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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.

How To Put Energy + Money Toward Sunny Day Financial Planning

Happy kids playing at the beach in summer

Note: This post is sponsored by SunTrust Bank, which helps me bring you the medical expert-written posts about autoimmune disease research on AutoimmuneMom.com. When you’re living with a chronic health issue, it’s natural to focus on the day-to-day imperatives: “What doctor appointments do I have this week?” “What driving around am I doing for the kids’ activities?” and the all-important,

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.

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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

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;

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,