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Please help me raise funds for Dysautonomia Support Network; an organization near and dear to my heart.

This amazing charitable, non-profit organization helps support patients and increase awareness of an illness of which I suffer. It would mean a lot to me if you could help – plus this t-shirt is adorable!!

imageAren’t these shirts cute?? Plus you’ll be helping a great cause!

imageA little about the Dysautonomia Support Network:

imageThe Dysautonomia Support Network is a U.S. based 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization providing support, resources, education and advocacy for patients affected by the many forms of Dysautonomia and related conditions such as Connective Tissue Disorders, Mast Cell Activation Disorders, Chiari Malformation and Gastric Motility Disorders.

Volunteers are trained to help patients through every stage of their journey, from diagnosis to advocacy. THey promote a positive but realistic environment and a sense of community in our national and state chapters.

What is Dysautonomia? Well, here’s the short answer:

Dysautonomia (or autonomic neuropathy) is a term for various conditions in which the autonomic nervous system (ANS) does not work correctly. Dysautonomia is a type of neuropathy affecting the nerves that carry information from the brain and spinal cord to the heart, bladder, intestines, sweat glands, pupils, and blood vessels.

There is no cure. There are only a few treatment options available. Very few  doctors have an understanding of this illness and even fewer specialize. It took me 10+ years of seeing countless doctors before I was diagnosed and another 10 years before I found doctors who  are actually able to work, treat, and manage my illness.

 

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I hope you grab one of these great shirts as your donation will help spread awareness. Help educate doctors and patients alike. Help research new treatments and look for a cure.

Top 5 Favorite Songs

Top 5 Favorite Songs of All Time

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Finally. Let’s move away from politics and go to something more fun.

I listen in the evenings while going to bed with my headphones, blasting it while in the car, using my wireless speaker while in the shower, on my iPad while cleaning the kitchen, on my phone while exercising, while putting on my makeup, and even while I’m working. These are all times when I am either alone, shut off from the world around me, or even trying to focus/concentrate on the task at hand. There is only the music and my mind. Even while working the music helps the stream of consciousness becomes a professional presentation, project schedule, or a communication plan.

For me, more than film or TV, my favorite bands are a mixture of what I’ve loved since as far as I can remember to a few that I’ve only grown to love in the recent few years.  With so many great recording artists and music across the generations, it’s difficult to say what my favorite of all time are now.  I know this is about what’s my favorite in 2016 but were these my favorite in 2010? In 2005?  Maybe. Sort of. Yes? No? I don’t know.

Picking favorite songs was very much like picking your favorite child.  For some, it was instant and easy while for others it was excruciatingly painful to narrow down to just five.  I have allowed a few extra “special mentions” in this category otherwise this post would never get written.

Make sure YOU comment with your top 5 favorite songs below!!

Tony (Fonseca Brother)

Eileen (Fonseca Mom)

Jesse Jr (Fonseca Brother)

Linda (Family Friend)

Molly (Fonseca Sister)

***Honorable Mention – Gringo Honeymoon (live version exclusively) by Robert Earl Keen

Patrick (Molly’s Husband)

Jesse (Fonseca Dad)

Nic (Tianna’s Husband) 

My selection all come from various times in my life when music played an important role or signified a special event.

  • American Pie – Don McLean
    • I went through a massive oldies phase as a teenager, and this was my absolute favorite song from that time.  We would drive around just waiting for it to play on the radio.  If it came on, we couldn’t leave the car until it was done.  There was one time when my best friend dropped me off at home, and the song came on as I was walking in the door; he ran back to get me so we could listen to it.
  • Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
    • I was auditioning for a show in my teens and we were asked to sing on the spot.  This was during my country phase, and this was the first song that popped in my head. I’d always been nervous about singing in public, especially at that time but I gave it all I had.  Too bad Garth Brooks is such a goober now.
  • Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    • I cannot emphasize enough how important the game Rock Band is/was to me.  At a time in my life when I was still adjusting to Nashville, Rock Band was a reason to bring people together to celebrate music.  This is the quintessential song from the first game.  Plus, I have a Rain-Man like ability when it comes to singing in that game.
  • First Day of My LIfe – Bright Eyes
    • My wife and I chose to walk down the aisle to this song for a reason. It is beautiful and simple.
  • Shakin’ – Hozier
    • This was one of the first bands that I discovered when they were small, so it felt like they were “mine”.  Moppy hair/blazers – this is a good look for any guy.  I can’t tell you how many times I saw them live over a few summers in my 20s.

 Tianna (Wife and former Roe)

 

Honorable mention – David Bowie’s – Man Who Sold The World.  Most people think this was an original Nirvana song – but nope, this was a Bowie song. Also – Carry on My Wayward Son by Kansas – shout out to all Supernatural fans out there.🙂

Barbara (Roe Mom)

Because my mom can’t play by the rules lol.

Brian (Fonseca Brother)

Make sure YOU comment with your top 5 favorite songs below!!

 Observations

  • Mostly male artists and that sad we have so few women.  It’s making us really evaluate the topics discussed in earlier posts about how we see women in art – regardless of type – TV, Movie, Music, etc.
  • I think we can say the family loves The Beatles.