Advertisement

One Lucky Autoimmune Mom: Strength, Courage & Laughter

one lucky autoimmune mom

"Sometimes I worry that my disease will taint their childhoods. Then I think of what my scleroderma can teach them." Playing games on the floor, bicycle riding, swimming, boating, hiking, running, rock climbing, surfing, skiing, scuba diving, and horseback riding; all activities my kids have asked me to do with them. Oh, how I wish that I could do all these

4 Pregnancy Planning Tips For Hashimoto’s Moms-To-Be

pregnancy with Hashimoto's

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a chronic autoimmune disorder of thyroid function, where the patient has lower than normal levels of thyroid hormones (caused by misdirection of antibodies), and is therefore in a hypothyroid state.  While thyroid physiology changes quite significantly in normal pregnancies (to accommodate the changing metabolic needs of the mother and fetus), hypothyroid states such as Hashimoto’s, which are considered pathologic (not normal), demand

6 Beautifully Simple Ways to Prioritize Self-Care This Year

Self care for a better autoimmune life

For a long time, I’ve been saying that my health and self-care are my top priorities.  It slowly dawned on me, however, that my actions did not match my words. In contemplating the discrepancy, I listed the ways I was putting something else above myself.  From that list, I came up with a few key ways to put yourself last. Leave yourself completely off of

Pages: 1 2

7 Ingredients Your Leaky Gut Hates (Hint: Hold the Cool Whip)

Winter cake

Are ingredients in processed foods (food additives) a contributor for leaky gut? Food additives have been proposed as a likely culprit in increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome (1). In particular, surfactants/emulsifiers added to food products are known to increase intestinal permeability. Connecting the dots is not difficult when considering that surfactants are used as ingredients in medications to increase their absorption by opening

Benefits of Exercise for Autoimmune Conditions

Woman exercising

Will regular exercise reduce my symptoms and flares generally? Exercise can be beneficial for those suffering from autoimmune conditions for several reasons. Exercise helps to regulate blood sugar and weight. Exercise helps increase mental alertness and feelings of well-being and exercise can help to combat fatigue if done carefully.  Exercise is very therapeutic in most all cases of autoimmune conditions if it is done gradually

Looking For Ways To Support A Loved One With An Invisible Autoimmune Illness? In Honor Of National Caregiver’s Month

Caregivers for autoimmune

If you are in a committed relationship, there is an expectation of “sticking it out” through tough times regardless of whether or not you actually nervously sputtered out the words “in sickness and in health” at a wedding ceremony. And yet, faced with a challenge such as chronic illness, many people feel suddenly inadequate as a partner. It’s no wonder, really; while much attention is given