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December 31, 2018

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December 31, 2018

To say it's been a wild year would be an understatement! My New Years Eve last year was spent recovering from jaw surgery, and that basically set the tone for the year - more hospital stays in 2018 than 2015-2017. I battled DRESS Syndrome which was caused by one of my...

June 28, 2018

Love. Marriage. Kids. Career. The American Dream, right? But at what cost?

From the outside, I have it all. But I tend to keep my fence built high, so it's rare people see inside.  Having it all - it's great. Having it all is also constant give and take, compromise, and...

June 6, 2018

I totally understand why those with Autoimmune Diseases and Chronic Illnesses have multiple writers on their websites/blogs/etc.  It’s hard to maintain when you have to shut down all unnecessary parts of your life to swing into survival mode!

This Wisconsin Spring/Summe...

April 11, 2018

When you’re chronically ill, staying alive is – quite literally – a full-time job. There’s no pay, no benefits, no vacation time, but nonetheless it is a thankless full-time job. 

When you’re a parent, keeping a child alive and thriving is – quite literally – a full-tim...

August 9, 2017

What is the point?

What is the point of using up so many spoons on “good” days when the bad days are so bad that they put you back at the starting line?  What is the point of waking up at the crack of dawn to push yourself through something when your painsomnia kept you...

August 3, 2017

Short on time? Don’t think you can fit in a lifting session in 30 minutes or less?  Although you may not be able to get as many lifts in or as heavy lifts in, I still think that, for me anyway, some lifting is better than none at all.

There are many weeks where my morni...

July 18, 2017

Let’s talk Self-Care!  When you have a chronic condition, sometimes it’s hard to really live beyond survival mode.  Anything that might take an extra spoon or two when you are rationing them just to survive can sometimes seem not worth it.  I lived this way for a long...

June 30, 2017

I was fortunate enough to be asked to share my story of how fitness has effected my life for Strong in Body, Strong in Mind for a story series they are doing.  I would love if you all took a minute to check it out over there. I've never really shared as in-depth a...

June 21, 2017

I have been sick for so long now, that I have gotten used to it – the doctors appointments, the blood draws.  My aim when it comes to peeing in a cup for labs is pretty impressive.  I can swallow 15 pills in one gulp.  I can spot a “good” pillow from across the store....

June 2, 2017

One of my biggest reasons for trying to get my body to a fitter and healthier place was my child.  My body had gone from a size 2 dancer to a size 14 prednisone patient and I had pretty much accepted that.  But after my child was in the picture, I was terrified of not...

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