A mom of 3, recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. What to do in the first days of diagnosis?
Last week, ten years of questions and confusion around my back pain were finally resolved, and all of the "hot spots" in my body (that were seemingly unrelated) all came together. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (though I do still have herniations and injuries from a car accident.) It explained SO.MUCH.IN.MY.LIFE. Particularly the crushing… Continue reading I am a Mom Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis after Having a Baby.
Image: Stock Image, Colourbox. This image right below, is of the Hoover Dam. An engineering marvel bordering Arizona and Nevada. It is a powerful visual for today's post. Hold it in your mind, it will make sense in a few minutes. Its concrete base is more than 600 ft thick. Why? The Hoover Dam… Continue reading Stop Repressing your Emotions. Start Feeling and Start Healing. My Ankylosing Spondylitis Remission Journey.
I've subscribed to Ramit Sethi for a while now and have been following his work. I like his honesty and punchy emails. Today's email was "10 extravagances people pay for." He had asked his readers to submit their answers to this question with an explanation. There was one in particular I LOVED that made me… Continue reading Organic Stores are a Better Deal Than Big Box Stores in Some Ways. You Just Have to Think Differently.
Breast reduction, weight loss and fashion... All in one post. Wow. Coffee is kicking in today and it's not even 9am! So one of the things I bought for surgery last week was a black button up shirt dress (my FAV wardrobe staple and it was really just an excuse to buy another one haha.)… Continue reading Learning to Dress my Body After Breast Reduction and Finding a Fashion Sense after Three Babies.
I've been on a pretty major health / lifestyle overhaul the past few years and it has been the most fascinating (and challenging) growth experience. Last summer, I rejoined Weight Watchers. I've had success on it before and it's a short, beautiful walk from my house. The ritual of the weekly weigh in, the outstanding… Continue reading How to Handle Food Saboteurs and People Who Don’t Support Your Lifestyle Change
This article is about my experience of pelvic floor physio, pelvic floor pilates and healing my pelvic organ prolapse. So you're going to guess correctly... yes, I have multiple pelvic organ issues (I just found out there's a bunch of "POP groups on facebook and accounts and I ONLY just realized that POP stands for… Continue reading Healing Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pelvic Floor Physio. My Experience.
Three days ago I had one of the most important surgeries of my life! A long-awaited breast reduction surgery. Before I get into what the surgery was like, in my next post, I wanted to share the background on my "why." Having breast reduction surgery isn't the end point of a long, tumultous journey with… Continue reading Growing up With Big Ol Boobs and My Decision to Have Breast Reduction Surgery.
3 days ago, I had a long-awaited breast reduction surgery. It is hands down one of the best things that I have ever done and I am absolutely overjoyed with the results! As surgery day approached, I did find myself googling what the surgery was like, and recovery would actually be like, and I questioned… Continue reading What is Breast Reduction Surgery Like? What is the recovery like from Breast Reduction?
On my last blog post, I began to talk about the journey I have taken on my third maternity leave to rebuild my body. One of the first things that I did was take stock of my body. I talked about free writing, or journalling, to understand not only your areas of discomfort and pain, but also… Continue reading Fixing my Body After 3 Babies – Pelvic Floor Physio, Mindsets and Empowerment.