Wether I’ve consented to be on it or not, my whole life I’ve been on a path to deep, genuine wellness. The first part of my life was spent fighting and resisting in a fear-based, passive and neglectful way. In large part I was mirroring what I saw from my Dad in his reaction to his life with Primary Progressive MS.
I used food as my pacifier, my crutch and my drug (something my dad had done his whole life too.) Because of this I spent my adolescence and young adulthood significantly overweight. My negative feelings about myself and my body led to an inner monologue of criticism and self-loathing.
My own diagnosis with MS in 2007 forced me to face some old challenges but it created some new ones too. A lot of positivity, openness and growth have come into my life in the last 6 years- I’ve discovered my spirituality, I’ve changed my relationship with food and my body, I’ve worked through some emotional and mental hang-ups, I’ve gotten on top of my finances, and perhaps the best thing of all, I’ve found the love of my life. Amidst all that triumph and change however, two major themes have developed that are causing me harm. The first has been a denial of my MS- on the mind, body and spirit level. The second has been my job of the past three years- which as much as I love it is just too much stress, too many hours and too physically taxing.
Today I can confidently say I am whole-heartedly on my way to overcoming both of these challanges- It feels big, it new and it feels important (and pretty scary!)
The job thing is a big one because I really love my job, but I’ve realized that for the last three years I’ve been getting sicker, and for the last three years I’ve held this job. I think other things have been factors in my decline in that same time span, but still I can tell this job isn’t good for my health. Another interesting correlation I think is that at my pervious job everyone knew about my MS because I went through my diagnosis while working there. At the new job I decided not to disclose the fact of my MS since I was feeling so good (and so much in denial perhaps?) and so I internalized this new environment of secrecy around it. This fed directly into my whole MS denial thing- which is obviously critical to my wellness- or lack there of. If I know one thing for sure I was never going to heal my MS while resisting it’s very existence.
I was already on the path to accepting and embracing my MS when I started this blog in the spring. I realized then that I had to reach out and be vocal and connect to others and allow MS to play an active and positive role in my life. Since then I have really opened myself up to the truth of my health and body and what I need to be deeply well. This has honestly been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done- I’ve felt sick and scared and totally unsure… but I’ve also felt determined and strong and confident that this is the most important thing I can do for myself. If my life were a book the title of this chapter would be “healing myself.” It feels like a mission and a calling and a full time job.
I have truly set about to heal. I will bring real peace to my body mind and spirit. This is my life’s purpose and my number one priority. As I set out upon this road the universe will rise up to meet me and help me accomplish my divine goal. This I am sure of.
Those words feel so good to say and really believe. It’s an incredibly profound shift for me from what I have done and known in the past to what I am creating in the present moment.
Now, as I walk this path, that confidence and faith in what I know to be true, gives me the strength to keep going- keep fighting. But I am just human, and man is it HARD!
But what exactly has been hard? Here’s the nitty gritty of what I’ve been up to-
What are the root causes of my MS? What is contributing to/causing inflammation in my body? Where am I out of balance physically, mentally and spirituality? What old patterns no longer serve me? Where am I stuck in old habits? What limiting/self-defeating thoughts and beliefs am I holding onto? What do I need to let go of to be well? What do I need to manifest to be well? How do I deal with stress? How do I heal my energy? What does my community of healing and support look like? What life do I want to create for myself and my partner?
In other words- a lot of questions. Many more questions than answers. But there’s a lot of power there, and a lot of learning.
Here’s what it looks like right now:
Food sensitivities and intolerances causing inflammation and poor digestion-
I’m working on a diet overhaul. This is the one of the biggest day to day challenges I’m facing. It’s a short list of OK foods I’m working with right now… and a lot of questions… and a LOT of trial and error. Part of this too is that I have to quit smoking. I’ve known for a long time that needed to fall away for me to be well, but it’s become even more pressing feeling lately. The farther I go into my journey of wellness the less the cigarettes serve me, making it more and more obvious they need to go. I’ve learned I’m likely reacting to salicylates and the cigarettes I smoke are cloves, which contain tobacco and ground clove, which is one of the higher salicylate items.
I’m also building my village of healing-
Right now it consists of:
- Innershores- Homeopathy, Kinesiology, Attunement
- Vibrant Health- Kinesiology and energy work related to food intolerance
- Soulpath Counselling- My faithful therapist of three years
- Jackie- Mindfullness and meditation coach, medical intuitive
- K- My amazing, supportive, loving boyfriend
- Mom- My rock
- J- My good friend, sounding board, and reiki master
- My neurologist- She feels the least helpful in this mix, but important to a balanced approach
- My PCP- again not super helpful but there when I need her, and at least is open minded
Another big thing is that I’m working to forgive my dad. Forgive him for not being there for me as a kid because of his MS and how he handled it. I’m releasing all those old toxic thoughts and clearing my cellular memory of this part of my past.
I’m also reading and researching, learning as much as I can and trusting my gut to steer me in the right direction.
Rest and sleep-
I’m committing to myself to get extra rest and lots of sleep in this time. It’s a hard thing to do, because it feels like there are never enough hours in the day… but I know it’s a critical piece of my healing process. J told me the other day she read that Myelin regenerates in our sleep. I know I don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis and that my body desperately needs this time to heal and restore wellness. This winter is my healing hibernation. All my energy is focused on being well.
My journey is only just beginning but I feel I have come so far already. I know dark days still lie ahead but I have the vision of what I want to create that will carry me through. Today was one of the hard days- I took Tecfidera last night right before bed (I know it makes me sick if I lay down immediately after taking it, but I was feeling badly about having missed a couple doses and I wanted to take it.) I lost all day today to being sick. I went into work early this morning and had to leave because I was throwing up. I’ve been in sick recovery mode all day. Everything is a learning and growing experience though, and I did learn from this. Tomorrow morning I will wake up feeling great (fingers crossed!) And today a great blog post that has been good for my soul was born- something that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been home sick. Always a silver lining.