Turning points in healing

I notice a change in my healing process after many months of no tangible measurement, but when I do notice an improvement it is a monumental feat!  I see the change in my body because I am recovering from my organs shutting down and now relearning to function. I changed my diet, began seeing a homeopathic doctor, relying on biofeedback and taking holistic medicine to regain my health and get my life back!

Time line…..

2014 ~ Dangerously anemic for more than a year with no colonoscopy ordered, my body had started shutting down – lungs; should have been in hospital on oxygen, blood; should have had blood transfusion and iron drip. The underlying issues of IBD caused my stomach, intestines not to absorb nutrients at all, colon and bowel to shut down and because of the lack of oxygen being transported throughout my body because I was anemic which is also caused by IBD my skin, lungs, muscle wasting, tissue, liver, GI track, kidneys, bladder and bowels had shut down. It was a struggle to think, to function. It was a wonder I was still alive. Everything in my body was including all my hormones were unbalanced. All I wanted to do was sleep but I couldn’t as I was a human being in a world of healthy people who judged me, had expectations of me even though they knew I was sick with anemia, I had to work to make money to pay bills, eat, have a roof over my head…to live.

On my first visit to the homeopathic doctor, biofeedback revealed I had zero vitamins or minerals in my body. Did you know that you need the mineral calcium for your heart to pump?

January 16 2015 ~ First visit to homeopathic doctor using biofeedback, holistic medicine and small changes in diet as I was learning about what was going on with my body. I had hit rock bottom, didn’t know what else to do, desperate, fearing for my life and a gut feeling I didn’t have much time left.

August 29 2015 ~ Noticing a difference in energy, daily activity recovery time has improved slightly and what I can and can’t eat has changed to become more limited. The pro/prebiotics Silverlining are making a difference in a big way. Feeling like I’m finally on my way to good health. As my digestion is slowly returning to normal, which it still hasn’t 19 months later, I am losing the layer of fat my body stored as my body shut down. My body actually took on a different shape over the last couple of years as anemia and IBD were wreaking havoc. As time passed and there were no answers, no help, no support, and no one was ordering the right tests according to my symptoms. My body was giving me hints but I didn’t know where to find the help I needed.

I posted the feature picture on FB feeling better as my anemia was under control, my GI infection was gone but the underlying issues still persisted!

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I posted this on FB one year ago today!

November 19 2015 ~ As weird as it may seem I look good in the picture above you wouldn’t think I was ill. The underlying issues have presented themselves with a vengeance. By the end of October I knew there was something more than anemia and digestion issues. I realized I had felt this way many times before in my life. Unbeknownst to me for decades I had had IBD. Autoimmune diseases are invisible. Since December all I want to do is sleep! I was very weak and extremely exhausted.

February 24 2016 ~ The day I started this blog I again felt like I was getting somewhere after a setback when diagnosed with CD & UC in November 2015. As my digestion is getting back on track my diseases really came to the forefront yelling and screaming at me in every way imaginable! As my GI track began to get clean my symptoms became more aggressive. Shutting my body down to the point I was unable to function. Extreme weakness, exhaustion just from making a meal or getting ready or going to the grocery store. Healthy people don’t understand because their recovery time is a rest or a night’s sleep. Not for me, I was sleeping 14 hours every night without waking up, getting up to eat breakfast and having to return to bed to find myself waking up 4 hours later because I couldn’t stay awake!

August 29 2016 ~ Crohns and Colitis are in remission I am still healing and starting to recover. I still have to eat the same way but I am able to add in a few items excluded while in a flare. I am taking vitamins and minerals since the 19th of this month and I can see the results already in the tissue repair in my muscles, skin, and other areas. The reason I put other areas is because I notice the difference in my bra size the most as I am a double D but lost so much tissue that I couldn`t fit into a C cup and I refused to even try on a B cup knowing that was impossible and something had to change. This was in 2013.

I’m getting there! I`ve learned a great deal about the mind/body connection. There are a few things I know for sure….I will never take antibiotics again, I will listen to my body always, and I will not allow others to interfere in my life. I have learned so much about myself, autoimmune diseases, other people, what I want and don’t want, life, losing control over my body, and how things work in this crazy messed up world over the past 19 months that I have finally become my authentic self! I have to say it’s a really great place to be!

In the past 19 months I completed a business plan for a tree farm I am going to start in the next couple of months, I launched this blog and have started writing a book, who knows maybe someday it will get published; only time will tell and I have lots of that on my side.

