About Me

You might be wondering…. “Who the heck is behind this blog? And what made her decide to create it?”

Well, here goes…. My name is Patty. I am a full-time Mom to two wonderful kids and wife to an amazingly kind and dear man. My kids are in high school.

Yes, my children are my most precious accomplishments. However, my youngest really holds a special place in my heart. You see, he is autistic and also has ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and whole bunch of other multi-syllable words. This amazing, sweet, and funny kid has really been dealt a crappy hand.

I am living with a chronic illness personally. In March 2015, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It’s nothing new, really. I have been symptomatic since 1989. It has progressively been getting worse as I get older to the point I am unable to work outside the home.

On a weekly basis, we are running to many appointments such as: after-school activities, counseling, group counseling (to help with social skills), speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and doctors’ appointments! But we are enjoying life as much as we possibly can!

As you can imagine, being a Mom to this crazy bunch is really a full-time job. So to keep my sanity (what’s left of it), I decided to start this blog. I believe in trying to live a healthier lifestyle than we have in the past. I want to share what I have learned with people who are just starting to explore this idea. This site will have a ton of information to help you learn how to live healthier. Please feel free to dig in, follow it and use it as a resource. You can view my most recent posts by clicking “Live Healthy With Patty” at the top or feel free to jump right into the categories on the left.

With the rising costs of healthcare and an economy that is looking pretty dismal, people are turning to more natural ways of staying healthy and curing whatever might be ailing them.

I have been researching healthy living through natural methods. Herbal healing, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, eating healthier; you name it and I’m researching. I have started raising my own herbs and have been making healthier meals for my family.

So here I am. Studying “alternative” medicine. That phrase just makes me crazy. Let’s think about this, shall we?

Modern medicine.


  • Dreamed up by pharmaceutical companies as a way to make a profit. Have you had to get a prescription filled recently? Holy smokes! More often than not, the drugs cost more than the office visit! I know many people who spend $300 to over $1,000 a MONTH for medications that their doctors have prescribed. How often have you heard of someone taking one medication to counteract the side effects of another one they are taking? Is that really healthy? I don’t think so.
  • Peddled by physicians who get “incentives” from the drug companies to push their products. Now don’t get me wrong; I love our family physician. She is amazing. However, she is open to more natural forms of healing. AND she understands that we are not made of money when it comes to paying for prescriptions. She is a rare breed of doctor: one with an open mind.
  • Approved by the FDA. Don’t get me started on the FDA. This is a federal governmental agency that approves products that MAY help with one issue but have side effects that can number a dozen or more and quite often, the side effects are far WORSE than the condition the drug is treating. How many times have we heard of drugs that the FDA approved that are now causing serious issues, sometimes even including death? You’ve seen those commercials about the class-action lawsuits. Should we really be putting our health into the hands of our government?


Now let’s talk about healing with plants and essential oils.

These are not new concepts. Through the ages, people have used plants and oils in healing. It’s only really been since the beginning of the 20th century, that these old ways have been pushed aside to make room for “modern” medicine. Sure, people may be living longer today, but what about the QUALITY of life they are living?

*** Clarification on my beliefs – I am firm believer in using the gifts that nature has provided us, but I also recognize there are times when we need modern medicine. I am extremely grateful for the professionals that we see for our journeys. Please understand that when I recommend natural remedies on my blog, they are wonderful for alleviating many issues. However, modern medicine plays an important role any time you are dealing with a life-threatening or lifestyle-altering illness or injury. Here is an absolutely excellent book that I recommend that really falls in line with my beliefs. Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions

If you have any questions about anything you see on this site, please feel free to contact me by either commenting on the post in question or by email.

Bless you all and thank you for being a follower of my blog!



32 comments for “About Me

  1. June 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Wow! I love your blog!!

  2. June 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Well done Patty!!!!!

  3. Carla
    June 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Awesome blog Patty!

  4. June 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Patty,it is so nice to meet you, and thanks for this eye-opener. I am looking forward to learning more from you about alternative healthier living.

    • June 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Athena!!! I am thrilled that I have met you too! Let me know if you have any questions about anything here on the blog.

  5. Sharon Rozzell Beard
    June 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Awesome With your busy life you are an awesome Mom.

