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 runner, fitness enthusiast and on a journey to fit! I started my journey to fit in 2013. I was overweight for most of my life and some people never let me forget and talked down to me because of it. I have had a long battle with depression, two different types of anxiety disorders - Generalized and Social, and PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. After desperately needing 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. Late February 2012 I started developing vision problems and I was diagnosed with Optic Neuritis. Following the long episode of Optic Neuritis, I then started developing other neurological symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. I was then told I was having symptoms of MS. I was told that it is most likely MS, but my doctor at the time wanted more proof, but told me it was only a matter of time before I got the official diagnosis whether it be from him or another doctor. 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. MS can be extremely difficult to diagnose, so I was told that I could be one of those patients who may take years to get a diagnosis if I get one at all. At that moment, I was so afraid that one day 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, in 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. One thing led to another and here I am today, this fitness loving health nut who loves all things health and fitness!

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