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  1. Lisa Ammerman
    January 30, 2019 @ 6:47 am

    Suzy, thank you for sharing your life with us. Many of my friends deal with auto immune diseases. It’s hard to know how to encourage them sometimes. Also, we all need to be aware of inflammation and the suggestions and reminders are great to us over 50 people and good for those younger to take note now. I appreciate you sharing your life and health struggles with us. I really appreciate your suggestions and your encouragement. This is my first time writing! I enjoy reading your gift suggestions and clothing suggestions as well! Your daughter’s photo bomb is precious and oh so fun! God bless!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 11:58 am

      Lisa,
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! It really meant a lot to me! Inflammation is something we ALL need to be aware of because each day’s choices really DO matter. I’m so happy you’re enjoying my content and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Hugs to you, Lisa! xoxo Suzy

  2. Ashley Greaves
    January 30, 2019 @ 7:11 am

    Thank you for sharing! Both of my college age boys have Crohn’s Disease and it is very painful for me to watch how they struggle being so young. All your info is great and I am going to pass this along to them ~

    Take care and I love reading all your articles!!!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:01 pm

      Ashley,
      What a kind comment, thank you! It must be heartbreaking to watch as a mama. I’m so thankful they have each other to lean on but I know it must be a struggle. They have a loving and supportive mom and that means a lot. It means so much to me when the people I love take the time to be informed about my auto-immune issues. So grateful to you for reading and commenting! xoxo Suzy

  3. Carole Pope
    January 30, 2019 @ 7:16 am

    Hi Suzy, this was a very important and interesting post for me for two reasons, and thank you for sharing your personal information. I am very informed about Celiac disease as my daughter’s best friend of many years was diagnosed at age 5. I have learnt how to cook gluten free meals over the years and have realised how limiting some restaurants are catering for it.
    Also I have had psoriasis all my life in various degrees which has now developed into psoriatic arthritis in my knee! I have battled with inflammation and pain from it for a few years with walking but cycling if fine so I try to do that as often as possible.
    I am sure lots of your followers will identify with this post as well and feel more part of your community.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:04 pm

      Carole,
      SO sorry to hear about your psoriatic arthritis, but I’m proud of you for continuing to exercise! I was wondering how restaurants in the UK did with GF since Bob has promised to take me to visit you in the next few years! I think you are just the sweetest to have learned to cook GF for your daughter’s best friend. That must mean so much to her! Hugs to you, my Carole! xoxo Suzy

  4. Nancy Henning
    January 30, 2019 @ 8:42 am

    Suzy… You are too precious! Love your blogs, your inspiration, your very practical advice, your irresistible sense of humor, your transparency and your faith… thank you!
    I also want to “love ” your Instagram but try as I might I can’t make it work. I’m typing in emptynestblessed but there are 2 sites with that name and neither one are you… or it is that Instagram shopping one. HELP!.. anybody! Hate to take up comment space with a technical question. Where is a savey techie grandchild when you need them??!!
    Thank you!!
    Nancy

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:20 pm

      Nancy,
      Thank you for your adorable comment! How nice of you to want to follow me on Instagram! Here’s the easiest way to do it: Click here: https://www.instagram.com/emptynestblessed/
      Then when you get to my page, click “Follow.”
      If you want to follow me in the LiketoKnow.it app (that’s the fashion one where you can easily shop the looks I post on Instagram), you have to download the app from the app store. Then in the search bar, type in Empty Nest Blessed. When my page comes up, hit “Follow.”

      Thank you so much for reading and following me, sweet Nancy! xoxo Suzy

  5. Marcy McDonald
    January 30, 2019 @ 9:11 am

    Great article Suzy!! thank you for sharing. Also, 🙂 You look adorable in the top picture in the blue chair! The room is also so beautiful – those are my colors as well. Would you mind sharing who you used to put it together and or where you found the fabric.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:25 pm

      Marcy,
      Thanks for your comment! Blue and white is just such a fresh, clean look, right?
      I definitely know when I am NOT qualified to do something and interior design is one of those things! I’m happy to share my Interior Designer’s info, but I don’t want to put it here as she might not want her info blasted out in cyberspace! Hahahaha! Why don’t you DM me on FB or send me an email at [email protected] and I can reply! Also, are you coming to my FREE Makeup Class next week? Would love to see you there! xoxo Suzy

  6. Laura Rieger
    January 30, 2019 @ 11:10 am

    Suzy, What a great, informative post! My daughter has both lupus and fibromyalgia and it’s so hard for me to watch her struggle at the young age of 25. Fortunately, she has embraced an almost vegetarian diet and goes to her gym regularly. I love your openness and willingness to share. Do your daily naps have something to do with your lupus? My daughter gets fatigued very easily. As always, you look terrific and your upbeat attitude towards living encourages me.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:29 pm

