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Well it's been 8 long, hard months, everybody and I'm thrilled to say that after 3 ER visits. 2 ambulance rides, and... oh I'd say ONE MILLION doctor visits... I finally got me a diagnosis!!! I have every hope I'll be getting back into things soon.  :)

So, I officially have Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD). What's that? Good question. I'm still not sure there is concise explanation. The easiest way I can think to explain it is that not a lot is known about Connective Tissue Diseases (the ones you've probably heard of are Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis). They vary in severity from person to person and the symptoms can also vary quite a bit between individuals, with many of the Connective Tissue Diseases symptoms overlapping. UCTD is chronic, so it's not really leaving anytime soon, but there is a treatment to hopefully help get the inflammation under control.

My cute lil' disaese.... well, its not technically Lupus but I lean in that direction and am on the same treatment. My diagnosis, UCTD is essentially a box they put people in that don't fit the diagnostic criteria perfectly for a specific Connective Tissue Disease... .cuz we like to be different.  :)

I just started treatment and it can take 6 months to take full effect but I am totally optimistic I will be back in 4 months... because I always like to do what people say can't be done!

My journey has been kinda loopy. There are days I needed a wheelchair (which hopefully won't happen again now that I'm on treatment), days I couldn't leave bed, and every once in awhile I was given the gift of being able to have a little energy to go out!

It can hurt horribly one day, I can feel half-dead another day. For a girl with unending amounts of enthusiasm and energy before this, the changes have been hard to wrap my head around. I can't help but think, "Why can't I get up the stairs?!?! Was eating always this exhausting?" That said, it just makes me even more grateful for all my good moments and times when I have energy!

Thank you all so much for your kind words, patience, and support through all this. I can't tell you how much they meant to me during this journey. I'm just a lucky woman to have so many kind people checking in, being patient, and sending support!

I hope to be back soon(ish). I just wanted to put up a note to update everyone while I was having a good day!  :)
 
Huggles!
Steph

PS - We tried to document the journey; here's a few fun pics from the past 8 months.
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Hi Stephanie,
Hope your doing well.I request the friendship from you wherever you are! kindly use this email  to keep on touch with you...lucasidan15@gmail.com.
Looking forward from you Stephanie.
Thanks.
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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival from the Lee Family!
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FREE Webinar: How to Protect Your Travel Agency from CC Fraud  http://goo.gl/4WEwzA

We're putting on an educational webinar with ARC to help educate agents on simple ways they can protect their agencies from fraud.  

What you'll be learning: 
 - Common red flags to be aware of
 - What to do if you do get a CC chargeback
 - How the process of CC authorization works 
 - The latest fraud schemes travel agencies are seeing

Date:  Wednesday, September 17th, 2014.  
Time: 2-3pm ET (3 CT, 5PT)

To Register: http://goo.gl/4WEwzA
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It is ramped in this industry and we have to be mindful of it when dealing with clients we do not know.
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Soooo many bats varieties in Costa Rica!  No sleeping in caves for these guys, we spotted them snoozing under a huge leaf during our jungle tour with +G Adventures.
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And the second pro-travel agent article from Thrillist: goo.gl/v3u97b

PS - Don't be put off by the creepy stock picture they chose!  :)
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Hey +Ann Bartholomew!  It just came out yesterday afternoon so probably will be pushed out today or tomorrow?  What's cool about it is the article is gaining traction, in no small part because agents are promoting it. Thrillist puts it's most popular articles at the very top.  It's now featured front and center on their travel section -- huge, full screen shot of it.  :)  Check it out!
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Minnehaha Falls!  The flooding in Minneapolis has led to some really great views at Minnehaha Falls!
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Beautiful! 
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The +Host Agency Reviews webinar on Protecting Your Travel Agency from CC Fraud is this Wednesday!  Join 100+ agents already registered and reserve your spot today!  http://goo.gl/TGatZN

PS - Travel agency fraud is not the fraud of 5 years ago that consisted of phishing emails that sounded like they were written by a 2nd grader. It's more difficult to spot.  They're becoming more sophisticated in their schemes so make sure you tune in to keep yourself up-to-date!
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Hi Stephanie,
Do you know if travel agents are entitled to receiving commissions from a Resort for booking their own destination wedding at the Resort for items such as room rates, event venue costs, food and beverage costs?
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FREE Webinar: How to Protect Your Travel Agency from CC Fraud  http://goo.gl/4WEwzA

We're putting on an educational webinar with ARC to help educate agents on simple ways they can protect their agencies from fraud.  

