Our group’s members have autoimmune disorder diagnoses, or are close allies, friends, and family members of those with autoimmune conditions. As a group, we are here to meet you, wherever you may be on your autoimmune journey. We are a resource during your quest to understand the symptoms of autoimmunities and find clarity about how to live with them. (Trust us: we’ve been there, boy o boy do we know what the recent-diagnosis phase is like!) We are doing more than just existing with autoimmunities, we are living fully!
There are more than 100 known autoimmune conditions, with many others suspected as such.*
We thrive, and it is due in no small part to our face-to-face gatherings. These are where we • compare our personal notes and experiences of trying to heal and manage symptoms • unearth facts about our conditions: causes, symptoms, and treatment methods (proven and promising-but-experimental alike) • trade life hacks, recipes, health care ideas, and even occasional favours • offer each other the moral support that is so scarce in the day-to-day outside world • inspire and delight one another ...and so much more!
As no two bodies are alike, there is no universally correct or incorrect treatment for any diagnosis or combo of diagnoses. But among those of us living inside an autoimmunity diagnosis, we have found that dedication to a few key treatment tools usually works wonders: • A specialized, nutrient-packed diet • Healthcare advice from functional medicine practitioners • A rest-packed sleep diet • Stress-management strategies • Supportive and understanding environments (like this one!) A good number of us also manage a laundry list of other ailments, allergies, or intolerances with these tools. See below for some further reading.**