Redefining "Productivity" When You Are Chronically Ill

My whole life I felt like I needed to be doing something “productive” at all times- working, studying, going out, exercising, etc. 

Enter Lyme. I was stuck in bed, unable to work, unable to move, in physical and emotional pain. My brain felt like mush and it was hard to read, think, or talk. I could barely do anything, let alone anything “productive.” At times, all I could do was sleep, eat, and shower (and even those were a struggle.) I felt guilt, shame, and embarrassment. 

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Reflecting On My First Year Back At Work After Medical Leave

I made it through my first year back at school. 

After two years on medical leave, I was nervous about returning to work in September, even part-time. It meant waking up at 5:50am, commuting over an hour, walking up and down five flights of stairs all day picking up and dropping off students, working with special needs kids who need a lot of attention, and then commuting an hour home.

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Dealing with the Emotions of Unexpected Flare-Ups

So I was reminded how unpredictable chronic symptoms are this week, unfortunately while on vacation in Colombia.

I haven’t mentioned it much on here, but every month I deal with intense PMS symptoms (unbearable cramps, nausea, achiness, headaches, sweats, chills, and occasional vomiting and lightheadedness) for 2-5 days each month. I plan everything around this, including this trip, and I have always been able to do so with accuracy. 

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How To Navigate Lyme As An Empath

When I discovered I was an empath a couple of years ago, so many things made sense.

Like why I needed naps every day after middle school and high school, before I had health issues. Why I started crying hysterically on Valentine’s Day during my sophomore year of college but wasn’t consciously sad. Why I started crying the second I walked into a hospital waiting room.

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How I Healed My Gut

Fifteen years ago I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) after a month of taking antibiotics for a bladder infection. My stomach hurt after every meal and I was experiencing daily gas and bloating. I had consistent constipation and diarrhea. I felt as if there was a rock in my stomach and my digestion wasn’t working. I was prescribed colon relaxers, but they did nothing.

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How Energy Healing Helped me Heal

In order to get to where I am today (I still have fatigue and occasional headaches/sinus issues, but I used to have over 20 symptoms), energy healing played a big role.

We all have energy flowing through our bodies. Stress or trauma can create energy blockages in our body which can manifest as physical symptoms. Energy healing is a practice that removes energetic blocks in the body so that the body has a better capacity to heal itself.

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My Health Journey and How I Got Diagnosed

My health issues started in college- I was put on two 2-week courses of antibiotics for a bladder infection, and developed severe digestive issues- pain, nausea, bloating, etc. I went to several gastroenterologists and I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS.) I was given colon relaxers for a couple of years, but they did nothing.

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