I recently heard about Chobani Flips #BreakYouMake initiative asking if we know someone who is in need of a well-deserved and much-needed break. Immediately, a number of people sprang to mind: my husband, numerous family members, various friends, heck, even me! We’re all a little overworked and stretched beyond capacity, no? Ironically, it was only while I was enjoying a break with my family that the answer became obvious: Barb Anderson.

Barb is the dedicated mother of Jude, a three-year-old who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. 

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I am Iron Man.

Thanks to a lab screw up and the monthly miracle of menstruation, I avoided a potentially serious medical condition. I’ve been feeling extra fatigued lately and wasn’t sure why. It could be the combination of school, work, and toddlerdom, or maybe it was something more. Either way, I followed-up with my doctor just to be sure.

He ran a series of tests on my blood and during my follow-up visit he found that my iron load was 80% higher than it should be. Odd, since I don’t take any type of iron supplement whatsoever. Thankfully, everything else on the blood panel was normal. He decided to run another blood test just in case it was fluke but he also ran a DNA test for hemochromatosis, a condition where your body can’t remove iron and it builds up in your major organs causing serious medical issues.

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