Autoimmune disease can look like this, like me in this picture.
Healthy and happy on the outside, but silently hurting, in pain, not feeling well on the inside.
I do ALL THE THINGS- I live the healthiest lifestyle I can, and I still struggle.
Most of the time I feel great- then a flare up happens.....and I feel like I am back in 2002, not knowing what is going on, and so hard to get answers. In pain, pain that no one can see, but that I can feel.
For three months, I have had stiffness and pain in my hands, feet and knees. During the night, when I wake up, in my joints and muscles. It is frustrating, it is painful, and there are no answers so far.
I live in a cold area of the world- in New England. I have cold induced anaphylaxis, and already have to limit my running outdoors in the winter. Now, anytime I go outside it gets worse. And even just being in my house, it is there. I got message from my doctor today- no answers yet. She is working to help me- but sometimes with autoimmune, there just are no definitive answers. I am going to try to limit my outdoor time even more, to see if that helps at all.
Here is the thing. I smile and I keep going. I do everything I can to take care of myself- cut back on work, take more supplements, take a nap. I really don’t have time for this- I have a purpose. I have work to do- women to help, a family to take care of. I need to be okay. I will not stop fight for my health, and for you and your health and happiness! I will not let this hold me back.
We are all fighting battles everyday- private battles that no one may be able to see on the outside. It may look like everything is “perfect” on the outside, but that is just how things appear, not necessarily how things are.
If this is you too, I want you to know that I hear you, I see you, and I am sending you prayers of love, hope and peace. Whatever your struggle may happen to be, you are not alone.
And this is just a reminder, or nudge to keep going! You will get through any adversity put in your path. Have faith and be grateful for all this is going well, and for the lessons that the tough times may teach you!
If you want a cheerleader, someone to support you and help you, join my community where I will pour love into you every single day!
Be Well + Be Happy!