Low quality picture, but high quality date with my husband - our first in months! 🙌🏻 It’s so hard for me to be able to function in the evenings, and then when money is tight because everything is spent on bills and treatment, it’s almost impossible to fit in dates that aren’t free. Our dates usually consist of making dinner together and Netflix, and I’m SO thankful for those, but gosh it was nice to get out and do a check in on our marriage. This man is just so handsome and every day I can’t believe he picked ME to spend his life with ❤️❤️❤️
It is NEVER too late to join the path toward health through healing. Fortunately at a young age I was told I have a "Disease" and this led me down a path of asking WHY?! And searching for answers, searching for a "cure", once I came up short handed time and time again with looking for that "cure" that would make all my problems go away... I realized I am not looking for a "cure", I am not looking for a pill to take... I am looking to heal my body and change my lifestyle to do so. I am using foods that comes from mother nature to heal my battered body and fill in the pot holes I have created through out my whole GI track. Not long ago I was searching so hard for that "cure" that I was blind to see that the way was right in front of me the whole time. I have now started down this new path, a path of clean eating, focusing on myself and LISTENING to my body, slowing down, taking every moment and enjoying it for what it is. .
This journey takes time, and thats okay, because it is my journey and I am ready to enjoy every moment of it. I want to share it all with you! I hope to help pave the way for those of you who have similar circumstances. You know where to find me! Reach out when your ready!
g r a c i e l l a m y f i r s t b o r n has been my partner in lyme, not a fate I'd wish on anyone. But going through this journey with her has given me a compassion for her I might not have had otherwise.
Until we experience something ourselves, we can never really know what the other person is going through.
I'm grateful that I have always been able to fully legitimize her experience because of my own.
And sharing this with my own child reminds me to never let this take over our lives (and she has to remind me sometimes). This is only one aspect of our lives. We are so so much more! And we are kicking ass together!! #lymedontkillmyvibe
Even though a butterfly's wings our paper thin, it can fly through the rain unharmed. What looks like a frail creature is gracefully strong. I may feel beaten down. I may feel as if this illness has broken me, but like the butterfly, I too was created to have incredible strength. At times my faith may seem paper thin, yet God's grace is able to carry my through my storm.🦋🦋
| LYMPHATIC SYSTEM | ~
This cute little brush 😍! I have been dry brushing my skin every morning now for 2 months, and it’s become a ritual I just love doing! - here is why: when you start any detox program and are trying to get rid of toxins and heavy metals in your system, it is important to help your lymphatic system (basically that’s the one taking the trash out) by activating it - it doesn’t have a pump like the blood does and can get sluggish at times, which means that all the toxins in your body that you’re working so hard to eliminate can’t be flushed out properly. One of the ways to activate the lymphatic system is by moving! However for some sick spoonies like me, when even walking is a challenge, this can be difficult.
Here are a few ways that are known to help drain the lymphatic system: • TAKE A FEW MINUTES FOR DEEP BREATHING
• HYDRATE DAILY WITH WATER
• DRY BRUSH YOUR SKIN ~
• ALTERNATE HOT AND COLD IN YOUR SHOWER
• MOVE AROUND WHENEVER YOU CAN
• JUMP ON A REBOUNDER
• BOUNCE ON AN EXERCISE BALL
• STRETCH OR PRACTICE YOGA DAILY
• GET A LYMPH MASSAGE
~ • FAR INFARED SAUNA
For more details: https://branchbasics.com/blog/2015/09/16-ways-to-activate-your-lymphatic-system/ ~
I will try to bounce on an exercice ball as well, since rebounding on a trampoline is impossible for me at the moment. Hope it helps! ❤️
@leef_organics has become a vital part of my healing process. I started getting seizures 5 yrs ago when I developed neurological Lyme Disease. They were always pretty manageable with flare ups here and there, and over the last 2.5 yrs I had tried several different CBD oils trying to get off seizure meds. This past May they got really bad, and I was needing lorazepam everyday, on top of my control meds. After going through 30 pills in 15 days I was desperate. I came across Leef Organics and thought...I'll try 1 more brand. I didn't have high hopes, but WOW! It took a week to bring my bout of uncontrolled seizures to an end! Here is how I know it works...when I ran out my seizures starred coming up. When I got my new bottle they stopped again. I even noticed my awful restless legs and tremors were gone!!! Thanks to the awesome give away I was able to try their topical cream 'revive. I can't say enough about this product...holy freakin' cow 🐄!!! I wish I would have bought this way back when. Lymies, y'all know about neck and joint pain. I get intense meningitis pain. This took the pain away for HOURS. I've had a painful spleen & liver lately, and this LITERALLY took the pain away all day. I've basically been bathing in it🛀
I also got to try their nooks and crannies CBD soap, which my husband loves. The smell is fantastic! Super clean smell, and you can smell it through out our bathroom. I hadn't been able to enjoy it has much as Brian because I've been too sick to shower everyday, and need to soak in a bath more. I did use a cheese grater to make a bath soak 🤓 I was determined!
