Saturday, May 21, 2011

Make a Differnce!

Did you know that 30 seconds of your time could make a $500,000 difference? If you have a Facebook account (or know someone who does, or you are considering getting one), please keep reading! If you followed this blog very long at all, you've heard me mention the Whittemore Peterson Institute many times. I am so very thankful for this research organization and the hope they bring to not only me personally, but to millions with M.E., CFS, Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, Gulf War Illness, a-typical MS, Autism, and more.

The Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) is 1 out of 100 charities that won a $25,000.00 grant during the first round of Chase Community Giving. Now, WPI is competing for a $500,000.00 grant, and you can help! Please cast your vote, ask your Facebook friends to vote, and spread the word about the important work of WPI. If you have a Facebook account, please cast your vote for WPI by following the instructions below through May 25th at 9 pm PST. (Just under 4 days left!)

STEP-BY-STEP Instructions:
1. From your Facebook page, go to Chase Community Giving:

2. "Like" Chase Community Giving by clicking on the "Like" button.

3. Now search for Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease.

4. Cast your vote for WPI by clicking the "Vote Now!" button.

5. Please remember our neuro-immune disease community and share in the Love and Giving by voting for other organizations who speak to your heart -- you can vote for up to 5 organizations per Facebook account.

The Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease (WPI) was created to answer a critical need for discovery and medical treatments for those with serious illnesses that impact the body and the brain. These often debilitating and life-long diseases, including M.E., CFS, fibromyalgia, post Lyme disease, GWI and autism, have too few medical solutions. WPI continues to make significant strides through the work of our innovative research program.

Translating novel research into effective patient treatments for millions around the world will begin with the opening of our 10,000 sq. ft. medical facility. Here we can engage in revealing clinical trials and provide on site care to those who are unable to afford care. We require funding for initial expenses and to establish a patient fund. WPI’s commitment to discovery has already inspired much hope worldwide. Now it is time to put hope into action by offering meaningful patient care to these under-served populations.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Naturally Clean

I love to stay as "chemical free" as I can, in large part out of necessity due to multiple chemical sensitivities and severe allergic reactions. I use mineral makeup, mineral deodorant, wash my hair with baking soda and vinegar, buy homemade clay and tea tree oil soap from a friend, and do most of my household cleaning with natural products like baking soda and vinegar as well.
Today a friend posted these 74 Uses for Vinegar on Facebook. I was thrilled to find a few new tricks I didn't know yet. Natural cleaning typically saves money too! What are your favorite natural cleaning and personal care ideas? Please share!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Through Another Mother's Day

I always feel like I've survived an emotional marathon just getting through another Mother's Day. I guess it's one of the lasting emotional "scars" that infertility has left me as it's legacy. I am so very thankful to be a mom, but the journey here was brutal! I have three precious miracles here and I hug them fiercely as I blink back tears of gratitude.

Every Mother's Day I am reminded so very keenly that others are hurting and grieving still. Each year more and more of my friends are called to face MD without their own moms and my heart aches for them as well, though I'm thankful that the ache comes yet without personal understanding. I have at least three more precious babies who kissed my womb all too briefly before flying to Heaven. No one can ever "replace" another, so while I'm thankful beyond words for the three here, Mother's Day hurts for the three There too.

The ins, outs, ups, downs, joy and grief associated with motherhood play round and round in my mind, leaving me exhausted this time of year. So today I want to step away from all those swirling emotions and simply celebrate the gift of my own mom. Betty Camp has been selected as a top 5 finalist for the first ever "Fibromyalgia Mom of the Year" award for the way she has supported and encouraged me through decades of chronic illness, while enduring her own battle against Fibromyalgia.

Would you please join me in celebrating her selflessness by reading Mom's story and giving it a 5-star rating? Public vote is open through today, with the grand prize winner (competing for a $7,000 medical treatment package!) announced this coming Thursday, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day. I would love to be able to give my mom the gift of this grand prize as a small gift of thanks of all she has sacrificed for me through the years.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Muddy Fun

Little J. loves that our sprinklers over spray into our sandbox. He spent the afternoon engineering a series of "bathtubs" for us.

He did want to be clear that we all understand, "The water is not edible to drink!"

We didn't quiet agree on the definition of "clean" as the result of a back yard bath.

We compromised by following the back yard tubs with an indoor shower at the end of the day. :)