In the Fall of 2009, after living a very active and healthy lifestyle, I lost my health completely and abruptly to a mystery illness that went undiagnosed for several years. During that time, I went from doctor to doctor, specialist to specialist before getting any real answers. Because the doctors believed that the problem was due to my “overactive immune system,” I was loaded up with prednisone (steroids) to suppress my immune system, which only temporarily put a band-aid on my symptoms. You can read more about my own health journey HERE and HERE. Following a long road of hitting rock bottom, and experiencing unwanted side effects from years of medications, I began to seek alternative therapies like homeopathy, and energy healing. After all, I had nothing to lose once I had lost my health. And so I began my personal healing journey as the right people and treatments were placed on my path at the right time. I went from not being able to walk to my mailbox because of the immense chest pain that any activity would cause me, to being able to be on my feet for 12+ hours a day in the hospital as a Registered Nurse on days I work, and to keep up with my young son, and hiking, camping, dancing, and exploring on my days off. A lot of the shift in my health happened when I made positive changes to my life in areas that had been causing me loads of stress, and when I changed my thoughts about my illness. Our thoughts are very powerful, and I have seen how they have affected my life both for the negative and the positive. My purpose in this life is to help other people on their healing journeys.
If you can relate to my story, I would LOVE to hear from you, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I am one soul in a sea of billions traveling through this world in a human body, learning and growing as I go. On my journey, I have found inspiration to keep going in other peoples’ stories, and so I hope that by sharing my story and insights, I may do the same for you. My guidepost is inner peace. I have more peace in my life now than I have ever had before, which I attribute to seeing the divine reason and lessons in my experiences, and to changing the way I think about things. I truly believe that changing my thoughts has changed my life. Completely.
As my favorite musician and fellow old soul, Matisyahu, has sung, “I’ve been blessed, but I’ve been tossed around this sea.” (“Back to the Old”) In my life, I have learned that being blessed and being tossed around is usually one in the same. My life has not been easy. In fact, my family and closest friends often share their amazement with how well I have handled all that I have been through. I would not change a single thing in my life, because it has all made me who I am today, and has given me the perspective of gratitude for all that I have in my life. I appreciate my happiness more because of my sorrow, my pleasure more because of my pain, my health more because of my illness, and my love for myself, for others, and for this life more because of my heartbreak.
My life has been heavily influenced by music. Look for links at the bottom of my posts for music that feels reflective of what I am writing about. Enjoy!
(Golden Jellyfish photo credit goes to my sister, Amy, who traveled to Palau several years ago to snorkel in Jellyfish Lake. I used to drool over photos of said lake, which was featured in a National Geographic magazine, when I was in high school!)