• My Experience

    Why My Health Will Always Come First

    Having a chronic illness comes with some difficult balancing acts. When I was in the thick of it, my only focus was my health. Now, I am doing better and I don’t have to focus on my health as much. That’s relative to how much vigilance I had before. Still, I’ve gotten to take a step back and relax a bit from the rigid life I was living. That comes with mass amounts of relief but it also has come with it’s own learning curve. As I’ve gotten busier with school and a social life, my health has fallen into the background. With Crush by my side, it’s easy to…

  • My Experience

    Why I'm Open to Changing My Plans

    Right now, I’m sitting in a place of discomfort. I always have a plan. I’ve always known what I wanted. Suddenly, I’m clueless. I’m in my final year of school and up until a couple of weeks ago, I was going to Canada next year. That was my destiny. I got home from Ireland and made it law that I would once again leave the country to study. I still want that. I still want to go to graduate school, but I’m not sure if it’s what I want right now. I haven’t given up on Canada by any means. I will still apply. Fingers crossed, I get in and…

  • My Experience

    Why I switched To All Natural Products

    The past few years have been quite the journey. A journey with chronic illness. A journey of self discovery. A journey of finding out what is right for me. In my experience, I’ve found that buying natural not only makes me feel good but is better for me. After a year of being sick, I made the choice to become vegan. Going from vegetarian to vegan wasn’t difficult for me. It made an extreme difference for my body and mind. Since I had a positive experience becoming vegan, I wanted to try more natural based products. Of course, not everything I use is natural. Not only is it expensive but…

  • Helpful Hints,  My Experience

    Dysautonomia Awareness Month

    It’s Dysautonomia awareness month! October is dedicated to spreading the word about Dysautonomia. My personal journey with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome has been extremely turbulent. At its worst, it took away my ability to walk and function properly. I am grateful for the tremendous amounts of help I received from doctors, family, and friends. Everyday I am symptomatic in one way or another. Despite this, I continue to thrive as I learn to work with my disability, rather than against it. Unfortunately, not everyone has had a journey parallel to mine. Millions of people live with Dysautonomia. POTS specifically has a significant diagnostic delay. This leaves patients struggling to find…

  • My Experience

    One More Surgery

    I talked about getting my wisdom teeth removed over a month ago. The last several weeks have been crazy busy. Finally, I have it all set up to get my wisdom teeth removed. It couldn’t have had better timing either because my jaw is really starting to ache. I’ve had conversations with my doctor. As well as an anesthesia team, and the oral surgeon. We are moving forward with surgery at the hospital. This will ensure my safety. When I got my tonsils removed, I had significant uvula swelling. The swelling could’ve been a result of the trauma to my mouth or an angioedema reaction. Anytime the culprit could be…

  • My Experience

    An Update on My New Diagnosis

    If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I got a new diagnosis recently. I have been diagnosed with Bile Acid Malabsorption. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go check out “A New Diagnosis.” Since being diagnosed with BAM, I got started on a new medication. I wanted to give you an update on how things were going. To help process all of the excessive acid in my stomach, I started taking a new medication. It’s known as Cholestyramine. I take it before lunch and dinner. I couldn’t tell you one thing about this medication besides the fact that it tastes like chalk. All and all though,…

  • My Experience

    My Can Do Canines Story

    A couple weeks ago, I had an amazing opportunity. Can Do Canines, the organization that gave me Crush asked me to be part of a fundraising video. The concept was very simple, they wanted to hear my story. This opportunity meant a lot to me. Crush has given me so much of my life back. I cannot thank Can Do Canines enough nor say enough good things about them. I was grateful to be given this chance to give back to an organization that has changed my life so much. I wanted to share it here to give a more in depth explanation about what he does for me. Please…

  • My Experience

    Appreciating What I Have

    I’ve been struck lately by how grateful I am. Everywhere I turn, there is something to appreciate. I thought I would list some here in hopes that you too can find gratitude everywhere you look. It has made me undeniably happier. Being grateful and appreciating what you have is such a gift. It’s a simple reminder of all that’s going well. It’s appreciating what you have and not holding onto what you don’t. It’s a blessing. Here are some things that I am grateful for. You! This blog has been such an amazing experience. It gives me a space to share my journey, help others, and sometimes vent a little…

  • Helpful Hints,  My Experience

    Books That Brought Me to Buddhism

    In high school, I learned about Buddhism briefly. At the time, I related to it and enjoyed reading the philosophies but didn’t give it much thought. After getting sick, I sought out meditation and beliefs to cope with what was happening. In learning more about Buddhism as a religion, I chose it as a lifestyle. Since then, I do my best to live a compassion based life. These are the books that brought to Buddhism. No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings by Noah Rasheta I had to start somewhere. I started with the basics. I figured learning what Buddhism is and isn’t was…

  • Helpful Hints,  My Experience

    How to Stay Present

    Life is filled with trials and tribulations. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by work, family, or social situations. Having OCD, I’ve found various ways of staying present. This has become second nature. After a while, you start utilizing these techniques without even realizing it. If you have anxiety or need a little help during the pandemic, here are some tips on how to stay present. Ground Yourself Before you do anything, ground yourself. Bring yourself back to the present moment. Whether you find the rainbow, use your senses, or do 4-5-7 breathing take a moment to come back. Without grounding yourself, your mind will automatically be overwhelmed. Any attempts to…