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 5/5/17

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I am celebrating by pretending my Miralax/Gatorade mixture is a Margarita! Oh, EDS, you are so fun sometimes!

1. Medical Stuff:

  • 1 day of PT. The usual.
  • 2 Days of Home Rehab. The usual.
  • Still navigating our new insurance. It feels like a full time job at times. Ugh.
  • I saw my OMT doc. My ribs and head needed much love. Our goal was to get me headache free before I left. I did feel better so I took that as a win.

Five For Friday 12/18/15

Written by Katie. Posted in Uncategorized

I am officially on break! Time to rest, recover, and enjoy family. Very needed…and very grateful to have the next two weeks off.

1. Medical Stuff:

  • 1 Day of PT. Electrical stim has been a wonderful thing for my neck lately.
  • 1 Day of Home Rehab. Big focus on scap firing exercises.
  • No doctors!

Five For Friday 12/11/15

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

1. Medical Stuff:

  • 1 Day of PT. Neck flare, but electrical stim and heat took the edge off.
  • 1 Day of Home Rehab. Treadmill & strengthening exercises.
  • I saw Larry on Tuesday. I had stomach acupuncture while he did gentle manipulations on my first rib up to my C1. He put in the leave in acupuncture needles in my belly. Last time, they lasted exactly one week. We will see this time…
  • I saw Dr. Rosen after my Larry appointment. It seriously is the best combination of doctor appointments…I work on my body, and then go work on my mind. Ahhhhh. I am so grateful for both of them in my life. Cannot say it enough.

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