This picture best describes the worst of these seasons of my life:
- Beyond exhausted
- So inflamed I could hardly move
- Severe IBS
- Barely functioning
- Uncomfortably dry eyes
- Shedding hair everywhere
I was seeing 6 different clinical specialists at the time of my diagnosis in 2012 and they all concurred I had fibromyalgia. As I dug deeper to understand my diagnosis I was told fibromyalgia was a syndrome....merely a collection of symptoms from an unknown cause. Each of these specialists wanted to treat my symptoms with medications. That stopped me in my tracks! Meds from 6 different doctors, all to merely treat my symptoms, not to cure me....I said a hard NO and began looking for a different way.
Thankfully I found a naturopathic chiropractor in my area who did Nutritional Response Testing. He identified certain toxins in my body, provided homeopathic remedies to help me slowly detox, and helped me learn to eat right for my body type. It took 2 years, but I went from having to be on the couch many days to starting to feel better after that preliminary detoxing and learning how to eat better.
And then my marriage ended. So many of the symptoms returned with this trauma. I was emotionally worn to a nub and now it felt as though my body was betraying me. What I didn't learn until later was that emotional toxicity creates a diseased state in the body! Dr. Walsh
, my naturopathic chiropractor, continued my supportive care and had me go on an elimination diet once my wellness stabilized. Turns out wheat was a huge culprit for a lot of symptoms, so I cut it out and have been gluten free ever since.
Fast forward a few years and essential oils entered my life. Knowing I was trying to live a natural and healthy life, a friend began talking to me about essential oils and I was TOTALLY skeptical at first....especially since I had tried another brand of oils and wasn't impressed...and then I had my first ah-ha moment with an essential oil blend called Stress Away
. I took one whiff of that oil and could literally feel the pressure gage inside me go down. I diffused it at night and found I had the best sleep I'd had in years, She gave me a few more samples that ended up making me a full-on believer that these oils worked!
I then started to learn about nutritional supplements and what would benefit my body most as I continued my health journey. I also learned that there are a LOT of shady companies out there, selling supplements that aren't fully bioavailable. What a waste of money those were! After a while I found the balance of supplements and eating habits that best sustained my body.
From there, I plateaued again and dug deeper with an extensive food sensitivity panel. I found the need to radically eliminate many foods and I became mostly plant-powered. After nearly 14 months I slowly began reintroducing foods back into my diet. I learned that when I balanced my diet just right I had better energy for the entire day. What a change from being completely couch-bound on my worst days!
I was trucking along, feeling my best when in May of 2020 my house flooded from bad plumbing under the house, and 5 rooms of our home were destroyed. Sadly, we also ended up with mold that made me very sick. At that point, my body reached it's critical threshold for toxicity and I became ill again. Thankfully, between Dr. Walsh and my new functional medicine nurse practitioner
, we were able to come up with a plan to help me get through this last trauma.
Turns out 1 in 4 people do not have their detox pathways functioning well and I'm one of those folks. This explains a LOT in my journey. I learn about detoxing and toxin-free living every change I get and help educate as many folks as I can. I'm not a doctor or nurse, and can't diagnose or prescribe, but I can teach you how to listen to your body, direct you to valuable resources, and pray for you.
Wellness is a journey of daily decisions and long-term commitment. I am fully committed to living as healthfully as possible. Are you?