Lastly, I got to try @paleopaw CBD treats for pets. My 🐶&😺😺 ❤'d them...they ate them all! Our pets have been using cannabis products for the past 2 yrs, and we switched to Paleo Paws CBD oil in May.
I am beyond greatful to @leef_organics for this give away. Y'all have no idea how much this meant to me💚 I was having the worst year of my life. One blow after another. I needed a WIN! We got hit hard financially this last year, and Lyme Disease treatment is extremely expensive & most treatments aren't covered by insurance. THANKS🙌
➡️40% of Lyme patients end up with long term health problems.
➡️Short treatment courses have resulted in upwards of 40% relapse rate. ➡️60% of untreated patients may have arthritis, with severe joint pain and swelling.
8 months after my diagnosis, I will admit that this weird, invasive, frustrating disease has made me happier, more peaceful, more determined and more open-minded. Beautiful things have happened, ugly things have surfaced, and life becomes both harder and conversely, easier when you are committed to moving from sick to well.
Tips for being decent when someone you love (or even like a little) is sick with Lyme.
➡️Don’t tell them horror stories about your grandma’s neighbor’s hairdresser who got Lyme. That shit don’t help.
➡️Ask “How are you feeling?” Just because they don’t look sick doesn’t mean they aren’t sick.
➡️If they start talking about being sick and you want to be like 🙄 just don’t be like 🙄 be like 🤨, 😍, 😚 or 😢.
➡️If you don’t agree with their method of treatment, it’s best to just be like 🙊. Not your body. They need a hug, a lunch, a kiss, a free pass, Patience, a hand hold, a good book, a trip to the movies, flowers, must I keep going? Read: Anything but judgement is suitable. Good job.
How to do a max assist stand pivot transfer! As much as I can teach @eddie69b about transfers body mechanics and safe wheelchair management, Eddie and Ashley have taught me SO much more. About love, about communication, about devotion, and about strength. I’m so sad to leave tonight, I wish I could stay the whole time this woman is in Arizona just to do anything she needs. She’s the strongest and most genuine person I know, my khaleesi. And her khal drogo has a special place in my heart. Bye Arizona, you are important to me because you currently hold the most important person -Taline @smaline #lymewarrior
I was able to attend the women’s march with my momma in seattle and now I am dead and will probably sleep for 50 hours😎 made some doggie friends tho and they were all jumping up on me since I was in my brand new ride it was literally heaven. I had a political one on one side of the sign & then a more educational on the other; I searched to find a statistic that shows how tough it is being a woman in the ER! We are so often dismissed as being ‘dramatic’, ‘emotional’, or even hysteric. So here was my little contribution☺️
Lately I’ve been doin good off antibiotics, the symptoms are less severe so I feel up to going out more but I still feel real out of it. I have to get bloodwork, a belly ultrasound, and a drug-monitoring (a nurse sits with you through your IV to make sure u don’t die) before Doc puts me on any new or previous IVs. So in the meantime we’re just chillin and waiting out the stomach pains and all else.
The treatment plan for me is still unknown and we are still looking into others avidly - it has been tough to find the energy!! However we will get past this without a doubt, it just takes time and patience.
I am at the very least just so thankful I was feeling well enough to do big things like the march(-: gettin back at it, slowly but surely.
Also just posted a little patient rant on my main account @megs_hanson 👊🏼
Liver & Kidney Blocks - no other name for this ridiculous healing pose!
Yup, some may say props are for the weak . . . NOT this chick! It was this summer that I got to truly experience the healing power of yoga thanx to my teachers, @eddiemodestiniyoga & @kristinbosteels.
And it was through learning how to use all the different tools (Blocks, blankets, straps, walls, etc) that I was really able to tap in to what my body needs in order to gain access to the fullest healing potential that each yoga pose has to offer when in it correctly.
For me cleansing my liver & kidneys is HUGE in healing & this is just one of the many ways I step into healing.
