I’m Andrea – a mom, an avid writer and researcher, a book geek, a genealogist, an animal lover and a perpetual explorer. I am an Ontario girl through and through, born and raised but I moved west in August 2010 to make my permanent home in the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia having all 18 trigger points at age 17 in 1989, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease (HYPERthyroid) at age 29 in 2001, I was diagnosed with severe iron deficiency anemia at age 40 in 2012 and finally diagnosed with the underlying issues Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (autoimmune diseases) at the age 43 in 2015. Although I had been living with CD for decades unknowingly, I look back and understand why I struggled so much.
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), are autoimmune diseases. Ultimately, what was happening was good bacteria and food were recognized as foreign objects and my body was fighting against itself. The small and large intestines along with the bowel do not absorb nutrients so your body becomes malnourished. The gut actually changes and ulcers form in the lining and in the colon, bowel and intestines. I was fighting a losing battle!
In 2001 after many years of being extremely sick I decided to do an overhaul of my pantry by eating gluten free to try to eliminate gut issues. Having iron deficiency anemia for 3 years without help from western doctors I was worried, panic feelings came over me many times during the day and I was desperate to figure out what was really going on with my body. I finally found help with a homeopathic doctor who uses biofeedback. I sensed that I was to the point of slowly loosing my battle and should be in the hospital. My gut was so infected from the use of antibiotics which killed all the good flora and bacteria that my gut didn’t have what it needed to fight against actual foreign objects that infection set in and took over.
I started my healing process in January 2015 with my first visit to a Homeopathic Doctor as I was desperate at this point because Western Medical Doctors were not helping me in the least. I walked out of the holistic office with a feeling of hope and understanding of what had happened and was happening to my body. It was such a relief to know that in time I would have my body functioning normally. I am still in the process of regaining my health which is a slow process but with each month I see and feel a positive difference.
Finally, being diagnosis with IBD I was able to change my diet to aid in the healing process. I’ve known for years that food affected me but struggled trying to figure out what I couldn’t eat so that I could feel better but I didn’t have resources or guidance. If you think about the diseases I have it only makes sense that the foods I eat affect the gut so listening to my body when it comes to what it can and can’t tolerate; to me is the key to wellness. With a combination of biofeedback, holistic medicine and autoimmune paleo diet I am starting to see changes in my health that I never thought were possible.
My blog deals with how I live my life now, since being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I share inspiration, step by step how I am getting through this change in my life, all the searching I’ve done to regain my health and all the ways I look at life, how I’m finding healing and remission, along with what it looks like to live with incurable autoimmune diseases. You will find resources that I find useful that have helped me through my process of finding healing; naturally. I will take you through the ups and downs of my unhealthy life in the search for wellness!
My goal is to chronicle my healing process and to show how living a normal life is possible when diagnosed with IBD. (Incurable autoimmune diseases). There are so many people that are suffering and feel they don’t have hope but I want to tell you that there are answers and help so that you can live a healthy balanced life! You can follow my blog to receive my weekly, sometimes more often, posts and follow along on my healing journey and stay up-to-date on what I am doing in my life.
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