Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Exciting Things Happening for Cateepoo

Life is always changing and always bringing new gifts and new challenges.  I want to share a few exciting things that are currently happening for me.

First, I volunteered to be in a "Paleo Diet & Autoimmune Conditions" study many months ago.  It is finally happening.  I received my first set of questions this morning.  I am super excited to be able to add to this study as I feel this diet supports my beliefs in promoting local organic farmers, free range meat and eggs, and focuses heavily on autoimmune disease.  Robb Wolf even has suggestions for additional foods to eliminate if you have autoimmune disease. 

Second, I have been asked to be a contributor for MyRACentral.  Check out my first three posts:

"Keep moving." This has been a personal motto for me since rheumatoid arthritis became a part of my life seven years ago. I have a stubborn streak in me that decided early on that rheumatoid arthritis was not going to take any and everything it wanted from me. I was going to fight back. A huge part of that fight was to keep moving no matter what.
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Ever since my diagnosis in 2004 of rheumatoid arthritis, I have had a belief that our body wants to heal itself.  I believe our bodies are amazing beings that are constantly trying to fix the evils we throw at them. 
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My name is Cathy. I also respond to" Mom", "Momma", "Cateepoo"," Cath", and "Teacher". I am many things to many people. I am a wife of 22 years to Steve, I am a child led homeschooling mom to Alexander, 14 and Sophia, 12. I am a sister to five siblings. I am an adult ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. I am a friend. I am the owner of a four year old border collie and I am a life learner. I also have rheumatoid arthritis.
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It feels wonderful to be in a good place right now with my rheumatoid arthritis and it feels wonderful to know I can contribute to helping others in the small ways available to me.  I am very hopeful that this study will shed light on how diet plays a part in autoimmune disease and feel honored to give my input.  At one time I felt that rheumatoid arthritis was the focus of my life and decided to not contribute any longer to another health site.  For now, I feel that rheumatoid is taking a back seat in my life and I feel comfortable writing about it in a place other than my own blog.  Let me know what you think about the posts.   


  1. Awesome post Cathy and I can add one more to your title:
    inspiration! You are an inspiration to all of us who have autoimmune issues! Thank you for always reaching out to me when I ask!

  2. If someone asked me what I thought the single most important part of my own treatment is, it would be movement. Do not let the pain & discomfort stop you from getting yourself in motion. Even if only to do a load of laundry, a walk to your mailbox, up & down a flight of stairs. Something, anything to keep your joints moving, your blood circulating and your mind from hitting a funk.

    I'm now also becoming very aware of what goes into my body. Gone are the days of indulgence. I do not restrict anything but I am making better choices regarding meats, vegtables and fruits.

    Awsome articles!

  3. You are an inspiration and I remember when I was first diagnosed how supportive you were. This is a great opportunity and you are the person for the job. Wishing you many pain-free days.

  4. Thanks for the positive feedback.

  5. Good for you!!! I am sure a lot of people will get something from your posts.

  6. Congrats! However, I can't say I'm surprised. You have this wonderful talent for contributing and making things better and I'm delighted that you're being recognized for it. And to echo other people's comments, thanks for the encouragement and inspiration you give to the rest of us. All the best for your new adventures.