4-year diaversary

I’m redefining the term “diaversary” originally limited to those who have been diagnosed with diabetes and expanding upon it’s definition to include all of those living with a chronic illness.  And as most of you know (because let’s face it, no one else reads my blog), I’ve been living with Crohn’s disease for four years since this past November (I know this post is a little late, sorry).  I was initially diagnosed after a slew of tests, awkward questions, and even more awkward procedures during the fall of my senior year of high school.  Long story short, after I was diagnosed and treated, the medications gave me horrendous side effects and worsened my already disastrous symptoms.  All in all, it sucked.  Cringing pain that felt like shards of glass moving through my system and the subsequent weight loss that followed forced me to leave the crew team after three years.  Finally, I was able to achieve remission, but was again haunted a year later by a year-and-a-half long of remission-relapse cycles.  Fortunately I have been in remission for just over a year now thanks to a little (and crazy-expensive) medication called Remicade.

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The only thing us Crohnies can do is face the reality of the matter head-on.  We aspire to continue doing the things we love regardless if it’s a little hard or takes us a little longer.  While I am constantly aware of the monster lurking inside me, I am more apt to enjoy and cherish the time I have while in remission.  Every diaversary is more of a badge of honor, earned and respected, and fortunately I am able to celebrate my fourth year as a Crohnie (relatively) healthy and in remission.

Suck it, Crohn’s.

Catch-up (again)

Yeah, so… I haven’t posted in like six months but you know, whatever.  No big deal, right?  Right.

Let’s see.  Oh, yeah, and I moved to a new place this past summer with WW and JG, so that’s cool.  It’s a pretty sweet place, great landlord, and it’s indescribably fantastic to be out of my last apartment (but let’s not go there).  The summer was good and relatively relaxing.  I completed a rotation in an awesome neuroscience lab and like the direction the where the lab (and field) is going, so I’m definitely considering asking to join for my PhD thesis research.  Although I am keeping an open mind and may explore an immunology lab this summer.

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Second  year of school is off to a good start, passing all my exams (including micro, thank God), living life, all of that.  Coming up after the two weeks of winter break it’s going to start getting more and more intense as I take Step 1 of the USMLE June or July of next year.  But for now I’m going to enjoy the holiday, keep on track with school work and reading, and relax.  I definitely don’t need a stress-induced relapse of my Crohn’s this year.  Oh, yeah, and I just had my 4-year diaversary this past November, but I’ll post about all that Crohn’s stuff later.

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Anyway, just wanted to touch base, make a post, and get back into the swing of things blog-wise.

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I’ll be back, I swear.

 

Summer

Ah, summer. That glorious time of year when everyone sheds their coats and shoes to dawn t-shirts and flip flops. That time of year when you can drive with the windows rolled down all hours of the day. That time of year when you can sit out on the dock and simultaneously soak in a drink with the sunset.

Summer. That time of year when dogs jump in the water to cool off (even if it’s unexpected and you need to jump in to guide them back to land).

That time of year when you’re stuck inside doing work, looking out the window, longing to feel the heat of the sun on your skin. That time of year when you sneak out of work or class just a wee-bit early to do something purely to appreciate the day.

It’s summer, so take the time to take it in. Even if that means being a little lazier.
Just a little though.

Jillie

Well, yeah, I haven’t posted on here in a while, alright?  Gosh.  Sue me.  Well, don’t actually sue me because I’m worth nothing.  But anyway, let’s get you caught up, shall we?  I’ll be posting a bunch over the next couple of days this week and then hopefully get back in the swing of writing on a semi-regular basis.

Let me catch you up.  Right now I’m finishing up my first year of med school (holler) and actually I have my clinical skills exam tomorrow.  Nothing like acting for five hours to demonstrate my mad skills.  Whatever, I’ll be done with it all tomorrow.  Unless, of course, I fail one of the modules and need to re-do it.

But anyway, there’s actually been a fun little addition to the family.  Meet Jillie.

