UPdate!

On Monday July 24th I had a colonoscopy.  Wondering about the damage possibly done by the last flare. Having the resources of Homeopathy, biofeedback and natural remedies has been a saving grace for me. This trip was somewhat overwhelming for me. The appointment was in Hinton which is close to where I use to live but a two hour drive to the hospital from where I’m staying now. I had to ask for a ride so my older daughter was out a days pay but I was luck as my younger daughter actually had that day off so she came along too. It was wonderful to have double support. On our way out of Edson the tire popped on a dip in the road. It’s a good thing I didn’t have to do anything, I was pretty much useless.  Changed the tire to the spare with the help of a guy.  We couldn’t believe that there are actually people who are willing to help.  And another guy stopped and asked if we were okay.  That blew our minds too.  There still are a few people out there who are considerate and have respect for others.

The colonoscopy results showed NORMAL! NO DAMAGE, NO SCARING, NO CANCER!

Ironically, having the procedure triggered inflammation in the colon, so Colitis symptoms returned. Three days later I had a Homeopathic appointment and immediately it was under control.  Within a couple of weeks will diminish and in a month it should be completely gone.  No flare!

In all this illness I’ve learned a great deal in many areas of my life. But SELF CARE is definitely the most important lesson learned which I have made a daily practice. This does not come easily to me. When we have something going on it is so easy to get out of balance. Once we loose our footing for whatever reason, it can be extremely hard to get back on track. And so the momentum is lost and it’s easier to keep the unbalance going than it is to correct. It is such a time consuming struggle!

“And—please hear me loud and clear on this last one—self care is always the right choice.” ~UmberDove

I have put a few things in place that help me reset quickly so I don’t trip myself up leading to illness again or waste more time on finding my way back to a balanced life.

Natural Remedies – VC 15 Forte (Once the imbalance begins I take two of these shots, and by that I mean two viles of liquid down the hatch on two consecutive days), & AdrenaSmart. These are only used to keep my balance. I stop taking them until I find I am unbalanced again then will use for a short time until I feel I have come back to center.

Meditation – Extremely helpful to stop the negative thoughts that like to pop up when the imbalance begins and it’s so easy to stay there in that place while I beat myself up, feel fear, anger, resentment. After all if it’s been a life long habit, it is so much easier to stay STUCK! I find it a great relief to feel the guidance I get from this simple practice. Gabriel Bernstein is my favourite. Her voice and music used is soothing and the recorded meditations she has on her website are in perfect tandem to the thought process and the relaxing time needed. I also read, reread and use her books (#spiritjunkie). The Universe Has Your Back is EXCELLENT!

Walking – “When you get caught up in your head, move your feet.” ~Kelly Clark. Walking is a great way to get out of your head. It flows, it’s meditative. But it’s also a way to explore, see new places, find new pieces of the outdoors. Exploring in nature has always been my peace, the deeper into the bush the better.

Sleep – I lack in restorative sleep because I have Fibromyalgia, which stops me from reaching REM sleep. For this AdrenaSmart is a savior. It also helps with stress.  Who doesn’t have stress in their lives that they need to manage?

If you noticed food is not listed. That is because I have such a routine in this department that imbalance only happens if the above list gets really out of control (which hasn’t occurred in some time). Whole30 and Against All Grain Cookbooks keep my on track in the grocery stores and kitchen!

A new, or should I say a revisited item on my list, is art in all forms. I am drawing, writing more, colouring, painting, collecting, sketchbooking, observing so hard that I get lost in the realms of the forms of art in front of me. I love that feeling! It’s such a natural place for me to be.

“I am an internal processor; this I’ve come to recognize in the ebb and flow of sharing and silence.” ~UmberDove

I’ve done the surviving…now on to THRIVING! I am excited to see what my future holds. I know I am not finished with Crohns and Colitis but I am going to live…I am going to live hard, fast, free and wild! Doing exactly what I want to do. Being free! Live without abandon, set no limits, just being free! What I feel is my calling. The path I am here to lead. The changes I am suppose to make. The new world I am part of starting. I know my purpose now and I thank illness for taking away my old life and making me new, forcing me through all the horrific pain, debilitating defeat, chronic change, that has brought me to this place.

This place of peace. This place of renewed hope and strength. I have learned self-compassion, self-acceptance and self-forgiveness. This self awareness has taken me deep into a world of love. Loving what is. Love instead of fear. Pure Love!

