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A South Asian Woman’s (Un)Healthy Journey of Discovery: From Hashimoto’s, PCOS + Insulin Resistance To Balanced Choices + Self-Kindness

Maheen Hamid

In September 2016, as a representative for a wonderful forum called Autoimmune Mom, I had the great fortune to participate in Medicine X hosted at Stanford University, a premier gathering of innovators looking to disrupt the healthcare space through technology, services and thought leadership.  As an overstressed working mother with multiple autoimmune

Autoimmune Self-Care Mantra: You Can’t Do It All (So Stop Worrying About It)

Shannon Harvey

In the time it has taken me to craft this sentence I have had to change a nappy, put a tired baby to bed, comfort a crying toddler, send a text about my mother’s upcoming birthday, unsubscribe from an email list that keeps interrupting my train of thought, answer a work-call about an urgent grant application, and resist the urge

Living a Chronic Life: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and the Family

Ross McCreery

It seems like just yesterday I was writing from a place of uncertainty. But it was actually 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) followed by Osteoarthritis two years later. Without a doubt, the last ten years have been like riding the world’s scariest roller coaster – never knowing what’s coming around the corner.

Fueling the Fight Against Lupus: You Are Never Alone

In my family, we are born with a competitive spirit (and stubbornness). My dad coached hockey and my siblings and I played a myriad of sports. My life revolved around sports. Every weekend was spent at the rink, field, or court— and I loved it!  Soccer Saved My Life From an early age, soccer was my game and there was

Do Estrogen and Progesterone’s Rise and Fall During Your Cycle Create Autoimmune Flares? (Yes, Unfortunately.)

Which hormones fluctuate throughout the month during my cycle – estrogen and progesterone, or just estrogen? The menstrual cycle proceeds through a complicated and highly coordinated dance of hormones.  By convention the cycle begins with menstruation.  During this time, levels of estrogen and progesterone are low.  During the next part of the cycle, levels of estrogen begin to rise, reaching

Repair the Gut-Brain Axis For Autoimmune Health & Happiness

First, heal the gut. Minding the microbiome, as you may have gathered from reading this website, is a key therapeutic option for people with autoimmune disorders.  We know that the health of the GI tract (combined with genetics and environmental triggers) is a pivotal factor in the development of autoimmune disorders, although this is still under-acknowledged and under-addressed in mainstream