Hi, I’m Asa

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A little bit about me

A little bit about me

If you checked out the Welcome Page, then you’ve already read part of my story. But like anyone else with chronic illness, while much of my life is focused on managing disease activity, I am so much more than an RA Warrior.

The best way I can explain myself to someone who doesn’t know me is this: I am a late bloomer. After floundering around in college for what seemed like forever (probably longer if you ask my dad) eventually obtaining a culinary degree, an English degree, and an MS in education, I finally felt like a grown-up. Well, for the most part.  I started my teaching career late, found and married the love of my life late, had our beautiful daughter at, “an advanced maternal age” (their words, not mine) and discovered my true passion late: helping others on their wellness journeys. 

My girls

My RA led me to this passion, and It is because of this that I am able to see the silver lining in this otherwise completely horrific diagnosis. I am an optimist, which is certainly helpful when dealing with chronic illness.


I recognize that without my introduction into the maddening world of autoimmunity and the circuitous path to wellness that followed I would never have discovered the food sensitivities that were causing me so many issues beyond autoimmunity, learned all about the various diets that benefit us and our families most, taken the time to focus on my own personal growth, discovered how strong I truly am, and would never have been in a position to help others who are struggling as well.


In addition to enjoying helping others, here are a few more fun facts about me:

  • I am a native Texan and will always consider myself a Texan.
  • I am an introvert, but no one who knows me would ever guess it.
  • I love making people laugh- sometimes this involves showing off my dance moves.
  • I’ve got some pretty sweet dance moves.
  • I teach Gothic Horror Literature but am scared of the dark.
  • I love Mexican food, barbecue, and southern soul food.
  • I can still do cartwheels.
  • One goal I have is to live in Maine one day.

Another big goal I have is to connect with you.

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“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” – Masaru Emoto