Autoimmune Diseases

A little over a year ago I got the news I had an autoimmune disease. The first things that went through my mind were confusion, shock, disappointment, panic, worry, the list goes on and on!  The more I learned, the more I worried! In my head, all day long, I had so many thoughts and all of them were worries. The more I worried, the more down I felt. One thing I learned really quick about autoimmune diseases is that many result in severe depression. Imagine waking up sick one day and learning you will never get better. It turns your whole life around and its very lonely because so few people know anything about these silent diseases. I look fine (a tab bit fluffier than before I got sick) on the outside, but on the inside many of my organs are struggling, my body is attacking itself, and each day is a silent battle.

Autoimmune Diseases

After having a few days where I had pity parties for myself, I decided one reason I have this is because I have a voice, and most times I’m not afraid to use it!!! This subject has been harder for me to share though. I like to present myself as being strong, positive, a go-getter….not someone who is sick and “weak”. I can’t change having this disease, but what I can do is be more open about it! I can use my struggles to bring awareness. I can encourage someone who felt despair upon getting diagnosed. I can push people to learn more to help their friends and family who struggle with autoimmune disease. I can share with people how your life might be harder, but you can still find joy!! I can remind people not to judge, as you never know how much pain someone might be in. I can use my voice and hopefully inspire at least one person!

Autoimmune Disease

I’ve met so many people in the past year who also have major health issues, and the main thing we discuss is how lonely it is! I recently spoke to a young woman who got diagnosed 4 years ago and not a single member of her family asks how she is doing, knows what she has, or tries to help her. Unfortunately that is VERY common! I personally have been blessed with an amazing tribe! The moment I was diagnosed, my aunt was looking up what I had on google. My dad always encourages me, looks for options that might help me, and reminds me I can reach out to him at any moment! My best friends send me articles, encourage me, remind me not to overdo it, and notice the days I’m a little to quiet.  On the days where we feel very bad, the worse part is to be alone! If you know someone with an autoimmune disease, make sure to reach out to them! Even if its just to say “Hi” or “I’m praying for you”….just let them know they are NOT alone! Plus, when you are sick, tired, and depressed, you don’t feel like talking to people. If your friend or family member has a chronic illness, be the one to reach out to THEM!!! Nothing is worse than when you feel sick and overwhelmed and have a list of people YOU have to check in on….I know relationships are a two way street, but when someone is sick, don’t make them chase you down. Trust me on this one, it’s huge and so important!!

 

Other than being around for your friend, if you know someone with an autoimmune disease, you should also take the time to learn more about it!  It will show them you care, but it will also let you know what they are going through.  I’ve seen many people make hurtful comments about chronic diseases simply because they were to lazy to get on google and learn. Education is key! With that being said, I would love to share a little about autoimmune disease with you! If you have one, know someone who does, or just want to be more aware, there are tons of great resources online to learn! I personally think the best place and way to learn is by asking someone who has one! Even though you didn’t ask, I’m going to use my voice and share! Please share this with others, the more awareness, the better! It could reach someone who is feeling very alone right now.