You see, this illness brought me to my knees but I rose up and greeted it with full on determination, will, fight and GRACE!  I am fearless! Always have been, always will be. I am strong in mind, body and soul. For all of this I am grateful. I have shed some layers of that which no longer serves, and I am leaning hard into the rawness of my own authenticity.

Peace, Love & Light

~Andrea

Purge Writing

I have a hard time keeping a “journal” it feels like a task or another thing I didn’t do today type of pressure I don’t want or need.

Writing is a beautiful art form, it allows my thoughts, emotions and creativity to flow from my brain out my hand onto paper. It is freeing, cathartic and therapeutic for me.

When I think of “journaling” I don’t write. When I think about releasing the thoughts that are dragging me down I write or purge write. Purging my thoughts proves to be healing for me in that all those negative thoughts and emotions are on paper and I can forget about them or at least they become manageable.

I use to worry about someone else finding my writing books and reading the personal stuff that they contained which stopped the creative, purging process. So, if this is a concern for you use loose leaf paper and burn it when you are finished.

I like keeping my writing now though because I go back weeks, months even years later and see how much I’ve grown personally and in writing style. I surprise myself each time I look back at how advanced my thinking was or how my thinking has develop, what I’ve learned in a short period of time but did not feel any of those things when I was writing those words.

Writing or purge writing has given me confidence and is helping me heal from being broken, disease, situations…. everything to do with LIFE!

If you are wanting to start writing your thoughts to get them out of your head simply start with a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. No goals, no expectations; just write! Write what you don’t want to think about anymore. Doing this will also help get your thoughts straight, organized, best of all it will give perspective to your life, problems and issues.

Purge writing is not something you have to do every day, it’s not another line on your to do list; it’s for purging thoughts and emotions when you are done with them so you can move on.

Writing your thoughts on paper will help you grow as a human being because you won’t stay stuck in a rut, you won’t stay stuck in your purgatory suffering. Writing gives your life the quality of cleansing and purifying your thoughts.

KEEP WRITING UNTIL YOU FEEL POSITIVE, FREE, LIGHTER!

It’s good for mind, body & spirit.

Love, Light & Peace
~Andrea

IBD ~ Crohns & Colitis

IBD. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Crohns Disease. Ulcerative Colitis. It is rare for a single individual to have both but it is not impossible.

This is a summation of what my blog offers an individual who has been diagnosed with Crohns and/or Colitis who want to avoid prescription drugs and surgery. And individuals who have been suffering a long time and want their life back. Finding healing naturally will change your life!

I know that when in a flare the stigma has us all pegged as needing a bathroom asap, that we have diariah all the time, that Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is all about bowel movements. When symptoms are present it’s like this to a degree but it’s about so much more!

Pain, pain and more pain! Iritis pain, debilitating arthritis pain, mouth ulcers, debilitating pain in small intestine, colon and bowel. Debilitating weakness and utter exhaustion, weight lose/gain, constipation, diarrhea, and liver or bladder pain.

Our immune system is weakened, leaky gut syndrome is usually the cause. When your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract.

  • Colon, bowel and small intestine pain. The pain often is described as cramping and intermittent, and the stomach may be sore when touched. Pain may turn to a dull, constant ache as the condition gets worse.
  • Fever or other symptoms that affect the entire body may develop. A high fever may mean that you have an infection, such as an abscess, inflammation or infection.
  • Weight loss. Ongoing symptoms, such as diarrhea, can lead to weight loss.
  • Too few red blood cells (anemia). People with Crohn’s disease develop anemia because of low iron levels caused by bloody stools or the intestinal inflammation itself.
  • Small tears in the anus (anal fissures) that may go away, but come back again.
  • Inflammation of skin, eyes and joints
  • Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
  • Delayed growth In children
  • Diarrhea is a common problem for people with Crohn’s disease. Intensified intestinal cramping also can contribute to loose stools.
  • Abdominal pain and cramping. Inflammation and ulceration can affect the normal movement of contents through your digestive tract and may lead to pain and cramping. You may experience anything from slight discomfort to severe pain, including nausea and vomiting.
  • You might notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl or darker blood mixed with your stool. You can also have bleeding you don’t see (occult blood).
  • Mouth sores: ulcers in your mouth similar to canker sores.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss. Abdominal pain and cramping and the inflammatory reaction in the wall of your bowel affects both your appetite and your ability to digest and absorb food.
  • Perianal disease: pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula).
  • Higher risk of colon cancer
  • Depression
  • Brain function altered
  • organs shutting down
  • muscle wasting

Holistic healing

  • ayruveda
  • breathing
  • meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Biofeedback
  • Dosha – vata, pitta and kapha

Diet changes

  • Against All Grain
  • Whole30
  • AIP Autoimmune Paleo
  • SCD Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Bone broth
  • Collagen
  • Pre & probiotics

All the above support the gut!

