This blog is about my journey through the challenges of living with an autoimmune disease, and about using food as medicine to heal my body and manage the symptoms of my disease. Field Notes on Healing is a chronicle of that journey and the things I have and will learn. Disclaimer: My blog and the information here is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. I make all of my health decisions with the help of my doctors.
My name is Emily. I am a young person with an autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis. Though my diagnosis in 2012 did change my life, I am not defined only by my disease.
I have always been an avid reader, and sporadic writer. I love hiking and camping, particularly on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. I am interested in forest ecology and learning how climate change has and will affect this area I love so much.
I work for an amazing organization that does endangered species conservation planning. My job is Communications Officer, which encompasses editing the newsletter, writing press releases, managing the website, and posting on Twitter. I am lucky to absolutely love my job. Sometimes I get to have tropical birds eat out of my hand.
I live in Saint Paul, MN. Saint Paul is a friendly, sleepy city that fits my lifestyle perfectly. It has an incredible year-round farmers market, hipster bars, poetry imprinted in the sidewalks, and “Little Free Libraries” scattered all over the neighborhood. People leave bowls full of water out near the sidewalk for passing dogs. It’s a great place.
My apartment is old and charming, and has a very tiny kitchen that adds a special challenge to all of the cooking I do. I have a house plant that I call Plant. The apartment has a wood burning fire place.
I follow the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol to help manage my rheumatoid arthritis. Cooking has become a new hobby of mine, as has researching about using food as medicine. I’ve learned so much in just a few months!