Spring here in Michigan can be exciting or disappointing. I'm here because I love my hubby, not the weather! Either we have snow and cold or it changes suddenly to sunny, hot and humid. It does signal a time when we can begin outdoor activities sans bundling up soon. The day I took these two pictures was an odd mix. It was cold and drizzly, not conducive for Char to ride her bike. Hmph. I was bummed out. As I got out of my car and looked around, I saw these beautiful trees and this little rabbit! My disappointment melted as I quickly ran inside. What does Spring mean to you? What do you look forward to seeing or doing? What do you miss as the birds begin to chirp?
When I share about special conditions near and dear to me, my goal serves two purposes: 1) to help inform readers about these conditions and 2) to encourage and strengthen the people with those conditions. My older daughter and I have the two covered this month. I also cover cancer, especially colon cancer that claimed my first husband's life, type 1 diabetes which my younger daughter manages well, and ADD/HD due to my son, first husband, hubby now, and countless others who have blessed my life. Occasionally, I cover MS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis because of countless people I've been blessed to serve through exercise instruction and personal training. I hope these spotlights help you and people you know and love. Do you have a health condition you would like me to spotlight? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month is National Celiac Awareness Month
You've probably noticed a lot of gluten-free foods and products lately. That is because celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity are more prevalent. Thanks to the Celiac Disease Foundation, awareness is being spread. There is even more research happening to help people with this autoimmune disease (celiac). You can read my blog post here.
Today is National Fibromyalgia Day
Today marks the awareness day of a mysterious, debilitation health condition called fibromyalgia. If you can imagine jamming all your fingers and toes with the pain and throbbing that goes with it, you have just a small glimpse of what it's like. For more information, go to NFA website.
My blog post here.
Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day, Moms! You are amazing in what you do for your families, churches, and communities. It is because of you we have children who will be great leaders in our communities in the future.
Adolph Kiefer, founder of Kiefer Aquatics and gold medalist of the 1936 Summer Olympics passed away recently. He won the 100 meter backstroke in the Berlin Olympics while Hitler was in power. You can read more about this amazing man who made his mark in swimming and revolutionized the Navy swim program.
An Interesting Condition Linked to Celiac
I found this article from Gluten Free & More Magazine about a condition called POTS. This perplexing condition is often underdiagnosed. I may be dealing with it since my blood pressure is low and my heart rate bounces between super low to high for the activity. I know a couple of people who have this condition. Treatment is important to gain back daily activity levels. Here are a couple of other articles on the same condition:
Hey, Moms! Now is a great time to get fit. There are some great 5k/Fun Runs this time of year. Put the kiddos in a jogging stroller and go! If they are willing, older children can walk/run with you. Also, there are some great bike trailers you can put on the back of your bike for the little ones to ride with you. There is no better time than NOW to get fit.
There are some great exercises to help ease the stiffness and pain of fibromyalgia. The link on the title is secular in nature, so they recommend New Age exercise practices, so I've added some links to alternatives like PraiseMoves, WholyFit, and a Tai Chi alternative on DVD. As for PraiseMoves, I recommend PraiseMoves Gold for those just starting out because the modifications relieve stress on the hands, wrists, shoulders, and back unique to fibro. Their AM/PM PraiseMoves is also a great way to begin and end your day. You can find it in our downloads. If you want to attend a live class in your area, check the listing of instructors by state. I will be offering free summer classes online. These will be for a general audience, but I will also give modifications. Stay tuned for updates.
Thank you so much for your continued readership. You are the reason we are here. Many blessings to you!