Love, peace & hope

~Andrea

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Celebrating 6 months

There is always something to celebrate so why not the 6th month anniversary of my blog One Gutsy Lady! It started out balancelife2016 but then I could see it was forming into more so I changed to something with a little humour and a play on words. I still have balance as the theme because we all need balance and I lost all balance in my life and within my body, I have desperately searched and researched to find balance and I have finally arrived.

I chose a path of self healing through homeopathy, holistic medicine, biofeedback and diet change to avoid prescription drugs and surgery which makes me gutsy!

Going against the grain sort of speak and avoiding western medicine in shear fear of how prescription drugs for other illness in the past had negatively reacted on my body, the horrible stories I heard and read about along with knowing I needed more than a quick fix lead me to biofeedback and holistic medicine. I needed to get to the root of my health issues, I needed to get to the bottom of the ups and downs I had struggled with since I was 9 years old. I needed a complete health overhaul and I could feel that my time was running out.

Celebrating Life

Today is actually a celebration of life, love and harmony! Here I am in remission feeling better than I think I have for many many years and loving life. To think I was dying a year and a half ago, but with a homeopathic doctor, biofeedback, holistic medicine and a change in diet I survived and I am thriving! It’s been a very long road one that I know I will never take again because I have learned how to balance my life in mind, body and soul making my new found lifestyle permanent. Staying on this path is going to be a piece of paleo cake!

Celebrating Love

I am grateful for the love I found within myself over the past couple of years, with years of neglecting myself mind, body and soul I sure paid the consequences. I look back and see that I let people sabotage my life and in allowing it to happen my health suffered. But no more, I’ve got this down, I have control over me and no one will ever intrude in my world again. I know how I work, I know what went wrong, and I know how to never let any of it happen again.

Celebrating Harmony

Feeling harmony in my life again is so amazing! I didn’t think I was going to get to this point. I don’t know if it’s solely because I’m in my 40’s or solely dealing with the health issues I’ve had or maybe a combo but I know that I am content in my life, I’m happy right where I am, doing exactly what I’m doing. I have what I have, and I’m where I am because this is the way it’s suppose to be. I know where I’m heading and it looks magnificent. I firmly believe everything happens for a reason.

Health update

This past Thursday was my 18th homeopathy appointment in a 20 month period, at this point of my healing I was finally put on vitamins and minerals which means I’m on the healing home stretch.  The next best thing to that is……drum roll please…..I get to skip next month because I am closer to being completely balanced throughout my entire body that I don’t need the monthly monitoring or changes to be made so often. Like I’ve said in my other posts crohns and colitis are in full remission, my gut is working better meaning digesting better and everything is aligning the way it’s suppose to. Keeping up with the changes I have made on a daily bases is important in so many areas of my life. Sticking to the diet changes, walking, meditating, yoga, being mindful, getting 9-10 hours of sleep every night, practicing the concept of my vata dosha, using the crystals I need to unblock my chakras, staying positive and being grateful are all the ways I have altered my lifestyle to better myself and to aid in optimal health.

-Peace-

~Andrea

Positive self-talk

Being conscious of how you talk to yourself is not a usual thing to think about. How you treat yourself is how others will treat you. How you let others treat you is possibly how you treat yourself. Positive self-talk is a key factor to your health! We have internal conversations with ourselves hourly on a daily bases; being kind to ourselves is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.

Focus on what that internal voice is saying throughout the day, are there more negative comments and conversations than positive ones? Looking at each scenario that plays out in the day and exam what response you have in all settings for example when you first wake up in the morning, social settings, concentrate on your actions, voice or view, and the response you get from others in the group you are participating in.

Self-talk can be negative because of the people who are in your life, the stressors in your daily activities, and the life you have built is not working some how and needs to be altered to work for you. Instead of thinking how you don’t want your life to be or what you don’t want in your life, start thinking about how you want your life to be and what you do want in your life. It’s all in the mind set y’all! Take charge!

Negative self-talk does in fact cause stress and anxiety, the stress will build throughout the day and by the end of the day you are a big mess of feeling self-conscious, doom and gloom and lack of confidence. Talking yourself down, second guessing yourself and viewing changes as negative are all sabotaging. Free your mind by changing your habits of self-talk.

Turn it around by responding with positive and constructive thoughts this way you will be inspired and in turn will give you confidence. In practicing positive self-talk it will become habit forming which is freeing, liberating and it will not only affect you, it will spread to the people around you. It’s a win win! Practice positive self-talk with these fun and easy ideas.

Take a positive step in your future

-Peace-

~Andrea

Featured image ~ Wildflower taken by Tessa MacInnes

How I found balance through biofeedback

Hello Everyone!

