In 2012, at the age of 21, I had my first symptom of a semi-mysterious health issue. I’d begun to have episodes of throat-tightening and there were no clear reasons for. No asthma, no allergies, no heart issues. At one point a doctor gave me some Xanax and told me to go relax.
For the past 7 years those symptoms have only grown and are now a very prevalent aspect of my day-to-day life. Yet, I am still much without answers about what is causing these symptoms and how I may help minimize them.
In late October 2018, I ended up in the ER after months of ignoring an increase in symptoms. And while this health issue has certainly stressed me out over these years, that day in the hospital was definitely the scariest.
In my post-ER haze and in the midst of a Christmas-Hallmark-movie-marathon-epiphany, I realized that I cannot continue living the fast paced, unbalanced, suffocating lifestyle I’ve maintained.
I am dedicating myself to healing my mind, body, and spirit.
This is going to be a full overhaul. I need to let go of the bad habits that are exasperating my physical symptoms, fueling negative thoughts about myself, and keeping me from the healthy, balanced, and happy life I want to have.
How will I be doing this?
I have begun to see a new Integrated doctor and have had numerous tests to figure out what the heck is going on. Once those results roll in, my doctor and I will build a program that I can tackle. I’ll be happy to share those insights one I have them.
In addition to these upcoming medical tools, I am unrolling my yoga mat, pulling out my meditation pillow, seeking guidance from wellness champions, going on mindful hikes, and saging the bejeezus out of my home.
As someone who has dropped a lot of habits in the past, I’m looking to use this space to both track this journey and to also hold myself accountable. At this stage of the game, I am either going to keep trudging down my unhealthy path and get worse or I can do the work I need to give my body the support it needs to be well.
I know there are a lot of folks out there who are also living with chronic health issues, so if you have any suggestions, guidance, or ideas around what I should incorporate into my wellness practice, please reach out!
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