• Health,  Personal Updates

    Big Health Update: I Have Lyme Disease

    Almost four years ago, I developed the symptom set of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was constantly exhausted and always felt like I was a day away from the flu. Over time, more and more random symptoms crept in: swollen glands, hoarse throat, frequent fevers, food sensitivities, lightheadedness, brain fog, chronic gastritis, pelvic pain, and more. For the most part, doctors had no idea what was wrong with me. They tested me for mono, strep, thyroid disorders, anemia, ulcers, UTIs, allergies, and so much more. All came back normal. I had the symptom set of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Interstitial Cystitis, but both are diagnoses of exclusion, without a known cause…

  • healing autoimmune disorder through diet and lifestyle
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    How I Kicked My Autoimmune Disorder Through Lifestyle

    {Guest Post} Today’s post comes from Kelsi Folsom of Shameless Beauty I was so inspired by her story of overcoming a painful autoimmune disorder that I asked her to share her journey here. I hope this story will remind you that healing is possible, and give you some ideas for how to move forward! If you had told me five years ago, that there would come a day where I wouldn’t wake up in pain, I would have shrugged my shoulders and said, “That’s a nice thought, but I doubt that will ever happen.” My body began the path towards degeneration in elementary school, with IBS and severe back pain.…

  • When You're Too Sick to Work
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    What It’s Like To Be Too Sick To Work

    When I was a kid, I loved a good sick day. Of course I didn’t like being sick. But there’s a sweet spot where you’re just sick enough to stay home from school, but not too sick to watch daytime TV in your pajamas. That’s when it was really fun. Or so I thought. When I was twenty six, I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I started having bouts of fatigue and muscle weakness that would last for days or weeks on end. Gradually I developed more symptoms: swollen throat, burning ears, stomach pain, brain fog, dizziness, and more. I always felt like I was one day away from the flu. Not…

  • My Experience with EMDR Therapy
    Health,  Personal Updates

    Using EMDR Therapy to Heal Chronic Fatigue

    For the past three months, I’ve been using EMDR therapy to treat my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s an unusual approach: using the mind to heal the body. But when your disease has no treatment, you go to some weird lengths to heal. Some patients try extreme diets, untested supplements, and even parasites in the pursuit of healing. In comparison, going to therapy seems pretty innocuous. But many CFS patients have a big issue with this kind of treatment. Our symptoms are so strange that we’re often written off as “crazy” or having a problem that’s “all in our head.” Doing a mind-based therapy feels like admitting insanity. I get it.…