Thursday, April 5, 2012

coming clean

I want to tell you about something. I've been putting it off because it's something that can all too quickly wander into TMI territory and this is just not that kind of blog. But I haven't been blogging much because of it so I want to be honest, but as brief as I can.
I've been sick for a very long time.
I've been hesitant to share about it here because, well, I didn't know how, or what, or why...Any attempt to talk about it just felt like whining. And probably was.
I didn't know what was wrong, I just knew that I didn't feel right.
Since Kate was born, I've had a list of various issues from head to toe that have baffled doctors and dermatologists and my husband (oh my poor husband.) I knew the problem was rooted in my hormones, but no one had real answers. I've seen doctors in two different states that could only offer sympathetic nods, puzzled looks, concerned head shakes...and then send me away with a band aid for my sucking chest wound. That's how it felt anyway.
I've known for a long time that I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), but several months ago I began reading about something called Adrenal Fatigueand the more I read the more I felt like I was reading about me. I began taking an adrenal cortex supplement, fish oils, more vitamins, and watching my sugar (although not as vigilantly as my sister who tells about kicking her sugar habit for good HERE). Still, I was feeling worse every week. Exhausted, moody, irritable, nauseous, dizzy...just to name a few. When I heard about a homeopathic doctor here in town who specializes in women's hormonal health, I was happy to jump through all the necessary hoops required to get a referral and appointment. I had a saliva hormone test done and upon reading the results, my new favorite doctor's words to me were, "the good news is, you can leave here today knowing that you are not crazy." No joke, that's exactly what he said. Music to my ears.
As it turns out, I do have adrenal fatigue but have additionally developed a severe hormone imbalance. This time the sympathetic nod was genuine and it was followed by real answers and real help.
I began what will be a long but natural journey back to health.
It's been a few weeks now and with a natural progesterone added to my growing list of supplements, I'm feeling better every day. I'm making changes that I'll fill you in on more over time. Hormones are only one part of the equation so while I'm feeling better, I know my body has a long way to go before it is healed. And that healing is only going to come through rest, good nutrition, and a healthy home.
I've cut a lot of things from my diet, including all caffeine and sugar -and I do mean all. I've replaced them with herbs, vitamins in numbers I never would have thought possible, and a whole, whole, whole lot of this...
green juice!
So I'm OK. There's more to this story but I'm still processing. I'm resting. Most of all, I'm hopeful -and that feels really good.


  1. Love that you shared this! And I am hoping to hear more about your journey!

  2. Thanks for letting us know how "you" are. ( I'm pretty sure I had that too awhile back...oh, wait, that was just pms:o) We'll keep your health and rejuvenation in our prayers!

  3. I've always thought that hope is many shades of green. Your photo confirms that. :)

  4. Wow....I am way behind on all blogs. Thank you for sharing and I am thinking about ou as you travel through this.

  5. I am so happy that you finally are finding answers to your several year long journey! May the answers keep coming along with the restored health!! In the meantime, let me just say I commend your bravery it must have been scary to start out on that path, share it, and kick coffee and sugar…that takes guts! Someday, I want to grow up to be just like you:)!

  6. Wow! What a journey to be on! I am late to the party and still catching up from not being on any blogs in about 3 months. So glad to hear you are on the way to full healing, and praise God for sending you to the right place!! Give the family all our love- Trevor keeps insisting that we need to come down to FL for a visit!

    1. that Trevor is a smart boy- I think you should listen to him:)


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