Personal Update: The Last 2 Years

What Happened?

Wow, where to begin… It’s been a long time since I’ve contributed to the Health & Wellness community. A big reason is that I finally took my own advice and practiced some self-care.

Around January of 2016, my body was no longer strong enough to handle running an entire online business while also being there for my son. I took a step back and found a new full-time job: finding answers to the ridiculous rollercoaster that was my well-being.

I have to say I am so grateful for the friends and family who have shown their unwavering support over these past few years. Especially my rockstar husband. We never thought we’d have to love each other “in sickness and in health” so soon. He has been nothing short of a hero and is the reason I’m living and breathing this very second.

I realize I’ve been a bit ominous on social media about everything that’s happened these past two years. I even took a full-on Facebook break for a while. But now that I’m moving forward with a healing plan of action, I’m inspired to share all the incredible things I’m learning in the process.

Ok, time to sum up these past two years and get you all caught up:

2016

  • Weeee I’m so healthy! I have a decent amount of energy! I’m invincible!
  • Random vertigo attack that left me unable to function (or even hold my own child) for months.
  • Ok, getting better thanks to my awesome nutritionist… hooray for whole food supplements…
  • BAM Gluten.
  • Can’t get out of bed. The usual insane weakness, tiredness, and sadness.
  • Just waiting for that sweet, sweet 6-month mark where I usually recover from gluten and have the strength to get out of bed and live a normal-ish life again.

2017

  • Nope.
  • Worse.
  • Much worse.
  • So weak I can’t even walk around the block.
  • What the heck is happening?
  • Tried every doctor and specialist my insurance would allow.
  • A gazillion blood tests all came back normal.

2018

  • Found a fancy doctor who doesn’t take insurance… This is the OC, after all (don’t call it that 😉 ).
  • Got my answer: Chronic Lyme.
  • Excited for treatment.
  • Until the Herxing started.
  • Grateful for a light at the end of the tunnel despite the difficult road ahead.

And as fun as all of that was, imagine adding in my son’s journey through speech therapy and my husband running his own business while also taking care of our son and me. So yeah, I’ve got a lot of material to share with you guys now that I have the blog up and running again. 🙂

What I’ve Learned

Since I’ve already rambled on for quite a while, I’ll leave you with just a few things I’ve learned about Chronic Lyme that you might not know:

  • It has no borders (you don’t have to live in a certain state to contract it)
  • It can be passed down from mother to child (this is how my doctor suspects I got it)
  • At the time of this post, the CDC only acknowledges Acute Lyme as being… well, real. So insurance companies only cover the short-term treatment for the “I got bit by a tick in the woods and have a bullseye on my leg” kind of Lyme. Tough luck for those of us who were born with it or didn’t notice the bite in time.
  • Treatment is basically an ongoing experiment. Different people respond differently to different treatments. I’m currently on a super concentrated anti-microbial herbal treatment.
  • If you treat too aggressively, you can have a herxheimer reaction (herxing). The Lyme bacteria release toxins when they die, so if you kill too many at once your body can respond really badly to the toxin overload. It’s like they’re flipping me the bird one last time as I finally kill off all those little buggers.

So that’s it in a nutshell! It’s funny how much this experience resembles my path to a Celiac Diagnosis ten years ago. A little-known illness with vague symptoms that took a whole lifetime to diagnose. And as it turns out, the Chronic Lyme is a big reason why my recovery time from gluten ingestion is so much longer than the average Celiac. So here’s hoping that a recovery from Lyme means a shorter recovery time from gluten! At least that’s the dream. 🙂

What’s Next?

Well, I’m still in pretty bad shape. I can tell my current treatment is helping, but it’s a bit of a two-steps-forward, one-step-back situation. I do look forward to blogging again, though! It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to feel like I can contribute something beneficial to the online universe. Don’t forget to sign up here for email updates if you want to follow my journey and learn some fun things about healing and nourishment (Or you can sign up here if you want email updates and a freebie).

Because my healing is still a long way off, I won’t be actively promoting my health coaching business for some time. However, I did create a great little side hustle to help fund my out-of-pocket medical adventure! I basically get to do all my favorite techy stuff for other health coaches. You can check it out here if you want, but it’s not very interesting unless you run a health & wellness business. I’m just super proud of myself so I had to share it. #notsohumblebrag 🙂

Thanks again for reading. Whether you’ve been on the sidelines cheering me on or watching from a distance, I hope that as I share my experience I can educate and encourage you in some small way.

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