From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

Another Weigh In

So I am officially down 3 pounds!  125!  No major changes, just trying to be intentional about what I want.  That includes my food.  I haven’t really changed what I eat, but I think I may be eating slightly less because I am more focused.  I think I am eating less off my kids plates and not eating the bits that are still in the pan right before I wash dishes.  Please tell me someone else does this!  I hope I am not the only one.  Only, I’m not doing it now and I think those little things add up.  They don’t really add anything to my nourishment or my pleasure, so why do them?

On another note, I went to see a dermatologist today.  I have had some places on my skin that came up when I was really sick with vasculitis 2 years ago and I really want them gone.  Nobody ever sees them but me (and my hubby sometimes, but he doesn’t care).  But, they remind me of being sick.  So I went to see her thinking that having them removed was probably out of the question because of money.  And here is what she said.  She said she has a laser that can take them right off AND that she can remove my spider veins (from pregnancy) all at the same time.  She said it would take 30 minutes and $350.  I said, “Sign me up.”  I have an appointment on the 18th and I will be so happy to have these things gone!   Say a prayer that all will go well.  I will keep you posted on the results.  I’ll even try to take some before and afters.

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Health History – Light Therapy

So this post is a little out of order, but I wanted to address this topic in one post.  Well, that is not true.  I am sure I will talk more about light therapy since is now my career, but I wanted to give the introduction in one post.  As we all know, if you have been reading my previous posts, and of course why wouldn’t you since they are nothing short of mesmerizing summer reading (ha ha), I was very sick in August of 2010.  I had just received my laundry list of diagnoses…Sjodgren’s syndrome, vasculitis, gluten intolerance/Celiac disease, low pregesterone, low testosterone, high cortisol, adrenal fatigue, hypoglycemia, anemia, hypothyroidism, follicutlis, the list goes on…..

As I stated before, I had refused to continue with the traditional allopathic treatment of Prednisone.  I continued to work with my diet, exercise and supplements, but I also found…drumroll….light therapy.  I am going to cut to the chase right now and say that I believe God used light therapy to save my life!  It came to me through a friend of my mom’s.  My mom bought the equipment and since she lives next door, I began to borrow it at night.  Well, the first thing I noticed was that I was sleeping.  Hallelujah!  It felt like nothing short of a miracle since I hadn’t slept more than 15-20 minutes at a time since the ringing began in my ears.  Pretty soon, I started doing it again first thing in the morning before I had to take the equipment back to her.  I then began to realize that it was helping with the pain in my arms and legs due to the vasculitis.  And let me tell you, nothing had helped with that pain up to this point.  Not drugs, massage, heat, ice, nothing.  I would strap on those light pads and in one 20 minute session my pain would be gone.  At first it only helped for a couple of hours, but over the coming weeks that time began to grow until by May of 2011 I was completely pain free and vasculitis free according to my cardiologist. Another victory!  As I began to learn more about light therapy I decided to get certified as a Light Therapy Technician. I now do light therapy sessions at a spa and I do educational seminars for Avalon Light Therapy.  The technology is truly astounding.  It can help get the body back in balance from any number of conditions/diseases.  I will put up a link to the Avalon site in case anyone wants to check it out.

 

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Health History- Continued

After my diagnosis of Sjodgren’s and vasculitis, the rheumatologist put me on Prednisone.  I knew immediately that I did not want to take it.  I had heard horror stories from friends and family about the side effects and complications with it.  However, I was scared.  The doctor was telling me I had to get my inflammation under control ASAP if I wanted to avoid the mini strokes.  I had ZERO peace about it, but I decided to take the drug.  It did not go well.  It made everything worse.  I just couldn’t tolerate it.  I couldn’t sleep.  I could barely eat.  It felt like there were bugs crawling underneath my skin.  I was incredibly anxious.  I took the Prednisone for 1 month- September 2010.  After that, against my doctor’s wishes, I quit.  I knew this was not my path.  I had been praying continuously and earnestly the entire month and I just felt God telling me that this was not His plan for me.  I knew there was a plan. “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you,” says the Lord, “thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” Jeremiah 29:11  I clung to this verse with white knuckles. I trusted that whatever God had for me, it was for my good.  Even if it was death.  That was a hard thing, but I just had to let go and know that He had me in the palm of His hand. I decided that whatever the Lord had for me, it was not the path of conventional health care, and I went in search of something else. Something that would bring me a sense of peace.  Something that would honor the way my body was designed.  Something that would help me get my body back in balance and promote the natural healing that I knew was possible.

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Health History- Continued

I think we left off with my visit to the Rheumatologist.  I had been to rheumatologists in the past.  I had actually tested positive for rheumatoid arthritis before I ever had my kids.  Then years later I was tested again and it was negative!  It was all very confusing.  They tested me for RA again and it was negative, but my SSB numbers came back elevated and along with my list of symptoms was enough to get a me an official diagnosis of Sjodgren’s Syndrome.   I had never heard of Sjodgren’s!  I was relieved to find out that my condition had a name because for me that felt like a first step in trying to treat it/manage it.  However, as I learned more I began to get really scared.  My doctor told me I had the most dangerous complication from Sjodgren’s which was vasculitis.  That was why my arms and legs hurt all the time.  She also explained that the ringing in my ears was due to inflammation in my orbic nerve.  She continued by telling me that her only other patient who presented with my symptoms (who was also my age) began having mini strokes.  Mini strokes!!  I was 32 with 3 small children.  Mini strokes were literally my worst nightmare.  I may be the only one here, but I had actually had thoughts about what the worst thing to happen to me could ever be, and it was mini strokes.  I had this picture in my mind of being trapped in my own mind, unable to communicate, but still lucid on the inside.  Watching as my family used all their time, money and energy to take care of me, all the while making them miserable.  It was horrible. And now here was the person of authority telling me that that was what was going to happen to me.  I was a wreck!  Isn’t it funny how what you think about in your mind will try to com to pass?  I have found that over and over again since I began on this journey.  Needless to say I began to change the thoughts that I let set up camp in my mind.

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