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I spent a lot of time today wrapping gifts.  Truth be told, It has been an intense season for me as I get ready to share some significant things that I’ve been working on so I was grateful to have time to myself. Surprisingly, the house was quiet and still so the time offered a bit of solace and introspection. Counting tangible gifts for our loved ones and intangible gifts from the Lord in this sliver of alone time was sweet. Did you know that cultivating gratitude changes neurotransmitters in the brain?? I highly recommend counting the the gifts, both large and small. You will be more content, grounded, and your body’s physiology will shift for the better! I hope to share more of my heart and what I have been hinting at in the next day or two ❤️ . Also aren’t these little @ballcanning jars adorable?! They are filled with golden milk mix and raw honey from our homestead ❤️🐝 . . . . . . #brownpaperpackages #rawhoney #goldenmilk #christmas #gifts #gratitude #brainhealth #guthealth #chronicillness #autoimmunedisease #aip #slowliving #cultivatewhatmatters #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #nutrition #naturopath



Baked Sockeye Salmon encrusted with granulated onion, granulated garlic, dried chives, minced onion, green onion, sea salt, fresh minced garlic and poppy seeds. Raw baby spring mix and baby spinach salad with homemade orange muscat Champaign and pomegranate garlic vinaigrette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #glutenfreegrandhavenmi #glutenfree #salmon #glutenfreegirl #autoimmune #rawfood #homemadefood #glutenfreeblogger #whatceliacseat #glutenfreefollowme #feedfeedglutenfree #grainfree #glutenfreerecipes #chronicillness #grainfree #glutenfreegoodness #glutenfreefoodie #glutenfreeeats #celiac #celiacdisease #coeliac #glutenfreefood #glutenfreelifestyle #autoimmunedisease #glutenfreefoodshare #glutenfreediet #cleaneats #glutenfreelife #coeliacdisease #paleo



One year ago, we tried to take in the lights at @bentleyvilleusa but Bob’s autoimmune disease was in a flare. His core body temp hovered between 93 - 95 degrees for almost 6 weeks. And he was very weak. It was miserable for him! Now a year later, thankfully he is in a better place. So we celebrated last night, lingering among the lights and sights along the shores of #lakesuperior #makingnewmemories #nevergiveuphope #dermatomyositis #muscledisease #autoimmunedisease #marriagerocks #teamwork #answeredprayers #bentleyville #duluthmn



Throwback to a wet and windy Sunday at the #12apostles. Might just be the best way to see them! We had the beach almost to ourselves and the sky kept changing and making things look even more beautiful! I’m a sunshine girl through and through but sometimes what I consider to be ‘crap weather’ can be just as beautiful!



Happy Birthday to my big sister 💕 @jacinta_ciseau The one who is always laughing 😂 My protector 👊🏽 Loving, caring and doting mother bear and Aunty 🖤 Never afraid to try anything at least once 🙋🏼‍♀️ Always down for a good time 🥂 Makes the best pavlova 🍒 The only person who gets my special pink velvet cake 🍰 . But most of all, you are you, one of a kind and the most special big sister I get to life with 👯‍♀️ . . James and I love you to the moon and back 🌙🌏✨ . . . Sisters, best friends, family forever 🌻💛😘



You know you’re someone who does DNRS when you are right outside the grocery store, and you get out of the way to read a text and don’t even care that you’re pushed up next to the scented pine cones while you reply!! These pine cones used to make me sick from the other end of the parking lot!! And here I was, happily responding to my message, fine to be literally touching them because I wanted to be out of the way from everyone coming in and out of the store! Such a different life!!!! 😲🤗😄



This is an example of today. I am completely out of spoons. #fatigue #spoonie #chronic #evenclotheshurt #aip #autoimmunedisease #ihurteverywhere #healthy #fit #sendspoons


Real Talk 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 • • • As some of you may know, but most probably don’t, I have been battling some serious stomach issues for about 3.5 years and overall had tummy stuff my whole life. My first diagnosis was inflammatory bowel disease and I am just now on the right track with good doctors. I have had a number of infections and flare ups since my diagnosis and each one kicks my butt! I have struggled with intense abdominal pain, loss of appetite, migraines, terrible nausea, rashes and well, nothing stays in me for long which has lead to weight loss and more. It’s not fun. The physical part of this sucks but what no one sees is how hard it is mentally. Sometimes it’s hard to make plans because I’m not sure how I’m feeling and I hate to bail, I can’t work out to the extent that I used to and I enjoyed. And to just all around not feel myself and being uncomfortable starts to take a toll. I am self conscious of my weight loss and people think it’s ok to continuously comment on it... not cool. And yes I look fine on the outside but 90% if the time I am uncomfortable in my body. I am finally in with a few good doctors and at this time they are all leaning to Chrons Disease which is a form of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and an auto immune disease. Fingers 🤞🏻for a speedy diagnosis and plan to get me feeling better! I can’t wait to feel back to myself. But in the mean time I am so grateful for all the love, support and encouragement. I have all the right people in my corners helping me out and I don’t know where I would be with out them. #ibd #ibdawareness #chronicillness #chrons #guthealth #healthyliving #realtalk #stomachpain #lifestyle #autoimmunedisease #invisibledisease



