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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chocolate Protein Balls

It’s Friday! TGIF! anyone remember that? We are heading into yet another busy weekend and I am looking forward to catching up with friends and getting ready for the holiday next week and am reallyyyy hoping my body and immune system comply. As I have tried to cross everything off my infamous to do list […]

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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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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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Mom’s Wild Rice, Chicken & Spinach Soup

And we are off to Charleston for the weekend! Henry, we will miss you! While I am enjoying the first full week of fall weather here in Chicago, I’m excited for 70 something degrees in South Carolina, the opportunity to sleep in, and catch up with my hilarious family. But before I could get too […]

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Leaky Wut? Leaky Gut!

Leaky Gut I’ve read a variety of articles over the past year about ‘leaky gut’ and functional medicine, but it wasn’t until recently that I was pointed back to it by a good friend (and dietitian) who recommended a book to me that some of her patients have read called Prescription on Nutritional Healing. I […]

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