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Why I Hate the Beach

What is the first place you think of when you think of taking a summer vacation? I bet more than half of you instantly thought, THE BEACH of course! There's something about that beautiful blue water, the ocean waves, white sand, and sun that just lures people in. Kids love to run in the surf, build sandcastles and maybe throw a ball around while their parents love the relaxing sound of the ocean, a shady canopy, and maybe an adult beverage or two. Even the dog loves to play in the sand and the surf. There is something for ev[...]
depending on others

Depending on Others is Hard!

Do you suddenly find yourself depending on others for basic necessities? It's hard, isn't it? When people meet me, they often say things like, "Wow, you break that easily? You're in pain all the time? That must be so hard. I can't even imagine that." The truth is, yes, there are days where it can be difficult just to breathe and the pain factor really sucks, but most of the time I have an underlying pain that I've adapted to over the years. Sometimes physical pain makes it hard to be me, but doesn't everyone have somet[...]
jane hash, osteogenesis imperfecta

“Hashing It Out” with Jane Hash: An Activist With Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Posted In: All | Katherine's Friends
Today on Looking Up, I'd like to introduce you to a TRUE entrepreneur, Jane Hash, who just so happens to have Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type III like me. An activist, business owner, volunteer, podcaster, nutritionist, and blogger herself, Jane has truly done it all. Let's get started! Hey Jane! First, I want to start off with what exactly you DO...or maybe what you DON'T DO would be the shorter list! When someone asks you what you "do," how do you answer them? Thank you for asking that question because it’s someth[...]
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Why Not Art Full-Time?

Posted In: All | Featured | KAK Art & Designs
Katherine, your real gift is in art and painting. Why don't you do that full-time? You would make a fortune! First, no I wouldn't, trust me. Ever heard the expression "starving artist?" Well, there's a reason for that! Very few artists make a real living from their art. Most of them have a "day job" or have some other source of income to supplement. In most cases, except for maybe the lucky few like George Rodrigue, if an artist's work is going to become truly valuable, it's not until after they've died. I mean, what is the[...]
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Don’t Pet Me!

Here's your laugh for the day. About a year ago, I caught a really nasty cold. When I get sick, I tend to break ribs and collarbones from coughing hard or sneezing repeatedly. Right as I was getting sick, my friend and I went to a Florida Georgia Line concert here in New Orleans. Now, yes, maybe I shouldn't have gone since I was already starting to not feel well, but if you've ever been to one of their shows, you understand why it was worth it! Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard put on one heck of a show[...]
dumb people

15 Dumb Things Strangers Have Said to Me:

"Mommy, it talks!" (six year old after I politely told her hi when I caught her staring at me) "How did you get that way?" (Uhh... Depends on what you believe?) "Does it hurt to break a bone?" (What do you think? How about I run over your toes with this 400 lb wheelchair and we'll see how you feel.) "It's eating chicken wings all by itself!" (Exclaimed by an old lady to an entire food court in a mall.) "What a cute baby!" (Dude, I'm pretty sure I could teach you curse words you never knew existed. Can your[...]

Witnessing a Miracle on America’s Got Talent

About four years ago, I received an email offer from Lakefront Arena for free tickets to a taping of America's Got Talent while it was auditioning in New Orleans. The taping was on a Tuesday afternoon, so I thought it would be a nice change of pace during the work week for my assistant and I to attend. I applied for the tickets and got a couple for the noon show. When we got to the arena, I was impressed that we got decent parking and were let in first because of my wheelchair. While in line with the other wheelchair us[...]
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Osteogenesis Imperfecta 101

Osteogenesis Imperfecta affects approximately one out of 15,000 people. In a nutshell, it's a genetic bone disorder that causes bones to break easily and grow abnormally due to a lack of collagen (the stuff that helps make up your bones, organs, hair, and fingernails). It also causes weak ligaments, hearing loss, breathing problems, and dental issues. The whites of OI people's eyes tend to have a blue tint, and they usually have a fairly triangularly shaped face and a "pigeon breasted" chest (meaning that the sternum sticks[...]

Hey Y’all!

Welcome to my new blog, Looking Up. Here you will get to know me a little better, and hopefully I will make you smile, laugh, and think. I want to give you a VIP look into my life, which you will find is very different yet much the same as your own. So, let's get started with a few "Katherine Basics." Call me Katherine. I let a few of my friends call me Kat, but if you call me Kathy or Kathleen, I WILL run you over with my 400 pound wheelchair. Not kidding. I have a genetic bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfect[...]