Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Low Side of Normal

The first week of January 2012 my health crisis began.

It started with one symptom and quickly turned into more.  By December 2012 I was having a hysterectomy.  Then the crippling fatigue began.  I had to quit work. 

Test after test.  Nothing.  My blood work for thyroid and hormones were normal.  Low- but within normal ranges.

I started having new symptoms.  Pain in my gluts and quad muscles. My joints hurt.  My head was fuzzy.  I couldn't remember things.  I gained 40+ pounds.

I researched my symptoms. I diagnosed myself with Adrenal Fatigue, low progesterone, high estrogen, and Insulin Resistant.

Months turned into years.  I would give up and stop going to doctors for testing.  Then go back only to be told – everything looked normal- low but normal.  I was tested for Lupus, other auto-immune diseases, cancer... thankfully I tested negative for everything.  Blood work still showed normal ranges of thyroid and hormones- but low.

I kept researching my symptoms. I started reading about low thyroid.  I had 90% of the symptoms.  I researched Armor Thyroid.  I went to my doctor and begged to try Armor Thyroid.  He referred me to a nurse who specialized in women's hormones.  (He confused her and another woman who specializes in endocrine hormones).

The nurse put me on bio-identical progesterone.  She said that "my" low and "someone else's" low might not be the same thing.  She said she was going to get me up to the middle range and see how I felt.  That helped so much but didn't help with all of it.

She referred me to the endocrine hormone specialist. She said the same thing about being low.  She wanted to get me up to the middle. SHE put me on Armor Thyroid.

TADA!!!  That was it.  Amour Thyroid helped get my life back.  Fatigue- 90% gone.   Now I just get a little tired around 6pm every once in awhile.  Pain in muscles- gone.  Joints don't hurt as much. (I have a little arthritis in a few joints).   I was/am also pre-diabetic.  

If you are going through a health crisis and the doctors can't/ won't give you a diagnosis.  Keep researching for yourself.  Be your own advocate.  If your blood work is 'low' in an area….  Remember 'low' for you might mean 'not normal'.

My thyroid numbers were low.  But now my numbers are in the middle of normal.  I feel so much better.  I feel like a person again.  I can do things with my family.  I'm back to work.

I love life again.

I will tell you I turned to God first for healing and I know He led me to natural supplements, herbs, therapeutic essential oils, eating changes, and life style changes.

Above all- keep praying and seeking Him for healing and wisdom for what to do.

Keep fighting.  Keep praying.  Keep searching.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

God is Faithful

I had to quit a job for health reasons.  It felt like the symptoms would last forever.  They didn't (more on that story later).

My old employer called and offered my position back.

I'm blessed.

Thank you Lord!  You are faithful!

Full story to follow at a later date.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Weight Loss Part 1

Well, I was hoping to write this 2 years ago.  I was going to share with the world how I lost weight.

Then I gained 5 pounds.  Then another 5 then 3 then 4 and so on and so on.

I've now gained over 40 pounds since my hysterectomy.  I've been to several doctors and lots of tests.  There are other symptoms besides unexplained weight gain are numerous.

I'll go into detail later.

I'm using this as a support group.  I'm checking in.

I'm starting another new eating plan later this week.  Maybe Monday.  I just bought groceries.  I have grapes.  I don't like to waste food.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Go to Amazon to order my new book, Prepared.

Click here > Amazon

Worrying about the future won't help. The time is now to get prepared. This book is about God leading a Christian woman to prepare for a dark future... a fictitious story based on true events.

This is an entertaining book that combines the desire to live sustainably, fight for healthier food, and the sense of needing to stock supplies for an unknown future.

"Faith led Noah to listen when God warned him about the things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a ship to save his family." Hebrews 11:7

The words just flowed.  I enjoyed writting this book so very much.  I really believe you'll enjoy reading this book if ..... 

If you are interested in.....

*Living sustainably
*Fighting against genetically modified foods
*Feel the need to store supplies for an uncertain future
*Get frustrated by life knocking you down when stepping out on faith
*A Christian thriller
*dreams and meanings

then this book is for you.

For about the same cost as a meal at Zaxby’s... you can read an entertaining and thought provoking fictitious book based on true events.

10% of all net earnings will go help feed and educate families, providing clean drinking water, and other ministry helps.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Got Mold?

Here is a great article about mold in the home.  It's from a company in Tennessee.

I know it really helped me when trying to find out what was causing us to me sick all the time.

This company also offers infomration about modl testing and getting rid of mold.

Great help.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Shop my AVON store!

Shop my AVON store!: Here's a sneak peak at some of the latest products available at Avon. Be sure to click Missy's Avon

Here's the deal.

I love skin care and makeup.  Yes, I know that traditional make-up has toxins.  Yes, I have made my own mascara, cleanser, shampoo, moisturizer, etc.  Yes, I have read of people using cocoa powder or whatever for face color..... but....

I was using my 'natural' face care- I loved it... but then.... I started seeing many little lines around my eyes.

So- I'm back on my Avon.  I tried MK but that broke my skin out.

I love Avon's skin care.

