My 5th Autoimmune Anniversary + Giveaway!

This week marks the 5th anniversary of my autoimmune diagnosis.

That fateful day that ended with me in a hospital bed, hooked up to various machines, awaiting the answers as to why I had been feeling so ill and so sad, so weak and so stressed for so many months. My diagnosis was Graves Disease, or autoimmune hyperthyroid; the same condition my Mom developed at the same age, and her grandmother developed also. Finally, I had some answers.

Or did I? Read more

Remembering Martine Partridge

The autoimmune community has recently lost a very dear friend and leader. Today, with very heavy hearts, the AIP blogging community is coming together to share the painful loss of one of our own, Martine Partridge of Eat Heal Thrive, and to celebrate the enormous impact of her life on each of us. Martine shared wonderfully witty posts and delicious recipes, all focused on health, happiness, and healing from a very real-life viewpoint. Her obituary can be found here. Read more

Sharing the Love: Ms. Health Esteem

Today I’m going to do something a little bit different and share a lovely post from health blogger Sara of Ms. Health Esteem! Despite having Graves Disease, she is a super amazing lady with an infallible zest for life that is incredibly contagious. She has a knack for saying just what you need before you even realize you need it and this post is certainly indicative of that.

So without further ado, read on for Sara’s BEST New Year’s Resolution, and afterwards check out her other amazing posts and more about her mission here and here. Read more

Armpit Adventures + Detox Mask

I’ve been struggling with detoxing lately due to some thyroid chaos and who knows what else (I’ll post about this later as I’m still trying to figure it out), which means I’ve been stinking pretty bad and NOTHING will touch it – not any deodorant or essential oil, and baking soda is giving me MAJOR rashes. This may be TMI for most conversations, but I KNOW that some of you out there are struggling with this too. Even “healthy” people can smell bad! Read more

Homemade Herbal Deodorant

I have been making my own deodorant for a few years now. When I started developing eczema, hives and angry rashes in my second year of Graves, I stopped being able to wear any deodorant on the market…even plain old Dr Mist gave me a rash and rock crystals simply failed to work. Read more

Challenging Myself + a Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

This is my first Thanksgiving away from all family and friends, so my Hubby and I are recreating feasting favourites on a smaller scale. It’s also Hubby’s Birthday on the 12th, so a candle in his very own pumpkin pie is in order. Read more

Equinox Ramblings

Since leaving one semester behind and entering a new one, I have again felt the weight of a busy life all too heavy on my shoulders. I have a tendency to go along, thinking I am handling all the fuss very well, and though I notice myself becoming increasingly tired, I cannot seem to convince myself that I can change my load or fate. I end up more and more stressed and anxious until my poor little human body cannot hold any more. Everything must therefore burst forth with a dramatic vengeance and I become a helpless mess for a few weeks, crying for no reason, needing more sleep than anything else (though rarely getting it), fighting with Hubby for very unreasonable things, and so on. I somehow manage not to be a crazy person when I am in public, but even managing that feat can manifest a stress-knot of hormone imbalances, increased heart-rate and breathing difficulties. Do you ever get so upset about something that your actual brain feels uncomfortable somehow? Read more