This blog is meant to be a beacon of HOPE and guidance for better health and a happy life for you and your family.

 It is a place for me to document my families health care struggles. It is intended to be a place for me to share our success stories as well as our failures. My hope is to be able to share with you what has worked for us (and what has not) so that you and your family may not have to start from scratch like we did.
Learning to live well is a process. I hope to make your journey to wellness less of a struggle then it was for us. Don’t get discouraged if it all seems daunting. There are a LOT of changes we have made, and we still slip sometimes too.  Just know that giving up some of the modern day conveniences (like processed food) was hard for us too…Just take it one step, no, one DAY at a time…and Good Luck!
For a detailed post on how this blog came to be, and more information on how I came up with the 4 Hope Health n Happiness logo, CLICK HERE 
About Me:
My name is Michelle, I am a mother to 4 wonderful children. I am a Registered Nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I am a student who went back to school to obtain an additional degree in Complementary Alternative Medicine. I figured I was researching all of these things to improve my families health anyway…I mine as well make sure I am studying and reporting the most correct information. Once I complete the degree, I will also, besides being a nurse, be able to “officially” practice as a Wellness Coach and an Aromatherapist. Unofficially I have been researching ways to make, and keep my family healthier.

Perhaps the most important of my qualifications is the fact that I am a mom who cares about the well-being of my family and friends. I hope that the things I have learned, and post on, will benefit you and your family in some way!

My search for answers stemmed from our own health issues. I myself have Crohn’s disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects my GI system. Our son Brady has Autism, which is a blessing and a curse all at the same time. It is a blessing because if it were not for Brady, and his diagnosis, I would not have been put on the path to better health for my entire family. Without him, we would still be in the dark about all the toxins in our world. We would still be eating processed food out of plastic containers, eating fast food, and using store bought cleaning, and beauty products.

I know there are some autistic people out there who might take offense to me saying autism is a curse, that I hope to “fix” him. I am sorry if you feel that way, but honestly if I could change things for Brady…I most definitely would. Because of his autism he can not communicate. He does have many one and two word approximations of speech…but at the time of this post he is almost 8 years old and can not speak a full sentence. He has frequent melt downs and does not understand “wait a minute”. He has no concept of danger…so playing outside with friends, like a typical kid his age, is not an option since he is impulsive and has the potential for wondering off and getting lost (or heaven forbid…something worse).  It is only recently that we have been able to get rid of pull ups at night…and he still has accidents 1-2 times a week at night. We fear that he will never be able to live independently, let alone fall in love, get married, and have a family of his own someday. That is not the end of the list of our challenges by any means. Do I want to take away the challenges he faces every day…YOU BET! Brady is a happy, loving child who deservers the best life has to offer.

BUT despite ALL of the challenges we all face everyday, and even if he never gets any better then he is today, we love him unconditionally and will never give up HOPE that the changes we make now will help him to lead a fuller happier life in the future.



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