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💙 — After being diagnosed with a chronic illness, the first thing I thought was, “Why me? This will ruin my life. It’s over.” I felt as though a wall had been built around me and I’d never get to where I wanted to be. There was no way out. 💙 — BUT, it’s taught me to be stronger, and more creative, and has given me perseverance. So a wall had been built, and I had no tools to crush it...BUT, perhaps I could climb it, or perhaps I could dig under it. I had to learn new ways to keep pushing forward, even if climbing or digging didn’t necessarily thrust me forward, but they helped me get to a place where I COULD push forward. 💙 — The challenge is to find what THIS chapter will teach us, and how we jump the page to the next. BLOOM. What have you learned through your struggles?
#Repost @fibro_warriors with @get_repost ・・・ I’m so proud of you 💜. My Warriors 💪🏾. . . . #fibromyalgia #invisibleillness #chronicillness #chronicpain via @spoonies_united
Had a panic attack halfway during group therapy. Completely unexpected; took me by surprise. Now resting in the nurses room after imbibing some xanax. #mentalillness #anxiety #chronicillness #chroniclife #spoonielife #spoonieproblems #spoonieselfie #spooniewarrior
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Dr Ward just explains things so well 🙌🏽 . “Normally our immune system has the ability to determine what is friendly and what is dangerous to the body. Autoimmune situations arise when there is confusion in the immune system. The body starts to assume the native elements are actually foreign. Determined to protect itself from harm, it begins attacking and eliminating the threat. . So, how does redox help? . Redox molecules guide the immune system, helping it discover the difference between true and false signals. By promoting more reception between cells, they can send messages more effectively, and clearly differentiate between friend and foe. . Just because there are white blood cells floating around in your bloodstream, it doesn’t mean they are healthy. If there is an imbalanced redox potential within any cell, it won’t have the resources available to do the work it is designed to do. A balanced resource of redox molecules will help to fix this problem. . A supplement of these molecules actually helps support the internal gut microbiome as well as reducing oxidative stress in all cells. . By promoting their own reproduction, it improves bacterial health, helping to maintain the diversity of bacteria and keep them in proper balance.” . “Healthy Cells Healthy Life” by Dr. Robertson D. Ward, M.D. . . . . . . . . . #naturalhealing #jointpain #nervepain #tumor #cancersupport #healthylife #naturalmedicine #spoonie #chronichealth #chronicillness #cancer #cells #lymes #diseaseprevention #autoimmunedisease #braininjury #chronicfatigue #chronicpainwarrior #asthma #lungdisease #brainonfire #brainsurgery #brainsurgerysurvivor #braininjurysurvivor #neurology #brainfog #arthritis #osteoporosis #jointpainrelief
From the other night. Tomato, mozzarella, basil pesto chicken with grilled green beans. I also made acorn squash and sugar free chocolate cheesecake pudding 😌 #ketolife #keto #lowcarb #ketogenicdiet #journeyto100 #nsv #nonscalevictory #goals #yoga #weightloss #weightlossjourney #foodporn #food #yum #ketolife #glutenfree #hashimotos #healingwithfood #nutrition #hflc #lchf #chronicillness #cheeseislife #healthyfood #hypothyroidism #healthylifestyle
This whole chronic illness thing, it’s not freaking easy. And some people don’t quite understand the whole, ‘chronic’ thing, meaning, FOREVER. Many of us are diagnosed with incurable diseases. There are no answers out there and there is no specific thing that can cure us. So if we can get some sort of relief, or a little bit of help, you do what you need to do. Other people don’t understand and that is okay, we would never want them to understand this unimaginable pain that we live with daily. Like I said, do what you need to survive. But never close the doors on other options (medical, natural, whatever) either. Xoxo . . #Repost @spoonfulsofkindness ・・・ End pill shaming - Take your meds!!💊 Whether they’re for mental illness or physical, you deserve the relief they give. Taking meds isn’t bad, it isn’t “unnatural” You’re not a better person for not taking any meds. They are a tool to help us. If that tool can make your life better in some way then USE IT!! I’ve seen a lot of people not take pain meds because it’s “unnatural” “bad” or “brave” to with hold them. ITS NOT!!! Look after your body, look after your mind, take your meds. So whether it’s opioids or an antidepressant use that tool to make your life a little easier. and never shame anyone for for doing so.
