Slow Down, Be Proactive With Doctors… and Take Care of You

A Mom's Life with Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's

January 2013, I turned 40. I had planned on celebrating, but I was too sick. One month later I finally learned what caused the dizziness, severe sudden fatigue, joint stiffness and pain, losing my upper teeth and a few of the bottom teeth, hair loss, light sensitivity, dry nose and eyes and my severe multiple food allergies that came on suddenly. I have primary Sjögren’s

Hello Hashimoto’s: A Functional Nutritionist’s Own Story of Life With Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

The delicate dance of Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroid condition

Last summer I got a good taste of why babies scream inconsolably.  (At least the babies who have ear infections.) While on vacation with my son in Hawaii, I contracted an ear infection that made the sides of my head hot, swollen and pierced with excruciating pain; pain that reverberated from deep within my inner ear canal to my dangling lobe and kept me up through

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

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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.  In my case I have

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

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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. Task 2: Figure out Addison’s

Life With Psoriatic Arthritis: Advice & Thoughts For Autoimmune Moms At Any Stage of the Journey

Two female friends enjoying some camaraderie

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