Taking Charge of My Health

When a person starts thinking about writing a blog it is typically built around one specific topic. For example: Fashion, Make-Up, Celebrity News, Health & Wellness, Finance, Business and more. This blog is going to incorporate multiple topics and in general be about LIFE.

I first started writing down everything that I was going through because it allowed me a way to release some of the negative thoughts and snap back into being positive and get through my day. As the years have went on, I would ask myself repeatedly, “Why can’t the doctors figure this out?” As I reached the breaking point, I realized that I needed to take this journey of mine and do something good with it.

I have met some people along this journey who have impacted how I have taken charge of my wellness. Cheryl Meyer is one of them. So today I’d like to share a little bit about her and some decisions I made for myself to try to heal my body naturally by reducing the inflammation.

Cheryl Meyer is a health coach locally in the City of Monrovia with a ton of experience in wellness. I had already been eliminating toxins in my diet because of the research that I was doing. The more I read, the more I found out how food can cause inflammation and can make a person with an autoimmune disease worse. I knew I needed to make a change.

When I met with Cheryl she asked me questions about the symptoms I was experiencing. As she dug deeper into the questions about the foods I couldn’t tolerate and what my reactions were to certain foods and environments, it was like she knew exactly what was happening to me.

Part of her knowledge comes from her own experience with chasing down an autoimmune disease of her own. She turned to Functional Medicine when Conventional Medicine failed her. This is still not something that I have had a chance to research, but it is on my list to get further educated.

If you are going through something medically or if you just want to feel better, get her book!!! Go to her website at cherylmhealthmuse.com. It will help you take charge of your health. In today’s world there are just too many pesticides going into our foods. Health issues from inflammation can take many, many years to rear their ugly head. So, people can be going down the shoot to chronic illness and not know it.

That drive-thru at McDonald’s looks like the only option sometimes, but what it’s doing to your body is slowly eating it from the inside out. Many people say, “I’ve ate that way my whole life and I don’t have any problems.” You will probably be one of the first to end up with hypertension (high blood pressure) which can lead to a stroke. Keep in mind, they call hypertension the “silent killer” for a reason.

As for me, I have created my own elimination diet which allowed me to heal my body naturally without all the medications that could destroy my organs. Everyone must weigh the odds for themselves of what benefits they will receive from medication. For me, my kidneys were already in a bad place and I was seeing dialysis in my near future.

When I had the conversation with the Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) at Kaiser, he said “We don’t do anything until the kidney function hits 50, for now we will just monitor your blood work.” Eventually my kidney function dropped to 50 and my Bun and Creatinine were rising. I asked my doctors nurse to have him call me to discuss this. When he called me to discuss my test results he said, “We still aren’t going to do anything. We will continue to watch and wait and see how things go.” Then I spoke to my Primary Care doctor who did a urine test and said, “Yes, there’s some protein in your urine but you’ve had that before.” These were all test results going in the wrong direction. I couldn’t take the risk of waiting any longer, I knew I needed to take-action on my own.

After watching my dad go through kidney failure and seeing him make diet changes to prolong the inevitable of starting dialysis, I thought it was worth a shot for me to make the same diet changes to see if there would be any improvement. My mom was a great help with all of this. We started to discuss foods I could and couldn’t eat and I decided to incorporate some of the kidney diet into my life as well. Sure enough it worked. I have the blood tests to prove it! My kidneys haven’t looked this good in almost 2 years. I am thankful that I found a way to improve my kidney function. My medical condition is complex and I’m fully aware that this could change at any moment, but for now I have somehow turned things around.

Since I have more than one health problem, I am on a combination of the kidney diet, the ulcerative colitis diet and the heart-healthy diet. I eliminated the following foods from my diet to help accomplish lowering the inflammation in my body without the harsh medications.

Eliminated from my diet:

• Alcohol
• Dairy
• Sugar
• Fried Foods
• Red Meat
• Pork
• Raw foods (No sushi for 1 year, no raw vegetables, no salads)
• Sauces
• Dressings
• Condiments
• Nuts
• Seeds
• Spices
• Carbonated Drinks (No soda or any other carbonated drinks)
• Sugar Substitutes (No Splenda, Stevia, Sweet-n-Low or any other kind of sweetener)
• No wheat or whole grain bread (White breads only)

I am living proof of what “living healthy” can do for you. I do have to allow myself sufficient sleep so that I can continue to be in serious work-mode and of course I’m always trying to take over the world. 🙂 I have frequent blood work done and one of the tests shows the level of inflammation in my body, which is currently within the normal range. If I don’t stick to the specific diet that I’m on, the inflammation goes up right away.

Balance is key to healthy living. I work a lot but absolutely love what I do, so I believe it brings a balance to me. It satisfies me mentally and that’s something that I personally need. Some people look at my photos on Facebook and message me that they would’ve never guessed that I had all of this going on and that’s exactly why I’m trying to bring awareness to everyone. Some of the messages that I’ve received have said reading my blog brought them to tears because right now they have been going through the same hell that I did trying to get diagnosed.

Autoimmune diseases eat you away from the inside out and many people fall into depression because of it. They start feeling like crap, every day is a struggle. They go see a doctor who tells them nothing is wrong. The doctor makes them think they are crazy or a hypochondriac. It generally progresses slowly, and the disease is different for everyone, so it goes undiagnosed for too long.

I am one of the fortunate people who has a certain outlook on life that keeps me out of depression. Every day I tell myself, I can’t allow this to destroy me. There were many times that I felt like giving up, many days that I just felt defeated. I’d call my mom and tell her how my day was going, she knew immediately if I wasn’t myself and she would say, “Don’t give up!” in her strong German voice. Those words were exactly what I needed to hear. Failure is not an option for me, giving up is not an option for me and I want everyone in my situation to have the same hope and fight through this, one day at a time. Like my mom always says, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Until next time…

#NeverJudgeABookByItsCover #RomeWasntBuiltInADay #NeverGiveUp #TheBestIsYetToCome #ulcerativecolitisfighter #lupusawareness #raynaudsphenomenon #autoimmuneawareness

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