“You Don’t Look Sick”

I am so much more than my sickness….

People always comment on my clothes, my hair, my makeup, my shoes, etc. How I always look put together and presentable. No one can guess I’m sick and that’s my exact goal! It may seem silly, but for me, its important for people to see ME and not my sickness. The first time I meet someone, I want them to notice the small things, like how I always smile. Or the fact my eyes are a funky color. Not the fact my hair is falling out, I’m missing parts of my eyebrows, and my body is covered in bruises. “You don’t look sick” is what I hear all the time and that is GREAT! Who wants to look sick?!?!

“You don’t look sick”

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This disease controls so much of my life from the gazillion doctors to the fact I can’t eat my favorite foods. It has even taken away a lot of my favorite activities! Every where I go, and everything I do I have to be careful not to over do it, think about germs, and make sure I get rest. That is not the most fun at all! I need some control to be in my own hands, and making sure people can’t tell I’m sick, is something I can control! That allows me to tell people when I’m ready, and if I don’t want people to know, that choice belongs to me too! When I’m having a bad day, the last thing I want is pity so I normally keep it to myself. Sure my hair and makeup look great and I’m rocking new clothes, but underneath that I’m miserable and in pain. But for a few minutes, I’m able to forget the pain. I can pretend I’m normal when people treat me like I’m normal! I can’t stand when everyone looks at me with pity and expects me to explain in front of all my friends how horrible I feel. That’s not me!! I know it’s important to share, but it has to be on my terms. I don’t want everything the defines who I am as a person, to know define a person with a disease.

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This isn’t temporary, but something I have to live with for the rest of my life. That is what many people do not understand about an autoimmune disease is that there is NO cure, NO getting better, NO remission, NO end in sight! This is a lifelong disease that causes many people to become severely depressed on top of being very ill because it’s a miserable way to live, being sick EVERY day. Most days are bad, but others are just downright scary and you pray you will make it through the night. At only 29, and with 3 young kids under the age of 6, I prayed that many nights. It caused major anxiety!

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Weird and alarming symptoms come out of no where, especially on your few and far between “good” days. A check in at the doctor turns into hours and lots of tests. This is my new normal and what I have to endure for the rest of my life. Autoimmune diseases are not temporary, there is no cure, and for most people they just get worse over time and you get MORE autoimmune disease. It’s one of the top ten leading causes of death, and yet there is hardly any knowledge, research, or attention brought to it.

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So yes, my hair and makeup are always done these days, even when I’m super tired. No, I’m not shallow or high maintenance. I’m just a person fighting a disease that is destroying my life and trying to find the person I use to be before I got sick. I want THAT person to be the one the world sees first!

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Dana

Christmas Shopping Catalog

Christmas is coming!!! For many people that can be a stressful time of the year as you have to find time to SHOP! I don’t know about you, but shopping with 3 kids is no easy task! I’d much rather spend my time making cookies or checking out Christmas lights. And I’m sure many busy Mom’s are just like me! Soooooo, I found a way to help people save time on their Holiday Shopping, AND support small business owners at the same time!

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For the past few years, I’ve had the honor of helping small business owners over the Holidays with getting their products out to more people! Last year we did a Christmas Shopping Catalog that was viewed by over 80,000 people!! This year Christmas Advertising will be even bigger and better with over 150,000 people being shown the catalog….and that number grows DAILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This Catalog is very special to me because not only did it help busy people with their Christmas shopping, but it also encouraged people to shop from small business owners instead of a giant corporation! Not to mention you can easily share the catalog with all your friends and family too!!!  My goal is to encourage more and more people to shop from small business owners, instead of a large corporation! Trust me, when you support small businesses, they truly appreciate it! A giant corporation doesn’t know the difference from one customer or another!

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When you shop from a small business owner, you are helping a Mom be able to stay home with her kids. You are helping a family take a vacation. You are enabling parents to start putting money aside for their kids college education. You are helping people not stress about spending extra this Christmas season. It’s so important to help small businesses be successful as that puts more money back into the economy!! I encourage everyone to shop for at least one item from a small business owner this Holiday Season. Or all of them!!! And encourage your friends and family to do the same.

 

Our Christmas Catalog will help with that! It will be emailed out to all our website and facebook followers starting in November! You also have the option to join our online group and post in there during November and December (must purchase a full page ad, or the group add on option below).

Want to be listed in our Christmas Catalog???

  • You can receive a quarter ad, half sheet, or full sheet ad to broadcast your products/business!
  • You also receive FREE Advertising In Our Private Group If You Buy A Full Page Ad! (Over 12,000 members and grows daily!)
  • The Christmas Catalog will be shared in multiple groups, websites, and social media sites every day during November and December
  • Christmas Catalog will be viewed by approximately 25,000 viewers from our website, 72,000 viewers from our Facebook Page, 12,000 from our private group and 50,000  viewers from our Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter Followers and multiple other social media sites.

Choose your ad size below, and after checking out, make sure to email us ( workfromhomemommas@gmail.com ) ASAP to confirm your spot!

 


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Want To Advertise JUST In Our Private Group?

Advertise your Holiday Deals During November and December to over 12,000 members in our private group!

Only two reps per company allowed for Christmas Advertising.

 


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*No Refunds Or Exchanges. All sales final UNLESS your company spot is already taken*

Dana