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Project Kate: 11 Months Later

Almost a year ago, I quit my job and moved back home with my parents. I vowed that I would use this time to better myself, and to do that, I started what I called Project Kate. The point has been to openly discuss my goals, which also emphasizes accountability, and to share the hard truth: for the most part, I felt like I had failed. I failed in my goal to be completely independent after graduating from college. I failed in my goal to support myself completely through my health problems. And I failed in my goal to keep my health problems from taking over my life.

So today, 11 months after I hit rock bottom health-wise, it makes me so happy to see how far I’ve come. I still have a while to go, but it’s much better now than it was then.

Project Kate: 11 Months Later
Physical Health
Things have been rough the past month to say the least. My infusion ran out over 4 weeks ago, and that is what keeps everything working fine (or as fine as possible). Since then, I’ve been exhausted and in high pain pretty much at all times. I had my infusion on June 26, so it should kick in within the next week … should being the operative word. Then, it turns out that my anemia has been worse than usual since the beginning of May, which doesn’t help things. On top of all of that, my finger got infected last weekend. As in, I spent Friday in urgent care and they had to cut off granulated tissue that grew over the infection.
Also, I keep accidentally flipping people off.
On the plus side, my knee is doing great. I’m in PT every other week now and it doesn’t bother me any more than the rest of my joints. So there’s that.
Mental Health
Well, this hasn’t been the best. My anxiety is making a comeback. I’m working on it – including the natural ways I manage it – so I hope that it calms down soon. If you have anxiety disorder, you know how miserable it can be.
Grad School
I’m all registered for BC grad student orientation, and I’m so excited for school to start! I’m also looking at all the other aspects of starting school, like getting my student ID, ordering books, etc.
Work Plans
I’m currently working 2 days a week doing office things and I really like it. It’s right up my alley – lots of organizing! – and I really like the people I work with. I’m also blogging and writing regularly, and yes, I do make money from that.
Other Plans

The Essential Grammar Handbook came out last month and I’m trying to finish writing the first draft of my next novel before school starts at the end of August. I’m also attempting to do yoga more, although attempting there is the important word. Apparently, if you do yoga full throttle after having knee surgery, you will injure yourself. My physical therapist has me doing poses involving my legs (aka the majority of the poses) half-way. Ideally, I’ll be back to normal by the end of the year!


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