Friday, September 6, 2013

DIY Pancake Syrup

I love Agave syrup.

I kinda like maple syrup.

I LOVE waffles.

I've read that agave isn't that great for you.  So I'm trying to find something else to use for my waffles.

I'm about 90% processed foods free.  Long Story.  Buy my ebook for $1.  :)  That book is based on my journey with some fictional drama thrown in for some spice. :)

Maple syrup is so expensive.

The 'pancake syrup' without HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) at the store still had chemicals in it.  I want as healthy and affordable as I can get it.

I've researched "CORN SYRUP" and the effects on the body.  From my limited research I have found that corn syrup (I'm NOT talking about HFCS--- high fructose corn syrup) regular corn syrup is glucose.

In small amounts (about 1 - 2 tablespoon for two waffles) glucose is ok.

Below is more information on the effects of different types of sugars on the body.

Understanding Type 1 Diabetes

Sugar Dangers by Mercola

I've done an adrenal fatigue healing thing and I'm very aware of the epidemic of diabetes.
I don't eat much sugar.  I eat limited amount of fruits daily and use stevia.

I'm hoping that my pancake syrup is going to play apart in the dietary changes I've made.  I'm still researching the effects and will post accordingly.

Right now- I think in small amounts ...... (we don't need a lot of sweets) but I'm so guilty!

Anyway ......

Maple syrup is sooo expensive.  I've increased my Avon sales to cover buying my meat and produce at Earth Fare/ Whole Foods.  So, yikes, adding maple syrup and expeller pressed olive oil... etc etc.. it's adding up.

Here's my recipe for DIY pancake syrup.

1/4 cup regular corn syrup (not high fructose corn syrup)
2 TBP Maple syrup
dash of vanilla
little coconut oil

I melt coconut oil for my waffles.  So there is always a little bit still in the pan.  I add the corn syrup,  maple syrup, and dash of vanilla.  I heat it while the waffles are cooking.


It's really good and stretches the maple syrup. :)

(Adjust amounts to your needs and liking).

I'd love to read your comments.

(Now I have to go back and read my post on how to put a Pinterest button below.  It's been awhile since I've posted anything).


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

How To Get the Pinterest Pin It Button

I read so many sites.  I tried watching a YouTube video.

Why did everyone make is so hard?

This is how easy it is to put the Pinterest "Pin It" Button on your blog.


Go to Pinterest.


Click on the lines to the left top of the screen.  I have a screen shot below.  Look for the 'purple' "click here >"

My Pinterest Main Page

Click the "About" button (see above).

Click on "GOODIES" (above)

Scroll down (screen shot 1 of 2)

Screeon shot 2 of 2

Click in the PIN IT circle.

Ok- here it is.  The URL, Image, and Description need to be entered.  Then click "BUILD IT!".

Like this (See below)
I cleared out the 'demo' fields that Pinterest prepopulates.

Now I am going to add my Blog post to the URL.  I'm going to pull up the blog post I want and go to the address bar... right click on the address and click 'copy'.

Now I'm going to 'paste' it in the URL field on the Pinterest page.

Then I'm going to get my picture or Image I want for the post.

I had already pasted the images URL when I did that screen shot.

Lastly, put whatever you want to in the description.  This blog is about my fiction book about to be released!  Yea!  I'm so excited.  So I'm going to put "Prepared- The Beginning" as my description.

NOW!!!  Click the build it button right below the "Description"

(This will go so much faster as you do it) This is becoming a llloooonnnnggggg blog!) :)

The screen pops up with the 'coding' you need.

Copy the whole entire link in that box.  And paste it in your blog.... but first....
Go to your blog post.  Select "Edit".  Click the HTML button at the top on the page.

Now.... scroll to where you want your button and paste the script link from the Pinterest widget page- the arrow is pointing to where I pasted mine.

Now go get the JAVA script line and paste it.  Pinterest tells a good place to paste it but I just paste it at the bottom below where I pasted the script.

Then click "Update"  at the top!

Tada!!  You did it!  You computer genius you!  Whew Hoo!

Way to Go!

See look- I'll go to my blog post and click the Pin It button and show you what pops up.

That's it.

I know.  I know it sounds like a lot... but it's a lot easier than reading all this.

Please feel free to ask me questions.  I check my comment section regularly.

Happy Pinning and Blogging!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Perfect Storm

Have you heard about "The Perfect Storm" by John Paul Jackson?

Joni Lamb of Daystar TV has had him on her show and for her conferences many times.

It's about prophecies of possible upcoming events.  Some of the other prophecies God gave him earlier have come to pass.

Economic Melt Down?  Different Weather Patterns?  Loss of Freedoms?
What do we do to prepare for an uncertain future?

Planning and worry are two different things.

Don't worry- plan.

Joseph planned.

Planning Without Worry, by John Paul Jackson And John Paul Jackson Economic Collapse of America part 2

Do what God tells you to tell. Don't do what He doesn't tell you to do.

Don't do it out of worry or fear.

Preparing for the Perfect, this is the web site dedicated to the book.

#1 Know God through Jesus, His Son.
#2  Know His voice.  The Bible says, that His sheep know His voice.

