Hi! Welcome to my website. The goal of starting this blog is to tell my personal story of dealing with autoimmune related issues, in hopes of helping others deal with theirs. My dad is a farmer, so I grew up mostly on a farm-based diet, which included meat, potatoes, dairy, bread, and garden vegetables. Most people in America would consider this to be a healthy, well-balanced diet. In fact, at one point I did too!
Looking back, I remember my dad taking me to the doctor on an ongoing frequent basis. I was always having bellyaches, colds, and really bad allergies. Like any typical kid who grew up in the 80s, I was placed on many unnecessary antibiotics and I practically lived off Maalox (an antacid).
In my teen years, I started noticing that my body wasn’t working at the same capacity as others. I had cystic acne on my face, knee pain, back pain, and many gastrointestinal issues. Every time I would go see a doctor they would say one of two things: “It’ll get better when you’re older” or “You’re probably just anxious, and that’s the cause of your symptoms.” Once I hit my 20s, these symptoms did not get better. In fact, they became much worse. By this time, I was in nursing school. I made it my mission to figure out how to heal my body. I wanted to be able to jog without pain, wake up in the morning without the worry of acne or psoriasis and be able to go out without the fear of my stomach acting up.
Finally, this past year I’ve been able to manage all of my symptoms. I won’t go as far as saying curing because I do still occasionally experience mild flare-ups. But I am now able to jog, wake up in the morning without acne, and my stomach feels great!
In this blog, I will be writing about the things I’ve used to manage my inflammatory issues and will also talk about ways to live a healthy life.
I love to cook, paint, paddle-board, bike, jog, and do yoga. If I’m ever up late enough, you’ll find me at a local spot listening to a band. I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. My favorite downtime is hanging out at the beach. I never thought I’d be a cat person, but after adopting two wonderful cats I’m 100% a cat lady now. LOL. I have a very curious mind and I do lot’s of medical and alternative research online.
My work background:
I’ve worked in the medical field for just about 10 years now. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, I was a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room. I currently work part time at an Urgent Care and am working on my Doctorate degree. My work experience has led me to the realization that I’m not alone with the burden of autoimmune issues. I’d go as far as saying that almost half of the patients I see exhibit autoimmune symptoms.
I truly believe there are alternative ways to manage all illnesses in the body. Regardless of what I write, or what others tell you, ALWAYS listen to your own body and gut intuition. We all have different bodies and life experiences. What works for one person, may not work for another. Keep an open mind and be willing to learn new things. I hope by sharing my story, I can help you or someone you know feel their best.