Why have l put all of this effort into getting well?
When you have a chronic illness it can easily take over your life and the goals and dreams that you have can seem like they are very far away and not achievable. Going from Doctor to Doctor in search of answers is tiring, expensive, demotivating and quite overwhelming. But the one thing that l think is important to have on your wellness journey is a focus on what is important in your life. Throughout the 12 years l was unwell and searching for answers l always felt like there was one day going to be a solution to my health woes and that if l kept a positive attitude things would work out. The last year getting well has been an amazing experience with lots of hard days but now that l feel so well l can look back and reflect on the journey. If l was doing it for myself l am not sure l would have had the strength and courage to make the life changes that l have, but l have three wonderful children to love and care for and that has given me strength along the way. I am not sure what l used to think my life purpose was before l had children but having to get out of bed each day and support them has helped to take the focus off my own health worries and has provided a normality to my daily life at a time when so many things have changed. Children can be a wonderful distraction and can help you to find energy that you didnt think you had. Along my journey l tried to focus on the type of mother l wanted my children to have: one that is healthy, a great role model and who is achieving some amazing life goals.
What is life like now that l am well?
I had periods of wellness before but my body just didn’t have any resilience. I work hard at maintaining my life balance now which includes caring for the family, working, studying, doing some volunteer work and sticking to my nutrition and exercise plan. I don’t believe in the 80/20 rule that everyone talks about. I think you should give everything you have to healthy living and fully embrace it. To actually be well rather than just masking symptoms is an amazing feeling. It is hard to describe but basically l have loads of energy, lots of motivation to achieve my goals, feel really good mentally, am exercising everyday doing weights and cardio, have lots of resilience both physically and mentally and am in general really enjoying life. My whole world seems to have expanded as l have found so many other people who are going through similar health challenges and are experiencing their own wellness journey. Creating this website has been a wonderful experience and there are so many other really generous and creative people out there who are also sharing the wellness message through their blogs, podcasts, seminars and amazing books. It is no secret that l follow the Paleo diet and lifestyle and joining this community has helped to guide and support my journey and l hope that by sharing part of my life with you that this helps to support your wellness journey also.
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