Updated: Feb 19, 2019
Welcome to “THE TRUTH” series.
Time to take a break from self reflection posts.
I hope these next few days will give you a chance to work on some of the tools I gave you to live your best life.
We will be getting back to them.
In this series we will talk about three things:
Part 1: New diagnoses?!
Part 2: Where my health stands now and a glimpse at what I’ve been doing to control it.
Part 3: Why I haven’t been posting to the blog!
Let’s dive in.
On August 18th, 2018 I celebrated a very important anniversary.
One year since my completion of the pain management program at Mayo Clinic.
I also, at that point, realized it had been over a year since I spent a day in bed.
That, is what I call one hell of an ACCOMPLISHMENT.
In previous posts I have gone on and on about how great the program was.
& it was.
It was so great. (There will soon be a post telling you all the basics of the program and how you can be a part of it if you choose.)
But there were hard days there too.
The program is three weeks.
On Thursday afternoon of my second week, I started feeling very ill.
I struggled for five days before landing in the ER with a bladder, kidney and urinary tract infection which had made me septic.
Eventually this led to a new diagnosis.
Which essentially means I have the kind of Lupus that involves your kidneys, causing stage one kidney disease for me.
Mayo arranged for me to see an immunologist in Iowa City for when I arrived home.
Since, I have also been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria and Shingles.
Sorry for the bomb.
Unexpected, I know.
But life really has been fucking great.
Like really great.
So don’t feel bad for me.
Don’t spend an ounce of your energy worrying about me.
I am kicking it all in the ass.
& that has been my year.
I have put all my time and energy into healing this garbage bag full of chronic illness diagnoses.
Naturally, I may add.
I have done all of it without medication.
All healing has been done with lifestyle, diet and mindset.
One really great, open-minded immunologist.
& a really great therapist.
I will spend some time in the next month elaborating on the new diagnoses.
But today is not the day.
For today, just telling you is enough.
I HATE dropping this kind of stuff on people; I even struggled telling my family this one.
Because I am okay.
It always affects those who surround me so much more.
I'm just here for the ride.
& to help you who are struggling come out on the other side like I have.
Life is good, I am healthy and I feel the best I have ever felt.
There are ways to heal outside of Western medicine, folks.
Take the journey with me.