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Archives for May 2013

Cosmic Clue-By-Fours and Other Chronic Truths…

One of the most common questions I get asked is, in fact, formed in the prose of a question: “How do you do it?!?!” Wherein “it” refers to managing my five children, a job as a childcare provider (because I wasn’t bat-shit crazy enough with five of my own), a household, a design team spot for a wicked scrapbooking store,

A Guide to Lupus (SLE)

Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is a cruel, unpredictable and devastating autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including skin, joints and internal organs. This rheumatic disease strikes mostly young women—ages 15-44, though men and children can develop lupus, too. While people of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus, women of African and Asian descent are

An Autoimmune Mom’s Choice: Happiness As The Mom You Are

As an Autoimmune Mom, you learn very quickly that you have a choice, to let go of the mom you thought you would be and become the mom that you are.  I suffer from Cold Urticaria as well as serious lung issues thanks to a pulmonary embolism four days after the birth of my daughter.  Simply, my internal thermometer is

Pregnancy + Ankylosing Spondylitis – Common Questions

I’m pregnant and I have ankylosing spondylitis.  Are there any risks involved for my baby? Fortunately ankylosing spondylitis does not seem to impact fertility or the developing baby.  It does not lead to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor.  As a general rule, women with ankylosing spondylitis can expect to have healthy children of a normal birth weight.

A Guide to Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease

Rheumatoid autoimmune diseases are painful conditions that are characterized inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints or muscles caused by an autoimmune response by the body. A number of disorders fall into the category of rheumatoid autoimmune disease. Ankylosing Spondylitis Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that can, in severe cases, cause some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together.