After illness

Since being bedridden my recovery is all I’ve focused on but now that I am almost 100 percent and back in the work world I am realizing I don’t have the same likes, dislikes or style I use to have.

My old life was not mine. I lived a life that was curated by people in my life, the way I was raised and the way I positioned myself in a world of unknown, confusion and daily outside influences.

I am now at a point that I don’t feel comfortable in the clothes I use to wear. The style is really not mine! It doesn’t suit me and I feel extremely uncomfortable in everything. Nothing seems to fit because my body is a different shape now that I have regained muscle, tissue and basically filled out to a healthy body size.

So, here I am looking for clothes, shopping at all my old stores and walking out with nothing and wondering what the hell is going on? I think to myself “This is what I use to wear, this is the style I was use to wearing.” As I’ve been going through these motions I felt  confused and I wasn’t understanding why this was happening.

I’m still at the point of not knowing what my style is yet but I’m working on it. It feels like it’s the process I have to go through to get to the next phase which is a typical theme in my recovery stages. It feels like it’s taking so much time to get to the next step as I climb out of this life changing transformation.

As I struggle through this I am figuring out what my true self likes and dislikes. I am finding myself in all the rubble that was left behind in the illness. Mind, body and soul transformation is a big deal so I am taking it slow and really embracing myself. My feelings. Me. I’m learning to be selfish which is really hard! My selfish side is telling me it has to be this way.

~Andrea

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One Year Remission

July 2017 – 2018

This month marks one year since my Crohns flare has been in remission and I started my trek of recovery. Remission as in no more ulcers, fisculas, pain, diarrhea, bleeding and inflammation was not present from this flare. No more symptoms. Clinical Remission was reached just prior to my colonoscopy on July 24, 2017.

Even though Crohns and Colitis were in remission my body still had a lot of rebuilding to do. Remember back in the earlier posts in 2016 when I talked of organ failure e.g: skin shutting down, muscles had wasted and loss of an incredible amount of tissue throughout my body, hair loss and failure of the lungs, gut, bowel, etc.  This repairing had to take place since my gut was absorbing finally and my body was able to start recovering.

My blog is my journey from extreme illness to the the diagnosis of Crohns to reaching remission naturally. No western medicine. No surgery.  How I recovered and how I worked through the process of healing. I’ve learned so much about health and even more about myself.

Right after the colonoscopy UC was triggered either from the procedure itself or the laxatives taken for the procedure.  So, again I regressed. And again it took time to rid my body of the inflammation and then time to heal. (UC is also in remission) With natural healing of autoimmune diseases, time and patience are huge parts of the success in the journey.

You have to understand how the body heals itself, and in this process from extreme illness of disease to recovery, I have observed it first hand. In the homeopathic textbooks Hahnemann discusses how once in diseased state, the healing process of the body reverses to its natural centered state. Before I read this I had already witnessed this occurring and had documented it. My observation of the reversed order of occurring symptoms was completely part of my soul searching journey.

In illness is the old traumas that have been stored over a period of time. In order to heal the body it finds ways to resolve these traumas so that the body can be cured. It is the souls way of healing. If we were wise enough to listen to our bodies better we would have less illness, pain and suffering.

I have had set backs but I did accomplish my goal of healing naturally through what I ate, getting restorative sleep, movement, and holistic modalities.

Many milestones have been reached over the last three years which I’ve worked extremely hard to accomplish. I’m so glad to finally be on the other side of illness with all the resources I need for my future.

love light peace ~Andrea

Education Gofundme Campaign

Andrea’s Hom DSHM Fund

In January 2015 I was losing my battle to undiagnosed Crohn’s disease when I knew I needed help outside the western medical world. My organs were shutting down and doctors were not able to help me get a diagnosis.

Thankfully for a coworker I took her advise and finally made an appointment at Natural Remedies Clinic with Phyllis Bates in DV. What western medicine was missing homeopathy, natural remedies, biofeedback and Sho-Tai stepped in and literally saved my life.

I was excepted to the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in Nov 2016 but because I had to quit my job a year prior, unable to function, I wasn’t able to start the program due to lack of funds. I was unable to find any kind of funding. (I’ve looked everywhere)

In the last three and a half years I have immersed myself in learning about holistic health and want to continue to feed my passion to help others heal, especially individuals with autoimmune disorders so that they can avoid chemical medicine and surgery.

I beileve our future lies in the field of holistic health where we heal the body naturally. To read about my health journey please take a look at my blog.
My Crohns Health Journey

In donating to my education fund I will in turn send 3 emails to your inbox with ways to prevent disease and help you to find a healthy balance in your lifestyle.

With Warm Regards,

Andrea

*Edit – I have received a donation outside this campaign so I have adjusted the amount accordingly.

Link to donate: Gofundme link