“I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness - and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I'm a human trying to make it through in this world.” -Ellen DeGeneres @theellenshow
Some things people do not talk about often is Mast Cell bloating. Yes, everyone talks about the rashes and flushing, but the bloating not so much. It can be painful, it can be annoying, and most of all there is really no way to get rid of it. You basically wait it out :/ The first picture is me before work and before a flare. The second is me after my meds wore off for the day, right before taking me night meds. I am not pushing my stomach, this is just all bloating. #mastcellactivationdisorder #mcas #mastcellproblems #bloating #bloatingsucks #chronicillness #chronicallyill #chronicillnesslife #chronicillnessawareness #chronicillnesswarrior #invisibleillness #butyousontlooksick #dysautonomia #eds #potssyndrome #posturalorthostatictachycardiasyndrome #elhersdanlossyndrome #justkeepswimming #keepmovingforward
This last week of September is #ChronicPainAwarenessWeek 🎗 I encourage you to share your story...share your journey with us! Did you know that in America alone over 100million people suffer from daily, chronic pain? Pain is so isolating. We feel like no one could possibly understand what we’re going through. We feel so lonely in our struggles. But we are not alone! We are struggling alongside literally millions of others trying to navigate these choppy waters. Please share your story today. Please help me remind others that we are all in this together, no matter how different our circumstances. #chronicpain #chronicillness #chronicmeansforever #thepainnevergoesaway #fibromyalgia #thoracicoutletsyndrome #tos #crps #rsd #complexregionalpainsyndrome #carpaltunnelsyndrome #doublecrushsyndrome #occipitalneuralgia #raynauds #spinalstenosis #arthritis #anxiety #ptsd #degenerativediscdisease #bursitis #tmj #hypothyroidism #piriformissyndrome #chronicpainprincess
It doesn't matter what kind of illness you have, you have the right to fight your doctor, you have the right to get a second opinion, you have the right to a 3rd and 4th opinion. You have the right to an answers. LETS WAIT AND SEE IS NOT AN ANSWER FOR ANY CHRONIC ILLNESS! Literally what I have been going through for years.... not only do I have Hashimoto's disease which causes my body to attack and destroy my thyroid over time, patients with Hashimoto's are at an extremely higher risk of getting thyroid cancer, not only have I had hypothyroidism for seven years and have NEVER had any relief from it, but it took 7 years to get an ultrasound done...... 7. They should do one as soon as you're diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Cuz guess what.... I have MULTIPLE nodules on my thyroid and its enlarged. What did they tell me? Oh they're all under 1cm so we're not going to biopsy it. COOOOOOOL. let's just wait for it to turn into cancer. Shit it could already be cancer! I have to wait another 2 months before my next endocrinologist appointment .... but they're in for a storm. I will make them biopsy my thyroid and I am going to try a natural thyroid supplement again. Synthroid is a joke. At the ripe age of 25 I have 30% of my thyroid function...... THIRTY PERCENT. But oh no! Everything is honky dory! #weightloss #pcos #hypothyroidism #hashimotos #autoimmunedisease #hashimotosdisease #endocrinology #thyroid #thyroidwarrior #thyroidawareness #thyroiddisease #synthroid #armourthyroid #standup #fightforyourself #educateyourself #empowerment #chronicillness #chronicpain
