The Thrill of the Win and the Everyday Love

by Hu Team on June 6, 2014

” The month of June marks a year since the passing of our dear friend and inspirational blog writer; Andrea Crowe. Holstein Universe is dedicating the month of June to Andrea.
Please enjoy the first and very powerful blog Andrea wrote for us. “
 

andreaHi there and thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I’ve never written anything like this before, so I hope you get as much out of this as what I put into it. I am now coming up on my 19th month of hospitalization here in Nova Scotia, and am no closer to a discharge now than I was when I was first admitted.

There have been days I’ve laid in this hospital bed with tubes stuck into my body to help me breath, stay nourished and hydrated, be monitored, and just live. There have been times I’ve wondered, “What’s the point?” or “How much more do I really want to put my body through?” I always have one thing at the back of my mind that pushes me through that hurdle: my family, friends, and cows at home that are waiting for the day I walk through those barn doors again. In a hospital you see so many people come and go, get better or get worse, live or die, that it really makes you appreciate all the things you have to be thankful for. The dairy industry can be quite a struggle at times…when it’s your best cow that you lose, or the weather doesn’t pan out, or the bills seem to pile up higher and higher. It can also be one of the greatest fraternities out there. Where else can you be cut throat competitors one minute and the best of friends the next? I have never met more genuine, loving people than I have in this industry.

There is no one specific thing that drives me to keep going, day after day. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference. It’s knowing that someone takes a moment out of their life, it can be as small as sending a text, or as monumental as organizing a fundraiser. These things all add time to my days.

You might ask what gives me the spark, the strength… what keeps me driven to stay so enthralled in this business? It’s the everyday love of the industry. Show day is great, but it’s the other 364 days of the year that make it all worthwhile. It’s getting up long before the sun rises, just to wash my calf while it’s still cold outside. It’s that one cow that makes me never want to miss a milking because I don’t want to miss something wrong with her. It’s when someone I idolize tells me how proud they are of me.

All of these little memories gather in the pit of my stomach the moment I’m out there, in the middle of the ring; when I realize that all the pain, hurt, and tribulations that I’ve pushed through have all been worth it.

And I know that I’ve made it.

Andrea.

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Bloyce Thompson March 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

We are all proud of you! Thanks this is awesome!!

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Marie Eve Veronneau March 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Wow! You are the most amazing woman! Great blog. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Abbie Mueller March 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Andrea you are an inspiration to everyone! All that you have gone through and are still going through and you remain so strong. I can’t wait for the day you walk through your barn doors again :)) miss you xoxo

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brenda campbell March 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

What a day for your first blog…International Woman’s Day! I’m looking forward to following your blogs Andrea…you are my hero, I’m so proud of your strenght and it is an honor to be a part of your life.
Brenda,xo

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Marcy Guillette March 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Awesome!

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Trudy Vroegh March 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Andrea, your strength, your courage, your dedication and commitment is an inspiration to so many people. I look forward to reading many more blog entries; your first was awesome. Hoping you walk through those barn doors soon.

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megan March 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Andrea you are absolutely amazing! You have fought so hard your whole life and still pushing through. You should be so proud of yourself for how far you’ve come. I hope you get to be back doing what you love so much soon!

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marjorie thompson March 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

andrea you will never know how special you and your farm , family, and my daily veiw of it enspired me i used to llok over at broad cove and think wow and now i know why you are truely an inspiration as was your dad and all keep the blog going

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Ashley Ettinger March 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Andrea, you are someone everyone can take a lesson from. You are such a strong woman! Looking at everything you’ve been through and you still hold your head up, have a smile on your face and see the positive in everything. Everyone else has already said it, but they’re right – You are an inspiration! Can’t wait to read more of your blogs!

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Helen March 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

You, my friend, are amazing.

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Robert Buote March 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Well said Andrea! Your a very strong women. Miss you!

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Sara Hodgins March 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Wow..great blog Andrea! You are a true inspiration to all.Your determination and strength in yourself and in this industry are truly amazing. Hope you get back to that barn soon and keep doing what you love to do!!

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Tammy Hamilton March 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Andrea, you are such an inspiration to us all….enjoyed reading the blog keep them coming.

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Kelli March 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Wonderful. You described my exact feelings. Beautifully written.

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Jenna Woodrow March 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm

You are -Amazing- such an inspiration to our family, we are looking forward to following your blogs.

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Ashleigh Maitland March 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Your such an inspiration Andrea, keep writing u have a gift. Love u girl!

