In 2005, I was diagnosed with Crohn's, an auto-immune disease without a cure. Since then, I've experienced a rollercoaster of fear, frustration, and hopelessness. I've learned first-hand that without health, nothing else really matters. But this tremendous challenge has also sparked my optimism and resilience.
I've tried the traditional pharmaceutical route. I've been in and out of the hospital. I've missed important events and time with friends. More than anything, I want to be free from the constraints of my disease.
Here’s how I’m doing that:
- Standing up to the traditional healthcare system, which says I should be able to eat anything I want in exchange for taking life-altering pharmaceutical drugs. I’m pretty sure none of us should be able anything we want, but I follow a pretty specific diet (which sadly does not include cheetos or Oreo’s, two of my favorite things). It takes a lot of discipline but it’s worth it for good health.
- Building a network of practitioners that understand and support my health journey. It’s taken a lot of research and advocating for myself to reach this point, but I’m lucky to have a naturopath, an MD, a manual therapist (ever tried deep tissue work on your guts? super fun!), and an acupuncturist all on my team.
- Embracing my woo-woo… Setting intentions, practicing mindfulness, recognizing the simple power of breath, and acknowledging all of the things I’m grateful for every day, big and small. Don’t knock it ‘till you try it!