Entyvio Dose 9 & Running Update

Entyvio Dose 9 & Running Update A few weeks ago, I had my 9th dose of Entyvio. I’ve made a point of going on Tuesdays because …. I’m a creature of habit, I have my favorite nurse and it’s quiet. And I get all of the good snacks. Wednesdays in this office are not unlike Wednesdays […]

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Happy World IBD Day! Vol. 2

Happy World IBD Day! Well a day late, but better late than never, right? This international awareness day holds a special place in my heart for the obvious reason of bringing awareness to IBD and autoimmune diseases in general, but also because a year ago I finally got the courage to share my story! On […]

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Entyvio: Dose 7

Another two months flew by and when last Tuesday came around it was already Entyvio time again. Currently, things are going well… really, really, well in my life. I took a new job and it has satisfied the need I had for change and professional growth. I have also had a few exciting new opportunities come my […]

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Travel: Off to Iceland

Alright, I finally got this up! I had a slight set back when my post got deleted after I finished about 80% of it, but, here we are! As part of my official duties as maid of honor in my cousin’s wedding, last August I began planning her bachelorette weekend. While a few options were […]

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GF Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

And back to work we go … In honor of our current president, I spent yesterday’s holiday being lazy, spending too much time looking up nonsense, investing in dramatic TV shows and eating things I shouldn’t. 😏Just kidding, of course! But as for dramatic tv shows, does anyone else watch The Affair? It is this train […]

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6 month celebration!

Today is shockingly the last day of January! I have been meaning to get back on here to say thanks for listening the past 6 months. I am thrilled I’ve been able to cover so much with you and always astonished by the support. Finally, things have started to pan out in the way that […]

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Recipe: 15 Minute Pesto Zoodles

I’m off to work! I can’t complain, I had a great few days off, although the cold had me seriously deterred from doing much. Another reason I am happy to have Henry; I would’ve stayed in all weekend if he wasn’t so rowdy. Not shockingly, he had just as great of a time at the […]

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Are We Still Talking about Resolutions?

  Just when you thought the resolutions posts were beginning to die down … here I am, with more talk about change! Yep, everyone is still freshly committed to those resolutions for the year and were all faced with the challenge of how we will, in fact, live our best lives in 2018. While some of […]

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Entyvio: Dose 6

Entyvio Dose 6 Another rushed morning. I thought an early morning appointment would make things easier for the rest of the day but I was just more groggy than usual. My first thought after looking at my watch to realize I was 10 minutes late walking in, was wow, everyone here today is so young. […]

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Iceland Ideas

And it is already Sunday … This weekend was a productive one, which is surprising given that I had Entyvio treatment Friday. I did a lot of running around today which isn’t that exciting, but I wanted to shout out Patagonia for having the best customer service alive. Long story short, they absolutely stand behind […]

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Henry’s Howling Happenings

HAPPY FRIDAY! I am having a great start to the day but I have Entyvio at 9a, so that is a different story … Let’s be honest, I have been in a serious rut with this blog lately, but last night I sat down and had the ‘breakthrough’ I needed. I can’t wait for you guys to […]

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New Year, Same Me

All I can say about the new year so far is … nothing has gone as planned! We had friends visit after Christmas, (you guys know Jess & the Colasanti gang) which was great. We went to the Lincoln Park Zoo, ate way too much at Zed 451, watched a number of shows and movies, […]

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Holiday Happenings

Two whole weeks! Well, actually 15 days to be exact. That is how long it has been since I have connected with you blogging peeps. I am not sure why, maybe it was the busy nature of the holidays or all the other little life and work happenings that I, as usual, over-committed myself to, but […]

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Guest Post! Sadie Nagle, RD: Handling the Holidays with a Gluten Free Guest

Guest Post: Meet Sadie! She is on here today to talk about Celiac Disease, not only from a personal perspective, as her partner Ryan has a pretty serious diagnosis, but also as a registered dietitian who specializes in treatment for Celiac. I met Sadie and Ryan a few weeks after I met Alex and they […]

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The Basic Buddha Bowl

Current feelings: a little sad to wake up to see that the snow came and went so quickly! Christmas is only 13 days away at this point and while the cold weather has hit, without some snow I haven’t been able to fully get in the holiday spirit quite yet. It was nice having a […]

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Day 7: Going Forward

Day 7: Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week comes to a close! This past week has been a really fun one for me, as I’ve been able to embrace my personal journey while not feeling the need to justify who I am otherwise. That feels good. As for tomorrow, I am very much looking forward to […]

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Day 6: Brunch with a few Besties

Brunch with a few Besties Last weekend I had brunch with two of my best friends that have I’ve known for a long time, far longer than my diagnosis. In high school and since, they’ve always been understanding of my situation, however, I never really thought about how things looked from their perspective. Since we […]

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Day 5: La Dolce Vita(mins)

Okay so the title may be a stretch, but hey, making a discussion on blood work and vitamins humorous is kind of impossible. For many people, getting blood work done is a major fear, but for us IBD sufferers, it can be a pretty routine part of our lives. For the first few years after […]

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Day 4: Guest Post! My Mom, Lore Hynan

Guest Post: Lore Hynan, aka my beautiful mother, writes about my diagnosis and dealing with life thereafter as a parent. If you know my mom and I, you know we are as thick as thieves. I truly do not know what I would do without her in my everyday life. Growing up, we always had […]

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Day 3: The Restroom Access Act

In 2005 The Restroom Access Act became the first law of its kind in the nation and was unanimously passed by the Illinois House and Senate to ensure restroom access at retail stores for those with medical conditions. The law states that if a retail establishment does not have public restrooms, those with medical conditions, such as […]

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