Setting Goals with a Chronic Illness

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness can put a wrench in the plans you have for your life. It certainly did for me. Setting goals can be a daunting process, but it does not always have to be. The approach I like to take when setting goals is starting small. Each day, I set about… Continue reading Setting Goals with a Chronic Illness

Advice for the Newly Diagnosed

So you just found out you've been diagnosed with a chronic illness. What now? Maybe you don't know your diagnosis yet, but you suffer with debilitating symptoms and chronic pain? For many IBD patients, it can take months, even years, to receive a proper diagnosis. You are often left wondering, "What's wrong with me?" and… Continue reading Advice for the Newly Diagnosed

Navigating Change with a Chronic Illness

This past weekend, I moved out of my parent's house where I have lived for the past 18 years of my life. It was tough saying goodbye to my parents, my dog and the house that I have grown to love over the years. Change is hard for me, especially when I have the added… Continue reading Navigating Change with a Chronic Illness

Tips for Healthy Digestion

I never knew how important digestion would be to my overall well-being as I grew older. It really is one of those things that no one ever thinks about. We just eat the food and expect our bodies to do the rest. For people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), digestion consumes our lives. It's all… Continue reading Tips for Healthy Digestion

How to Identify Toxins in Your Home

Once I made the conscious decision to heal my body after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I read a book titled My Simple Changes by Brandon Godsey. Brandon has Crohn's disease and wrote a book about all the little changes he made over the course of many years to reach full remission and a full… Continue reading How to Identify Toxins in Your Home

The Truth About Happiness

I often get people asking me "How are you so happy all the time?" My response has always been 1) because I have a strong Catholic faith and 2) I have a positive outlook on life. I choose not to let negative circumstances determine my future. When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, it took… Continue reading The Truth About Happiness

Let’s Spill the Tea!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love tea! Seriously, I drink about 3 cups of tea per day. I never get tired of it. Tea has several health benefits and has been my saving grace throughout the progression of my disease. When I studied abroad in Chile and my ulcerative colitis flared-up, one… Continue reading Let’s Spill the Tea!

Dear Stress…

Dear Stress...let's break up! This is one of my favorite quotes. I found this quote in a magazine a couple of years ago when I was making a vision board and it seemed appropriate. I have let stress rule most of my life, sometimes without even knowing it. The scary thing about stress is that… Continue reading Dear Stress…

One Year Later: My Tips on WFH

One year ago today was the first day my entire office started working from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak. I had no idea that March 17, 2020 was going to be my last day working in my cubicle. The mood in the office that day was somber. None of us knew what was going… Continue reading One Year Later: My Tips on WFH

How to Get Your Best Night’s Sleep

The primary function of sleep is to recharge your brain, promote growth and allow your body to fight off disease and infection. Without the proper amount of sleep, the brain will not function adequately and you may feel sluggish. This is why newborn babies are always sleeping. As we get older we do not need… Continue reading How to Get Your Best Night’s Sleep