Stem Cell Therapy 

After Colleen’s neurologist showed us her MRI and explained everything that had happened, one of the first things I did when I got home was to research brain neuron growth. There were a few articles about research being conducted, but nothing that looked like it would happen for a while. I even emailed the addressed that I could find, expressing the hope I had for our daughter.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I discovered the Duke is going to be conducting a stem cell study and there was a doctor in California that had been treating children with cord stem cells with amazing results. I know that this is a relatively new treatment for CP..but there is HOPE!

It would be a long journey, but I would go to the ends of the earth to help Colleen in any way we could. I started a YouCaring fundraiser, and anything donated will go directly to Colleen receiving this stem cell therapy. I explain more of Colleen story in the link! Thank you so much for taking to time to read! We appreciate any and all donations and of course, would love prayers! ❤


Going gluten free.

As with most things I set out to do, I tend to be the queen of starting something, and not seeing it through to the finish. Like, at the beginning of the year when I tried the 21-day vegan kickstart to eliminate inflammatory foods, and try to help my hypothyroidism symptoms. It only lasted so long before I fell back in to my old habits, and here I am, six months later and having gained even more weight.

As easy as it is to say, “I have hypothyroidism! Weight loss is hard” Is that really all it is? Am I doing enough to help myself? Nope. Not even close. I am a part of a thyroid group who share their experiences in trying to get their thyroid optimal. I am not there yet, but something that I’ve seen over and over is people who have started to feel better after going gluten free. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s something I am willing to try. How else will I know? 

“The problem is that your immune system can mistake the thyroid for gluten, causing it to come under attack. When people think of gluten intolerance, they typically think of celiac disease (CD), but this is just one manifestation of gluten intolerance.” 


This is going to take some work, so I’ve been researching and pinning things to help. But starting today, this is something I’m going to try to see if it helps! 

Day 1: June 4, 2017

Weight: 148 

Symptoms: Even after full night’s sleep, still exhausted. Some days of feeling light-headed. Various stomach ailments, like bloating and pain. 

Do you have hypothyroidism and hashimotos? I’d love to hear if you’ve tried going gluten free and if it’s helped your symptoms!