Autoimmune Disease

  • An autoimmune disease is where your body attacks it’s own cells. It cause your immune system to be jeopardized and thus easily susceptible to more infections. It’s a chronic illness, has no cure, and for many people, it’s a depressing and lonely disease that for many people gets worse over time.
  • There are over 100 different autoimmune diseases. Many have similar symptoms which makes them hard to diagnose. Some autoimmune disease actually cause you to get more.
  • Over 50 million people in the US have an autoimmune disease, and yet less than 13 percent of people know what an autoimmune disease is! Autoimmune diseases are one of the top killers of women under the age of 65!
  • Many autoimmune disease run in families. If someone in your family has one, learn everything you can because you could end up with it, or one of your kids! Early detection can save years of pain!
  • The average person has to visit 4 different doctors before finding one who takes autoimmune diseases seriously. Most are told it’s “all in your head” and for many people it takes 2-4 years before they are diagnosed….talk about depressing!
  • Autoimmune diseases are the 4th largest cause of disability for women in the United States.
  • Most autoimmune diseases are hereditary. You can’t catch it, cause yourself to get it, fake it, or have any say in how it works. It’s your body attacking itself and there is no medicine to stop it. Often times once it “breaks” something in you, you then get a medicine to repair what’s broken, but their is not a medicine to keep more things from getting broken.
  • The average person has an autoimmune disease for many years, they just aren’t aware until it gets really bad. Different things can cause it to cause problems, but the most common are things like an illness, change in hormones (pregnancy or menopause), extreme stress.
  • Autoimmune diseases don’t care your age, occupation, health, gender etc they just attack!
  • Many people with an autoimmune disease wake up one day feeling bad. They go to the doctor but they can’t figure pout what’s wrong. Then they keep feeling bad each day with no clue why. Having an autoimmune disease is literally waking up sick one day knowing you’ll never get better again.
  • Some people go into remission with their disease, in which for awhile your symptoms are not as bad. Other people never have a remission and stay in what we call a “flare up”. The problem is autoimmune diseases cause inflammation, inflammation causes damage to your organs, and many more serious issues I don’t like to discuss.
  • One of the hardest parts of an autoimmune disease it’s the side effects. They range from joint pain, depression, weight gain, hair loss, exhaustion, insomnia, fever, etc. There are hundreds of different symptoms and each person’s is different. For me personally, I had exhaustion, bruising on my body, high fevers, a weak immune system, headaches, hair loss, nails breaking, and weight gain.
  • Every person’s autoimmune disease is different. I’ve talked to women with the same condition as me who don’t get out of bed most days. I met one at the doctor who said she has to be on disability and has a live in nanny to help with her kids. I met another who knew it ran in her family, got tested early, and changed her lifestyle so she has never had an issue. Every person is different so make sure to ask how they feel and not go by what you read offline. One of my major issues is I get high fevers, I’ve yet to meet another person who has that problem haha.

 

After reading that, not only are you probably shocked but also a little scared for your friend/family member. Don’t be scared, be prepared! When you know the facts, it allows you to better help them! One of my first suggestions is find an naturopath doctor, functional medicine doctor or holistic doctor. Those types focus on how to get your body to stop attacking itself, and not just on the damage it causes. Plus, they actually listen! I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of learning most doctors do not listen as autoimmune diseases are not something they understand.  Next step is learn about nutrition! It plays a huge role and can help you with many of your symptoms! Also, find someone to talk to! Falling into depression is so common but if you have someone to lean on, it makes all the difference!

Autoimmune disease

Yes autoimmune diseases are something you have for life, but I think with the proper care, education, and mind set you will be ok. That is what I tell myself! I’ve been in a really bad flare up for months, but I know one day we’ll figure out how to stop it, and then I’ll have so many amazing tips to share with others! I also think this will allow me to show others that no matter what obstacles are thrown in your way, if you never give up, amazing things will eventually happen! Today is a good day for me, and I’ve learned to say THANK YOU for the good ones! No matter how few and far between they might be!

 

If you have an autoimmune disease, or know someone who does, please feel free to share any tips. Or if you need someone to talk to, I’m here!! This is hard to write and a very sensitive subject so kind words, prayers, support are always welcome!

 

Make sure to follow my blog as I will work hard on being more open about this! Have a blessed day!!

More Resources On Autoimmune Disease:

Autoimmune Mom

American Autoimmune

Health Line

10 Signs You Have An Autoimmune Disease

Molly’s Fund 

 

Dana

10 Perks Of Working From Home

I get asked all the time why I chose a work from home job. It’s definitely not the traditional route. And it can be harder…especially when you have kids homes with you all day. Yet given the choice, I would do it over and over and over again. The main reason I prefer working from home from a traditional job, is freedom!! Complete and utter freedom while still having a very successful career!! Over 70% of people are unhappy with their jobs, and over 78% of people are living paycheck to paycheck! Why on earth would you want to scrap by, and be unhappy at the same time??? Many people do this because they don’t know they have other options, but you do!!! Life is way to short to be broke and stuck in a job you don’t love!

10 Perks Of Working From Home

Now I’ll be the first to tell you, to change your life, you have to take a chance, be willing to work REALLY hard, and never give up! If you can do those things, and work hard for a few years, you will be able to live your life with freedom for many years to come! This past week, my family picked up and took off for the beach for a few days! I didn’t have to request off from work! I didn’t have to stress about having enough vacation time. I didn’t have to rush home to get back to “work”. I have freedom and was able to just go and enjoy our time with family and friends! That’s just one of the many reasons I love being a work from home Mom…..Here 10 Perks Of Working From Home!
10 Perks Of Working From Home
1. No set hours. Each day I decide how much, or how little, I want to work.