I want to share with you how biofeedback saved my life and how it has taught me about myself and my body. Feeling imbalance is the worst especially when you don’t know what to do, where to start or how to find help. This is what happen to me and I was desperate because I knew my body was shutting down and the doctor was not helping me over the couple of years I was seeking western medicine. It got to the point that I was plummeting hard and fast. I should have been in the hospital on iron drip and oxygen but I trusted the doctor and kept doing what he said to do.

Ultimately that voice was telling me to take control of my life and health!

Biofeedback

Enter homeopathy and biofeedback! The biofeedback machine goes beyond that of homeopathy in that it scans your entire body and points out the areas there are issues. It works on muscle testing and gives feedback onto a screen so that the homeopathic doctor can adjust the imbalances accordingly. The system has a range in numbers that the outcome should be in that range to have the human body running or working at optimal performance. If that said number is below the attainable number the biofeedback doctor with computer mouse in hand works with the program to tell the feedback to adjust the certain thing in the body to think that it has the amount it needs so it is working properly so that the organ, tissue, brain or other workings of the body can be reprogrammed to do the job it’s suppose to do.

Reprogramming my body

My body had shut down so much and for so long that my lungs, bladder, liver, skin and muscles, gut which consists of stomach, small intestine, colon and bowel needed to be told how to function properly again. In reprogramming my body every month it took time for my body to heal, to relearn how to function and to get into it’s natural biorhythm again. I was so out of balance nothing in my body was working properly and it was wreaking havoc on my entire body.  My body forgot how to absorb vitamins and minerals, it forgot how to store the good stuff where I needed it. My GI tract wasn’t absorbing anything! For the first time in my life I had a layer of fat over my entire body,  I couldn’t do anything to stop it from happening once my digestion started working I noticed the fat layer slowly being shed.

Once the body relearns how to function and its roll in maintaining the body you will feel your health return to normal. It takes time for the body to heal itself so patience is a must! As you go along on this path of healing you will find yourself, your health and many new ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Adopting new ways to live my life in all areas was crucial to my health and I knew it for a long time but didn’t know how, what or where to begin but once I found this means of healing I jumped right in to a whole new world and a whole new lifestyle. I was excited as I saw progress and kept searching and researching to find what would work for me. I came across certain things when I needed them and was amazed at finding it, each time was an amazing moment of “this is what I’ve been searching for!” It’s because I was listening to my body and my intuition.

What I’ve learned from biofeedback

Changing things up in many areas of my life came from the homeopathic doctor teaching me about human anatomy. The way I was living my life was obviously not working so I took her knowledge and used it and made good habits and routines in my life.  I changed how I eat by going organic, eating smaller meals, chewing more, not eating protein for supper as it’s hard on the liver, eating more fruits and vegetables, and learning new ways to cook and bake are some examples of how I have helped transform my body over the past year and a half.

Learning to drink more water, creating a routine to get to bed and asleep by 1o pm and wake by 7 am, learning to shop for food differently and at different places. For example the health food aisle, avoiding the inside aisles and making conscious decisions by sticking to your grocery list! I only buy salmon, tuna, olives, kraut, and artichokes on the inside aisles. All the rest is in the fruits and veggie department; all fresh and certain items in the organic aisle. I buy my meats elsewhere along with health food stores for what I can’t find at Independent Grocers like arrowroot, coconut crystals, etc. I buy my eggs at Sobeys and anything in the fruits and veggie aisle Independent may have run out of. I love going to the farmers market too.

Learn to control your thoughts in that positive thoughts are healthier than negative ones. That goes for people too! Having healthy friends instead of toxic people in your life makes a huge difference. Meditation, mindfulness and deep breathing are all very important to utilize in your daily routine to keep balance in mind, body and soul. There are so many facets to the mind/body connection to keep you learning for the rest of your life, there is always something else to learn, to hone, to practice and to master.

To me being a master of your own body is the epitome of complete health!

Listening to your intuition is key and it was something I had ignored for far too long. I had that voice in my head telling me over and over there was something more than anemia, that I was needing help desperately but was not finding it through western medicine and I knew it started back in 2012! I didn’t know where to go or how to seek out for what I needed. I ignored those voices until 2015! That same voice for the same amount of time was also screaming at me to get rid of the toxic people in my life and to move away from that place I hated living in so much and to quit my job because it was making me more ill from the stress it put on me….ultimately that voice was telling me to take control of my life and health!

I want to shout it to the world!

Biofeedback literally saved my life and I recommend it to everyone I know that is ailing, complains of sickness and the most common to the ones who are baffled but what is wrong with their health. It seriously is a marvelous natural healthy way to find complete healing. Allowing your body to heal itself is an amazing transformation to go through that brings so much more into your life than just the benefits it offers. It’s two fold!

Cheers

~Andrea