It’s been 8 weeks since my pain and inflammation subsided.

8 weeks.

I still wake up each morning with a bit of trepidation as I open my hands wondering if the all too familiar pain has returned.

When I put my feet on the floor will they hold the weight of my body without the agony that used to ensue?

When you live with chronic pain and illness these are the thoughts that invade your mind and steal your peace.

I always try to remain positive. But in my journey I also want to share the realities of having an invisible illness.

I hear things like you don’t look sick. Or aren’t you too young to have arthritis? Why don’t you just take the medicine and make your life easier?

The reality is that taking meds could make my life easier but also put me on the slippery slope of more meds to treat the unwanted side effects. Or having serious side effects like I did on Humira.

The reality is that taking the path of naturally balancing my immune system is hard. Really hard!

It is a full time job. It requires dedication that is often exhausting.

Right now I must eat with precision or pay the price of my body fighting back.

It’s not a matter of choosing not to eat certain foods because I’m on a “diet” – I wish that were the case.

Meal prep each week takes hours of what is sometimes my only day off. I used to enjoy it. I don’t enjoy it much now, but I cannot just eat on the fly like “normal” people do.

But here’s the thing…

I believe that if I continue to do all the things that I am doing now, eventually I will be able to eat more normally.

I believe that my gut will be healed and that my immune system will be balanced.

I believe that my health will be restored for a long time to come.

So in this holiday season I challenge you to take control of your health and your body.

Health is a true gift and we all take it for granted until it’s taken away.

I believe I can do this and I believe in you too 💜

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