2. No boss. If my kids are sick, I don’t have to worry about calling put and making a boss mad! I’m the boss!

3. Vacation time when I want! Every Thursday my kids and I do a fun activity/trip. I don’t have to ask, because I’m the boss!

4. I can take off whenever I want! I could go to my kids school parties, their field days, pick them up early…whenever they need me I get the be Mom FIRST and work comes second.

5. I can give myself a raise whenever I want. My income is based 100% on me. If I want more income, I work more! If I’m happy with my income, I stay consistent.

6. I can work from anywhere! My kids love going to the park everyday during summer, and that’s fine with me as I can work any place I want

7. I have a job that changes lives. To me, thays is pretty amazing!! I help other people have the freedom I have found working from home.

8. I get to present for my family. Anytime we have company come visit it, I can clear my schedule to spend time with them. As all our family lives far away, this is an amazing incentive for me!

9. I get to change my future! My goal was to replace my husband’s income and allow my kids to do fun activities…ive surpassed that and now we have so many options!

10. I earned incentives from my job such as a free car, free iPad pro, free trip, and tons of other free items on top of getting paid. I’ve never had a job before where they give you gifts for a job well done!

Above all, freedom to live life on my terms is the main reason I love being a work from home Mom! I control my schedule! I control my finances! I control my families freedom…and it’s all based on when I work. I average about 10 hours a week, and make double and triple what most make working 40 hours a week. Working from home is truly so much better than a traditional job!!

(Yes it takes work! It took my over a year to get where I am, but it’s been 100% worth it!)

10 Perks Of Working From Home

Dana

Online Tutoring

How do you find the perfect work from home job? The key is finding something you enjoy, that pays well, and works with your schedule! One popular job I’d love to show you today is online tutoring!

Many people choose to work in direct sales because of the flexibility it offers, yet thats not the perfect fit for every one. Other people choose customer service jobs thanks to the set income, yet those set hours don’t work for moms with little kids at home. Being a virtual assistant or getting certified to do billing are other options. One I’ve heard a lot about lately, and is a newer program, is online tutoring!

 

Online Tutoring

This program is called Vipkid and focuses on teaching kids in China, how to speak English. As long as you have a bachelor’s degree, you can apply for this job!!! What really appeals to Mom’s looking for some income, is the fact you can pick which hours you work, and how many hours you work!

Online Tutoring

According to Betsy, a teacher working with VipKids, each class is 25 minutes long, and you can do different classes based on how much you want to work! Thanks to the time change with the USA and China, many Mom’s are able to work in the early morning around 6am before their family even wakes up!! Or you can choose to work evenings if you are a night owl! For most parents, working early morning or evening is the BEST option as that is when our own kids are asleep! Which means some peace and quiet while we work!

 

Online Tutoring

You get paid in a few different ways with Vip kid. For each class you teach, you earn $7-9. You also earn $1 for finishing the class and $1 for leaving feedback within 12 hours of teaching the class. Let’s say you work 6-8:30 each day, for 5 days. That puts you earning around $200 a week!! Not bad at all!!

The company also has training’s where you can learn how to tutor better, and what thing’s they are looking for.  They also work with your schedule, which we all know is important as a Mom! They have great reviews online too from many people who enjoy the income they earn with this job. The only complaint is people wish they could work more, and that benefits were offered. But for Mom’s looking to earn some extra income from home, this seems like a great fit!!

If you are interested in working with VipKids, please contact Betsy for more information!

blewis513@yahoo.com

(referral code 032NZ9)

Online Tutoring

Dana

Summer Shopping Catalog

As a work from home Mom, one of my goals is to help other women succeed! Many times you come across people who only care about their own success, and I am trying to change that! I truly believe that if we all work together, support each other, and believe in each other, then we can all succeed! If you have visited my page Work From Home Moms, or Work From Home Mom’s Networking, you see multiple chances a day for ALL women to share how they work from home.

