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 7/21/17

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

1. Medical Stuff:

  • 1 Day of PT. Back at it, after nose surgery. And I was dripping sweat. Those are the best workouts. Heat, stim, and OMM too.
  • 2 Days of Home Rehab. More dripping. It felt good.
  • One WERQ workout in Chicago. I am obsessed. It needs to come to Lansing nowwwww please.
  • I saw my OMM doc on Friday. My ribs were NOT behaving. Now, they are behaving a teeny bit better. I think I overdid my arm workouts this week.
  • I saw my shrink on Monday. I’m running out of adjectives for that man. Extraordinary will do for today.

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 4/7/17

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

April! Already one week in! Howwwwwwwwwwwww?

1. Medical Stuff:

  • No PT. My PT is in Mexico.
  • 3 HARD Home Rehab workouts. Trying to tone more; especially my back, thighs, and core.
  • Had my bi-annual echo to make sure all is good with my heart. EDS can affect anything so it’s important I get an echo every couple of years. I will get the report in a week. Oh yea, the hospital had a code red while I was there. Never dull.
  • I had an infusion Wednesday night. I made the most of it with trashy TV, warm blankets, and fun nurses to chat with.
  • I saw my shrink on Thursday. Are you gathering how sexy my spring break has been? ; )

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