Part black lab, part daschund, and 100% adorable.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jillie for the first time a few months ago when she was still a little puppy.  You can see her when she was a little younger here.  She likes stuffed animals, going on walks, and cuddling up on the couch.  She’s everything you could want in a dog.  And she even just had her 6-month birthday.

Don’t ask what’s up with her ear because honestly I have no idea.  Apparently it just sticks out like that sometimes.  But at least she knows “sit” and “paw,” and I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that she already knows “treat.”  Plus, now that the weather is getting warmer and the ice has melted, she’ll have to learn “swim.”  I’ve heard that Jillie’s been checking out the water down by our dock.  Once it warms up a bit we’ll have to test her affinity for swimming.

I’m sure Jillie will make her own special way into our hearts, just like Molly, Jiggs, and Gracie.

Timehop

So I recently discovered this rather cool service you can subscribe to for free that basically emails you with what you did that day one year ago.  It’s called Timehop.  You can link your Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram accounts and then every morning you’ll get an email highlighting what you did that day the previous year.  Personally I thought, “Great, just what I need, another piece of junk mail in my inbox every morning.”  But after a few days of flashbacks thanks to Timehop, that daily email is sparred the dreaded trash button every morning.  For example, one year ago today I posted on Facebook, “heading out to my interview at uconn today!” and checked in at the Health Center on Foursquare.  So if you’re interested, I’d suggest signing up.

After all, it’s free.

Speedo

So back when I used to live in Boston I always wanted to do this run because not only does it benefit a local charity in Boston but it’s kind of a classic Boston thing to do. It was always on the front page of the Metro and Boston Globe the following Monday and every passing year I was upset that I was never able to register.

Well guess what. I registered. Me and a bunch of my friends are going to be running a mile around downtown Boston on December 10th rocking nothing but a speedo and some running shoes. Will it be cold? Um, duh, it’s Boston in December. But will it be worth it? Of course!

This year the run will benefit the Play Ball Foundation, which provides Boston middle school students with a chance to play and build friendships and character through the lessons of sport – teamwork, communication and discipline. And not only that, but the run is a Boston tradition and I’m finally able to be a part of it! So please donate today! Any amount helps and it goes to a great cause!

Plus I’m sure some chick will be there taking mildly embarrassing pictures if you want to laugh your ass off because I’ll be out there (really, really out there) in December!

Catch-up

Holy crap I haven’t posted to my blog in a while.  I should probably catch you all up.  Let’s see, since we started HB2 in school I had a couple of weekends free to travel up to Boston.  One weekend I went up just for fun, and the following weekend I went up for Head of the Charles (HOCR).  I got to see my buddy CH, and honestly after spending so much time indoors studying for the HB1 exam it was nice to just be in Boston and walk around outside.  I met up with my old roommate ER for a drink (turned into pitcher after pitcher) and then grabbed some much-needed delicious brunch the following day at Grafton Street with SR.  So good.  Then during HOCR weekend I got to see my old crew buddies and watch on as some of them raced in the Alumni 8+ event in the HOCR before watching some more races and hitting up Border Cafe with the Westwood crew.  Plus I got to catch up with ER again and see JJ and ML.  All in all, it was good to see everyone.  And it was great to get out of Farmington for a couple of weekends.

And can we talk about this October snow storm?  What the hell?  Even after strategically parking my car for the night of the storm I still woke up the following morning to find a branch resting on it (but thankfully no damage).  But falling asleep that night was eerie because you could hear distant (and nearby) branches snapping off trees and crashing below.  Branches and trees are down all over the place, and the whole northeast half of Connecticut is pretty much entirely without power and heat.  There are only a handful of people in my class that have power.  Let me be the first to tell you that it’s pretty chilly sleeping at night.  Last night I had to dawn sweats, a hat, and socks to stay warm underneath my blanket and comforter.  But it wasn’t too, too bad.  I mean, we’ll survive.  Right now for electricity and internet (and heat) we all hang out at the health center (not like that’s anything new).  But hey, it’s the whole half of the state, so we’ll just have to be patient and wait for the CL&P crew to get us all back up and running.

And to think we probably got the worst storm of the season in October.