• My Experience

    Collaborating with CreativeClaire

    Happy Friday! As I mentioned in my previous article, I will be collaborating with CreativeClaire! You may be saying to yourself, “What is that?” Let me explain. CreativeClaire is someone that creates planning, lifestyle tracking, and other printables on Etsy. I’ve found her stuff to be incredibly helpful in my own life and so I wanted to share it with you! I reached out to CreativeClaire because I was interested in doing a collaboration. I wanted something specifically for people with chronic illness/ people with disabilities. As someone who needs to track a wide variety of information, I was looking for a service that would help me do it. I…

  • My Experience

    5 Things I Wish People Understood About Chronic Illness

    I was reminded this week that the general population has no idea what it is like to live in a state of chronic illness. There were two occasions where I left a conversation furious. It was so clear that they had no boundaries when it came to asking questions or approaching the topic. So without further ado, here are five things I wish people understood about having a chronic illness: You Don’t Have a Right to My Information This is something I address relatively often. For some reason, people feel entitled to know what is going on in my body. I don’t owe anybody information on my personal health. It’s…

  • My Experience

    Crush is Going Back to School!

    As we celebrate back to school, I have felt a little somber. I miss school, I honestly love school. That being said, someone is going back to school and it’s Crush! For those who haven’t been following my journey long, Crush is my service dog. Crush is currently trained for mobility assistance and medical alerts. His medical alerts are restricted to a behavior alert for my allergies. Crush has also alerted me to my blood pressure but because this isn’t a trainable alert, I can only reinforce it when he naturally does it.  Crush has done his job diligently for almost two years. He’s very good at it. He’s extremely…

  • Helpful Hints

    How Self Care Changes

    Self care for anyone comes in a wide variety of forms. I enjoy meditation, mindfulness, the typical self care activities. Some people enjoy reading or writing. There’s no end to how you can take care of yourself and the best part is that it’s completely tailored to you. You can’t do self care incorrectly, as long as you’re listening to your own needs. For me, I often get into patterns of taking care of myself. I do things during the day that I know fill me up and then I don’t have to think about it. Obviously, overtime my needs change. If I’m not actively reflecting on what works and…

  • Helpful Hints

    How I Create Habit Change

    Habit change is something that often doesn’t come easily. It’s easy to say at 10pm that you’re going to wake up at 5 and exercise before work. At 5am it’s easy to hit snooze and forgo that plan altogether. I have fallen victim to that trend all too many times but then again we all have. How can you change habits most effectively? I’m no expert and I don’t want to speak out of turn but I know what works for me. That’s what I’m going to share with you today, five things that help me create habit change. Establish Priorities I find that if I don’t understand or have…

  • My Opinions

    A Review of LMNT

    Happy Friday! We’ve officially made it through another week. Hooray! Today, I’m going to be reviewing LMNT. This brand offers packets of drink mix with electrolytes in them. They’re comparable to Liquid IV. While they are comparable to Liquid IV, there’s a lot that sets LMNT apart. For example, they have no shower and only 2 grams of carbs per packet. It’s very heavy on salt, while including potassium and magnesium as well. I was sponsored as part of their Hydrate a Hero promotion and I got a free kit with a ton of products. They gave me about 5 of their various flavored packets. This included Mango Chili, Lemon…

  • My Opinions

    A Review of Mary Ruth's Organics

    Happy Wednesday! Today, we’re going to be talking all about vitamins. Unfortunately, I’ve been plagued by several different vitamin deficiencies. They eb and flow but I stay on a constant stream of supplements to avoid any significant drops. Over the years, I’ve tried a wide range of supplements. There are brands that I’ve loved and brands that well, really missed the mark. So where does Mary Ruth’s Organics fall on that scale? I honestly love Mary Ruth’s. There are a few different products I’ve tried. The range in which I like them varies but overall the brand would get an A from me. Let’s go through the products I’ve tried.…

  • My Experience

    Exciting Things Are Coming!

    Hello All! I am back! It has been far too long since I posted and here’s why:Life has been crazy. July unfortunately challenged me in just about every way possible. Not only did I have several trips to the Emergency Room, I started my new job, and moved. While working at my new job, I continued to fill my position at my previous one. They didn’t have anyone to start when I planned to leave so I wanted to help them out. I was going to a wide variety of doctors appointments. All in all, it was just an overwhelming month. Let me catch you up on what is going…

  • My Experience

    Starting Cardiac Rehab

    I’ve tried to write this blog article a few times and my thoughts haven’t flowed together in a cohesive manner. Bare with me as I work this out in my head and through my writing. I am starting cardiac rehabilitation. Most people go to cardiac rehab for heart attacks or heart failure, so this referral didn’t come easily. As I’ve been working to get back into running post surgery, my heart rate has been a prevalent problem. Running has always been the activity that makes my heart rate spike but particularly now it’s important that my muscles are functioning properly. As it was explained to me, when your body is…

  • My Experience

    Surgery on the Horizon

    For a minute, I really thought I was done with surgery. Everyone kept telling me to stop saying that my right hip was my last. Low and behold, they were right because I am back on the path to surgery. My heart is heavy facing that reality. It’s something that I really wasn’t mentally prepared for. My knees have an abundance of swelling within the joint. It’s clear from the cortisol injections that there is a problem within the joint itself. It is causing the problem and pain. I went to my three month follow up for my hip excited but weary. I was well aware of the possibility that…