I’m Jen. I’m a mom of 2, wife, and special needs teacher. I have been dealing with an autoimmune flare since the end of 2009. I am sero-negative which makes getting a solid diagnosis difficult and the official diagnosis seems to vary from appointment to appointment. It’s easier to just say “RA” instead of saying “my auto-immune disorder that is probably RA but doesn’t lend itself easily to a label.”
Trying to figure out how to deal with all of this has led me to a mostly vegan diet. While I do occasionally eat non-vegan things, I don’t plan on discussing that here. This is my space to talk about how RA effects my life and how eating vegan impacts it. I live with my husband Mark
Those pictures were taken in late December 2010 in the middle of a snow storm! Since going vegan I have lost between 15 and 30 pounds. (I don’t own a scale and different doctors’ scales say different things.) I have gone down about 3 dress sizes.
As of the end of the school year/summer (2010-2011) this is me:
My swelling is reduced since going vegan and I feel better. I still deal with the issues my RA produces and some days are better than others. But we laugh a lot and are enjoying this life!
A local tv station did a short segment on me which you can see here
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