      Laura,
      We have so much in common! My sweet 22-year-old, Becca, also has lupus, celiac, and fibromyalgia. She writes a monthly column for the lupus.org newsletter! She and your daughter could probably really encourage one another! Your daughter is so blessed to have you in her corner! My quick 20-30 minute naps are one way I take care of myself, for sure! Also, getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night is really important! It sounds like she’s taking good care of herself, and I’m so glad.
      Thank you for your encouraging comment! xoxo Suzy

  7. Maureen
    January 30, 2019 @ 11:42 am

    Thank-you for this helpful article on inflammation. I want to learn more about eating an inflammatory diet and this is a good start. I also love the gingham sweatshirt! Beautiful!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:31 pm

      Maureen,
      Thank you for your nice comment! Isn’t that sweatshirt just adorable?! I’m so glad you found this info helpful.
      Thanks for reading and taking a sec to leave a comment! xoxo Suzy

  8. Wendy Howard
    January 30, 2019 @ 11:42 am

    great article Suzy! As a registered dietitian, I totally agree with the nutrition recommendations!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:31 pm

      Wendy,
      Thank you! Your stamp of approval means a lot to me!
      xoxo Suzy

  9. Anita Barnett
    January 30, 2019 @ 12:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Suzy! Great information and links. Since my diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis over 10 years ago, I’ve definitely experienced first hand the links between food/sleep/exercise/stress! It truly is a journey, but as so many of us find inflammation is a part of our lives, it is empowering to make choices to limit the impact of these issues on our everyday life. I have found that fatigue has really increased with aging combining with auto-immune issues–so your previous post on managing rest and being intentional for our own health will make such a huge difference in our ability to still embrace all God has for us in this season!
    Laughter is also SUCH a healing factor!! As we have added a sweet lab pup to our lives, she definitely gives us lots of opportunities for laughter and exercise! LOVE Becca’s photo bomb & reminds us to keep laughing loud and often with our adult kids!!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 1:10 pm

      Anita,
      Thank you for your comment! You are such an inspiration to me and your daughter is so blessed to have such a wise mom! Yes, managing rest/sleep/exercise/stress is really important for everyone, but even more so if you have an auto-immune issue. My kids always know how to make me laugh – and Weston is chief among them! Sarah has a wicked sense of humor too, and when it bursts forth out of that sweet and gentle spirit, it makes us laugh even harder! I know that puppy is bringing you so much joy. I’m so glad.
      Thanks for reading and leaving me a comment, my friend!
      xoxo Suzy

  10. Brigit
    January 30, 2019 @ 1:02 pm

    Suzy,
    I loved your blog post! I have hypothyroidism and some vitiligo brought on by changing medications. Both are autoimmune and I am careful to take care of myself too. Healthy eating, exercise and sleep work for me. Plus less stress is helpful. Thanks for sharing!

    Brigit. Bzgallife

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 30, 2019 @ 1:14 pm

      Brigit,
      You are right about all of that! Sleep, good food, exercise, and less stress is good for everyone, but when you have an auto-immune issue, it becomes a key to life and there’s simply not as much wiggle room for cheating! Right? Thank you so much for reading this post and for commenting! Your Instagram posts are always so adorable. Do you have a blog too? Drop me the address, okay? I’d love to check it out!
      Thanks so much for sharing, sweet Brigit!
      xoxo Suzy

  11. martha
    January 31, 2019 @ 8:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information, I\\\\\\\’m sorry to read you deal with lupus and celiac. I firmly believe in a healthy lifestyle and was influenced from my early years by my mother who was also interested in it. As you said, its those daily choices that really do add up. I know I want to age as well as I can, so it is important to do what we can and that includes being educated about it which you are helping us do! Cute outfit, too!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      January 31, 2019 @ 8:31 pm

      Martha,
      Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I’m so glad you’re committed to aging well and living a healthy lifestyle. It is so much better when you’re raised that way and don’t get into a situation where you’re in a hole and you have to climb out of it (so to speak!). Hugs to you! xoxo Suzy

  12. martha
    January 31, 2019 @ 8:32 pm

    Thank you for this informative post! Im sorry to read you deal with lupus and celiac disease but Im sure by this post you are an encouragement for many! It was instilled in me by my mother to live a healthy lifestyle and you are right, it is those daily choices that really make a difference.
    Cute outfit!