Successful productive #chest and #shoulderworkout . I’m so grateful for my #gymfam . These people lift you up and make you see yourself the way they do. I took timeout to appreciate my relentless hardwork. Thank you @winged_siren for the shoulder pic and @musclewestbrook for these amazing #potraitmode candids. I feel like such a #badass tonight. #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #beatingpulmonaryhypertension #chronicillness #warrior #phwarrior #npc #figurecompetitor #grateful #blessed #annointed
Keep fighting, warriors! 🙌🏻💪🏻 This made me 😊😊! #SOPHSTRONG #SophiesArmy 🌟💫
Oh my gosh y’all! ❤️ #Highlightofmyday ! Went to #CaribouCoffee and got my #CaramelCooler with #TripleEspressoShot (to help me function) lol. And guess what? The nice #coffeeboy ringing me told me how much he liked my sweater! I told him about #hiddenillness and how I’m trying to make a #youtubechannel ( #SurvivalOfTheFatigued ) to help people who live with #chronicillness and . He. Was. Flabbergasted! He wished me luck on #spreadingtheword , and told me I had #Courage . 😁 A lot of people have no idea what we are going through, but a little bit of explaining and they are totally #supportive ! #WhatAGoodDay #happyday #rachelwynne #fatigue #chronicfatigue #coffeelover #needcoffee #coffeetogo #needcoffeetofunction #fibro #lyme #fibromyalgia #spreadingtheword #youdontlooksick #merch #cutehoodie #chronicallyill #needcaffiene
Tired but pain won’t let me sleep. Exhausted but restless legs won’t allow me to rest. #restlesslegsyndrome #painsomnia #sickandtiredofbeingsickandtired #gastroparesis #fibromyalgia #spoonie #chronicillness #chronicpain #fibroflare #godisgood
I believe in Zodiac signs to a certain extent because at some point you have to factor demographics lol! I was born July 15, 1992. That makes me a cancer. But seeing that I come from a Hispanic family, that was raised half her life in the hood. This statement is not spot on for me 😂. I can’t relate. I speak my mind, and I happen to be loud. Wanna know something funny? My mom is Colombian and my dad is Puerto Rican. Can you guess where I get my loudness from? #eatingdisorder #HealingMultipleSclerosis30DayChallenge #diet #ms #multiplesclerosis #multiplesclerosisawareness #multiplesclerosiswarrior #healingmultiplesclerosis #chronicillness #depression #insomnia #keepcalmandfightms #multiplesclerosissupport #multiplesclerosisdiary #cancerseason #msawareness #anxiety #mood
@Regrann from @rebelthriver - It’s unbelievable to me sometimes, how even in our “advanced” society, the majority of people still don’t seem to honestly grasp this simple truth. For example, if someone had kidney disease, heart problems, or cirrhosis of the liver....people would never say/think “get over it”. That would be nuts, right? Well, why is the organ of the brain any different? It’s called mental illness for a reason folks. The brain is a complex organ, and clinical depression, PTSD, BPD etc...can be caused by chemical imbalances, genetics, hormones, trauma, result of other illnesses, medications... It is real and it is hard. So don’t add to an already difficult situation by judging, belittling, dismissing, or attacking the persons character. Unless you’ve lived with it, you can never fully understand their strength & struggle, but you can help rid the stigma by learning more about it and being more respectful of the fact that it is merely another physiological illness, and not make believe or weakness on the others part. Sending some extra love and light to those of you reading this who have mental health challenges. You are not alone. #mentalhealthwarrior ♥️Leila p.s. I would even rather the word imbalance have been used instead of “flaw” :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mentalhealthadvocate #thrive #rise #warriorspirit #inspirationalquotes #chronicillness #rebelthriver #encouragement #mentalhealth #wordstoliveby #instadaily #empath #brave #soulwork #goodvibes #healing #lightworker #chronicpain #love #anxiety #hope #energy #survivors #domesticviolence #wellness #ptsd #spirituality #yoga ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ www.facebook.com/rebelthrivers
