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Archives for December 2013

One Autoimmune Mom’s ITP Story: Feeling Like a Four Engine Plane Running on One Engine

ITP, have you ever heard of it?  I bet you haven’t.  ITP  stands for Idiopathic or Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura. ITP is an autoimmune blood disorder characterized by an abnormal decrease in the number of platelets in the blood.  Platelets are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding.  A decrease in platelets can result in easy bruising, bleeding gums, and internal bleeding.

How To Avoid Holiday Autoimmune Flares

It seems that once Halloween hits, the stress and pressure of the holidays falls upon us.  Once the crisp winds of Autumn arrive, I start seeing my schedule book up with holiday parties, gift buying, food preparation and lists of to-dos. As an autoimmune mom myself, I can feel the anxiety try to creep up on my nervous system. The

Addison’s Disease & Celiac Mom Story: “The Autoimmune Snowball”

I was 32 years old.  I had just survived a miserable pregnancy and rough delivery, but instead of gaining my strength back and enjoying this new stage of my life, I was rushed to the hospital, at risk of stroke and heart failure.  My adrenal gland had failed. Task 1: Figure out what to do with this new human being.

Avoid Autoimmune Diagnosis Delay – Tips For Early Doctor Visits, But Most Importantly: Trust Your Instincts

One of the most frustrating aspects of autoimmune disease, for patients and physicians alike, is often the confusion and uncertainty surrounding the diagnostic process.  Because autoimmune diseases are very commonly first misdiagnosed one or more times before being definitively labeled “autoimmune”, this process – which in many cases is dependent on a lot of generalized, non-specific signs and symptoms –