We are the Olstads…..Ronnie and I married in 2013. We had a rocky start – learning to live together, financial stress, a plumbing bill for over $18,000 and then his dad tragically passed away in a car accident just after Christmas – that was just our first year of marriage.
We now have 2 kids – Swayzie Grace born in 2015 and Lewiston born in 2016 – the kids are 13 months apart. Lewiston came a bit quicker than we planned, we were excited for our kids to be close. We want a big family.
Ronnie is a partner in Chachis Sandwiches and Dirtbelly, two awesome food concepts started locally in Calgary. I am a bit of a jack of all trades. After an awesome career at Jugo Juice, I got recruited into the software business. I didn’t love it and started doing some consulting on my own and continued teaching fitness at One Cycle Spin Studio, Hot Yoga & Spin Crowfoot and Lagree YYC.
We are raising our family here in Calgary. On August 11, 2016 our family received devastating news that our son had SMA – type 1. He was given less than a year to live. Lewiston passed peacefully on November 22, 2016 peacefully in my arms after his morning bath at the Rotary Flames Hospice here in Calgary.
This is our place to share our journey, work through grief and be open about how we are moving forward. We aim to continue to raise awareness for SMA, find a cure of course, and encourage other families to never suffer in silence. Ronnie and I along with Swayzie aim to live as fully and joyfully as possible.