Alien in my chest?! No, just episodes. Ahhhhhh life with a movement disorder... PARTY! #chronicillness #myoclonusdystonia #dystonia
This is where it all began. This is the last #selfie I took as a #normal teenage girl. This was the day my life changed forever. —> I was eighteen years old. My future was bright and my heart was light. But something had been eating at me since graduation. Literally. Something was wrong with me. —> About a month after I graduated, I started what I THOUGHT was my period while on vacation with my family in North Carolina. Except it wasn’t time for that and it didn’t stop after a week or so. Then I started getting stomachaches. Bad ones. And then I came down with what I THOUGHT was a stomach virus. Except it didn’t go away either. It all just got worse and worse and worse. When I finally went to the doctor he ran some tests, but nothing was conclusive, so he decided I needed a complete endoscopy... I had all the symptoms of colon cancer. And I was terrified. —> Thankfully, that was not the case, but this picture was taken about five minutes before a surgeon came into the room to tell me what I did have. What I’d apparently always had... Ulcerative Colitis, he said. An autoimmune disease, he clarified. There is no cure, he said. But we can treat it, he assured. And so my life changed forever. —> Since that day, my life has been nothing short of a roller coaster—and I’ve never liked roller coasters. So there’s that. But you know what? Even though life’s been different, it wasn’t (and isn’t) over... —> I’ve never liked talking about my illness. If anything, I’d rather deflect all questions and comments, but lately I’ve had a change of heart. I’m starting to think maybe it’s time to share my story and (hopefully) encourage others who are suffering—not just from chronic illness, but in general. Because we all suffer in our own way, so maybe it’s time to come out of the shadows and reclaim hope together. Because my story is worth sharing. And so is yours. Will you join me? ♥️ —> #ReclaimingHope #lifeafterloss #chronicillness #ulcerativecolitis #nowUCme #hope #joy #chasinggrace #sharingstories
Each and every time I go to the bathroom during the night Bliss decides to take over her mommy’s side of the bed 🤪💗 my poor little girl has been sick the past 2 days —————————————————————————— #mybodyhurts #mysoulistired #chronicillness #chronicpain #chronicfatiguesyndrome #chronicpainwarrior #fibromyalgia #depression #anxiety #nervedamage #documentinglife #chronicallyfabulous #chronicallyliving #heath #recoveryquotes #spoonie #invisibleillness #chronicpain #chronicpainwarrior #animals #handmade #thearapy #bestfriend #dog #puppy #siberianhusky #servicedog
Just here to tell ya my acting prof is crazy and doesn’t remind the class about anything including random papers on whole books. Also not differentiating the paper in the syllabus compared to other things. It’s going to be a long night. Prayers for my stomach and head after I’ve eaten a bunch of candy and drunken tea to stay awake. RIP MY BODY TOMORROW. . . . . . . . . . #chronicpain #chronicillness #cfs #spoonie #spooniestudent #dead
Do it ...whatever that means to you.
