About Me

I am a mother to my daughter, Harlie Jade. She is my world! I was born and raised in Joliet, IL. In my mid 20’s I moved to beautiful Hawaii for a few years and that is where my journey to an active lifestyle really began. I mean how could you live in a place like Hawaii and not be active?! I did everything from swimming laps in the ocean to hiking some of the most beautiful and difficult trails that led to some of the most beautiful places, including the infamous ‘Stairway to Heaven’ hike. It was one of the scariest, hardest, yet rewarding endeavors I put my body through besides giving birth! Being active makes me love life that much more! It’s also where I started running and I must say that I terribly miss running on the beach in warm weather.

I am a blogger, athlete, and model on a journey to better health! I started my journey in 2013. I was overweight for most of my life and criticized for my weight often while growing up. I have dealt with many health issues throughout my life that were weight and non weight related. I started dealing with arm and chest pains in my late teens to early 20’s. Doctors later diagnosed it as Angina and told me I was on the verge of a heart attack in the near future if I did not address my weight. I have had a long battle with depression, two different types of anxiety disorders (Generalized and Social), and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Late February 2012, I started developing vision problems and I was diagnosed with Optic Neuritis. Following the episode of Optic Neuritis, I then started developing other neurological symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. I started having episodes of mobility issues that would come and go along with a lot of other strange symptoms that MS is known for. I was then told I was having symptoms of MS. I was told that it is most likely MS after many tests and ruling out everything. He gave me a pre-diagnosis of MS and wanted to get me started on an MS treatment plan that may help to delay the development of clinically-definite MS, which I quickly declined due to various reasons. I was told that I was at high risk for developing MS. No official 100% diagnosis could be made at the time because doctors need to find evidence of two episodes of disease activity in the central nervous system that have occurred at different points in time. In 2013, they only found one area of damage and lesions at the time. MS can be extremely difficult to diagnose, so I was told that I could be one of those patients who has to play the waiting game and could take years to get a diagnosis if I get one at all. At that moment, I was so afraid that this could start happening more often later on down the road and I could be completely disabled and might not be able to do all of the things I have always wanted to do and also realized that I wasn't living my life the way I wanted to. I felt like this was a wake up call and a sign that I needed to get out and do the things I have always longed to do and new things I have always wanted to try because I don't know how long I will be able to do those things for, which I am hoping will be for a very long time. 

MS is an unpredictable disease that I may or may not get diagnosed with. People who live with it won't know what will be the actual outcome for them, but knows what can be. After many health scares, I knew that I desperately needed to make a change in my life for various personal reasons and to finally do something in my life that makes me feel accomplished... I decided it was time to make a change for my health. One thing led to another and here I am today, this fitness loving health nut who loves all things health and fitness!

1 comment:

  1. Wow you're so inspiring! Have you written about the specific steps you took to lose the weight? Thanks so much for your story!