Summer Shopping Catalog

Summer Shopping CatalogOur Summer Shopping Catalog is a new great way to help women support each other! For a few years, we have done a Christmas Catalog, but after so many requests and great results, we decided to try doing one a few times a year! This way anytime you need to shop for a gift, or something for yourself, you can use this Summer Shopping Catalog and let your business support other women!!!

 

Please take a few minutes and view all these great businesses in our catalog.

 

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Remember, each time you support a small business owner, you have the chance to change their lives and their families!

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Dana

DIY Bath Bombs

For Christmas, my Mom got me some bath bombs and they were AMAZING! There were ones to help me relax, some for muscle pain, and some just to smell good. I love a nice bath to relax, so they were such a great gift! One I used up way too quickly though. I decided I needed to make my own that way I always had some on hand and I could customize the essential oils in them to fit my personal needs. Turns out it was a bit harder than I thought, but after a lot of trial and error, I found a good recipe for DIY Bath Bombs!

DIY Bath BombsDIY Bath Bombs

First though, I want to share a little about what bath bombs are and why they are so popular right now. Bath bombs usually feature a type of essential oil in them to give them different benefits. Essential oils have been gaining popularity over the past few years as more and more people have realized they have great benefits for your health. Essential oils come directly from plants, and are usually extracted from the stems, petals, leaves or flowers. Different oils are known to have different qualities. Such as lavender is good for relaxation, anxiety, and helping with sleep. Peppermint is good for allergies and helping with headaches or nausea.  Lemon helps with allergies, digestion, and cleansing the air.

They are very concentrated so remember a little goes a long way, never ingest them, and keep them away from children unless being supervised. One or two drops is usually all you need!

DIY Bath Bombs

I began using essential oils last year and I was amazed at how much they can help with all different health issues. I first began using them for severe headaches, then allergies, and other things like helping my son with his asthma and ADHD, and me with my autoimmune disease. I am by no means an expert, but I have found lots of great resources and books online that teach you what oils to use for what conditions. One of my favorite books is the Essential Life as it has a lot of great tips and ways to use oils.

 

Essential oils in bath bombs allow you to have a nice relaxing bath, but have help with your health at the same time! I made some that helped with body aches, helped with allergies and congestion, helped with relaxing, and then just some fun, good smelling ones. My kids LOVE them! Although they informed me the “relaxing” ones didn’t work as they didn’t fall asleep right away (they were nice and calm all evening so I see that as a major WIN!) You can add different oils to each one to customize it for what you want!

 

Another fun thing about bath bombs is the color! I used all natural coloring (you can find some on Amazon, at Trader Joes, or in the health aisle at many stores) as I’m a toxin free person, and was able to create some very pretty bath bombs! Just remember the food coloring with make the bath bomb mixture wetter, so only do a little at a time!

 

Ingredients:
1 cup Baking Soda
½ cup Citric Acid
½ cup Corn Starch
½ cup Epsom Salts
3/4 tsp. Water
10-20 drops Essential oils (I split this into smaller amount to make all different ones)
2-4 tsp. liquid carrier oil like Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, etc
Food coloring if desired (optional)
Plastic or silicone mold

DIY Bath Bombs

Directions:

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients EXCEPT the citric acid in a glass or metal bowl. When you’re sure it’s mixed well, add the citric acid and mix again.
  2. Very very very slowly, add the wet ingredients. If you pour it in too fast, it will activate and begin to fiz. I poured it in slowly and mixed the whole time to avoid this.
  3. If you are going to use different oils, make sure to split your mixture up into different bowls before adding the oils. Always use glass or metal bowls with essential oils.
  4. Add in your essential oils last. The mixture should still look dry, like breadcrumbs, and feel like soap flakes. It will hold together when you squeeze it hard, but shouldn’t be too damp. I found it was better to add less liquid, then add a little more if I needed it.
  5. Add your coloring. I split mine up and did more than one color, but you can use all one color.

DIY Bath Bombs

  1. Pack the mix into your mold. If you’re using the round ones, overfill one side before you snap the halves together.
  2. I found the longer you left it in the mold, the better! I recommend 24 hours. Then let them sit and dry for another 24 hours.
  3. Store them in an air tight container, or by wrapping in paper.
  4. Drop in the tub when ready to use and enjoy!

 

 

DIY Bath Bombs

Dana