I'm a 30 year old mom of 3 who looks perfectly healthy on the outside. But a lot people don't know I've struggled with Lyme disease for over 10 years and a long list of undiagnosed symptoms. Back in 2003 I went from a star athlete on an Olympic training team to quiting sports and sleeping all day. I went from an outgoing teen and avid reader to a scared, sickly child unable to read or focus. I had numerous tests and doctor visits but they just tried to write me anxiety pill prescriptions. After being diagnosed with Lyme disease 3 years later in 2006 I was "treated" and expected to move on with my life. But over the last 10 years I've spent thousands of dollars and all of my time trying to feel normal again. About 6 months ago I learned about @medicalmedium and #medicalmediumbooks . I knew my life was about to finally change for the better when the introduction alone had me tearing up, finally feeling like someone understands what I'm going through. "When we are sick, we question ourselves. We feel cut off from life, from what we were put on earth to do." That is exactly how I have felt for over 10 years, the years that most young people are living their best life.
#medicalmedium has touched my soul and gives me hope through healing. I already feel a huge difference in energy following his protocol but most of all I have felt mental clarity, which makes me cry tears of joy! "Healing is one of the greatest freedoms God offers us. Healing is the law of the universe, the light, or whatever you choose to call the higher source- not the law of humans- and so it grants true justice. Untethered by statute, healing from mystery illness can exceed imagination." What a beautiful way to look at life and to start the journey of true healing!
☀️ DAY 5 of things that have made a noticeable difference in recovering from #lyme and coinfections. I posted not too long ago about #vitaminD and the connection between auto immune disease and leaky gut. For the past two years my levels have been up and down. Most recently last September I retested (you HAVE to pay for this test in Manitoba which is ridiculous since it’s so prevalent) and I thought my levels were fine since I had been outside quite a bit in the summer but they were still 10 points below the recommended minimum! I considered renewing my prescription for weekly Vitamin D pills but my ND suggested Vit D drops - they were <$20 and I still use them so for the price and effect it’s had it’s a winner in my books! I doubled my levels in about 3.5 months and when I accidentally stopped (by switching to a lower dose multi) I noticed a difference in my perkiness! I restarted right away and I recommend them to everyone! For more info on Vit D and how it’s actually a HORMONE see my post a few weeks back or search for the info on @goop 💁🏼 I also wanted to mention that keeping your vitamin levels high is important since we use more than we used too. I also was severely depleted in B12 last year and taking B12 shots for six months also made a noticeable difference! What vitamins/minerals have u had to replenish? What did you notice when u properly addressed it? 💚
Having Lyme Disease sucks. There is absolutely nothing good about it. If you have it, you know what I mean. And if you don't, please protect yoiurself against it. You don't want to ever risk yourself, or your family.....
But, one of the most amazing things I have been grateful for is Lyme Warrior. Being a part of something that allows me to help bring education and awareness to the community is humbling. We are always looking for volunteers, and we are always looking for members to join the community!
Check us out on Facebook at Lyme Warrior, and on IG, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and Pinterest at lymewarrior_us
Salmon & broccolini. 🐟🥦
🍋 Salmon in the Instant Pot from frozen in less than 15 minutes! What?! I am continued to be amazed by this thing! Salmon topped with @primalkitchenfoods Chipotle Lime Mayo, garlic powder, & lemon.
🍋 Broccolini seared in the cast iron with grass-fed ghee & seasoned with real salt & garlic powder!
🍋 Happy Day 20!!!!
This is what healing looks like some days. CREATIVITY for the sake of CREATIVE expression. And a MESS! ..
After a 6 month whirlwind between getting a diagnosis, wrapping my brain around my treatment protocol (integrative with a primary focus on TCM), packing, moving across the country back “home” (Toronto), connecting with those I haven’t seen in over a year, getting settled, holidays, getting sick, celebrating new beginnings with friends, I came to a screeching halt this past week.
The emotions that I’ve been holding in, in need of release, (my Doctor told me to listen to my body and emotions as grief would rise to the surface but I thought I was “all good”), the need for stillness beyond my meditation practice, quiet (the noise of the city can be drowning in addition to the noise in my head saying I need to do more but my body saying “No missy, not happening. You need to do less.”), so that I could hear my intuition again (my ally and best friend), I found myself taking in the sun and warmer temperatures today (finally), walking the streets crying without really knowing why, but allowing the tears to flow, accepting this is where I am at the present moment.
Every day I look at this painting wishing I had time and energy to go to my happy place - when I’m creating for the pleasure of it and not just to produce something.
So tonight, I step into my happy place, allowing creativity and intuition to come out to play, allowing whatever emotions may surface, honouring that this is what my body needs. And it’s HEALING.
The challenges of living with Lyme disease can be overwhelming but if we learn to listen a little more closely and perhaps from a different perspective than maybe we are use to, we can thrive not despite our illness but because of our illness. I’ve decided to let Lyme Disease be my teacher as someone recently suggested to me.
Who wants to embrace the gift that perhaps we’ve been given? Yes, life does and will look different than what most of us expected and wanted but maybe, just maybe, it’s the Universe’s way of giving us a “course correction?” 🤔💚