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Lauren K.

I'm Lauren Kaminsky, a 26-year-old who is passionate about many things, and still trying to figure out exactly what I want to be when I grow up. I love empowering young women, training for and participating in triathlons (because calling what I do racing is a stretch), and giving a voice to all... Full Bio
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From 0 to 8: Event Weekend in the Hospital by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the hospital were a blur of people and emotions. Team Challenge was racing in Chicago 13.1, just a few miles away from the University of Ch ... Read on »
From 0 to 8: Admitted. by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Where were we? Ah yes, I was taking my sweet time telling all of you about my hospital stay, as if someone cares about all the details besides my mother (who was there ... Read on »
From 0 to 8: Packing My Hospital Bag by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis So, when we left off, I told you that my doctor had basically given my intestines 48 hours to pull it together . It was seriously bad timing, as I was given that news ... Read on »
From 0 to 8: How I Wound Up in the Hospital by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis If you follow me on Facebook , you probably know by now that I had a pretty eventful June. And not eventful like I’d hoped. Last I wrote, I had high hopes of kicking off M ... Read on »
Updated: 30 before 30 by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis I celebrated my twenty-ninth birthday on a beach in February… which means I am quickly approaching 30! Back when I wrote the original 30 before 30 post, turning thirty see ... Read on »
Is This Thing On? Fun at ASICS Bucktown! by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Hello? Is anyone out there? I knew I hadn’t updated my little corner of the internet in a while, but my goodness! January 1? Let’s work on that, shall we? Okay, not “w ... Read on »
Farewell, 2013. by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis What a whirlwind year it’s been! I cannot believe 2013 has come and gone already. All in all, 2013 was a wonderful year. Let’s recap a little bit. I celebrated my ... Read on »
Homecoming at Clarke by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis I promised you stories about my fun October and I never delivered. Oops. Let’s do this. But first… let’s get two things out of the way. My college is teeny and I am obsess ... Read on »
Looking for a Way to Relate by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis I think it’s pretty obvious that I am open about my life with Crohn’s disease. I am happy to tell anyone who will listen about my symptoms, the hard times, the good times, ... Read on »
Geeking Out at the Field Museum by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis In my former life, I was an elementary school teacher. (And by former life, I mean from 2007 – 2010, so not really that long ago.) During my brief teaching career, on ... Read on »
Lots of Fun Things by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis There are so many things I want to write about, and I’m not even sure where to start! I’m also fighting a nasty headcold and I think the Dayquil is making me a bit foggy. ... Read on »
My Fifth 26.2 by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Well, kind of. Those of you keeping score at home know that I didn’t get to finish my first marathon. But since it’s not exactly my fault that the Chicago Marathon black-f ... Read on »
Six years in the making: 5:52:33. by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis When I toed the starting line at my first marathon in 2007, I had one goal: to finish. The weather was incredibly hot that day. So hot, in fact, that they called off the r ... Read on »
Odd Distance Runs & Other Superstitions by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis A half marathon is 13.1 miles, and last time I checked, that’s an odd number. I have no issue signing up to race that distance. But when my training schedule calls for ... Read on »
29 Seconds by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Last weekend, I headed to Madison to run a half marathon with my cousin. Well, okay, she’s a lot faster than me and I didn’t plan to actually run with her, but we were bot ... Read on »
Because a PR Deserves a Cake Pop… and a Post. by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis I’ve been due for a 5k PR for quite a long time. I rarely race the distance anymore, and when I do, my body is so used to racing long distance that I can’t ever properly p ... Read on »
Half Marathons On the Horizon: Race Goals & A Coupon Code by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Now that August has arrived, my two half marathons are getting closer and closer. My cousin Katie and I will tackle the Madison Mini Marathon on August 17, and I can’t wai ... Read on »
Where’s the Nearest Bathroom? by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis There is a commercial for Humira that gets some flack in the IBD community. People say it only portrays one part of IBD, and isn’t educating people about the severity of t ... Read on »
Chicago Half Marathon: Who Wants to Race for FREE? by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis I was delighted when the folks at the Chicago Half Marathon reached out to offer me a complimentary entry to their race, as well as one to give away. I registered for the ... Read on »
Raising Awareness… Undie Dash Style by Lauren K. Posted in: Blog Posts in Crohns & Colitis Running around in my skivvies on the Lakefront Path is not something I’d typically do. But when my friends at The Great Bowel Movement suggested joining the race to raise ... Read on »