As a major introvert I never imagined I would be blogging or sharing anything personal about myself online, but I suddenly find myself with something to share that might help other people who are suffering. (Not to mention I could use the support of my friends along this new and fairly intimidating journey.)
Many of you know I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have been living in chronic pain since 1992. Every year has seemed worse than the last, and some of you are probably wondering why I have been even harder to find and more quiet than usual in 2017. About four months ago I found myself overwhelmed with fatigue and pain. I could barely sit upright and had to fight to stay awake and focus throughout the day. I knew something was wrong, but when you have fibromyalgia you tend to ignore episodes like this, thinking it’s just another phase.
Then the heart arrhythmia started and I knew I had to see a doctor. My heart was flipping and stuttering all day and night and I could feel something was really off. At the doctors’ office I found out my blood pressure was off the charts and the doctor put me on medication before I could even leave the office.
Before I knew it, I was taking test after test and on 3 different medications, taking 6 pills a day. None of this has led to a diagnosis and there is no plan from the doctor beyond a life of medication. Her answer to all my questions about what to do is, ‘let’s just deal with the symptoms’.
Then my labs came back – and my liver enzymes are way, way over the danger zone. To say I’m scared would be an understatement. In addition to the symptoms, I am too tired to stay awake, too tired to exercise, too tired to enjoy life. I stopped drinking alcohol, and have been eating a really clean diet for a long time, but that hasn’t made much of an impact. (I did drop 15 pounds when I stopped drinking – holy crap – wine should not have so many calories…)
So, the other day while I was on the couch wishing it was bed time, I turned on Netflix and decided to watch ‘What the Health’. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. (Though be forewarned, once you see it, you can’t un-see it.) It was the last push I needed to do what I’ve known I needed to do for years and just wouldn’t do: go vegan. The documentary chronicles several people who have switched to a plant based diet and completely changed the trajectory of their health in as little as 2 weeks. We are talking reversal of disease, no need for medications, and a quality of life they never dreamed they could have back. So that’s the odyssey I’m embarking on and I plan to chronicle it here, with the good and the bad, and hopefully soon I can report amazing results.
Plant based food and living cruelty free are so much more congruent with my love of animals, so I’m really excited to see what this new lifestyle brings. James, my husband, is coming with me on the journey, which is so incredible. Spock, my cat, is not amused – he’s going to miss his fish and chicken from the dinner table.
Join the three of us here if you want to see what happens and maybe it will inspire you to make a change too!