stories — health

getting the lead out of your home safely

Posted by branch homestead on

i love all these photos that i see on so many blogs and in magazines with the beautiful distressed paint on old or old looking furniture but it makes me very concerned. i'm all about saving the old but want to make sure that it is done safely. i worry so much about kids and adults being around potential chipping and dusting lead paint. lead poisoning is too common and very scary. if you live in a house built before 1978 or purchase painted furniture that you believe has been painted before 1978 you should assume that it has lead...

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balance and rhythm

Posted by branch homestead on

ocean beach, san francisco 2005 - balancing with the rhythm of the oceani've been trying to get settled with myself for quite some time now. days go by and i am losing track.it is funny how life moves different than your expected. this is by no means a complaint. i love my life and my amazing husband and spunky daughter bring more joy to my days than i ever could have imagined. i love being in my hometown and being close to our family. but i cannot grasp how fast time is going. it sounds really cliche but seriously...way too...

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meeting with gyn

Posted by branch homestead on

i was beginning to have hot flashes again about 3 months ago and thought that i might be starting menopause. i went to see my midwife and a fertility specialist dr. john queenan, that i had gone to see before i started chemo in 2005. in 2005 we were afraid that the chemo might knock out my ovaries so we wanted to harvest some eggs before i began chemo. there was not enough time to do the harvest before i started chemo because they really wanted me to get started. so they gave me a drug to put me into...

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