From my favorite foods, to how Chloe got her name to where I met my husband.. find out 20 things about me that you may not know!
With so many new readers joining the blog in the last few months, I wanted to take a step back and introduce myself for those who may not know me personally. Yes – you’ve probably gathered that I’m a huge proponent of living a healthy lifestyle with MS and have a baby girl, but there’s a lot more to know!
I’d also love to get to know you better too, so please let me know in the “Comments” section a little about yourself and how you came to find my blog!
Ok, now onto the facts…
20 Things You Don’t Know About Me
1.) I was born and raised in Chicago and we plan to live here indefinitely.
2.) We have a shih tzu, Oscar, who is like a second child to me. (You dog-moms know what I’m talking about!)
3.) I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 29 years old after initially losing the vision in my right eye. Two years later, I’ve gotten it under control with the help of Tysabri, my monthly medication, and living a lifestyle including a mostly carb/sugar-free diet and exercise.
4.) I met my husband when we were just 15 years old and he began driving me to high school. We were best friends for close to 8 years before starting to date.
From high school friends…
To husband and wife!
5.) I moved out west for college to Santa Clara University and then studied abroad in Australia but couldn’t wait to get back to my roots in the Midwest.
6.) I have a brother, sister-in-law, and the most adorable niece Mary who lives in DC. She’s the only baby I know that could recite the ABCs perfectly at 1 year old.
7.) I can’t stand long nails so I get a manicure every week without fail. In fact, nails were my first outing just 3 days after delivering Chloé. (I’m crazy, I know!)
8.) I live by the moto “no regrets” and even went as far as skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef on my 21st birthday despite my fear of both heights and flying.
9.) I would do absolutely anything for anyone I cared about. Loyalty is very important to me.
10.) My go-to drink is Pinot Grigio but if I want to treat myself, I’ll have a dirty martini with blue cheese olives.
11.) I am a total homebody at heart and love hosting parties and holidays, decorating and cooking. (You’ll know this instantly if you’re following me on Instagram!)
12.) I’ve always wanted a garden and next year I’m determined to grow a vegetable and herb garden on my back porch (city-livin’ style!).
13.) Favorite meal is a toss up between Lou Malnatti’s deep dish pizza and super spicy Mongolian Beef with crunchy noodles. The spicier the better for everything I eat!
14.) I love adventure and have traveled to over 20 countries. My husband and I are headed to Prague, Budapest and Vienna this winter sans-baby and I couldn’t be more excited!
15.) When I get nervous or stressed, my arms and head always tingle and get numb. Thanks, MS!
16.) I’m “Type A” and love lists, organizing, and multi-tasking. Sounds nerdy but I get super excited about a color-coded binder with dividers.
17.) I cherish being the godmother to Hannah Rosemary. I can’t wait to be the aunt she leans on for advice and talks to about boys, school and life!
18.) We were in Paris when we announced our pregnancy and learned we were having a baby girl. We named our daughter, Chloé, after the most beautiful dress we could find for her there.
19.) I met my two of my best friends (and Maids of Honors) when I was just 3 years old. (I told you, I’m loyal!).
20.) My husband and I are lucky enough to have 6 parents and step-parents between us. My relationship with both my mom and dad mean more to me than words can say.
OK, and a bonus one…
21.) I’m determined to change the perception of what it means to have MS and to show you can still live a full and active life with the disease. This is something I didn’t know was possible after diagnosis, so I want to scream it from the rooftop so every newly diagnosed person knows it too. MS can be pretty scary but you have the ability to help control your destiny.