In 2012 my everyday life dramatically changed. Fatigue became my nemesis. This was unlike any other sickness I had fought before. It was debilitating & an absolute disruption to my daily life. I couldn’t exercise, entertain or care for my beautiful family. The whole experience was contrary to my nature!
I continuously felt like I had a yoke or a clamp around my neck & shoulders. My head felt like it had a brick on it. Every few days I would experience stomach upsets or flare-ups. Needless to say there were lots of frequent visits to the bathroom on those unpleasant days. Sugar & salt cravings were at an all time high for me. Another unusual symptom was that I frequently drank copious amounts of water, about three to four litres per day. I wrestled with “turns” or “episodes” (as I coined them) that mimicked fainting. Repeatedly, I would drop to the ground & right before blacking out nausea would hit me. My blood pressure became deathly low. When my pulse became rapid it indicated to me that the I was pulling out of these episodes. Paramedics were often called & I would trek off to the hospital. No one was able to offer me any solutions or tell me why I was experiencing these symptoms.
Family & friends would come to visit our lovely home & I was unable to conduct in-depth conversations. Forgetting mid sentence what I was saying was a bit of a laugh for a lady in her thirties! Then I would have to excuse myself & go to lie down as I was battling fatigue. I had stopped going to work this year as even the tiniest thing felt like a heavy load or stress. My family & I loved traveling overseas, but this all had to come to a stand still as well.
My loved ones were so concerned for me. The unknown plagued all of our thoughts. I went through so many tests & procedures with doctors & specialist but no one gave me answers!
I then took matters into my own hands & began researching information on wellness using holistic health methods. 2012 was not only a year devoted to rest but rejuvenation & research. I was sick of being sick! I wasn’t going to settle for allowing these symptoms to hang around. I wanted to put an end to them. Educating myself was so important. I was so hungry to know more about health. Even though it looked impossible I had resolved in my heart that I was certainly on a journey back to wellness. I became inspired by other’s health quests that had battled with similar symptoms & had gained victory.
So what do you do when you’re lying in bed for hours each day?
I learnt to change my thoughts from negative “What If’s” to allowing my imagination to focus on what I hoped to achieve in the future. I had to lift my gaze out of the pit that I felt trapped in & literally see myself climbing mountains again…. running & dancing with a huge smile on my face. I tried to fill my thoughts with hope! I would journal my dreams ~ I sure had a lot of time to dream.
This whole experience was like being trapped in the wilderness. I remained hopeful realising that this was a dark season… but at least it was going to be a season that wouldn’t last my whole life. It was crucial to think like that so that I didn’t fall into despair.
It was so important to surround myself with people who cared for me. They spoke words filled with life & encouragement.
I learnt to stay away from doom & gloom stories on the Internet as well. When I read people’s prognosis’s that had similar symptoms as me it would cause me to worry unnecessarily.
Personally for me, reading Scriptures from the Bible were like reading promises from my Creator. I patiently held on to these promises in my heart till they came to pass years later.
Becoming Connected With Health Heroes
My journey back to health began as I researched & gained incredible truths about wellness. I was introduced to a World Renowned Herbalist (Phytotherapist) who gave me clarity & understanding in what I was actually battling. In conjunction with this, I met an amazing pathologist who analysed my live blood samples. A friend & mentor led me to a doctor who had an appreciation for the marriage of both holistic health & medicine. I then began my training to become a Health Coach gleaning from an amazing Nutritionist & Doctor overseas. Knowledge of health & wellness was empowering me to make changes in my life. The horrible fatigue symptoms & digestive complaints began to leave me.