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So, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here. I have had a lot to deal with this past year with my health, and to be completely honest, I just wasn’t in the mood. I must have needed the blogging break. I’m not sure if I am ready to get back into blogging on a regular basis yet or not. I think I’m going to try though.

A short update on what’s been going on in my life in the past 8 months: not much of anything really. I spent most of the time trying alternative treatments for my Rheumatoid Disease (RD for short). Mainly using just essential oils, vitamins and supplements and the AIP diet (Autoimmune Paleo). That didn’t work out like I wanted it to.

In October, I finally capitulated to the advice of my Rheumatologist and Orthopedic doctors and went on immune-suppressant medication (aka MTX, aka chemo) to try and halt my disease…or at least slow it down. Before I started the meds, I could barely walk without the help of a walker and/or wheel chair. Today, nearly three months later, I no longer need the wheel chair and I only need the walker after I’ve spend an entire day on my feet with little to no rest. I was able to walk all over Dollywood without having to rent a motorized wheel chair (the last time I spent the entire day in one). So are the meds working? Hell yes! The day after I take it and possibly even two days after, I feel kinda crappy, but that is a price I am willing to pay to be able to move with little to no pain. I try not to worry about what it is doing to my organs, but RD can and will damage organs as well if left untreated. Of course, there are still flare days, but it’s not every day anymore!

I still use essential oils (Young Living is amazing!), and I still take vitamins and supplements. But I am no longer even trying to AIP diet. I may give it another go one day, but I will not give up traditional medicine again. I’ve definitely learned my lesson. 😉

Other than that, my husband got a very nice promotion at work and my baby girl started high school and made the girls soccer team…that’s pretty much it for updates. I look forward to many more good things to come in 2016!

Several weeks ago, we took our youngest daughter to the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge, TN. It was a funny show with good eats! Check out the picture of us below:


Well, I’m not really sorry. I’ve just not been in the mood. Plus, my blog is going through some changes (it’s got a spiffy new design, thanks to my super awesome cousin Sherri!) and I don’t like blogging in the middle of those kinds of changes. I don’t know why. (UPDATE: Now I know why! Because before the changes are finished, things like the comment section not working happens, which I only find out about AFTER I publish a post….hence why my old design is back up temporarily. *sigh*)

I’m seriously considering starting a new blog that is RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) related just so I can whine and cry a bit. And also share my successes of course. That seems to be all I want to write about these days. My family is still pretty bizarre but they are not giving me enough blog fodder here lately.

Oh wait! There is one thing that I totally forgot to share on here that I recorded a while back. Check it out below and tell me you did not laugh out loud…because it is pretty darn funny! My husband versus the Gazelle.



Do you guys remember the Gazelles? Do they even make them anymore?

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Autoimmune Paleo -Day 1 of Treating my RA naturally

I wrote a post a few months ago about My Decision To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally With the Paleo Diet. Things went great for the first month or so; I saw a decrease in pain and inflammation and the swelling in my feet and hands went away…then I started cheating. And once my husband was out of work on medical leave for over six weeks, I just stopped doing it completely. Mostly because of financial reasons (he was only getting half of his pay at the time on short term disability) and partially because of the holiday season and my weakness.

During the past few months, my RA has gotten worse. I seem to be in a continual flare that never goes away. Every day, I have pain that lasts all day (though it does ease up a little by the afternoon). My jaw has also become affected and I think my neck has as well (hard to tell with that since I also have a herniated disc there). I was praying it would never go into my jaw. I’ve read the stories. So far, it’s only my left side and it’s not “bad” yet.

My husband has returned to work and I have made some lifestyle changes for the better (basically going to bed at night whereas before I would stay up until 3 or 4am). And today is day one of restarting the Autoimmune Paleo diet (AIP). I’m hoping that I am much more successful at staying on it. I started tapering off the prednisone I have been on since last summer. I should be off it entirely within a month.

Meanwhile I am also going to look for another Rheumatologist. The one I have does not have a good bedside manner and I need a doctor I feel at ease with.  I’ve went and bought all the foods I need and I even find myself unfollowing recipe boards on Pinterest unless they are AIP or regular Paleo. I don’t want to see the yummy, but bad for me food I usually eat. I’m really going to miss potatoes. I’m just saying. That is the worst.

I’m not sure if this diet will work for me, but I am going to give it my all, unlike last year. And I have hope.

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