The most unexpected surprises tend to be the most impactful moments in recovery. Brody and I have this undeniable bond. We simply make each other so happy. There's nothing more special getting to spend the day with him & my mom. His cuddles just making everything so much better and really break up the treatment sessions. His energy has been so comforting and calming and he has giving me an energy reboot to keep going. We've been watching Christmas movies and playing board games all day and I wouldn't have it any other way. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Today, we started a new colonoscopy prep protocol. We started the detox process a day early in terms of a liquid diet of using any type of soup, smoothie, pudding, and jello throughout the day. As well as incorporating a professional colon irrigation technique into the mix. The hope is to only have to use 4 dulcolax tablets and 1 Picolax Picoprep Sachet tomorrow, (instead of 2 Sachets) and start the clear liquid diet tomorrow as usual. However, only time will tell how thorough the cleaning process will be and whether another sachet will be necessary. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #christmas #2018 #puppy #love #mum #surprise #special #moment #energy #reboot #christmasmovies #boardgames #medical #recovery #colonoscopy #prep #dulcolax #tablets #picolax #picoprep #sachet #detox #liquid #ulcerativecolitis #autoimmunedisease #inflammatoryboweldisease #biological #simponi #awareness



We’re only this happy when there’s food coming our way







It’s well known that this time of year around Christmas season is full of people looking back on the year, and reflecting on the positives, on the not so good times and what lessons to learn to take away from the year.. • The lovely @spoonfulsofkindness posted a quote earlier how “stay sick and you’re not trying hard enough, make improvement and you were faking it all along. Share your reality and you’re seeking your attention. Keep the struggle to yourself and you aren’t really sick” • I think this sums up the way chronic illness is and can be perceived by members of the public who have little understanding of what we go through... • Certainly I know it’s one of my biggest struggles if not my biggest struggle since getting sick is the perception of others if I’m unable to do something I’m faking it to try and get out of it, or am able to do other things that perhaps I’m not that bad? If I’ve been ill for so long I’m not trying to get better. As well as finding a balance between how much of my journey to share without being preserved as seeking attention. • It has always been my biggest goal for “The Hopeful Chronic” to spread awareness of my journey with chronically illness, just how “well” we can seem or look one day vs another, how it can affect our ability to do day-to-day tasks, and how people perceive us and lack of understanding from those who aren’t sick, just how it can tremendously impact us. Whether that be doctors, friends, family, shop assistants, work... • Reflecting on my journey this year you can see through “The Hopeful Chronic” I have had some of my biggest accomplishments and reached some of my biggest goalposts since getting sick, but I have also had some of the most horrific scary hospital stays, procedures and surgeries since getting sick.. • I feel have grown so much mentally this year, dealing with some massive highs and massive lows all of which were unforeseeable and unavoidable with my health, it takes a lot to comprehend and come to terms with.. • Our road is a long, never ending battle of finding a balance and management of our symptoms, but it shouldn’t let us stop reaching for our goals 🤜 • #spoonie #health #recovery #eds #strong



Weekend workouts are my favorite!🏋️‍♀️ One thing I feel has been crucial to my muscle recovery while dealing with adrenal fatigue is taking L-glutamine. L-glutamine is an amino acid that is a building block of protein and needed by your body in large amounts. - Science shows that L-glutamine promotes digestive and brain health, boosts athletic performance, and is especially helpful in treating leaky gut and improving your overall health. - Top L-Glutamine Benefits: ❤Improves gastrointestinal health ❤Helps leaky gut and ulcers ❤Boosts brain health ❤ Improves IBS ❤ Promotes muscle growth and decreases muscle wasting ❤ Improves athletic performance and recovery from endurance exercise -



I always get ill at this time of year, there’s so many Christmas parties - work, friends, family with so much food and even more alcohol. Today I’ve got Christmas dinner at my parents and I’ve spent the majority of the time listening to everyone laugh and have fun behind a locked door because I’ve been stuck on the loo. Usually I deal with Crohn’s very well, today not so much ☹️



@brodo is the best damn bone broth in NYC. I crave it all the time. They have several locations in NYC, plus you can buy it frozen at several groceries and it ships nationwide! Now they have a new app and if you download it, you get a free small broth! Get on it!



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