    • June 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks, Sharon! Lord knows, I try! I don’t always feel like an awesome mom. I just keep telling myself that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. LOL

  6. June 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Hi patty, sounds like you have a wonderful family. I understand what you mean about alternative medicine I have worked in this field for several years when I was in my 40-50’s. The one acupuncture practioner was really into the herbal supplements. He also taught at the acupuncture academy in our community. I just wish I had held on to some of the research I did throughout the years; never dreamed I would had stumbled upon this great opportunity as we have with TrimDown Global. I was also the office manager for a couple of Chiropractor’s for several years. My last position was as faculty coordinator for our local hospital working with the Family Medicine Residents. I was certified in medical research at my last position. My main goal for my blog is to reconnect with some of the practitional and physicians I’ve worked with and hopefully have them write some articles for my blog. Guess I should change my about me page and talk about my past experiences rather than my experience with breast cancer. Anyway, love both of your blog pages. Best of luck to you and your family.

  7. rockthatoutfit
    June 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hi –

    Many of the FDA executives and heads are former high-ranking directors and vice-presidents of companies such as Monsanto, etc. IN fact, one of our Supreme Court justices is a former Monsanto worker. Guess which way he rules on cases involving Monsanto? I don’t actually know. I would hope that he would or could recuse himself on cases involving Monsanto. Is that the way it works?

    Anyway, nice job on your BLOG.

    Best, Steve, for Steve and Karen Downing

  8. jsteffey
    June 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    wow! You are very well informed, I will be trying to stop by often!! Thanks 🙂

  9. Lori
    June 19, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Great info. thanks for the post!

  10. Melissa Smith
    June 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Patty! I just started taking an interest in the healing properties of essential oils myself. Which means that I’m going to check out everything having to do with them on your blog! Thank you so much for sharing all of your knowledge. 🙂

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      I have a ton of info about EOs and other healthy living options here! Thank you so much for visiting!!!

  11. June 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for bringing us inside your world.. I look forward to hearing more about it..

  12. June 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. June 20, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Great to meet you Patty. You are right the pharm companies are making a killing. I am so happy to be a veteran and able to get my prescriptions for free. I have since come off most of my meds and that has made my life so much better.

    • June 20, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Hi Danielle! Kudos for being able to get away from pharmaceuticals! At one time, I was taking 10 different prescriptions at one time, thanks to allergies, high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety and depression. One day, I sat down with all those lovely brown bottles and asked myself if that was how I wanted to live my life. THAT’s when I started researching the alternative – a natural way to live healthy. I feel better now and am loving life!

      Please be sure to come back and visit me again!

  14. June 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Jessica P
    June 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I am in my second year of medical school, so I can’t completely discredit modern medicine. However, I am in an osteopathic school, so I fully support alternative treatments, and I hope to one day share them with future patients! There are many natural things that do wonders.

    • June 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      By no means do I discredit all of modern medicine. There are times when a trip to the doctor is absolutely necessary. But for many minor health issues, a remedy can be found in the natural world around us.

  16. June 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Nice to meet you! 🙂

  17. June 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    It was wonderful to get to know a bit about you & your thoughts on things. Great post!

  18. July 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    AMAZING! is the only word I can come up with right now. I totally love your blog.

    • July 19, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Thank you, Ann!!! It is a labor of love for me!!! I love learning about natural remedies and really enjoy sharing what I have learned! I figure if I’m looking into it, there may be others doing the same, so why not have this info in one place for everyone’s convenience. Much love!!!


  19. July 21, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Hi Patty, Finally got to your blog. I knew it would be full of goodies since you are one of our experienced bloggers. It gives me encouragement toward my growth of knowledge someday. Wanted to share I also homeschooled one of my two children. He just didn’t like going to school. Pulled him out of school by third grade and started teaching him myself. He went daily to college with me. Sat in on all of my classes with my professors approval. That might be the only tuition in history that covered the cost of two students. He got a lot of his college education before he graduated grade school. He was smart enough to prove it when the professors started calling his name to answer questions when he raised his hand. The students of course laughed but the professors’ reply was, “I don’t see anyone else’s hand up eager to answer the question.

    • July 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Awesome and thank you!!! There have been studies that show the grade school or younger is the time to teach kids, particularly other languages. Their minds can “absorb” and retain the knowledge far better than adults. It has to do with the fact that their brains are still developing. Pretty cool, if you ask me!

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