Courtney G. (@cocog265)

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South Africa does not disappoint 🇿🇦We had an amazing adventure, amazing food and amazing wine! We are going to miss those delicious #belmondmountnelson high teas. #cocoandray #memories #southafrica2019 #lastadventureforalittlewhile #yoro #retirementtrip #africandyou #tablemountain #stellenbosch #bouldersbeach #backtotherealworld

Started our South African Adventure at @kapamaprivategamereserve and it was amazing! Our Ranger, Yuri and Tracker, Elek made sure we saw the Big Five - 🦁 🐆🐘 🐃 🦏 as well as 🦒 🐘 🐒 and so much more! I’m trying to figure out how to fit a baby elephant in my suitcase... #kapamagamereserve #kapamasoutherncamp #villa3 #wakeupcallat5am #africahot #africacold #africachic #whatsupsa #goodnessgracious #morepicsinhighlights @africaandyou.

#winos #thereisalwaystimeforaglassofwine #travelingvineyard @vino_what_you_need

Will never stop being friends with these blondes... #bff #wardrobechangeatcharmingcharliefirst #photobombbyscott @rachday76 @kristentang98

Happy Anniversay to #RayRay! Down under it’s July 18 and he thinks I skipped time zones just so I could say it first! #maybeidid #cocoandray #4years. 📷: @ashleynicole_photographer

I have finally recovered enough to post some pics! We had a great night celebrating! #nowitsofficial @cad0262

Surgery 7- done ✅! 7 surgeries in just under 12 months, I’m exhausted! This was the last(🤞🏾). The expander that was stretching the skin on my left side came out and the permanent implant was put in. Had a little nip/tuck on the right 😜. I’m home and feeling good, Thank you for all the love and support! Dr. Jillian Fortier has been amazing from day 1 💕#breastreconstruction #gummybears #exchangesurgery #summerofthegirls #sunsoutgunsout #bringonthetanks @uconnhealth

Springfield College Class of 1999 Reunion! #springfieldcollegeisgreat #attitudecheck #scfriendsforlife #whereiskazu @jennsacchetti

Thanks to a six year old shift swap owed to me by Ray(my husband 😝), tonight was my last night working at the West Hartford Police Department. Not sure where 20 years went... Lots of emotions that are hard to put in to words right now. But thank you to my family, my Blue family and their families and everyone else I am happy to call my friend! 🙏🏾👮🏾‍♀️💙🖤💙 #retired #itwillbeofficalonthefourthofjuly #goodbyetensionhellopension #police #thinblueline #whatnext #rayyougotthis #right #whpd #police #twentyandout

Retirement papers have been handed in 👮🏾‍♀️✌🏾.#twentyandout #whatsnext #shitsgettingreal #eek #officalcountdownison #whpd #police #retirement

I think it’s safe to say my sister and I got the travel bug from my mom. Even though she started her travels later and life she has been to some amazing locations! #travelbug #igotitfrommymama #doha #qatar #thepearl #wherethesunmeetsthesea

Posted @withrepost@thedrivenwomenproject Meet Driven Woman, Kelly Grant. Kelly is a State Trooper for the Connecticut State Police. Over the 17 years she has worked there, she has had several assignments, including Resident State Trooper, the Governor’s detail, an instructor at the training academy, and background investigator. Since 2009 she has been a Public Information Officer, writing press releases, speaking to the press, and informing the public through television interviews. 🙌🏼 Talk about working in a male dominated field!! Meeting Trooper Grant was inspiring for me because aside from hearing about how she combats stereotypes and obvious gender gaps, she has built a successful career despite massive setbacks! She even started out with one career goal, but managed to shift to and embrace a totally different path from the one she started out pursuing which goes to show that with the right growth mindset, and a lot of perseverance PLUS guidance from trusted resources, we really can discover our true path at any point in our lives and still be authentic and true to our strengths and convictions. 💪🏼🚓 I truly enjoyed getting to know Kelly and learning from her story. I hope you will, too! Check her out by clicking the link in my bio. Let me know what you think by commenting below! 📸: @erin_smith_photography #TheDrivenWomenProject #DWP #DWPbts #femaleempowerment #womensupportingwomen #bossbabes #girlboss #rockthestreet #femalebosses #mentors #peointernational #womenseducation #realbeauty #inyourownskin #beyourself #womensmarch #strengthisbeauty #seeher #ifyouseeheryoucanbeher #motivateeducateelevate #strengthisbeauty🌺 #builtbygirls #womenintech #raiseherup #tellherstory @kellykg505

