If I had to use one word to describe me, it’s geek. It’s not just because I’ve been a web developer for over 20 years. I geek out over everything. Books. Music. Cooking competition shows. Documentaries. It’s a pretty long list.

Me and my husband

My husband is also a geek, and we tend to geek out about stuff together. I’m pretty sure my dog is a geek, too, but mostly about treats and her squeaky toys.

My dog Maggie

In 1992, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in my colon. I was severely ill for two years before I had ileostomy surgery. I was in remission for nine years before my Crohn’s returned in my small bowel. For several years, I’ve been having Remicade infusions.

Me having a Remicade infusion

So the other word I would use to describe me is spoonie. In addition to the effects of my Crohn’s, I struggle daily with fatigue and neuropathic pain. Over the years, I’ve had eight surgeries. In 2016, my husband and I decided it was time for me to stop working full time outside the home.

I currently work as a freelance web developer from home, and I’m still learning how to balance work and self care. I am trying to find peace in the midst of my chronic illness, and Chronically Zen is where I write about it.

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