I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2004 – almost 10 years ago now. At the time I was shocked, but didn’t really comprehend the magnitude of what this chronic disease meant with regard to my life, my husband’s life, and that of my children. I had already survived a health scare three years earlier and had surgery to remove a tumor behind my right
Autoimmune Disease: The Clean Eating Cookbook, by Lisa Poloniato Marchese, CHN, is a clearly written, easy-to-use and wonderfully supportive cookbook, especially for novice cooks like me. But the cookbook is more than a variety of recipes for appetizers, main courses, snacks and smoothies. For me, simply, the cookbook offers hope. After going gluten-free nine months ago and not getting the expected symptom improvement for my
I realized recently that I’ve been sick for more of my life than I’ve been healthy. Eighteen years ago I was starting my Freshman year of high school – I was 14, and I loved to play soccer and softball and do normal teenage girl stuff. Then one day things started to change, and I had no idea that someday I’d be 33 and
Two years ago I underwent a partial thyroidectomy due to an inch size growth on the left side of my thyroid. Post surgery I learned that I was cancer-free, but I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I started taking daily thyroid medication, and seven months later I began the autoimmune mom journey. Before Delivery Due to this thyroid autoimmune condition, throughout pregnancy my thyroid levels were monitored
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 President’s seat on my
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 broken; any change in external
Four years ago, I was at the top of my game. I was participating in Ironman Triathlon events, getting my master’s degree, and trying to be the best, most organized, never missing a beat, mom and wife possible. Then, in no time flat, I went from ironman triathlete to woman in a wheelchair. I was tired. I chalked it up to being a busy mom.
I know I’m breaking all the rules. Using food to make myself feel better. And not just food, but food with sugar and dairy. But I’ve been in a cranky pants kind of mood the last few weeks, waking up so tired each morning even though I’m getting my 7+ hours of sleep and even though my thyroid levels from the Hashimoto’s are supposedly in