I can’t believe how many people with Crohns and Colitis don’t get that the foods you eat affect your digestive track. Obviously, if your Crohns is flared you have ulcers in either your small intestine, colon and bowel and possibly your stomach and mouth. Having Colitis the ulcers are in the lining of your colon so, it makes sense that what we eat is having an affect on our GI Track.

Other important lifestyle changes

  • Sleep, sleep and more sleep
  • rest, naps
  • Drink water
  • Walking, yoga, exercise
  • Find gratitude in every day
  • Modalities
  • Chakras
  • Self care, love yourself (be kind and respectful of your body)
  • Mind, body and spirit balance
  • Vitamins
  • Other holistic remedies
    • remove stresses from your life
    • grain free, gluten free, alkaline based diet
    • removal of sugar, legumes, dairy, and night shades
    • also avoid sulfites, msg, carrageenan and artificial additives
  • Minerals
  • Mindfulness
  • Homemade foods….go back to the basics

Information on all that is in this post can be found on my blog. Check out the bottom section of my blog to find clickable links to monthly or categorized posts. It’s all here…how I found remission by changing my lifestyle. I avoided prescription drugs all together and didn’t have to have surgery and I am living a normal life. Yup, that’s right Crohns and colitis knocked my on my butt and I found ways to get back up so I could get back to being my normal self.  Symptom free, flare free and living life!

Love, peace & hope

~Andrea

 

 

 

01/16/15 – 01/16/17

January 16th….Today is a big day for me! It marks two years since I started this amazing Homeopathy and Biofeedback healing, recovery and finding my authentic self journey. I am so grateful I found Phyllis my homeopath who saved my life.

You can not imagine the relief I felt two years ago when I walked out of Natural Remedies the Homeopathic Office in the town I lived in, knowing that I had hope, a future, someone who knew how to help me regain my health and finally a diagnosis. I finally knew what was wrong with me, what I had been dealing with since I was 9 years old.  It had a name, I had words that would lead me to research and find ways I could make my life easier and manage these diseases.

It had crossed my mind to go to a homeopath but I probably wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for a coworker at my last job who’s son had gone through an incredibly scary time just before I started working there and was also saved by Phyllis, homeopathy and biofeedback. Listening to her tell his story and how she struggled to find her son help, along with how biofeedback and holistic remedies helped him, convinced me that this was what I needed since western medicine nor doctors were unable to help me either.

I am grateful for Kathy and Phyllis who came into my life at just the right time!

On January 12th and 13th last week I felt a huge difference in my thinking ability, processing, and clarity.  Crohns symptoms, energy and overall general health had improved a significant amount over night.  It’s so great….I feel like I’m getting back into functioning normally, I’m so darn close!

I am so grateful for every step I’ve experienced over the past years from fighting for my life to getting my life back.

Now that I know my diagnosis I’ve been able to learn how to manage and handle these diseases so that I don’t repeat my mistakes from the past.  I can’t guarantee that I will never have another flare but I can say with certainty I will never be this sick for this long again.  A usual flare lasts a couple of weeks or months not years when treated with change in diet, holistic remedies, homeopathy and biofeedback.

With proper treatment, allowing the GI track to heal on it’s own and taking holistic remedies a Crohns and Colitis flare can be managed easily. The severity of the flare is the only measure in that it will take as long as the body needs to heal from the damage of the flare.

Check out the rest of my blog posts to see my journey from being incredibly imbalanced and sick from anemia, being malnourished, crohns and colits flares to remission and recovery.

[EDIT] I want to add that I am not in any way against western medicine or doctors. I could make a long list of the people and ways western medicine and doctors have saved lives just in my family not including people I know or have heard about. The theme throughout my blog is that they weren’t for me, this time, for these diseases. 

This is an incredible post to read about Crohns disease

Peace ~Andrea