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New Diagnosis

| January 30, 2015
New Diagnosis

So two days ago I had an angiogram to see why my finger was not getting any blood flow to it.  Doctors thought it might be an embolism or blood clot.  Following the angiogram they found that there was not a clot.  That was good news.  My heart and lungs both looked great.  I’m happy […]

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I Hate Prednisone

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
I Hate Prednisone

I hate prednisone.  Since I had my most recent flare up, I was started on a 120 mg shot of steroids and now I’m on a taper.  I know prednisone can help so much, but I can’t help but think what damage it’s doing to other parts of my body.  So much doesn’t feel right […]

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The Joys of Having Autoimmune Disease

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Joys of Having Autoimmune Disease

Although I’ve written a lot over the last few years about some issues I’ve had with my Lupus, I should have been happier that things weren’t worse.  Recently I started with some pain in my right and especially my fingers.  I wasn’t sure what was actually happening ad kid of blew it off until it […]

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It Certainly was a Crazy Summer

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
It Certainly was a Crazy Summer

I know I’ve been missing this summer.  It certainly was a crazy summer.  It’s amazing how fast it goes by.  The summer was a whirlwind.  The beginning of June I got very sick with the worst stomach cramps I’ve ever experienced.  I ended up in the emergency room and sent home being told I had […]

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USA Triathlon Magazine “PERPETUAL MOTION”

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
USA Triathlon Magazine “PERPETUAL MOTION”

The Summer 2014 issue of USA Triathlon Magazine features Joella Baker, an age-grouper who suffers from Lupus, but manages to work within her community to promote the multisport lifestyle as a Race Director, Team USA Athlete, Founder of Get Fit Families and USA Triathlon Certified Coach…. (read more)  

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Sometimes you never know who will call you.

Sometimes you never know who will call you.

Sometimes you never know who will call you. Today I had an athlete contact me about my upcoming Sprint Triathlon on May 18. The Mighty Moraine Man Spring Sprint will be a new triathlon to the Pittsburgh area. Like the September race, this race will help raise awareness for people with autoimmune diseases and Lupus. […]

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Identifying your symptoms

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Identifying your symptoms

One thing I haven’t talked about yet, and this is really directed towards those with Lupus, but also applies to anyone with an autoimmune, you need to be able to identify your symptoms. If you have Lupus, your symptoms might be several of the following… • Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain • Low […]

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Is it an injury or your disease?

| November 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Is it an injury or your disease?

For the past year, I’ve been dealing with a major hip issue. Everytime I run, my hip hurts. Not just a little pain, horrible pain. The pain affects the hip, paraformis, hamstring, IT band and even the lower back. I finally had therapy, and saw an ortho. I took 2 months off from running and […]

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Autoimmune Disease and Dehydration

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Autoimmune Disease and Dehydration

by: Rebecca de Jesús Dehydration Frustration Chances are, there are many of you who know someone with Crohn’s Disease. Or, you may have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis yourself. There’s even a greater chance that it’s one of very many Autoimmune Diseases. I’ve had Crohn’s for more than half of my life – 21 years. Of […]

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Sleep and how it affects your autoimmune disease

| September 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sleep and how it affects your autoimmune disease

I’m sorry I’ve been away for a while. This summer was so much fun and so exciting. Summer camps consumed a majority of my summer. Coaching kids and helping them to complete their first triathlons or help experienced youth triathletes improve was our focus. It was simply one of the best summers ever. To top […]

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Allergies and how they affect your autoimmune disease

Allergies and how they affect your autoimmune disease

Sometimes you have to learn things the hard way. I’ve lived with allergies all my life. In High School I would get allergy shots. I honestly have no idea if they actually worked, now that I’ve tried to live through them again, my guess is they didn’t work. They probably just made me more sick. […]

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