I have 'felt' to prepare and that 'something' was coming.  All that led to me writing the FICTION book "Prepared, the Beginning".  (To be released soon).

During this time I heard about The Harbinger, The Harbinger Jonathan Cahn.  I have listened to several of the Youtube videos about this.

I've been reading the book by Perry Stone, Unusual Prophecies Being Fulfilled.

God is not a mean God.  But He will allow judgments.  Rememer Nineva and Jonah?  Jonah was a prophet sent to Nineva ( a wicked city).  He was to tell them to repent.  And they did.

I don't know what is going to happen... but here is what I'm doing.

#1 Getting Spiritually Fit- no more lazy Christianity.  Praying, Seeking, Obeying, Believing...

#2 Getting Out of DEBT!!!!  I know that God has wanted me out of debt for a long time now and I've put it off.  Not anymore.  I'm working diligently to pay off the credit cards and my medical bills.

#3 Gardening.  I have a small garden this year.  Next year for my birthday, I want a raised garden bed and heirloom seeds.  I will know how to save seeds by harvest time.

#4 I already have some herbs that I can use to cook and for medicine.  I will be planting more this fall.

#5 Stock piling matches and candles and blankets.  We live in suburbia.  We have gas fire places and a wood burning stove in the garage (stored away).  I hope we won't have to use it.

#6 This fall I will fix my rain barrels.  Right now they are just the food grade barrels from our local Coca-Cola bottling plant.  They are under a tarp ... waiting...

#7 I have berry plants and muscadine (a wild southern grape) growing.  I will learn how to tend to these to make them produce fruit and grow well.

#8 Getting rid of clutter and 'downsizing'.  I feel like I need to go through my 'stuff' stored boxes etc and get rid of 'stuff'- mainly give to others or Goodwill etc.

#9 Saving proof of what I have paid for- ie my medical bills, electricity etc.

#10 Have a certain amount of cash on hand.

That's all right now.

I don't have chickens.  I live in the city.  We're not going to dig a well.  And right now, UPDATE: I am stocking supplies & food.

But I will continue to pray and seek what the Lord would have me to do.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Balance of Obedience

I was just on the phone with a dear friend.  She was telling about what she had been up to.  She recently made the decision to stay home.

I've recently completed my first book.  I'm so excited.  It's being edited and I will 'publish' the ebook the first of August.

In my book the main character learns about massed produced foods (including milk) and genetically modified foods and the health issues they cause.   She becomes a Champion of her Cause and danger pursues... (it's fictional but based on true events).

Anyway- I would consider myself a Champion of ...... hhmmm .... 

  • The TRUE Christian Life (expanded later and not complicated)
  • Healthy Foods
  • Reducing my carbon footprint
  • Healing - emotional, spiritual, and physical
  • Setting the captive free
  • Worshiping in spirit and in truth
  • Living my life and not judging others
  • Natural Medicine (and Conventional when no natural medicine is available)
  • Personal Wholeness

In Jeremiah 29:11 God says He has a plan for you.  Each one of us.  He knows the plan he designed for us- before we were born.

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The Balance of Obedience means we each follow our own God-designed plan to the best of our ability ... seeking Him for guidance and listening to His still small voice.  To get up when we fall.  Right the Wrongs and continue on the journey He has for us.

You may be a Champion of ....

Clean Air, Save the Animals, Pro-Life, Living Sustainability, Being a mom, a dad, a grandparent, a student, have a career .....

My 'calling' is different from yours and yours from mine.  AND that is perfectly fine.

I care about each thing I mention two sentences up- but those weren't the first things that popped in my head.

I believe that if I do what I'm called to do.  And you do what you are called to do.  And others would do what God called them to do.....

Then we would .......

be better people     -     have clean air, water, food     -     treat animals correctly
and on and on.....

But we live in a fallen world.  Not everyone will do their part.  Some might not know how, or know they should, or care to ..... 

I can only live my life and pray and encourage others to Seek God for themselves.

Below is the devotional I received from Joel Osteen today ......

I pray that as you read this - you will make the decision to follow the path God has for you.

Stretch Further
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back...”
(Isaiah 54:2, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God doesn’t want you to just barely get by in life. He wants you to experience His abundance. He wants you to constantly be increasing. He wants you to be happy in your marriage. He wants you to enjoy your work. He wants you to be continually rising to new heights. If you’re in sales, God wants you to lead that company. If you’re an athlete, God wants you to set new records. If you’re a mom, God wants you to be the best mom that you can possibly be.
We serve a big God with big plans for your future. Maybe some things haven’t worked out the way you thought they should because those plans were too small. Maybe it’s time to stretch yourself further and get a bigger vision for your life. If you’re not sure how to do that, start by asking God to increase your thinking. Ask Him to increase your capacity to receive from Him. Ask Him to enlarge your tent stakes. Continue to meditate on His Word and spend time in His presence, then watch what He will do as you stretch and grow in Him.
Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy in my life. Thank You for believing in me, for giving me a hope and a future. Today I choose to stretch; I choose increase; I choose to rise up higher so that I can be all You’ve created me to be in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen