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For the last 14 years I have worked as a Registered Nurse, mainly in pediatrics and also briefly as a case manager at Rhode Island’s largest hospital. Nurses bear witness to some of the most difficult, gut wrenching sadness that exists. Health is the great leveler. Your wealth, education, or best friend cannot make the diagnosis of end stage kidney failure, or congestive heart disease disappear. Cancer doesn’t really care what street you grew up on.

Just about 2 years ago I married my best friend, my soul mate. It was shortly after we were married that I worked as a case manager. Everyday I was bearing witness to unbelievable sadness. Standing by while patients were told that they did not pass their physical therapy evaluation and they were not safe to go home. Seriously! The loss of their health was resulting in the loss of their home. They would not make coffee in their kitchen, or say hi to the neighbor when they grabbed their mail. The grandchildren would not be coming over for the 4th of July cookout. This could not be our fate.

Having found happiness I had to make sure that we could sustain our lifestyle.

That’s what love has to do with it! I want to wake up with my best friend every day, I do not want to visit him in the nursing home and I do not want him to visit me there. I want to drink coffee on the back porch and watch the grandkids chase our dogs. (Kids—no rush on the grandbabies, just planning ahead here.)

That is why we are on this journey of our plant-based life!

Ok—week 2 is finished, an additional 2 pounds are gone and I feel fabulous!

Why are you on this journey? What’s your motivation? Share your thoughts below, I would love to hear from you!