In December 2013 everything I knew and everything that I had planned for my life went out the window.
About two weeks before Christmas I woke up at 3 AM with a sharp pain in my chest and the inability to breathe more then hyperventilation.
After three weeks of numerous doctor appointments, MRI’s, blood tests, and x-rays I was tired of not knowing what was wrong with me. Why couldn’t I walk more then 10 paces without passing out from pain? Why wasn’t I able to fill my lungs with air? Would I live with this forever? Would I even live?
On January 3, 2014 I went to the Emergency Room and was (finally) diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Lupus.
Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disease where once you throw a blood clot your body will never stop making or throwing them. That’s when I was put on blood thinners and was told that I can never go off of them for any reason. And because of these blood thinners I’m not able to take any over-the-counter medication; neither have I ever been prescribed pain medication.
Lupus is an Auto-Immune Disease that causes the immune system to attack its own tissue. This can cause muscle/ joint pain, hair loss, extreme fatigue, and in more serious cases (which I am) organ failure.
Having a blood clot thrown to your lung is more painful than having four broken ribs and it takes about a year for the blood clot to dissolve. I don’t even know how to describe how painful having a blood clot in your lung AND going through a Lupus flare-up is.
I was in the hospital for three days and during this time my mom and I knew that we would have to make a change in my life style. Since I’m not allowed to have any type of pain medication we had to figure out on our own how to best support my body and the systems in it. We had good friends and our ears saying that we need to start using essential oils to support my body. Those three days in the hospital, my mother sat right next to me on her laptop researching many different essential oil companies. And she noticed whenever she came onto Young Living’s page her shoulders would relax and the tension in her would dissipate. Soon she found out why. It was because of Young Living’s Seed to Seal Promise.
Ever since that day 3 1/2 years ago I’ve gotten every chemical out of my home and switched to non-toxic everything. From skin care products to make up to cleaning products and more.
People ask me all the time how I’m doing so well with everything I have going on. And I tell them the same thing you’re reading now. I made a lot of changes. I adapted to a completely new lifestyle. I stopped buying toxin filled crap and bringing it into my home. I started supporting my body with supplements and essential oils. And because of Young Living Products, a whole lot of Jesus, good books and good food I’m able to go out and actually live and love my life.
Now, I’m not very good texting, calling, facebooking and what not that is needed to keep everyone in the loop on how I’m doing. So that’s why I’m making this one stop shop of sorts. Want to know how my health is? Bam it’s up there. Curious about the new books that have consumed all my time? It’s here too. Want new AIP (autoimmune protocol, basically super Paleo) recipes? I’ve got you covered. Want to know how to support your body with Young Living product? I’m here for you. Need sappy inspirational quotes that I stole from Pinterest? Obviously that’ll be here too. Why? Cause I’m a dork and this is my life. Welcome to this crazy, random, derailed train ride that I call a blog 🙂