What you'll be learning: 
 - Common red flags to be aware of
 - What to do if you do get a CC chargeback
 - How the process of CC authorization works 
 - The latest fraud schemes travel agencies are seeing

Date:  Wednesday, September 17th, 2014.  
Time: 2-3pm ET (3 CT, 5PT)

To Register: http://goo.gl/4WEwzA
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Cruise Planners expects a minimum of $75,000 in annual commissionable sales.  Is this an obtainable figure for someone new to the industry?
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Yay!  Google Analytics finally has an app for iOS!  :)  
 
Data at your fingertips - Announcing the Google Analytics app for iOS

At Google, we want to build tools that help you stay connected no matter where you are. Whether you’re in the boardroom, at a live event, or even a day at the beach: having access to Analytics at your fingertips is important. That’s why we previously launched an Android app for Google Analytics (http://goo.gl/Aw3Nrq) that we’re excited has been downloaded by more than 1 million users to date. We’ve been listening to your feedback and hear you loud and clear: you want an iPhone version too. So we are pleased to announce the launch of a Google Analytics app for iOS. 

Visit iTunes App Store  to download and install the app to keep up with your data anytime, anywhere: http://goo.gl/rdQY0F

With the Google Analytics App for iOS, you can access the same accounts and profiles you see when you open Analytics from a desktop browser, but you’ll also see reports that are optimized for your phone. Just like the Android app, the iOS app has some neat features, including:

-A completely redesigned, mobile-optimized look and feel
-Side navigation that mirrors Google Analytics on the web for quick access to reports
-Specialized reporting for web and app views (profiles)
-An Overview screen summarizing key metrics from each report 
-Deeper analysis via dimension-based drill down in most reports
-Better Real-Time reporting
-Advanced Segments to further analyze your data

Happy Analyzing (on-the-go!).
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Tips on protecting your travel agency from credit card fraud.  http://goo.gl/wMI238

Find out the red flags to look out for, download a list of the high-risk cities for fraudulent tickets, and discover the steps to follow if you do get a credit card chargeback. 

http://goo.gl/wMI238
Travel agency credit card fraud costs millions every year. Learn the red flags to detect fraud and the resources to use if it does happen.
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Yes, we most certainly are!  We'll be recording it and posting it up to our YouTube channel:  youtube.com/hostagencyreviews
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Not sure if you've seen, two pro-travel agent pieces from nice media outlets the past few days!  :)    Here's the first one, from The Boston Globe:  goo.gl/inl9CM
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This is exactly why us TA's and travel counselors need to be well informed and well connected in the destinations we are selling. Our experience and connections are our biggest asset that the internet cannot match.
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An often overlooked part of Vegas, the desert panoramic as you fly in.

A short trip but looking forward to the Professional Association of Travel Hosts (PATH) Symposium tomorrow! :)
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Oh shoot +Lori Herren! I'm just headed to the airport. Short trip. Didn't even think to drop you a line as I usually see you at the shows! Next time?
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Specialist in Host Agency Sector | Travel Professionals
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  • Host Agency Reviews℠
    Founder, 2012 - present
  • Travel Quest
    Director, 2007 - 2012
  • C.A.L.M. Uganda
    Teacher, 2005 - 2006
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
    Outdoor Educator, 2004 - 2005
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    Science Instructor, 2003 - 2004
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Connect travel agents + host agencies. Help people start their travel biz. Lover of travel, writing, and the stars.
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I run a quaint little B2B website for travel agents called Host Agency Reviews.  It's like the Yelp for a home based travel agent looking for a host agency.  

I try to live life to it's fullest.  I am insatiably curious.  I love to travel, love my pup, and find the power of the web and online social connections fascinating. 

I write, I read, I daydream.  I do it not only because I enjoy it, but because it keeps my creative spirit vibrant and sparkling!  

In the summer you'll find me playing tennis or walking around with my sidekick.  When the cold sets in, I jump for joy and grab my snowshoes and skis, my snow-loving dog in tow.

Most of my posts are on travel, happenings in the travel agent world, science (especially space), technology, nature, marketing, pups, social media, and of course the day-to-day happenings of my dog, Rigel.  The rest of the posts?  Your guess is as good as mine. 

Oh, yes.  Let's get the elephant out of the room.  No, travel agents aren't dead.  They're still alive, kicking, and are quite relevant to today's travelers' needs... you should consider using one!

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Minneapolis, MN - Crested Butte, CO - Idyllwild, CA - Saratoga, CA - Monticello, MN - Kira, Uganda - St. Joseph, MN - Piermont, NH
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