4 hours later and I’m finally home from my appointment😴💆🏻‍♀️All this time I thought I was just facing fibro pain but my MRI showed degenerative discs L1-L5😞 I have to get another MRI to see if it’s getting worse🥀They also want to go forth with a small surgery to correct my bulging discs, and I really hope that will provide some form of relief. I’m just going to stay focused on my career so I can feel I have purpose besides just trying to relieve my pain 24/7🐌 • • • •#fibro #chronicillness #chronicpain #degenerativediscdisease #ddd #spoonie #spoonielife #home #pain #painmanagement #staypositive #staystrong #itsokaytonotbeokay
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UPDATE - The past few weeks have been pretty bad. Iv been sleeping in bed till well extremely late, basically 6:00 pm. I get really bad when I get my period. Creates even more pain & I can’t even handle the chronic pain i’m in everyday. My minds wants to be productive, it want’s to do makeup videos for my youtube channel, but my body is screaming. I have been eating more, which is good since I have been struggling with an eating disorder for the past few months after my pain became more extreme. But we need to keep pushing 💜 my puppy is an official service doggo!!!! So proud of her & myself. ———————————————————————————— #mybodyhurts #mysoulistired #chronicillness #chronicpain #chronicfatiguesyndrome #chronicpainwarrior #fibromyalgia #depression #anxiety #nervedamage #documentinglife #chronicallyfabulous #chronicallyliving #heath #recoveryquotes #spoonie #invisibleillness #chronicpain #chronicpainwarrior #animals #handmade #thearapy #bestfriend #dog #puppy #siberianhusky #servicedog
I hurt too. But I still love life. Rise above the pain. You are not alone. Reach out to someone❤ #chronicillness #healing #fibromyalgia #chronicpain #fatigue #joy #happiness #humble #riseabove
Bath time is the only way I can calm all the inflamed nerves and sensors in my urethra and vaginal area that seem to be flaring so bad and I don't know why! This is so hard 😭 a hot bath with Epsom salts, and lavender essential oil and only natural soaps. #interstitialcystitis #bath #bathtime #chronicillness #spoonie #lavender #epsomsalts #ic #vulvodynia #burning #iclife #bladderproblems #struggling #keepfighting #itssohard #calm
One of my favorite bracelets! I created this bracelet one afternoon instead of weeding my garden. Thought it was the perfect piece of jewelry to repost since I have to rest my injured finger & won’t be creating jewelry or gardening for a couple of days. Siberian Emerald, porcelain 🌺beads & finished with an artisan toggle clasp & ♥️ charm 🙏🌈🦄 #handcraftedjewellery #handmadejewelry #gardening #gemstonejewelry #crps #nsaid #injury #occupationaltherapy #finemotorskills #finemotoractivity #rsd #reflexsympatheticdystrophy #chronicpain #chronicpainwarrior #naturejewelry #siberianemerald #jewelryartist #artisanjewelry #arthritis #autoimmunedisease #chronicillness #pettherapy #arttherapy
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*Long Post* I think I’m finally learning what it means to find these special moments without feeling like I need to sacrifice my health and happiness. I used to just push and push and push myself. I used to feel embarrassed and like a burden to my family when I could feel my body telling me to slow down. Now I just own it. I take lots of breaks and unapologetically walk at the pace of an 80 year old grandma most of the time. And when I do, a magical thing happens... I’m able to actually enjoy all the moments that are happening instead of just trying to push through to the next one. So here’s my lesson for today: It’s ok to be weak. It’s ok to be vulnerable. It’s ok to let others run ahead of me and do things without me. Because when I let all those things happen, the moments we spend together are so much more present, intentional, and magical. 💖👪 #lifewithlyme #livingwithlyme #chronicillness #chroniclyme #beherenow #intentionalliving
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia this month. I don't think its sunk in yet. I've been battling constant body pain for almost two years. I'm trying to relearn what my body is telling me which is proving to be really challenging. I bought this cross stitch calendar that has 12 patterns in it. I just started this one tonight. #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #chronicillness
Half a rainbow trout, some steamed broccoli, and rice. Soooo good. The only thing that had "seasoning" was the fish. Just salt and pepper. I don't treat myself like this very often but #redlobster has some options for those of us who are #glutenintolerant and are #dairyfree It's so amazing how much the awareness of food allergies has become. #glutenfree #allergies #allergiessuck #dairyallergy #chronicillness #spoonie #multiplesclerosis #stayhealthy #staypositive #keepsmyelin #lifewithms #mscansuckit #eathealthy
