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Kids + Life

Given the frequent common symptoms of autoimmune are fatigue, inflammation, muscle/joint pain, digestive issues and more frequent occurrence of infections, this section covers ideas for moms to manage their health with active kids and at different periods in their life. Because many autoimmune conditions have a genetic component, staying on top of your children's potential to develop the conditions is important.

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

Self Care For Autoimmune Moms: Walking the Gold-Lined Path

Walking the gold-lined path

At least once or twice a year, I go to Rocky Mountain National Park to feed my soul – the photo below is one that I took last summer while hiking in Moraine Park.  This is where I reconnect with myself, where I feel most whole.  I wish I could say I can reclaim this feeling in my normal/non-vacation life, amid the busy-ness of kids,

A Podcast With PulpNature.com On Parenting, Self-Care and Community To Be A Happy Autoimmune Mom

PulpNature.com

  I had the honor of talking to Jessica Peavy, co-founder of PulpNature.com, about all things autoimmune, motherhood and community.  Jessica had great questions for me about taking time for yourself, working with your partner to come up with a plan for handling the kids during flare times, and the general approach to motherhood that you have to take as the reality of life as

Should I Breastfeed As An Autoimmune Mom?

Three babies sitting indoors holding hands

Breastfeeding offers many benefits, for both mother and child.  New moms get to experience the undeniable bonding that occurs between themselves and their newborns during each session; and their babies receive breast milk, a natural product that delivers not only sustenance, but also important vitamins, minerals and immune factors. For expectant mothers who carry one or more autoimmune disease diagnoses, there is often concern, understandably,

Will My Kids Get Autoimmune? Sibling & First-Degree Relatives Research Gives Clues To Family Risk of Autoimmune

Autoimmune family research - lupus twin study

Examining the occurrence of disease in first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, children) is a powerful method used to discern genetic versus non-genetic factors leading to disease.  Of the various familial connections, sibling comparisons are often more useful than others.  While the ultimate tool for parsing genetic from environmental/other causes is a study of identical twins raised in separate environments, this is obviously very rare. Thus, the