Chronic Illness, Exercise & Activity, Mindset, Routines & Structure, Uncategorized

The 24/7 Job That I Never Signed Up For – How I Manage My Chronic Illness (Intro)

For most of my life, I have been a glass half full kind of person. Even though I have been dealt a rough hand to play with, I've always tried to make the best of it. Even when my quality of life was LOW, I didn't give up hope that my health would get better.… Continue reading The 24/7 Job That I Never Signed Up For – How I Manage My Chronic Illness (Intro)

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Work, Golf, Triathlons, Friends, Food Balance – 4 Minute Read

Every once in a while, a weekend comes along when life seems to be in perfect balance. This past weekend was an excellent example of just that for me. It combined work, golf, triathlon, friends, and good food for three straight days. So what is that combination for me? Let me sum up Friday through… Continue reading Work, Golf, Triathlons, Friends, Food Balance – 4 Minute Read

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Patient To Patient Conferences Are The Best – University Of Michigan

For years I have been following Doctor Peter Higgins at the University of Michigan IBD Center. I’ve had the honor of meeting him a couple of times at various conferences for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and ostomy related advocacy that I do. This year Dr. Higgins and his team invited me to take part in… Continue reading Patient To Patient Conferences Are The Best – University Of Michigan

Chronic Illness, Routines & Structure, Uncategorized

Winners Never Quit Isn’t True When Living With A Chronic Illness

Being a winner with chronic illness isn’t an easy task, yet it’s something that many people think should be the case when looking at those who are battling a disease. They say things like “It’s mind of matter” or “Have you tried (insert something ridiculous here)?” Meanwhile they don’t know the reality of fighting every… Continue reading Winners Never Quit Isn’t True When Living With A Chronic Illness

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Why Turtle Steps Are So Important With Chronic Illness

One step at a time. That’s what people say when they want someone, anyone to push just a little harder or get started on something that is outside a person’s comfort zone. I get asked all the time how I completed a full 140.6 mile Ironman with my multiple chronic illnesses and living with an… Continue reading Why Turtle Steps Are So Important With Chronic Illness

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Why I Advocate For Myself And Others

You're at your doctors office one day after getting some blood work and tests done. After getting invited back to his/her office, you sit nervously waiting for him/her to walk in and give you news. And at this point any news would be good. You just want some clarification on what is going on in… Continue reading Why I Advocate For Myself And Others