Yesterday morning sharing breakfast small plates with @borderlinesunshine having a lovely catch up about our weekends 😊, Avocado 🥑 & tahini on toast, baked beans on sourdough, & Scrambled tofu @beetsnrootscafe all wash down with a large mug of Gingerbread chai ☕️ an excellent way to start the day after an early morning blood test. I’ll be honest my favourite thing about this meal was the beans and the tea - the most comforting things! ....................................................I need to get up at 5 today and my mind has been eating me since 3am :( insomnia is weird I can feel it in my legs and chest - there is an inherent weakness in my tolerance of my own emotions when I have had so little sleep. Parts of me leak into other spaces needing love, and the suppression of my ‘self’ feels very heavy. Sending my love to all who want and need it. 💖 #Vegan #vegansofig #whatveganseat #veganfood #veganfoodshare #veganshare #veganbristol #bristolvegan #veganbreakfast #veganuk #plantbased #plantbaseddiet #insomnia #spoonie #chronicillness #insomniasucks
Me to the glass of pico prep as I try to convince myself drinking it will not make me throw up. Endometriosis surgery round two has begun #endometriosis #endometriosisawareness #chronicillness #chronicpain
Insomnia = True Blood Box Set & Sims 4!😴😝 #MECFS #ME #CFS #invisibleillness #chronicillness #spoonie #tired #pain #insomnia
Santa Cruz —> Santa Monica 🌊 • • • Just the beginning of our well deserved vacation 🤗💕 #fibrowontstopme #fibromyalgiawarrior #fibromyalgiaawareness #fibrogirl #behappy #vacationmode #baecation #disneybound #socal #chronicillness #chronicpain #SDisnext #mymans
A nighttime endo prayer — For when I feel weak, give me the strength to be strong. When I am down, may I remember there’s always an up. When I feel broken, may I find my pieces again. When the pain is unbearable, remember this too shall pass. When I don’t want to be strong anymore, may I remember it’s okay to break down and weep. When I feel misunderstood, may I remember that I’m not alone. When I’m facing the darkness, a loss of a dream, or a hurdle that’s too high, may I remember to take one step and one day at a time. When I feel like my chronic illness is too much, may I remember that I don’t have to carry the weight of the world; I can rest. When endo / autoimmune seem like a mountain I can’t climb, may I remember I packed my hiking shoes and a compass. May I always remember my strength has no bounds; my spirit has the right to feel, heal, and just be. May I remember I AM STRONG, but i don’t always have to be. . . . . #Repost @the.endo.journey ・・・ SAY IT AGAIN FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK #endometriosis #endosister #advice #endo #period #endometriosisawareness #endometriosiswarrior #chronicillness #chronicpain #fuckendo #fuckendometriosis #iamstrong #survivor #awareness
Painted this a few weeks ago. Art is such a good distraction from chronic illness. This is actually my first time painting with watercolours since taking art classes in high school. 🦓🎨 . . . #art #painting #watercolor #watercolorpainting #watercolours #watercolourpainting #zebra #zebras #zebrastrong #ehlersdanlossyndrome #chronicillness #ehlersdanlos #edslife #chronicillnesswarrior #zebrawarrior #chronicillnesshobby #hobby #pretty #painter #artsy
If only coffee could cure all... 😅 How do you explain your condition to people? I like this explanation by David Hascom MD in Back in Control about the evolution of chronic pain: If you’re one of the unfortunate people who experience pain longer than a couple of months, your pain may evolve into a neurological problem. When the nervous system is barraged day after day with pain impulses, many changes occur within the brain itself. As the brain’s pain centres remain active they send out signals that alter the body’s chemistry. The repetition of the pain impulses and resultant alteration in body chemistry causes you to become sensitised to these signals. Eventually, the central nervous system “memorizes” the pain” #chronicpain #chronicillness #chronicpaineducation #davidhanscom #centralnervoussystem #neurologicaldisorder #mindbodysyndrome #psychosocialdisorders #centralsensitization #pain #persistentpain #neuroplasticity #painscience #thechronicpainjournal #knowledgeispower
don’t take shit from anyone
👋🏻 inflammation! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3 days p/o (second pic) -> 10 days p/o (first pic). Keep in mind that I was still retaining gas from anesthesia and my bowels weren’t regulated yet in the second picture, but still! I’ve always been bigger boned but one thing I always had was a flat stomach. When I started gaining weight here I thought I was just getting older and my metabolism was slowing down. Yet when nothing would budge no matter what I did, I had a suspicion that there was something else going on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I still get bloated throughout the day (which is normal) but it’s not to the point of being uncomfortable (I used to always get that painful distended feeling). I even had pasta last night and didn’t wake up feeling like a total blob. 👏🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been pretty achey the past few days but I know this is a normal part of healing, especially as my body starts to regulate itself again. And while I’m anxious to get back to working out, I’m trusting the process that what my body needs right now is rest. One foot in front of the other. We got this. 😎💪🏻
