At Autoimmune Families, our mission is to form a community that supports families and care providers faced with the challenges of autoimmune disorders to help improve our mutual quality of life. Our goal is to speed the path of inquiry through quality experts who focus on the whole person, have real-world experience with the causes that drive autoimmune responses, and are willing to work through the multi-factorial experimentation that it can take to achieve long-term, positive outcomes in the face of serious, chronic disease. We hope that, by sharing our stories and others like them, we can spare each other needless pain. We work within the knowledge that we are seeking progress, not a cure; within a framework of finding causes, not just treating symptoms; and with the belief that by embracing the body, mind, and spirit together, we can yield a higher quality of life than through a focus on physical needs alone.
We are a family that has various autoimmune diseases in various forms. From rheumatoid arthritis to ulcerative colitis to idiopathic dermal hypersensitivity, we suspect that there’s more at play among family members past and present than has been diagnosed, as well. When our son got sick, we found the prognosis of a lifetime on drugs to be an unacceptable plan. Let’s just say, Functional Medicine (FxM) now plays a significant role in our lives.
Once we had our son’s diagnosis, and many cycles of dysbiosis, disillusionment, and despair later, we’ve been emerging into a quality of life that’s approaching normalcy. He is drug free. In school. Enjoying the company of friends, eating good foods, practicing sports and living with the freedom to travel and move through the world as he chooses, with a manageable level of energy. If you’ve been battling a serious autoimmune disease, you can appreciate that those are big wins.