I spent this past weekend camping in the woods along Ginnie Springs, Florida not far from where I currently live. My brother-in-law and I went out on Friday to set up camp, we searched for the perfect spot until we finally found one on the bank of the river. Two trees lined a large opening for us to see out on the river to the other side and a large tree trunk lined the bank that separated a small beach area from our camp site.… Read More
Confession: A month and a half ago I hit rock bottom. I wasn’t feeling well at all, in fact I was feeling worse than I did when I started acupuncture with joint pain but also digestive issues and I began having other strange symptoms as well like rashes, insomnia, diarrhea, and weight gain. I started feeling like a fraud. Like this “healthy lifestyle” and acupuncture really wasn’t working for me, and questioned whether in fact it was making me sicker? Through this journey I’ve… Read More
I hope to do my best to explain a bit about acupuncture for you and the benefits of acupuncture for autoimmune diseases. Understand that I am not an expert on this and I do not have all the facts but I present to you my understanding, research, along with my personal experience.
As a little girl, I’d watch my Grandma peel citrus. With her fingers coated in the sticky juices she’d break them open and remove the membranes carefully. Most of the time I was able to visit her in Florida was during the summer but nonetheless I remember watching the tedious process of breaking down the well protected fruit and now and then popping a “bulb”, as she likes to call it, into her mouth. When she ate citrus, she’d grab a few of the bulbs… Read More
Stews are one of those meals that make you feel downright cozy. In the winter especially, holding a warm bowl full of nutritious broth and hearty vegetables is the meal-ticket to laying under a blanket and snuggling on a couch. After I eat a bowl of stew that’s pretty much what I want to do. I live in the Southeast where the weather can still be fairly warm in the winter time, but having grown up living in Belgium and later in Virginia, I… Read More
I am staring at a blank screen thinking about all the things I want to say – how can I tell the story of my disease in a way that you can understand? It’s an ongoing theme in my life, and for many I believe, to seek understanding. But the reality (at least my reality) has been that most people don’t understand. So writing about my journey so that you might know how my autoimmune disease affects me is difficult, but I’m not going to… Read More