Nick wore this zip up the last time we came to the orchard, and I wore this sweater all last year. At least we’re consistent. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Happy first day of fall y’all!!! 🎃🍁🍂
Yesterday I got these horrid drains removed and got to see my wonderful surgeon who greeted me with, “what symptoms have gone away so far?!” Going into this process, I didn’t realize how much I needed someone who believes in the ways a foreign body can negatively affect your health. I have no doubt that there's a portion of this that is psychosomatic—just knowing that it’s out of my body and being able to breathe easier—but there is also so much to be said about the body fighting something that it doesn’t want in there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The past few days have been a little tough as I’ve had my period and many ladies report feeling a little out of sorts around the one week mark as all meds start to leave your system—BUT I’m not on my butt as I usually am during my cycle, which is a serious feat with endo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Other positive changes I’ve noticed: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *Inflammation slowly but surely leaving the body. This picture was taken two days ago when I was still pretty bloated, but I’m documenting the progress. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *Decreased body odor?! This one’s wild but I used to sweat profusely, even when I wasn’t doing much. Not to be gross but I wasn’t able to shower for a week with the drains and I hardly smelled. I used to release a metallicy smell from my underarms when I would sweat (presumably from all the chemicals & toxins contained within the implants). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *More stable moods, YEAAAAH. This one’s huge and shout out to Nick for dealing with my crazy over the past few years. I’m assuming it’s from my hormones stabilizing so I will be interested to see what my levels show when I get new blood-work. Implants can mimic estrogen in our body, and I was very estrogen dominant the past couple years. Normally I’m an emotional wreck after surgery and with any big life changes, but I have been surprisingly calm and levelheaded (Nick’s words- not mine, lol). I also feel much less anxious. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m cleared to begin walking/stretching and I go back to get my stitches out next week. Yay for fall weather, ya girl’s totally gonna get her steps in while being basic and enjoying something pumpkin. 🎃
To my biggest cheerleader: just a little gratitude for your never-ending support, unconditional love, and shared excitement about what’s to come. 🌻
Think of where we can be as a society if we choose to use our words and our experiences to build each other up rather than tear each other down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These past two months have been so humbling. I have seen how deep-rooted our confidence issues truly are as women. In the group I’m part of, I’ve seen women that have gotten implants who I thought were perfect beforehand. Without thinking, I Initially made comments like, “wow! Why did you get surgery in the first place?” While my intentions were pure and I meant this as a compliment, I now understand how this may come across as hurtful. We all did it for similar reasons. We all saw ourselves as not good enough, and we just wanted to feel confident in our own skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Similarly, when I posted on my surgery day, I got hundreds of sweet comments, but I also got a handful of people commenting about how young I look. I am choosing to see this in a positive light—that people are saddened by what society does to us, and what I did to my body at such a young age—but think about how this may come across. I even had someone I don’t know seek out my personal page and comment to ask how old I am and what age I was when I got surgery. How is this relevant? We get ridiculed enough in our daily lives, by society’s depiction of beauty and by the medical field. As women, we should not go out of our way to tear each other down further, especially when we are fighting the same battle, even if it takes a different form for each of us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Social media can be a beautiful thing when we ban together and I’ve had the privilege of meeting many beautiful souls through this experience. Also, let me clarify that I know I’m choosing to put myself out there, and therefore I’m opening myself up to the possibility of criticism. I’m fine with this if it means I’m helping even one woman in the process. I just hope we can remember to be kind to one another, and to choose our words wisely. It’s not hard, and it can truly make all the difference.
