I've had an outpouring of love, support and prayers regarding my health the last couple of weeks. I'm so grateful for you all!
What I adore most, is the women who have messaged me regarding their digestive struggles, their experiences with Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and personal advice.
My intention is to be open and transparent about my health and dysfunction to ultimately help other women understand their own bodies a little better. If you every have questions, curiosities or want to share your experiences feel free to reach out. I'm obviously no doctor, but experience say's a lot and I'm pretty much an open book at this point.
Hey true and committed followers, guess what? You're likely going to read the words diarrhea, constipation, and hear more about my symptoms than you would expect on a public social media account. Warning you now!
No, my entire social media isn't going to flip to an endless message about my diseases. But I do believe it's important to share what I'm going through as I continue to march on my marry way with a healthy and active lifestyle.
May it be motivating, inspiring, or helpful to you in any way you deem useful.
A brief bit about me. I've never been overweight, but I've definitely fitness yo-yo'd the shit out of the last 5-6 years. I've gone from digestive struggles, such as lactose intolerance, to having an eating disorder, to eating the entire kitchen, to excessively exercising, to in the end finding a happy medium where I was finally living a lifestyle that was both comfortable and maintainable.
The last two years I'm bold enough to state that I've definitely figured out my niche in health and fitness. I've found what works for me and hundreds of other women of all shapes and styles.
Right when I think I have it all figured out, a few glitches start happening.
8 months ago I find out I have Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Typically symptoms of this disease include obesity or weight management problems, often times resulting in diabetes, abnormal body hair (which I don't have), adult acne, fatigue, mood changes, sleep problems, (all of which I definitely do have), and the most terrifying yet -- infertility.
6 months ago my digestive started becoming a bigger nuisance than normal. I've always had issues. I stopped eating dairy for 2 years and took lactose pills every time I ate ice cream thinking I was lactose intolerant. Then one day I "grew out of it..." ... who knows.
I was convinced for years that I had a parasite living inside of me, eventually even named her Lola. I went to Africa for a month and Nicaragua for two weeks. I saw a natural healer in Nica who claimed she could sense diseases with touch and heat. She was convinced I had a parasite too.. again, who knows...
Then I was convinced my dog gave my tapeworm.. That's another story for likely no other time useful to you.
My mind was so all over the place I started thinking I was a crazy hypochondriac.
All the while doctors thought I totally was.
After years of this, I learned how to be confident and resilient around the most intelligent people in the world, who have access to the most accurate medical resources and have had years of schooling.. Doctors.
I got to the point where I could google and use specific medical sites to narrow my symptoms to types of diseases and go into the doctor, explain my symptoms, tell them what testing I need to have done, and what disease I believe I have.
I've been right so far... 2 for 2.
I had to ask the OBYN for an ultrasound on my ovaries 3 times before she was convinced. The woman thought I was crazy.
Her response after she saw an ovary filled with cysts?
"You don't have the typical body type of someone I would suspect to have PCOS..." ok.
So Crohn's disease. I'm still learning, still researching and adapting my diet. A life long process, I'm sure. But I'm excited to learn what works for my body and I'm exited to share the journey as I truck along!
I got the official results on Wednesday, I for sure have it but the severity of it and what they're going to do about the ulcer in my Ilium is TBD at my follow up appointment next week.
Currently, I'm on an anti inflammatory steroid called Prednisone and so far have had no side effects other than I want to eat the kitchen.
The little research I've done on inflammatory foods have lead me to believe cutting lettuce, broccoli and whole grain breads with seeds would be helpful -- so far I haven't had diarrhea in a week after removing these three foods from my diet. YAY!
So in conclusion.. nothing goes as planned but you gotta roll with the punches. I'm one of the healthiest people I know, and yet I still have health issues. BUT if I weren't already healthy, my symptoms would be much worse and overcoming these obstacles would be much more difficult.
Here I am, learning what my body loves to live both mind, digestive and soul ;)