  13. nylse
    February 1, 2019 @ 11:22 am

    My brother died from an autoimmune disease – scleroderma and my mom may have had some sort of inflammation when she passed 2 years ago. So I appreciate you sharing your knowledge of inflammation and how it affects us as we get older. Also thanks for sharing your personal health struggles. I know quite a few women with Lupus. I’m glad you’re here to share and give yourself away.

  14. CNS
    February 6, 2019 @ 10:43 am

    I’m 43 and have had systemic lupus since I was a freshman in college. It affected my kidneys and liver in the beginning but I did go on to have two children and, although it is not always easy, I work full time. Like you, I try to stay focused on overall wellness and decreasing inflammation through diet. My disease has been mostly well-managed for years but I did have a significant flare late last year as I was going through a stressful time. Reached your site via Loft Instagram and just wanted to thank you for sharing.

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      February 6, 2019 @ 11:29 am

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I feel you, girl! My daughter is a senior in college and has been diagnosed since she was 16. She actually writes a monthly column for the lupus.org monthly e-newsletter. You probably get it, so look for Becca.
      I am amazed at how the three “S” triggers are SO real! Sleep, sun, and stress. Getting rest and exercise helps, although the exercise can be a double-edged sword because it makes me tired! So happy that you found me! The Lord had a plan for that, I’m thinking (and Loft helped!!!) Please reach out any time if I can be an encouragement to you. We’re in this together, sister! xoxo Suzy

  15. Kattia
    February 8, 2019 @ 12:11 pm

    Thank you for writing this post. It is so important to keep all the information needed about imflamation. Keep up all the wonderful things you do to keep yourself healthy. You are an inspiration and I respect and admire your honesty in sharing this very private information about yourself and your daughter. I would love for you to write more about this topic and keep sending all your wonderful advise.

  16. Kim
    February 15, 2019 @ 8:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story with us! As someone that is chronically ill myself, I know how important it is for us to see others that are living their best life possible despite being chronically ill! Thank you for your bravery and Inspiration!

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      February 16, 2019 @ 10:27 am

      Kim,
      Thanks for taking a minute to share your situation and thank me for sharing mine. So sweet of you! If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s that EVERYONE has SOMETHING. The Lord wants to keep us mindful of our need for Him and His grace poured out in our lives! Thanks again for your comment. Big hugs to you! xoxo Suzy

  17. Robin Browne
    February 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

    Loved this!! I too have an inflammatory diseases. Was diagnosed a little over a year ago with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr at first thought it was joint pain do to menopause but after some further testing confirmed it was not. I’m not quite were you are I’m still letting it define me sometimes. Trying to find the right biologics to get me into full remission. It’s been a rough 5 yrs on my body between peri menopause and RA. Thanks for the post and please continue to share anything new that comes across your desk.

    Robin ❤️

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      February 16, 2019 @ 1:36 pm

      Sweet Robin,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your RA. Living with an auto-immune disease is not easy! It can’t define you unless you let it! Everyone has something! Every time I’m tempted to feel sorry for myself, I remember how blessed I am to have a happy marriage, kids that are doing well, and a beautiful home! Lots of people face heartbreak because they don’t have those! (You should see my emails from devastated parents with kids who’ve REALLY struggled …) Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you feel empowered to do what YOU can to help your disease. Love and hugs to you and thank you so much for your comment. xoxo Suzy

  18. Milli
    July 10, 2019 @ 9:26 pm

    Suzy,
    I emailed earlier about inflammation and then found this post! Thank you so much for clearing this up for me. Although, I would still like to know what your symptoms are and how do you know you are having a flare-up. I’m just getting started on this journey. It is interesting to read other people’s experiences.

  19. Debbie
    May 5, 2020 @ 8:46 am

    However your daughter did that photo,?it’s darling!…she sure looks like mom!..I’m impressed w/ your attitude in the midst of health issues…thank you and blessings!…I struggle w/ inflammation; my journey has taken me to Carnivore eating, and as long as I follow, w/ o coffee and sugary cream, I have no symptoms..but find that hard! Dyshydrotic exzema on top of hands, between fingers,…BIG cracks appear within 2 days of onset…2 wks to heal…mouth/ tongue tingles, burns…a strict Carnivore diet has been only help…struggled with this for past 9 yrs…. Survived father’s death; car accident age 10, deep disappointments w/only child, step child, too…I think it’s stress and grief,; emotionally related…

    • EmptyNestBlessed
      May 5, 2020 @ 2:34 pm

      Debbie,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles. You may be right, it may be stress exacerbated. I hope you are getting some mental health and spiritual help at the same time as phsical help for your symptoms. Hang in there, sweet girl. Thank you for sharing.
      xoxo Suzy

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