Help Truly Julie find a cure for brain tumor!11 months ago, I discovered that I had a fist-size tumor near the center of my brain. Before I could even begin to process that life-changing news, I had to start figuring out the path forward – what were my treatment options? What provider should I choose? And so on. I was very fortunate… the tumor was benign (but still needed to be removed), I had health insurance, and I had an immensely supportive and caring network of friends, family, and colleagues
But even with incredible luck and resources, this was by far the most overwhelming journey I have ever faced. Those who have dealt with serious medical problems themselves or alongside loved ones know that you are not prepared for the experience. Each decision, and there countless little ones along the way, carries enormous weight – should I choose the surgery plan that risks my vision or my speech? More than ever you feel that time is precious, but also that you need to get treatment as soon as possible, and yet it frustratingly clear that medical system doesn’t work around your schedule. And brilliant, experienced doctors can look at the same set of facts and give you vastly different opinions – how can you get informed and choose the right doctor? And then there are the financial implications of your choices, and how those care choices fit into your health insurance. All of this is happening when you are at your most vulnerable. For 2.5 months, I went to work everyday, put on a smile on-air as if nothing was wrong. No one at work knew that I would rush home everyday after work, to research research research and cry.
I wish that no one had to go through this process but the reality is that nearly everyone will face a serious medical problem at some point. That is basically out of our control. But we can prepare the groundwork so that those who face the same circumstances in the future will have better, more organized resources and hopefully easier choices. With that in mind, my husband and I are participating in the Los Angeles Brain Tumor Walk to raise money for brain tumor awareness, resources, and research. Whether you give a $1 or $10 or $100, all of it will go towards finding a cure and helping people with tumors navigate the process. Brain tumors are more common than you think… I get emails daily from viewers and friends who are either dealing with it themselves or helping a loved one fight.
Please choose to help. It’s not brain surgery, just a few clicks:)
Truly Julie behind-the-scenes at So You Think You Can Dance.It’s not just about the dancing; it’s about the whole presentation! The costume team at So You Think You Can Dance pumps out 60-90 dazzling outfits every 3 days. The costume department consists of 3-5 seamstresses and just 1 designer. I met up with Emmy winning costumer, Marina Toybina (she did all of Taylor Swift’s “Red” tour costumes!), to talk about what it takes to create the ‘wow’ factor, all the while insuring that there are no wardrobe malfunctions. After all, the SYTYCD dancers put these costumes to the test! Now…something, um, magical (or denial) happens when you don these gorgeous costumes. For that, watch here. Just in case you’re curious, I’m 19 weeks pregnant here.
Truly Julie at the 2014 LA Emmys.I was honored to be a presenter at the LA Area Emmys! For the special occasion, I mixed high-low fashion. Gown: H&M Conscious (kudos to H&M for creating the eco-friendly collection). Clutch: Lanvin. Jewelry: Vram. The Baby Bump: All mine!(I’m 4.5 months here) *BIG THANKS for this shout out @MingleTVnetwork and @QuinnMarie!
Truly Julie dressed up as a viking from “How to Train Your Dragon”.You walk around anywhere with a knocked out tooth and people stare. At Comic Con?! Nobody bats an eye. I’ve never felt so boring in my life! Luckily, most folks at Comic Con are pretty friendly and inclusive. Watch here as I bond with fellow Comic Con goers…to the point of singing Kumbaya! Plus, clips of my live coverage throughout Good Day LA.
Truly Julie and hubby, Leif, at their “wedding” rehearsal night.The theme: Glamping!
I dropped a lot of bombshells this past week. Our July 12th wedding was actually our 2nd! Leif and I eloped last October, just one month after my brain tumor diagnosis. The reason is perhaps the least and the most romantic. Leif was the only person with me during my brain surgery. So, in the case of any major split-second decisions in the operating room, he needed to be my “husband.” Furthermore, Leif’s insurance was much more comprehensive than mine. Leif was emotionally and logistically taking care of me:)
You could say the Good Day LA family was surprised by the elopement news. Watch! Only thing that could top this moment was the BIG news on my little news that I shared just the following day. Watch! I’ll share more wedding #1 (elopement) and wedding #2 pictures in the weeks to come, but for now, I wanted to share this hilarious video from our Hammersky Vineyard nuptials . Thanks SLO Motions for the memmmmm…ooooor…..riesssss (insert slow speech).
Truly Julie is off to get hitched!It’s not about the destination. It’s not about the journey. It’s about the seatmate. I found my seatmate…and thus, I’m off to become a Mrs! My apologies for the low posts these last few weeks, but we’ve been planning a wedding! I can’t wait to share more..but for now, I thank you for all your positive thoughts. I’ve read every single message you’ve sent me via twitter, instagram, and facebook…and your well wishes are adding so much to this very special moment in my life. Thank you so so so much. Love & Light, BRIDE!
Reunited and it feels so good! Truly Julie visits her Good Day New York family! (from left: Rosanna Scotto, Greg Kelly, and WNYW General Manager, Lew Leone)
The legendary Maya Angelou said: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” And that is most certainly the case with me and Good Day New York…and New York in general! I will NEVER forget all the love and light you have shown my way–in health & in sickness! My GDNY family, thank you thank you thank you for such a warm visit. And to The Lighthouse Guild International (formerly The Lighthouse International), my deepest gratitude for having me as your keynote speaker at the scholarship luncheon. Let’s all remember: you don’t have to have see to have a vision! If you missed my Good Day New York visit, catch it here. Please try not to look at my fake eyelashes slowly falling off my face:) I blame Rosanna Scotto! I saw a tear trickle down her cheek and it was game over.
Truly Julie (bridal) showered with so much love and light!
I’d be lucky to have just one friend who is thoughtful, creative, fun, loving, smart, inspirational, caring, loyal and generous, but somehow, I hit the jackpot in the friendship lotto and I ended up with a dozen or so friends who are all freaking ROCK STAR human beings. This weekend (in person & in spirit) they threw me a bachelorette party/bridal shower that was so festive that we could only call it: Changchella. With handmade REAL flower crowns, boho chicness galore, and a sunset worthy of a postcard, these ladies created the most epic bride-to-be weekend. They were there when I was sick…and they are here as I embrace perhaps one of the happiest moments in my life. I’m so glad I’m able to give them a better reason to celebrate these days. Now excuse me as I need to try on a trunk full of beautiful things!
One of the best part about working at Good Day LA is learning from the legendary Steve Edwards. He always says the best TV is when you create memorable moments that are completely organic and unplanned. I’d say we did just that today when discussing the true meaning of Steve’s country song, “Be My Love Tonight.” For those of you who don’t know, Steve released an album many moons ago! Any who, here we were thinking that the song was about love when in reality it was about Steve wanting just a one night stand!! You don’t have to imagine our reaction because all here! Enjoy.
Truly Julie in vintage blouse, BCBG harness, and Citizens of Humanity Jeans.You know, there’s beauty to having a job that allows you to wear a leather harness:) I call this outfit, “50 Shades meets entertainment anchor”. However, Steve Edwards on Good Day LA calls it a toddler leash.