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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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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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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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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Day 2: IBD Explained.

This morning was SO typical – I woke up at 7a with a migraine. Yesterday was such a great day, I was so excited and inspired about this week and all of the things I had planned but instead my body said eh, I’m changing up the schedule. So I finally got out of bed […]

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Day 1: Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week Is Here!

What makes today special? It is Friday! It’s the first of the month (wake up, wake up, wake up), which also happens to be one of my favorite months! Cue Christmas themed everything.  Today is the official start of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week! It is off to a great start, with athletes like New Orleans Saints Linebacker […]

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Liebster Award Nomination

Tuesday, you are serving me well so far! Here are a few reasons why: I am now featured on Feedspot’s Top 100 Chronic Illness Blogs on the Planet! I am really excited to share this space with other like minded individuals working to raise awareness about chronic illness and their journeys. Keep up all the […]

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More Thyroid Talk

Before my Entyvio appointment last week, I really felt like I was coming around! While Entyvio helps my Crohn’s a lot, I am currently feeling stripped of energy yet again and I can’t help but wonder what else is impacting my body.  Exhaustion and fatigue? Check. Irritable? Undoubtedly. Emotional? Understatement. Stressed? Yep. Is this all […]

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Entyvio: Dose 5

Well this one sure snuck up on me! I took a personal day Monday for the first time in my life, so my schedule was already out of whack. But when I got my reminder call on Monday night about an 11:30a appointment the next day, I thought it was for my annual wellness check […]

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Holistic Healing: Cupping Therapy

  Monday is over! Today I am finally feeling a little more level headed after a great restful weekend and a personal day, which I will probably be writing about later this week. But for now, I wanted to share with you my most recent holistic treatments and why I think they are helping! This […]

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Spaghetti Squash & Spicy Sausage

Well, the weekend went wayyy too fast as usual! I took a much needed break from my phone most of the weekend and tried to just enjoy my time with a good friend who was visiting from CA. With the combination of weekend activities and last week’s weather being so erratic, I am shocked I […]

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Requesting Employer Accommodations for Crohn’s

Me Before You? Being a millennial can be beneficial at times – we are all about pushing to create our best version of reality, and we do so by advocating for ourselves constantly. But making an effort to put myself first is not something I have always instinctively done (surprising, I know). Since I am an […]

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“I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this …”

Travel Recap: Denver, Colorado Repeat: Why can I not vacation forever?! I love a good trip, more than ever lately. I want to say Denver ‘didn’t disappoint’ but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate, however, we made the best of it and if that is the worst that Colorado really gets … sign me up! Day […]

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[Friday Feels]

After looking through all these beautiful Colorado pictures and recapping the trip (I’ll post more next week because I think I am Jimmy Chin and took about 500 pics), Denver has me thinking more and more about making moves to a more relaxed lifestyle. Not sure where that is or what it even means, but […]

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Fallin’ Fast Salad – Ode to the Avocado

Update on Colorado: Getting a break from the city is always nice, even when I don’t realize how much I’ve needed it. My stomach has kept up for the most part, through both acclimation (cannot believe how fast my heart was racing when we got here, does everyone struggle with that!?) and a (surprisingly snow […]

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Prepping for the Peaks

All of a sudden, the vacation we booked two months ago is almost here and the hyper-organized side of me is out in full swing! I am SO excited to get out to the mountains, do some hiking/biking, see some friends, and relax. While we’re leaving record high 90 degree summer temps in Chicago for […]

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Guest Post! Alexa aka Girl In Healing’s Recipe for Paleo Sausage & Veggie Bowls

Meet Alexa Federico! She is the informative voice behind Girl in Healing, a fellow Crohn’s Disease warrior, soon-to-be certified AIP coach, and inspiration to many. Alexa’s blog provides healthy recipes and lifestyle tips with a particular focus on the autoimmune disease community. I recently connected with Alexa and she has been nothing short of helpful, kind, […]

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… But I Ain’t Stressin’

  Keeping up with life these days can be tough for anyone, not just those of us with autoimmune diseases. In order to keep up with the Jones’, there are so many things we need to keep track of, which makes getting ahead sometimes feel impossible. For me, that feeling has made turning off at […]

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Entyvio: Dose 4

Entyvio 4 I have been anticipating my infusion the last few weeks as I felt the Entyvio wear off, my urgency increase and some irritability ensue. I called my infusion center hoping for an earlier appointment and luckily, I was able to get in the morning before. I put it all together that something was […]

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But First, [No More Coffee]

But First, Coffee Good morning, beautiful people! I hope you are reading this as you enjoy your morning cup of coffee – I’m writing this while drinking the cold brew iced latte I posted about Saturday! That thing is delish. But, by next Monday, I won’t be starting my morning with the regular cup of […]

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