Healing is a Series of Up's and Down's

That random day in March (that happens to be St. Paddys Day????) that you wake up with an overflowing abundance of pure, clean energy and realize you are not in an ounce of pain.

I have been hoping for this day for YEARS. All of the sudden, it seems all my efforts, explorations, ups and downs are shining through.

Not many people know that I have been dealing with chronic pain since I was about 18 years old. This is how I wound up becoming a massage therapist and followed my path into health coaching. By weaving 25 years of Nutrition as prevention and medicine and bodywork therapies, I have been trying to heal my own condition by finding what works for my own body.

I have had very few days that I haven hurt in multiple places in my body. Some days it's not so bad, but others it has left me exhausted, sad and feeling defeated. I made it a point I would not complain, that I didn't want to drag my friends or family into a web of negativity and self pity. I have always known this is my journey, and it is up to me to care for myself so hard that I can manage whatever this is by find the root. First, I looked at food. Then I looked at alcohol. Then I looked at sleep. Then I looked deeply into my relationships. Then I looked at gut health. Then I looked at movement. Then I looked into my own happiness and worth. Then I looked at smoking. Then I looked at supplements. Then I looked at connecting to my authentic self. Then I looked in the mirror and realized I'm pain free.

I AM PAIN FREE!!!!!

Is this what "normal" people feel like? This is what I imagine when clients come in for a massage and say "no, nothing is hurting me today. I just want to relax."

In October, I took a huge step in creating a better version of health for myself. I've always, always had a passion for natural health, good, organic food, natural body care, cleaning products and a "clean" lifestyle so to speak. If I couldn't find or afford a product, I learned to make it. Food has served as my creative outlet since childhood, and I find my bliss in my kitchen with a well stocked fridge and pantry and my garden in the summer. I have chosen the highest quality, least processed and organic products as often as I can all of my adult life.

But, despite all of this, I had been a smoker (hand rolled American Spirit's) for about 20 years. I had lots of excuses about why I smoked and why I hadn't quit, but I knew I had to let it go, and always suspected I would feel so much better once I did. I woke up one Sunday in October and just said "that's it." One Day led to another, and I began a detox program on the third day to help keep the process as smooth as possible.

When I really connected with letting this habit go, it went painlessly and quickly. My cravings were minimal and managed by focus, awareness and some key supplements that I believe helped my body to adjust without withdrawal.

This Sunday marks the fifth month without smoking, and today is the best gift I could have ever given myself. It is the day I truly thought may never come.

I have never, ever felt as great as I do today. No pain, no fatigue. Just pure, clean flow. I'm in awe and feeling so amazingly grateful for today and knowing that everything I do, teach and practice is working.

For the past 2 years, my healing journey has been to restore my gut health, get out of this ridiculous pain I've had for 20 years, and give myself the best self care I can within my current situation.

This is all without one drop of conventional treatment. I've used food, supplements, herbal remedies, positive psychology, LOVE, and gentle care for myself.

If it's working for me, these changes can work for you too ❤️❤️❤️




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