aboutME

Hi, I'm Heather. 

I'm so glad you found this site. 

I am a mother of wonderful spirited 6 year old boy and a wife to my amazing and supportive husband Marc. 

Most days you can find me in comfortable clothes cuddling with my cats. 

With the help of my support systems, I work on creating content and resources for this website. 

I enjoy helping people, and this is one way I am able to help the chronic illness community. 

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MYSTORY

I have had a turbulent, yet not uncommon, experience with Sjogren's Disease. I had early juvenile Sjogren's symptoms which went un-recognized and  un-diagnosed.
 
At age 20 I started looking for answers to my ill health, which lead to 8 years of searching. I was finally diagnosed with Sjogren's at age 28.
 
I've now been living with the disease for 6 years. Most of those years have been a blessing with remission and minor flare ups, but recent years have been dreadful disease progression and unmanageable symptoms. 

WHYBLOG

This website and blog project started out as a small passion project, to keep me busy when I was in pain, in bed, and unable to work. 
I will admit, the majority of my posts are geared towards Sjogren's. 
Why? you might ask. 
Well for one, Sjogren's was what I struggled with the most day to day. 
I also found that there is a significant need for understanding nd awareness for Sjogren's. 
Lastly, I know that others out there are looking for support, information, and resources to help them take an active role in their health. 
Because of all that, I decided to start this website. 
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HOW I

CAN HELP

This site has transformed into a place to help readers figure out how to manage their illness. Topics include:

- Sjogren's, lupus and other rheumatic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, etc. 

- Mental health, including the management of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and stress management

- Chronic illness and chronic pain management

- Family life including parenting with a disability

If you are currently dealing with any of the following, or want to learn more​ please stay tuned.
I am working on creating more content for you. 
I wish you all a healthy and happy journey on your road to healing.