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One Lucky Autoimmune Mom: Strength, Courage & Laughter

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“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 things with my son

6 Beautifully Simple Ways to Prioritize Self-Care This Year

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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

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24 Months Postpartum With Hashimoto’s: Hit the Reset Button

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In my last post when I was 18 month postpartum, I mentioned that I’m starting to feel more optimistic about life as a mom with a toddler and managing Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  I also wrote that I’m starting to feel stable, in what has seemed like such a hormonal seesaw during postpartum. As AutoimmuneMom.com founder Katie Cleary talked about in one of her recent posts, self care

It’s a “Live-It”, Not A Diet: How A Chef-Turned-Health Coach Healed Her Own Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism With Food

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Hello, I’m Jen and I’ve been obsessed with food all my life. (Hi Jen…) Are you like me?  Do you eat, sleep and dream food too? My love affair with food began where so many others have as well—around the kitchen table.  I lucked out by having grandmothers who could really cook.  My nana’s Italian sausages—a little spicy from the seasonings and sweet from rich

Parenting My Way Through a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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As a mom, there are certain characteristics you don’t want to encounter—fatigue, mental fog, and loss of energy are just a few.  Unfortunately, all those things descended upon my life at one time. I didn’t think too much of it. I figured it was all just a snowball effect; running a family made my head spin at night instead of allowing for restful sleep, fatigue