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5 Easy Ways To Get Over The Guilt Of Saying No

It's the holiday season and that time of year that I especially want to please people. Not only do I have family and friends I want to celebrate with but I have all sorts of preparations to make those celebrations happen. The demands are high this time of year. That also means that stress is… Continue reading 5 Easy Ways To Get Over The Guilt Of Saying No

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Dealing With The Positivity Police

Dear healthy friend, Did you know that I struggle every day with being open and honest with you? As your friend, I want to share myself with you and develop an authentic friendship but my life revolves around my autoimmune disease.  Before you are quick to quote some mindless inspirational thought like, "you have it,… Continue reading Dealing With The Positivity Police

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When Your Family Medical History Reads: X

When I was 8 years old I was called out of fourth grade and into the principal's office.  I sat nervously in the office full of large and intimidating furniture waiting to hear what I had done wrong.  My principal, who later went on to supervise the district, flipped through a manila file folder with… Continue reading When Your Family Medical History Reads: X

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Natural Aromatherapy for Autoimmune Disease

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers (http://chronicillnessbloggers.com/chronic-illness-bloggers/) network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in now way influenced by the company. " My family made a gigantic leap of faith and moved 1600… Continue reading Natural Aromatherapy for Autoimmune Disease

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Harnessing Hydrogen to Fight Inflammation

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers (http://chronicillnessbloggers.com/chronic-illness-bloggers/) network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in now way influenced by the company." Beneath every autoimmune disease and flare-up, there hides a singular culprit, inflammation.… Continue reading Harnessing Hydrogen to Fight Inflammation

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6 Tips For Adjusting To Life With An Autoimmune Disease

Your doctor has finally put a name on the symptoms you've been experiencing and now you have to learn to adjust to life with an autoimmune disease. You've been told a few basics about your newly labeled disease and listened to the announcement that there is no cure.  It may go up or down but… Continue reading 6 Tips For Adjusting To Life With An Autoimmune Disease

Fighting Through Flares, Treatment

PillSuite: The Suite Cure For Pill Problems

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers (http://chronicillnessbloggers.com/chronic-illness-bloggers/) network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in now way influenced by the company." Chronic illness means dealing with a load of pills a day.  … Continue reading PillSuite: The Suite Cure For Pill Problems

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An Open Letter To My Healthy Friends About My “Flare-Up”

An open letter to my healthy friends, When I say flare-up, I think you understand that means my symptoms are worse.  In your health, I don't think you always fully comprehend the impact of what that means for me. Sometimes, I forget that not everyone lives in the world of chronic illness and speaks the… Continue reading An Open Letter To My Healthy Friends About My “Flare-Up”

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5 Good Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children

  Chronic illness in a parent creates a unique dynamic between them and their children. Whereas in most homes, the parents are carrying the heaviest load in running the household, in chronic illness homes, the kids are forced to pick up a much more significant amount of that weight.  Despite the fact that the chronically… Continue reading 5 Good Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children

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12 Facts About Autoimmune Diseases That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End

1. Autoimmune disease has grown to be a bigger problem than cancer and heart disease. Collectively, autoimmune diseases are the most prevalent disease in the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health or NIH, 23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. In comparison, cancer affects up to 9 million and heart disease up… Continue reading 12 Facts About Autoimmune Diseases That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End