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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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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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 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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Weekend Wind Down

Well, this one is kind of a week & weekend wind down. See, I usually have my calendar properly filled with dates I plan to do certain things with the blog, but like almost everything else in my life lately, I have decided to ignore it …. Right now, I am focusing on having some […]

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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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Travels to Charleston

I’m in the plane back from Charleston (for those of you living in Chicago, it’s such a quick flight – only an hour and half) and I am dying to see Henry. We were lucky enough to have one of my best friends stay with him all weekend, which really helped ease the anxiety I […]

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Remembering to Care

Monday, Monday… I was feeling really worn down which subsequently led to a bad attitude most of the day. Having ‘a case of the Mondays’ rang true as I failed to shake feelings of self-doubt. In short, I was feeling uninspired and quite negative. I found myself asking internal questions like, What am I doing […]

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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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Guest Post! Bridget Mullin’s Dia-versary

Meet Bridget! She’s a 26 year old treatment coordinator, Penn State alum, oldest of six, dog mom to Lincoln, and Type 1 Diabetic. Many people don’t realize that Type 1 Diabetes is actually one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting 1.25 million Americans. This particular disease can present itself anywhere between childhood to early […]

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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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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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Holistic Healing Attempts: Acupuncture

Acupuncture Like many people, I didn’t know exactly what I should expect with my first acupuncture experience or if I would even like it. Luckily, needles don’t phase me. A few months back I was at a breaking point – searching for some sort of relief through different holistic therapies. While I know it is […]

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Guest Post! Alex Milanoski: Me, Kate, & Crohn’s – Travel Edition

Meet Alex! Partner, Editor (of my posts), Landscape Architect, Sailor, Yogi, Hiker, Rock-Climber, ‘Try Anything Once’ Free Spirit, Expert Traveler, and Amazing Friend. If you know Alex, you know he loves an adventure, which makes dating someone with my health limitations a bit challenging at times; and while traveling with anyone can be a gamble, Alex […]

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Hammer Time

Finally! I got the apartment organized & some pictures hung this weekend. It took getting a chemical peel for me to get around to it – Saturday was day 3 and my face was in full peel mode, making public appearances impossible (unless you don’t care about people staring, but I’m not quite there yet). […]

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Solar Eclipse of the Heart

A day off down the road less traveled to chase the solar eclipse

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