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25 Little Known and Somewhat Embarrassing Facts About Me

By Katie |

Given that I’ve been writing here for a while now, it only seems natural that I should share a little more about me than just the pregnancy stuff. After all, I lived 28 crazy years before getting knocked up, so trust me, there is plenty to share.

I know some of you will be disappointed, but only about half of it is embarrassing. To be fair, I’ve overshared enough here now that I think my embarrassment bone is broken.

I’m sure that some of these aren’t a big surprise to all of you, but they’re definitely 25 things that the average person doesn’t know about me. Or that they don’t want to know about me. It’s hard to say.

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25 Things About Me

1. I had brain surgery

This is probably the least surprising to the most of you, but in 2007, I had surgery on my brain and cervical spine. I have a condition known as Chiari Malformation, the easiest explanation of which is that my skull/brain were not formed exactly right, so there wasn't enough room in my skull for the lowest part of the brain. At some point before the age of 22, my brain herniated into my spinal canal. We found it when I began having a series of vision, balance and strength issues, plus a slew of absolutely horrible headaches. Since my surgery things have been far from rosy, but I'm always well aware that they could be way worse.

Now you know 25 completely unnecessary, somewhat embarrassing facts about me. I feel so much closer to you already.

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13 thoughts on “25 Little Known and Somewhat Embarrassing Facts About Me

  1. Katy says:

    Barbeque sauce? Really? I think it’s one of life’s great pleasures. Especially on a pizza!!!

  2. Nanette says:

    Your picture for #24 is super cute!

  3. Krystal says:

    If you could do the splits at 9 months pregnant I’m pretty sure you could make into some kind of record book! And I agree picture #24 is a super cute picture!

  4. katie says:

    Ha, #24 was taken at my sister’s wedding 7 years ago. We were babies!

  5. goodnessneverfails says:

    how can you claim you’ve never been hospitalized (“except for the brain surgery”)? that makes no sense, whatsoever. 28 year streak, don’t think so.

  6. Katie says:

    Oy. What an odd thing to nit pick about. I swear, there is no such thing as too small of a battle to pick. For example, I could choose to pick one about the irony of your username, but I’m not gonna.
    I have never had an illness or injury grave enough to require me to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. The brain surgery was a planned hospitalization where I was monitored for several days. Again, I say oy.

  7. Al_Pal says:

    Fun facts, indeed.
    I’m curious about the cake with the blue near the top. There’s gotta be a story on that?
    Cute pics.

  8. katie says:

    Al_pal- It’s a flag cake for the 4th of July. Unfortunately I was out of true blue food coloring and only had turquoise. Next year there will be better colors and more red/white stripes. :)

  9. Kathryn says:

    Hey, ur name is spelled the same as mine!! I don’t see that very often…cool! :)

  10. jinga says:

    not a very interesting list at all. Nothing mildly intriguing about most of your facts and I agree with the poster above – your list has way too many “exceptions”

  11. Ashley S. says:

    Man you ladies are downright mean. If you aren’t interested, don’t read the post! Geeze!!!

  12. Onze says:

    I’ve never broken a bone but I’ve birthed three babies (our fourth is currently in the oven!) but soon you will be able to answer my all-time most wondered question: is childbirth more painful than breaking bones?? I’m sure it must be but I have no comparison!! :)

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