For some of you with children battling PANDAS disease, this may not have been a very Merry Christmas. In fact, it may have been downright miserable. One of the hardest things about this disease is that it often happens overnight, and the child you had last week, is somehow lost, and in their place is a completely different person.
On top of the strain of trying to manage the symptoms of the disease, many of you have completely overhauled your family’s diet. If this is your first Christmas as a Paleo family, it might be a tough transition. Food and emotions and tradition are a big part of the holidays in our extended family. Bucking that system can cause hurt feelings all around, no matter how hard you try to be diplomatic.
Let me tell you, if you are in that place of stress and worry misery, there is Hope. There is Light. Don’t give up.
This year we are symptom free. Our beautiful daughter is back to her laughing, happy, creative, brilliant little self. She is her own strictest dietician. At age 7, she has more will power and knowledge regarding food and health than 99.9% of the American population.
I don’t worry every other minute about PANDAS disease “coming back.”
We made some awesome Paleo Christmas cut out cookies, complete with Paleo frosting and Chia Seed “sprinkles”. Better yet, we made some great memories in the process.
We spent time in worship with family and friends. And I’m thankful. So thankful. We have a house full of joy and peace.
If you aren’t there yet, please have courage. I pray it gets better, and hope it will be sooner, rather than later. Your sweet baby is still in there.
And to remember the sweetest baby, full of joy and peace, I’m sharing a few of our newest favorite Christmas stories.
The Donkey Who Carried a King by R.C. Sproul (available on Amazon.)
A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith (available on Amazon)
Back when I had unrealistic expectations of how much donkey milk our girls would produce, I dreamed of sending a copy of one of these books with every new customer donkey milk order….along with a sweet hand written note of thanks. Alas, 3 milking donkeys and we’re barely going to have enough to make it through the year. Still, I’m trying hard not to complain. The milk they’ve given has been a blessing to our family, and I’m hoping our story is a blessing to you in some way.
Peace on Earth, Good will to Men.
God Bless you ALL.
The Buttercup Farm Family