I am a mom, writer and group fitness instructor with three children (two here and one in Heaven) finding joy in the journey after dealing with secondary infertility and loss for five years. I have been married to my college sweetheart since 2000 and we live in Chicago, Illinois with our ten-year old son and four-year old daughter.

I have been blogging at Bereaved and Blessed (formerly Four of a Kind) since 2007. My blog is on Redbook Magazine’s Blogroll: The Best Infertility Blogs, allParenting’s Best Infertility Blogs and Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Moms with Inspiring Families. I am a contributing editor for Exhale Literary Magazine, wrote weekly for The Today Voice from July 2012 – June 2013 and was a speaker at BlogHer `12 in New York City.

I am a wounded healer who is passionate about helping others learning to cope and find joy when life doesn’t go as we hope, dream and plan (whether due to due to infertility, loss, illness and/or other circumstances). I am an American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) certified Group Fitness Instructor and teach classes part-time. I love to exercise, run, and practice yoga, all of which have been very therapeutic for me over the years. In April 2014, I became a Beachbody coach and started Fit & Healthy with Coach Kathy.