Just a "zebra" trying my best to live life to the fullest with EDS and POTS...and loving the ride.

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Five For Friday 5/22/20

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

Whoa. It’s been a while. Thought I’d drop a line and let you know five things that have been keeping me busy during this quarantine…72 days of quarantine so far to be exact.

1. I obtained the secret recipe for pumpkin bars. It has always been my favorite treat. I would bring it for my birthday in elementary school every year. Well, I got the recipe and baked those bad boys. The actual pumpkin bar tasted exactly the same as the OG but I quickly realized the frosting was too runny and needed some thickening.

I will be working on perfecting this nostalgic dessert in the next weeks.

2. In 2017, I fell in love with a workout class called WERQ in Illinois when I was visiting Allie. Every time I visited, I would beg Allie to take a class.

At the end of 2017 I decided I loved it so much, I wanted to become an instructor. I signed up to do the certification. But then life happened. Fertility issues. EDS and POTS flares. A high risk pregnancy. Postpartum recovery.

Throughout this time, Allie also moved back to MI so I had no place to go and get my WERQ fix, since we currently does not have classes. Therefore, my obsession came to a halt…

that is, until quarantine…

Without going to PT, and being stuck at home, I knew I needed a way to stay active to maintain my strength and stay out of my braces and wheelchair. I googled WERQ one day and saw that there were a few virtual classes. I started taking the classes during every Lucy nap in my basement. My love for WERQ was quickly reborn, and I started to feel that pull to want to teach and share that passion for dance and fitness again. I did some research and found that because of Covid, the certification process had also gone virtual for the time being. Allie and I talked about it, said YOLO, and signed up.

I studied anatomy for a month. I danced my booty off during every one of Lucia’s naps this past month (with a neck brace on to protect my joints) and to prepare for the certification process.

I am proud to say that after a whole lot of work (or WERQ!) and a lot of practice and studying, Allie and I completed the certification and we are officially WERQ Dance Fitness Pros.

I’m excited to see where this love for WERQ takes us.

It’s funny that as gymnasts we spent our free time dancing in our parent’s basement, and at 38 and 32, we are now able to teach others in their basements. Life can be funny.

I did this for me and am proud of myself…especially my zebra body. Stretch marks, loose joints, chronic illness, imperfections, and all…

3. I purged my house and organized the shit out of it. LIKE PURGED. I have trash bags full of stuff taking up my basement ready to be donated…as soon as donation places up…Marie Kondo would be proud.

4. I binged Schitt’s Creek. Except the last season because I can’t figure out how to get it. HELP. I need David and Alexis and Patrick and Ted and Moira and Stevie and Johnny closure.

5. I am working with a graphic designer to launch a new zebra shirt. Stay tuned…it should be up and ready this week.

Hope everyone is staying safe, sane, healthy, and well.

Much Love,


Five For Friday 7/13/18

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

1. Medical Stuff: A week full of appointments!

  • Infusion.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Gynecologist.
  • PT. My PT worked her magic on my ribs. When I left, they were SO much better.
  • Lab work.
  • Sat in my OMT doc’s office for 45 minutes until I realized my appointment is next week.
  • 3 Days of Home rehab! I kicked a$$ this week on exercising. Must keep truckin’!

Five For Friday 7/6/18

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

1. Medical Stuff:

  • Infusion and acupuncture. Check and check.
  • 3 Days of Home Rehab. Ribs have still been giving me issues, but I’ve been trying to push through.
  • Too hottttttt. Way too HOT for this body. I’ve been trying not to complain, but it makes days harder for sure. So happy to wake up this morning to 60 glorious degrees. Please stick around for a while.

Five For Friday 6/29/18

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

1. Medical Stuff:

  • Back at it in PT. I spoke too soon last week. My ribs have decided to give me fits.
  • 2 Days of Home Rehab. AKA three miles in the neighborhood and strengthening exercises in my living room.
  • Weekly acupuncture and infusion. Sometimes managing my health seems like really hard work. This was on of those weeks.

Five For Friday 6/1/18

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

JUNE babyyyyyyy! One more week of school, a few days of packing up the classroom, and then summer VACAY!

1. Medical Stuff:

  • 1 Day of PT. Lots of walking…lots of scap strengthening.
  • 1 Infusion. I have one vein that is a CHAMP. Same vein, every week, always delivers.
  • 1 Day of Home Rehab. Walked 4 miles in the hood. Then had a leg day once I got home.
  • 1 Acupuncture appointment. When I went in 2010, I HATED it. Since I have been going in 2018, I LOVE it. Different doctors, different techniques, different atmospheres make a huge difference.
  • Been fighting sickness. Nausea and fatigue. Ninety Five degrees has not helped. Please just get me to the end of the year!

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