Tag: chronic illness

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Morning Routines – Tackling that Massive To-Do List & Getting a Great Start

Being stressed and overwhelmed is a hallmark of pride in our culture. Being pushed to the edge and constantly busy signifies importance and success. As mothers, students, employees, and family members, this is all normal and we must keep up in our life’s rhythms. How can we tackle that mountainous to-do list? Better yet, how can we make mornings better so that we CAN … Read More Morning Routines – Tackling that Massive To-Do List & Getting a Great Start

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I don’t want an Instagram romance… (a letter to my husband)

My love, I think you know, by now, my fondness for pictures and colors. You know, the ones I beg you to take as you wrinkle your nose and make a face only your mother could love (and you encourage our son to do the same)… And, if I’m honest with myself, I love making things beautiful. Neat. Organized. Everything in a box. Toned … Read More I don’t want an Instagram romance… (a letter to my husband)

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it’s not that bad

Hello! Over these past few months I have been taking a break from blogging and posting for several different reasons – not the least of which is being insanely busy and trying to juggle the new normal of school, working, and a baby. Besides the obvious, I’ve been purposeful about stepping down from the writing because I haven’t felt worthy of trying to help … Read More it’s not that bad

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Inflammation Mitigation – A Hallmark of an Effective Diet against Lyme Disease

Hi all! I’ve been doing tons of research and work now that I’m a third year integrative medicine student. As someone who has gone through the ‘good fight’ myself and have been declared remissed after 8 years of fighting, I wanted to share important dietary tips that have been clinically proven to assist in the process. Before we start, I think it’s important to … Read More Inflammation Mitigation – A Hallmark of an Effective Diet against Lyme Disease

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Mycoplasma – the stealthy culprit

If you mention mycoplasma in any doctor’s office, you’ll likely get the same response – “Everyone has mycoplasma. It’s not a big deal. It couldn’t have anything to do with your case.” If you hear this, run far and fast. Especially if you’ve been fighting chronic illness for years, it’s like you’re throwing open the door and inviting the mycoplasma in for a tea party. According … Read More Mycoplasma – the stealthy culprit

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Seeking Healing – The paradigm shift from seeing health instead of sickness.

For some of us, it has been not months, years. Years turn into decades. Decades of just ‘not feeling well’ and ‘feeling off…’ with or without an official diagnosis. Some of the diagnoses that we carry around like lopsided suitcases get us laughed at in emergency rooms, in times where we need help most. We have all been there, hearts sinking, dealing with the … Read More Seeking Healing – The paradigm shift from seeing health instead of sickness.

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self-care in lyme disease – dealing with the anguish when medicine makes you worse

As someone who has had to deal with this (and the ramifications of this) upwards of 7 years now, I hope this is the least-read article on my blog. I am sorry you have to deal with this. I stand with you and I want you to know that it’s okay to say “this absolutely sucks lollipops.” Usually when you get your diagnosis (usually … Read More self-care in lyme disease – dealing with the anguish when medicine makes you worse

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love your gut chicken noodle soup

Gluten free, Dairy free, Nut free, Egg free, Histamine-Friendly, Diabetic Friendly, Lyme diet friendly This soup is absolutely perfect for a rainy day, bad gastrointestinal day, or just when you want to comfort, soothe, and detox your system. Lightly seasoned and with an herbacious flavor, this soup calmed my own horrible gut in less than an hour. I can’t recommend it highly enough! This … Read More love your gut chicken noodle soup

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…When you have the discount genes in a world of Levis

There’s a lot of reasons that chronic illnesses persist. I have a front row seat to finding nearly all of them (yay!) on this journey of navigating post-chronic neurological Lyme Disease fallout. One of these major components is a pre-disposition in genetics linked to autoimmune diseases called the MTHFR-gene. Yes, it sounds like the cussword. And not too far off! Hence, the title. 😉 … Read More …When you have the discount genes in a world of Levis

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Thank You for Buttoning the Snaps

To my wonderful, busy, exhausted husband. I lovd you. I’m proud of you. I know we’ve tried and waited so long to finally get to this point, where we get to see our sweet baby’s face out of all the trials and doctors who said it wouldn’t likely happen. I know just how exhausted you are and see how tirelessly you work not only … Read More Thank You for Buttoning the Snaps

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I Can’t Breathe – Looking into the Alpha-Gal connection between red meat and Lyme Disease

I know when I was in my youth, I struggled heavily with lactose intolerance. I would still push the limits here and there (peppermint ice cream was a MUST at Christmas!) but I could just take an enzyme pill and move about my day. You can only imagine my shock when I was at In-n-Out one evening (the West Coast’s equivalent to the best … Read More I Can’t Breathe – Looking into the Alpha-Gal connection between red meat and Lyme Disease

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The Search for Selenium – Deficiency and Implications for Thyroid Issues

Selenium is a trace element you may not have given much thought to: however, it may be a key point in healing and dealing with hypothyroidism. Selenium is used to convert T4 to T3 and also used for other essential thyroid functions. For those with hypothyroidism, it is easy to have a massive imbalance of too little selenium and too much iodine that can … Read More The Search for Selenium – Deficiency and Implications for Thyroid Issues