Hello! I have quite a few things people call me, but you guys can call me Kate!
I am 17 years old, and in my senior year of high school. I love fashion, makeup, sewing, designing, and the outdoors. I live in a small beach town on the East Coast.
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on January 25th, 2012.
It started in the first week of November 2011. I thought I came down with a stomach virus, and went to the doctor. She gave me some probiotics, and I never took them. I hated taking medicine (boy was I in for a rude awakening). The symptoms went on until Christmas when my mom said enough is enough, we are going to a doctor. We were sent to a gastro doctor and I scheduled a colonoscopy and endoscopy for the end of January. One day my symptoms got horrible, and the doctor told me I had to go to the emergency room immediately. At this point, I weighed less than 80 pounds, although I am small to begin with. The male gastro doctor was unable to perform the procedure, but another doctor from the practice could. This one happened to be female (YES). I spent four days in the hospital, including my older sisters birthday. I met a new friend, all the while being cleaned out with Miralax, YUM! I had my procedure done and was diagnosed with UC. I was put on Asacol, Prednisone, a daily multivitamin, calcium supplement, Ensure twice a day and a low-residue, dairy-free diet. My permanent doctor was now the female who performed my procedure, which worked out awesome!
I barely made it to school during February. One day a week if I was lucky. We spent the month of March doing home tutoring, and I was back in school the second week of April. I was taken off my Prednisone on May 28th. June went really well and I was able to finish my sophomore year! July went great as well. I hung out with my friends, went to the beach, took a trip to the lake house, and all that fun summer stuff!
In August, I relapsed. I went to the doctor on August 20th and she said clearly my body is not responding to the Asacol alone. So, I was put on 6-MP. I was also put back on Prednisone. The prednisone, a steroid, caused weight gain and fat redistribution, making me unable to walk. I also got horrible anxiety and emotional stress, making it impossible to function normally in school. I was taken out and put of home instruction. After five months of trying with this medication on different levels of dosage, we gave up on it because all it did was mess with my liver. I began on a medication called Remicade that gets given to me through infusion at the hospital right before Christmas. It seems to be helping and I am now done with my prednisone! I hope to be back in my school soon!
I lost myself when I got put on Prednisone. It is truly an evil drug. I would look in the mirror and see a different person. I couldn’t walk due to stinging pain in my feet. My face looked as round as a moon. I was unable to wear contacts. I gained so much weight and didn’t fit in my clothes.
This time, I gained 40 pounds and an anxiety problem.
I became determined to drop these extra pounds and get back to my normal life. And nip this disease in the butt. I wasn’t going to let this disease mess with my teenage life anymore. I adapted to a healthy lifestyle and started getting help for my hindering anxiety. After 6 long months, I lost all of the weight and felt like my normal self again. I now am preparing to graduate highschool and hoping to attend college this coming fall.
Lets get to the fun stuff!
I have been sewing since 6th grade. I started off with super small things, like doll clothes. I eventually moved up and sew my own clothes and intend on going into the fashion industry after high school!
I spend every day at the beach in the summer and despise any snow that comes after December 25th.
I love country music, but I pretty much listen to anything except for rap. My favorite artist is Taylor Swift. Ask me anything there is to know about her, I know it.
My favorite song is and forever will be Call Me Maybe. Don’t judge.
I am heavily involved in performing arts in school. I perform on stage, sew costumes for them, do quick changes backstage, stage manage show choir, participate in mixed choir and love to play piano.
I have three siblings. A younger sister, an older sister, and an older brother. I have a dog named Brody…he is a silly mutt!
I created this blog as a way to cope with my chronic illness, log being healthy, inspire people with my creations, and help others feel beautiful. I have always loved the communities that are out there on the internet. I was partnered on You Tube for a very short time. It made me feel successful and involved, knowing all these people logged online to watch my videos everyday to support a hobby that I loved! I am hoping with this blog I can open up to people and maybe help them along the way!