Posted in Crohn's Disease, Health, Life

An Update On Us….

Oh boy….

In short, we’ve been busy!! There are weeks I feel like I’m not home all week and then suddenly there will be a day that we have absolutely nothing planned.

Pink Zebra

Pink Zebra has been keeping me amazingly busy with the launch of our new Soaks line of products. I have a great group of customers that also order on a regular basis now. I’ve given up on vending shows in my area because of how poorly they’re attended and focused more on building relationships and giving back to my customers and I’ve been having great success with it. I enjoy it more now, but I do miss my vending buddies. I added another highly motivated team member in February. In short, life has been good in that aspect.

Crohn’s Disease

As many of you know, I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in January after a horrendous year of medical issues and hospitalizations. My doctor recommended going on Humira and then promptly suggested I stay out of the sun to reduce the lymphoma risk. I live in Southern California, have an active 3 year old, and love to garden; staying out of the sun is not a viable option for me.

He also said I’d be unable to breastfeed with the next child should we decide to have another and that’s something that’s just so, so, so important to me after feeding Jude up to 18 months…his saying that was like a stab in the heart. Considering I now know what I’m fighting and I’ve made several dietary changes that have almost eliminated flares, I’ve decided not starting the Humira is the best decision for me right now. If my condition were worse and absolutely chronic, then yes, by all means I’d most likely start the injections, but it’s not and I’m just not willing to start it.

Watching this short video moved me to tears! I’ve gone through so many of these medical tests it was like watching myself in a mirror. It also made me feel less alone, so if you’re able to contribute to this lady’s project, The Crohn’s Moans, that would be a amazing. Many are not familiar with Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis or IBD and having something to show treatment options to others would be a great thing. Heck, right now my spell check is going crazy over all those medical terms — it’s obviously not part of our regular verbiage.

…And Scrapbooks, Oh My!

I’ve also been scrapbooking again, which has been nice for getting things put together and organized. I love seeing everything flow together and flipping through completed pages always motivates me to complete more. I can’t wait to get our Disney and Knott’s photos down on paper. My Cricut has also been getting a healthy workout. 🙂

Okay, that’s enough out of me right now. This post got really lengthy!!

If you’re still around, thanks for reading,
Katie ☙


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