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  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Part I Recap (Detoxing Alone)

At the end of my first month of the detoxing process, I have come to the conclusion that it’s time to get some help. While professional assistance is something I programmed into my plan from day one, I have up to this point been mostly on my own. I can definitively say that, at least for me, detoxing alone has not been what I expected! A few snags I’ve hit include… Major  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Preparation (Week 2 Wrap-up)

While the first seven days of this journey were all about getting into the swing of things, week two was about preparation. Sounds a little backwards? Let me explain… I have decided to jump headfirst into caring for my body. That means: new dietary discoveries, all kinds of testing, getting systematic with my exercise and eating habits, and above all else finding the best ways for me to  ...

  Self-care

Acknowledging the “Spoon Theory” & Accepting Your Limitations

In case you haven’t heard of the “Spoon Theory” before (and even if you have), please take the time to read Christine Miserandino’s account of how she began to discuss living with chronic illness in terms of having utensils. In essence, the Spoon Theory is a metaphor that sets up health like a bank account (to use another analogy). For most people, sleep and food act  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Days 3 & 4

Sleep has been both elusive and consuming. I’ve had insomnia ever since I can remember. My therapist says that being asleep is the most vulnerable a person can be physically, and that the racing of my brain and rise in anxiety when I go to bed probably stems from feelings of not being safe when I was a child. When I was two, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. My earliest memory  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

My Sudden Sight

Last night, I watched the movie Cake, which stars Jennifer Aniston as an ill-tempered woman dealing with chronic pain. Seeing her move slowly and robotically, small gasps with every effort, brought back some difficult memories. But also a clear sense of strength and of hope. As anyone with chronic pain can tell you, it becomes so much more than a physical nuisance. As hours turn into days,  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

Trapped

Today is a bad day. For those who know what I mean, let’s just say I woke up without any spoons left. My head ached, my eyes were blurred and pained by the small light streaming through my window. It was a feat simply to look at the extraordinarily large numbers on the face of my cell phone, telling me I slept hours later than intended. It almost seemed worthless to get out of bed at  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

Pressing the Reset Button

Now and again, there comes a time when we just need to take a breather and hit the reset button on life. Frustrations mount, stresses build, and complications twist everything into a knotted, tangled mess. You can’t always walk away from your stressors – usually you can’t – but you can take a step back. You can take a moment to yourself and reenter the situation with a  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

Waking Up: How I Took my Health into my Own Hands

For the past year, I’ve been tired. Exhausted, really. I’d sleep anywhere from 10-12 hours a night, but still walk around like a zombie all day and take frequent naps. I was miserable. But according to my doctors, nothing was wrong. Vitamin D levels? Normal with my daily supplements. B6 and B12? Fine. Thyroid? Enlarged, but showing no signs of hyper or hypothyroidism. So why was I so  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

A Good Day

So often when you have a chronic disorder, especially a painful or debilitating one, it can be difficult to talk about the good days. That seems counterintuitive, right? Shouldn’t we want to talk about the good days more than the bad? Of course we do! Thinking of the good days is what gets us through the bad ones. And yet, so many times when I’m writing on this blog, posting on  ...