Hello my Crohnie friends! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving and got to enjoy it with your friends and family with a lot of delicious food that didn't cause you any tummy issues. My holiday definitely was great and brought A LOT to be thankful for... when it rains it pours, right?! That being said, that is why my posts have been a little sporadic lately. In this post I am going to update ya'll on what has been going on in my life and set the intention for the upcoming plans in the Crohnically Blonde Camp.
Basically, like I mentioned before, when it rains it pours, and the end of 2016 has put a lot of goodness on my plate. For the remainder of the year I will be playing around with different types of posts, different segments, post frequency, etc. to see what sticks and then come 2017 I will hopefully get some feedback from my followers and get going in full force with the best of the best. I wanted to wait to start this thing until it was absolutely perfect and I was ready to throw everything into it but would the timing have ever have been right? Plus I am rather enjoying the evolution of this pretty little thing. Anyway, comments and suggestions about upcoming content will be greatly appreciated! My number one goal for the new year is to provide all of the realness and quality content that you guys actually care about.
So back to what has been going on....
Matt and I are buying a house!
Yup... you heard it here first! We are making the big step into adulthood and purchasing a home, woo! That being said, the home buying process comes with a whole lot of stress, paperwork, and playing the waiting game. It also comes with a whole lot of planning and lists when you are an OCD queen like myself. So if I have seemed a little preoccupied it is because I totally am. We are so excited to get our home up and running as our first real space of just our own. I am also super pumped to create a space that is conducive to me dreams and schemes and fun little creative projects I have in store. The physical home of Crohnically Blonde is being born!
As of buying a home isn't enough of an undertaking, I have been preparing to interview for a promotion at my company. I won't say too much about this because I like to keep stuff like that very personal but I definitely have been throwing a majority of energy that way as well.
WHAT ABOUT THANKSGIVING?
My Thanksgiving and time around it was absolutely great and much needed. I got a chance to spend quality time with my family as well as some pre Thanksgiving time with Matt's family as well. We had a full gluten free feast at my parent's house which was SO FREAKING DELICIOUS. So delicious that I dug in before I had the chance to even think about taking pictures of it for the blog (whoops).....
My mom sent over some gorgeous blooms for me to enjoy with a sweet note which I appreciated to much.
I miss her so incredibly much and am counting down the days until she gets back from overseas where she is living at the moment. Shoutout to her though for still bringing all of the holiday feels to my home from all the way across the world.
I would have to say that one of my all time favorite things that I got to do was just hang out with my boys. We honestly have the best time just hanging out and doing the silliest things. I know it makes us sound old and boring but Matt and I love playing board games together, and the pups like to crash them. They are just too funny and our weekends together never disappoint.
SO WHAT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH?
Oh that... So as ya'll know. With stress comes Crohn's probs. I have had a super obnoxiously long flare up that has been seriously effecting my day to day life but I just have to keep things going and push on through. I have another appointment with my gastro this Friday for my Cimzia shots and to discuss what the heck to do. For about a month now I have been on Apriso in addition to Cimzia but noticed no real difference. I know it has only been a little so I am going to try and stick it out but there have been talks of some other options. Cimzia may have run its course on me. It started out working for about 3.5 weeks out of the 4 week period and then it went down to 3 then 2.5 and now 2. It is definitely wearing on me. My doctor has suggested potentially switching to Remicade because he would like to see me go into clinical remission in no more than six months. That seems totally out of reach thinking about how I have been feeling but I am trying to stay positive. The thing that people don't realize is that Crohn's symptoms are so much more than just the assumed GI issues. Between the body aches, fatigue, brain fogs, and everything else there is so much more that I wish could be done! I am trusting the process and doing my due diligence in researching and acting on any natural healing practices that can assist in my treatment. Worst comes to worse we would have to consider some type of surgical action but I would really like to avoid getting to that point.
All and all I am trying to stay super positive! I want to end this update on an amazingly happy note! As my fellow Crohnies know, your illness will always have to be some kind of part of your life and it is an ever evolving journey. I am so happy and so thankful for all of the beautiful opportunities that are being brought into my life right now and I can't wait to continue to share everything with you all. I don't know what I did to manifest this overwhelming movement towards change but I think I like it!
Blonde babe. Maryland native. Crohn's crushing puppy mother to two sweet rescues.
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