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Laura Phoenix March 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Andrea, you are such a fighter and Thank You for sharing your thoughts with us all. I look forward to reading many more of your blogs. Great job! xo

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Cheryl Stanley March 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Love how you have summed up the passion of our industry! You are truly inspirational Andrea! Cannot wait to read you next blog!

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Andrea Crowe March 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Thanks everyone for all the kind words, they mean the world to me!

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Louise March 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Andrea, You are certainly a strong gal. Keep up the great work and don’t give up. All the best my dear. 🙂

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Heather Wiseman March 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Great blog, Andrea! You are an inspiration to many 🙂

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Justine white March 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Andrea Crowe you are my long time friend and hero !
Next time I’m home I will be in to visit with a giant stuffed cow instead of frog this time :p

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Janette March 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm

You have such a big spirit Andrea! Wonderful post and I’m glad you are sharing your experiences and thoughts on the dairy industry. You have accomplished so much! 🙂

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Barbara Mountain March 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

You are a gift and inspiration to all.

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Kelly Van Der Wielen March 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Amazing blog Andrea!! Your yest for life and the industry is truly inspiring!!! Great job with your writing!!! Wonderful words for International Women’s Day!! Thank you!! Looking forward to your next blog!!

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Allison Spence March 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Andrea you are a true inspiration to many! Your strength and courage is admirable! Many of us can learn from you! And yes what a great fraternity to be part of! Hope the day that you can get back to it is on the horizon!!

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Judy Russwurm March 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Good Job Andrea! Can’t wait to see more from you.

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Heather Werry March 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Andrea, loved your blog! You are an incredible person with a big heart. I can’t wait to read your next post! xo

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Tara Reynolds March 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Reading your blog takes me back a few years when I had the honour of profiling you for a Holstein Journal story. I’ll never forget speaking to your doctor who was amazed by the power of your love for the Holstein cow. Your passion and your achievements are truly inspiring.

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Sherill Burns March 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Your a strong wonderful lady Andrea..keep up the work

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Sue Crest March 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Your are truly a gifted and inspirational women, I totally enjoyed your blog,cause we all can relate in one way or another. Can’t wait for the next one.

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Barb March 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Andrea, you and I have never met, but today, you touched my heart. I look forward to reading your blog. Keep that wonderful spirit strong.

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Karen Holman March 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Andrea, you brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my face all at the same time. From the first time I first saw you at the IWK when you and Hunter were both there, way back in 2001, I knew you were amazing. I loved reading your words. Keep them coming!

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Dawn Beckwith March 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Amazing girl!!! Keep strong the cows are waiting for you !!! You are a true hero!!

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Suzanne Rowe March 9, 2013 at 12:14 am

I shared a picture of you this morning on my Facebook because I wanted to honour you on International Woman’s Day and to let everyone know how amazing you are. Then while visiting with you today you share the news with me that you have started a blog. I told you I was proud of you before even reading it and now after reading the blog I am once again amazed by your strength and courage. You truly are an inspiration to so many. I love you and I am so proud of you. <3

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sheila eaton March 9, 2013 at 8:02 am

Wow! What a great Blog ! Keep moving forward Andrea…I”ve always enjoyed your smile!

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Reed Allen March 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

WOW! Very nice Andrea! your truly an inspiration to all of us, all the best!

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Lisa McCulloch March 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

Andrea, I’ve thought you were amazing since the day we met. You are so smart, funny and a true inspiration. Both my kids adore you. 🙂

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ian richardson March 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

Great Article.

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Andrea March 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

Congratulations on your journey so far Andrea, I know you still have a long road ahead of you, and I can’t wait to hear the news that you have made it! You inspire so many people, people you don’t even know. You are the often the topic of local conversation at how amazing you are while going through and dealing with everything you are. You have one heck of a loving family, you are a lucky gal for that! Keep on staying strong and writing as often as you can. Can’t wait to read your next blog. ~Andrea

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Amanda campbell March 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Andrea, you are an inspiration to everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting you. I have always looked up to you, you are a strong girl and we are all waiting for the day you get to walk back through those barn doors 🙂 we are all very proud of you!

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Candace Black March 9, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Wow Andrea! What a great blog. You truly are an amazingly strong young woman! You’re determination and love for the industry is admirable and unbelievable. Much love. Can’t wait to read more 🙂 Kansas

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Kathy March 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Andrea
You don’t know me,but I an Brenda C’s aunt.I have heard stories of your strength for years.I think you must be one of the strongest people I have ever heard of.My hopes are with you to keep doing your best and get home to see your cows.I know that will help you feel much better.God bless you.

