Jenelle, Chelsea, Kailyn & Leah. A lot of people hate on these girls. I guess I have always been able to easily relate to people, and being a mom myself (not a teen mom, but close enough), and going through a lot of challenges in my own personal life, I find myself closely relating to all these girls in different ways. Co-parenting is such a struggle, that is another reason I like to watch the show. It is a good reminder why I feel it is so important to make it work as a family, even when times are rocky, and even when people still have a lot of learning to do and mistakes to make. People hate on this show, but I like the harsh realities, it IS real life, and I feel people don’t like it because sometimes real life isn’t pretty. Life ain’t easy. People want to believe in their own minds that they are so perfect, that they would never be a certain way or do this or that, yet we all have a ton of issues we deal with on the regular, even the best of people. We ALL make mistakes and bad judgements. Hormones, emotional issues, enviromental stressors, financial and life challenges, relational challenges, it just never ends, and this show really highlights how hard being a teen mom really is. I know it has reduced teen pregnancy rates, and that is a huge accomplishment. I think Chelsea is a really great mom and person, she deserves a good man and husband in her life, and I wish her all the best. Kailyn and Javi are adorable, just like their kids. Seems like Jo misses what he could’ve had as a family with her, but I like Vee and they are a good couple, as are Kail and Javi. Jenelle and Nathan’s relationship seems pretty tumultuous at times, but I am a firm believer that things can always change for the better, and time matures us and allows us to grow. It’s important to remember that things aren’t always going to be rainbows and even when things get ugly, we have to swallow our pride and do our best to make things right. That is something I always learn from Nathan and Jenelle. I also wish them the best in the future. I feel especially bad for Leah and what she is going through with Corey right now. How dare he call her out about therapy when he never takes Ali, and he has no idea the demands she is under being a mom of 3 with a young child. I always thought Corey was a good guy, and I liked how they could be friends, but he really does seem to throw Leah under the bus. Corey’s girlfriend Miranda seems more understanding than Corey is, and I think she needs to encourage him more to be understanding and helpful. I am glad Leah is standing up for what she needs and deserves. Looks like by the preview of next weeks episode, Corey is going to take a stand for what he thinks he deserves too. We will have to stay tuned and see how the court proceedings turn out! Why wouldn’t they favor Leah though, it’s only right they be with their mom, and she never did anything to deserve to not have full custody of her children. I like Jeremy, although in the last few episodes he seems quite abrasive. I can only imagine the pressures of having your life broadcasted amongst the regular pressures they face. Having a child with special needs, I can relate to the pressures Leah is under. The worries, concerns, appointments, and attention, it can take a lot out of a person. Other than Jeremy being a little snappy and having a lack of understanding, I still think he is a supportive and loving husband who has proved he always has Leah’s back, and that’s so important. I think Jeremy and Leah are a perfect couple, and I wish them the best in their future, and I wish the best for their adorable kids. In closing, I really love this show, and I can’t wait each week to see what is going on with each of the girls! They should be referred to as women now I suppose! They are a source of inspiration and learning for me, and I can only imagine for many other women and girls around the world. Keep it up ladies!!! Your doing a good job no matter what anyone says!! Teen Mom 2 airs on MTV on Wednesdays nights, don’t miss it! And if you do, catch up online! I would rate this show a 7.3 out of 10. This blog is just my opinion!

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