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cathy kramer
Works at College of Dupage
Attended Newman University
Lives in Naperville, IL
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Home Remedies for Cold/Flu Season
Even though I am a teacher to adult learners, I often find myself being "mom". When students come into the classroom fatigued, coughing or coming up for tissues multiple times, I begin my "mom questions". Are you sleeping enough? Is this what you are eating...
Even though I am a teacher to adult learners, I often find myself being "mom". When students come into the classroom fatigued, coughing or coming up for tissues multiple times, I begin my "mom questions". Are you sleeping enough? Is this what you are eating for breakfast?
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My Story on HealthCentral!
This month I had the wonderful experience of sharing my personal story with HealthCentral and their series " My Story: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis" .  It was more of a reflective experience than I imaged it would be. I felt a little vulnerable talking ...
This month I had the wonderful experience of sharing my personal story with HealthCentral and their series "My Story: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis" . It was more of a reflective experience than I imaged it would be. I felt a little vulnerable talking about my worst days, weirdly guilty that ...
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Sometimes RA is my Friend
I know we aren't suppose to like rheumatoid arthritis, but I am going to share something with you. Sometimes RA is my friend. Sometimes rheumatoid arthritis is the only friend that won't stop telling me that it is time to rest. It is the friend that isn't a...
I know we aren't suppose to like rheumatoid arthritis, but I am going to share something with you. Sometimes RA is my friend. Sometimes rheumatoid arthritis is the only friend that won't stop telling me that it is time to rest. It is the friend that isn't afraid of hurting my feelings and ...
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Connecting How I Became My Own Advocate
I constantly tell my adult ESL/Pre-GED students to find connections between what they are currently learning to something they already know. Here's my connection to becoming my own RA health advocate. When my first baby was born, I was determined I was goin...
I constantly tell my adult ESL/Pre-GED students to find connections between what they are currently learning to something they already know. Here's my connection to becoming my own RA health advocate. When my first baby was born, I was determined I was going to nurse him.
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Twitter Chat Tonight
Becoming a part of the RA community has definitely been a positive step in my RA journey. While I have often followed my own unique path, I have learned so much from everyone I have come in contact with the last eleven years. Plus, I have met some amazing p...
Becoming a part of the RA community has definitely been a positive step in my RA journey. While I have often followed my own unique path, I have learned so much from everyone I have come in contact with the last eleven years. Plus, I have met some amazing people who I now consider to be great ...
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Tracking Symptoms: Not As Beneficial as I Had Hoped
With the hip pain I have been experiencing lately, I thought it was a good idea to begin documenting my symptoms somewhere. I have this huge problem of completely forgetting about symptoms if I am not experiencing them at the appointments. So, I started usi...
With the hip pain I have been experiencing lately, I thought it was a good idea to begin documenting my symptoms somewhere. I have this huge problem of completely forgetting about symptoms if I am not experiencing them at the appointments. So, I started using an app called Rheumatoid Arthritis ...
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Rheumatologists and Appointments
With my rheumatoid arthritis trying to make a comeback in my life, I've found myself starting to track my daily symptoms once again. When I go to my next appointment with my rheumatologist, I want to be able to make the most out of my appointment. If I'm no...
With my rheumatoid arthritis trying to make a comeback in my life, I've found myself starting to track my daily symptoms once again. When I go to my next appointment with my rheumatologist, I want to be able to make the most out of my appointment. If I'm not experiencing the symptoms at the time ...
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How Being an Introvert Benefits My RA
Growing up, I didn't understand that there were different types of personalities or that as a society we tend to cater to extroverts while introverts are left to feel like odd beings. Well, that is always how I felt anyhow. I dreaded new conversations with ...
Growing up, I didn't understand that there were different types of personalities or that as a society we tend to cater to extroverts while introverts are left to feel like odd beings. Well, that is always how I felt anyhow. I dreaded new conversations with people of all ages because I knew that ...
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What's Not Moving Is Just as Important as What is Moving
Since my bilateral hip injections in September, my hips have been inflexible.Sitting on the floor cross-legged, which I love, has been a struggle for my hips. When squatting down to help a student, my hips feel like they don't want to move with me. After wa...
Since my bilateral hip injections in September, my hips have been inflexible.Sitting on the floor cross-legged, which I love, has been a struggle for my hips. When squatting down to help a student, my hips feel like they don't want to move with me. After walking for a while I feel my hips ...
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The Walking Strike is Over!
Izzy's three and a half month walking strike is finally over and it feels soooooooo good!  After a stormy June, Izzy, my border collie, stopped walking in our neighborhood. I could take her to parks and she was generally fine, but just said "no" to getting ...
Izzy's three and a half month walking strike is finally over and it feels soooooooo good! After a stormy June, Izzy, my border collie, stopped walking in our neighborhood. I could take her to parks and she was generally fine, but just said "no" to getting leashed up for a walk around the ...
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Who Taught You to Age?
It's my birthday. I'm 48 today!!!  Lucky me! As I have been living out my 47th year on life, I've been thinking about aging. I've never been someone who is afraid or ashamed to say my age and often say it out loud (possibly so I don't forget how old I am. I...
It's my birthday. I'm 48 today!!! Lucky me! As I have been living out my 47th year on life, I've been thinking about aging. I've never been someone who is afraid or ashamed to say my age and often say it out loud (possibly so I don't forget how old I am. I do that occassionally).
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With my rheumatoid arthritis trying to make a comeback in my life, I've found myself starting to track my daily symptoms once again. When I go to my next appointment with my rheumatologist, I want to be able to make the most out of my appointment. If I'm not experiencing the symptoms at the time ...
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Education
  • Newman University
    Education
  • Wichita State University
    ESL
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Gender
Female
Other names
Cateepoo
Story
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Reflections on health, family, self, and simple everyday happiness.
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Married 27 years, momma to two perfect teens and a border collie, 22 years in education, and seeker of finding the best in people and situations.
Work
Occupation
Adult Education instructor
Employment
  • College of Dupage
    Adjunct Faculty ESL, 2012 - present
  • Waubonsee Community College
    Adjunct Faculty ESL, 1991 - present
  • Computer Systems Institute
    Adjunct Faculty ESL, 2010 - 2012
  • USD 259
    Teacher, 1992 - 1998
    5th grade teacher for five years. ESL Teacher for two years
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Currently
Naperville, IL
Previously
Wichita, Kansas