I work as a Family Care Specialist with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. I take care of the families who have babies in the UAB NICU many times for extended lengths of time. It is a regional teaching hospital in Birmingham. I also volunteer in the same NICU holding, feeding, and caring for babies when needed. Additionally, I deliver meals to seniors with Meals on Wheels and provide food and water to the homeless in Birmingham through Be a Blessing Birmingham.
In my free time I love hiking. This year I have joined a trail maintenance group for the Pinhoti trail with is an extension of the Appalachian Trail, Alabama Pinhoti Trail Maintainers, and have hiked several sections since last year. I also belong to Anniston Outdoor Association and have begun enjoying some of their activities. I also enjoy swimming, cycling, and kayaking.
Part of my reason for doing Whole30 is to get in better health so I can actively pursue the above interests. Cycling has been especially difficult because I have polyneuropathy (extensive nerve damage) due to many years of undiagnosed Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I no long have a thyroid as a result. I also have inflammation that gets worse the day after I do any physical activity, especially anything that involves my hands or shoulders. Additionally, I have some digestive issues that keep getting worse and cause me to miss out on some activities. I have been trying to lose weight and have been on the Keto diet on and off for a year.
Every time I begin an activity my body seems to really hate me for days afterwards. I just have to keep pushing through it.
I have a husband of 27 years, two sons, ages 24 and 21, and a 10 year old cat.