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sally medwell March 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm

love your blog, can’t wait for the next one and the one you write from your barn with your cows. stay strong and I hope we see you at the shows in the not too distant future

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Mary Ellen Etheridge March 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

Great words Andrea! You are truly inspiring!

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Tammy Frazee Nason March 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

Very well done, Andrea.

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ken March 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm

keep on fighting Andrea,i,m sure the dairy industry has prepared you for that, love your blog , you are an inspiration too many,can,t wait to hear that you are home and back in the barn.,,,Ken Brewer.

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Kristen Travis March 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Andrea, I love your blog… What a great idea to share your story and be an even bigger inspiration to so many people! I’ve always admired how no matter what life throws at you (and you’ve had more than your share), you always come back with a smile. I’m so proud to see you doing this and think of you often 🙂

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Uncle George & Aunt Joan March 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Andrea,
You have shown us one more amazing talent of yours…creating this great blog. I am so glad that Cathy found it and forwarded it to us. We hope and pray to God every day that you will soon be back home with your family and four-legged “friends”. I’m sure they miss you as much as you miss them!! We love you.

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michelle smart March 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Always thinking of you…..;)

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Jessica Cahill March 12, 2013 at 4:02 am

Andrea, you are such a beautiful writer, you shine right through your words. And you know, you shine everyday. and the even better part of it is that you make everyone around you shine too. you’re infectious with your spirit, and know how to make anyone laugh and smile. I’ve been so blessed to have you in my life, and you know i love you. I’ll see you soon, but keep up with the blog. It’s truly moving. 🙂

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Jean ward March 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Andrea from all of us at Homtosta keep on writing your blog. I have enjoyed reading it so much. Your words are an inspiration to us all and we await the day you will be home to stay at Broad Cove. Keep on writing girl!!!!

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Christina Baxter March 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Andrea – I was trying to explain to a friend the other night that my favorite times in the last few years have been hanging out in the hospital with you…..I need to have him read this post to truly understand how that can be….It is just being with you that makes life great! Even when you are in so much pain and nothing seems to go your way, you find a way to smile and brighten the days of everyone around you. I cannot wait until the day when you are home and healthy! Love you more than life itself…..Aunt Cricket

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Judy March 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Hi Andrea – I found out about your blog today and am amazed! You are an inspiration to all of us. Your strenth and determination is beyond more than anyone else could ever endure yet you keep going and always have a smile for those around you. Each day I hope a miracle will come your way and end this long battle. Stay strong, summer will be here soon and I can’t wait to hit the beach with you! Love Judy

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Aunt Joy aka Gramma Joy March 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hi Andrea,
Judy just forwarded this to me and I lost my first letter so here I go again. Your message was as beautiful as you are and now everyone know why you are so wonderful. You are a hero to so many people both Canada (not just Nova Scotia) and in the US also.
Since there is not much we can do down here, we pray and pray. I think that will do more good than some of your medical team. I am happy to hear that you now have a caring team of doctor’s. I will see you sometime this summer–I wonder how many kids I will have to bring with us. They are all planning on coming again.

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Merlene Austin March 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hi Andrea – it was so great to read your blog as I often ask Bev about how you are getting along. I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Say hi to your Mom for me. Regards Merlene Austin

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Penny and Tyler March 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

WOW! Amazing article you wrote girl. You’re an amazing person Andrea and have been for sometime now!!!! Can’t tell you how often we think of you, ask about you, wish we could visit you, and miss seeing you! We’re so lucky to have you in our family. I love visiting the farm but can’t say the same for the cows and barn (unlike you, I’m not a BIG fan of the smell)! I was so amazed at you this summer at your sister’s wedding! It was so nice to see you, so glad you got to escape and so glad you were there. Miss you and sending you our love always! Gramma Joy says to tell you that I’m praying for you (no swearing Andrea)! We love you to pieces!!!
Penny and Tyler

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gloria white March 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Andrea your blog is awesome….you are one of the strongest , bravest women I know, as well as an inspiration to everyone. Keep up your strength and spirits and hopefully those cows will be planning a welcome home party in the near future !! Take care and Nana and I will have to get back in sometime soon.

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Mary Hosman March 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Andrea,
You are amazing! Wish we could visit you everyday, the drive is a bit too long for that. We will keep reading the blog and be reminded of the fun times on the farm. My girls idolize you, hope we can see each other this summer.
Love you,
Mary Hosman

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