When @s_longstreet comes over and acts as your personal Jonathan, giving you that fresh blow out and making sure you follow post-surgical shoulder precautions. 💁🏼‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Post-op day 4 and feeling pretty sore from where my surgeon had to scrape/cauterize the capsules but otherwise doing well. So far things that have improved: energy/brain fog, gingivitis (so wild- but it makes sense since it’s inflammation leaving the body), tension in my muscles, and I haven’t had a migraine since surgery. 🤞 It seems my gut is going to be more stubborn as I had a pelvic/urinary flare-up yesterday, but I’m tying to trust the process and be patient with my body. Hopefully I will get these stupid drains out tomorrow so then I can at least do a little walking! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Other feats: MINDSET SHIFTS. I was terrified to see my post-surgical boobs because they can be pretty deformed at first. After getting my implants I broke down and remember thinking, “did I make a mistake? Do they look okay? Should I have gone bigger?” This time I just tore off the band-aid (literally and figuratively) and thought, “hey- not bad!!” 😂 They’re certainly not perfect and they’ll take some time to fill in but they’re natural and they’re MINE. I’m sure the emotions will come, but as of now, I’m just thankful about the prospect of getting my health and range of motion back and being able to return to all my former hobbies without restrictions. 🧘🏻‍♀️🙌🏻
My breast implants came out today at 10 am. The capsules (what forms around the implants) were pretty badly adhered to my muscles/chest wall, which likely explains my limited range of motion- but other than that my surgeon said everything looked good and there were no leaks or ruptures. 🙏🏼 I am thankful for an amazing doctor who believes in breast implant illness and greeted me this morning with, “you know you’re doing the right thing and this is your first step towards feeling better.” While I’m in a good bit of pain, I have a wonderful crew ready to take care of me through the weekend. God is good! Thanks to everyone who prayed and reached out. Here’s to healing ✨
Thank you @kt_pena for the subtle kick in the a$$/reminder to continually make time for me. A little Vitamin D ☀️+ Thyroid Healing Smoothie (I added pumpkin seeds and half an avocado because I’m breastfeeding still) and a good 30 minute sun soak. #selflove #vitamind #medicalmedium #thyroidhealing #plantbased #vegan #hashimotos #metime #smoothie #mangos #dates #bananas #fuckthedishes #chronicillness
If you’re new around here, you may not know that the primary reasons I started using oils were to support #autoimmune , severe #hormoneimbalance imbalance, and trauma-related issues. #spooniesisters 🙋🏻‍♀️ • For most of my life, I’ve struggled with pain from big emotions trapped in my body. Did you know you store your emotions in different parts of your body? For example, grief is stored in the lungs. Anger in the liver + gallbladder (pain in the low back) etc. • Carrying around prolonged stress creates all kinds of overwhelming physical symptoms. These four oils are some of my most favorite for hormones and emotional support! I’m so thankful to reach for these natural options now when the hard days hit! 💪🏼 . . . #chronicpain #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #endometriosis #endo #fibromyalgia #rheumatoidarthritis #lupus #endosisters #spoonie #spoonielife #traumarecovery
At the edge but not over it!! Living another day of surviving #chronicillness and #mentalillness 🕳 Never give up H.O.P.E 🙏🏻 all4theloveofpink #pinktrainers #pink #pinkfashion #pinky #pinkrules #pinkprincess #pinkfashion #pinknation #pinkish #ilovepink #pinklover #pinkday #pinkpower #pinkparty @officialsketchers
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