I am a person who loves life! That being said, life isn’t without it’s ups and downs! Throughout most of my life I have experienced health problems. I have had great miraculous victories, heartbreaking declines and have learned to never give up!
My health had been pretty good for a couple of years and then in March of 2013, I went into anaphylactic shock from a reaction to an herbal supplement. Being told I had about three minutes to live and asked what type of vegetative state I was willing to remain in while my husband and daughters looked helplessly on was a nightmare. I will forever be grateful for the skilled hands of doctors and nurses using every effort to keep me alive and for my husband who refused at all times to give up me!
Recovering from this incident has been much more difficult than I would have ever dreamed. The trauma to my body was vast. The biggest challenge I had was with breathing. For months afterwards my throat would swell and I would struggle to breathe. Many times I would pass out from lack of air. My vocal chords were paralyzed for a few months and I could barely speak. My energy level had plummeted and I never felt rested no matter how much slept. At this time I also gained over eighty pounds from the medications I was on. Being someone who was thin throughout most of my life, this amount of rapid weight gain was yet another blow. I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror anymore.
I have never felt so broken as I did going through this time in my life. My husband and my girls kept me going everyday, pushing past my brokenness and fighting to regain my life!
In January of 2014 I was still unable to walk more than three to five minutes at a time and I was struggling greatly with breathing. We began to notice that breathing symptoms would worsen for me after eating grains or corn. My husband Matt and I started researching about food sensitivities and that brought us to the world of Paleo! We had dabbled with eating Paleo a few years earlier but it was not they way we ate consistently at that time. I eliminated all grains, corn, processed food, sugar and most dairy from my diet and saw tremendous improvements in a short time. I started to feel like I was emerging from the shadows and seeing glimpses of health returning!
At this time I am able to take walks with my family, I don’t have any breathing problems and am able to carry on a normal life once again! While I still have some health struggles, I am so much healthier than I was a year ago! I am loosing some of the weight I had gained and starting to recognize the person staring back at me from the mirror! The gray hair is still taking some getting used too though!!!!
The last almost two years have been extremely difficult to go through but I have learned so much. I have created many recipes that are grain free, gluten free, dairy free and just plain old delicious to share with you! It is my hope that my story will encourage and inspire you wherever you are on your life’s journey.
Feeling better always means I start taking on projects! This girl was just meant to create! So here’s to living well, eating well, laughing often, creating beauty and never, ever giving up! Life is truly beautiful!