In November I had a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I turned 40 in December of 2017 and in May 2018 my doctor ordered a mammogram in order to have a baseline on file. After 2 mammograms, ultrasound, biopsy and MRI I was told I had very early stage breast cancer on my left side. I was presented with options and went with lumpectomy followed by Radiation therapy. In July I had my first surgery. Pathology came back and showed more cancer than originally thought. In August I went back for a re- incision to get the rest. Again pathology came back showing even more. It was now time to make a big decision. I went for it. I didn’t want to have to wonder and worry as the years go by. I had my surgery in November. I was deemed cancer free. My right side was perfect, my left side didn’t want to heal. It was finally decided in December that the implant had to come out and a smaller “expander” would be put in the help with the healing. Then I had fluid build up around the expander and a drain had to be put in. A week later I got a serious infection and spent the weekend between Christmas and New Years in the hospital getting IV antibiotics. I was released with a PICC line in my arm so I could give myself liquid antibiotics. (11 days in I developed an allergy to the antibiotic). Things were not getting better and it was determined the expander had to come out and my body just needed a break to heal. Since January I have had one breast #oneboob Initially it was quite a shock but I have gotten used to it. On Tuesday I go in for surgery number 6 to put the expander back in for a 2nd attempt. The plan is to put the full implant back in in May. I’m nervous but optimistic. While I didn’t need chemotherapy or radiation my journey has not been an easy one. At one point I had a drain in for 30 days 😩I have had the best support from the greatest friends and my family! And Thank you to Ray! The poor guy was more stressed/ worried than I was and waited on me hand and foot. And Emily made sure I had plenty of seltzer, goldfish and Tito cuddles! ❤️Please don’t put off getting your #mammogram ladies!! #cancerfree I will continue rambling in the comments 😬

50 years!!! Cheers to my parents❣️#wow #50years #loveandlollipops #friendsandfamily #thankyou @jessecamilles, Patty and friends and family that could attend! @kellykg505. And thank you @thisisus6 for your amazing skills in creating another memorable piece 💙

Barcelona 2019 with @kellykg505 🇪🇸 I think we managed to see a lot of it... and only froze a little bit, but it was worth it! #sagradafamalia #barcelonacathedral #montjuic #montserrat #rioja #sisters #level #letmeupgradeyou #hotel1898 #chocolatechicstravel #paella #barcelona #longweekend #research #travelagentintraining

I was hesitant, but going for a moonlight hike on a cloudy night was a lot of fun, And to top it off the snow started falling! ❄️ Might have to do this again next year to support the Canton Land Conservative Trust. #lotsoflayers #wineatthebarn #flasks #toomanyhills #ihavethebestfriends @lcash911 @femmefuzz @croninlane

👈🏾Coming to a sandwich board near you! Maybe a Reality Show next?! Flattered to have been asked to be a part of the ConnDOT holiday safety campaign with my sister. #westhartfordpolice #ctstatepolice #sisters #backtheblue #idefinetlyaddedafilter #dontallfemalecopswearlipstick #rbf #police #bigholidaypresence #besafe @kellykg505

I was just reminded by my mom that I had this rock. I recently had surgery (I’m ok!) and the OR Nurse, Sue ,gave this to me prior to going in. With everything going on I had forgotten all about it. Ray dug it out of his bag tonight and the single word on the rock jumped out at me, especially at this time of year. I am Thankful for so much, especially friends, family and health. 🙏🏾❤️#thankful #jdh #suer #ihavethebestfriends #youknowwhoyouare #cocoandray