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💚 PART IV - LET THE BATTLE BEGIN 💚
6 November 2017.
Work trip to Lisbon. A week into taking the antibiotics, the side effects started to kick in. While everyone was networking or partying, I would curl up in my bed. My only entertainmemt was the room service. The next day, after exhibiting at the conference and standing on my feet all day, I collapsed on bed in pain. However, that’s nothing compared to the morning after..
I woke up with swollen face and what’s worse, I temporarily lost feeling in my legs. I was pinching my skin really hard and I did not feel a thing. This was a turning point in Lyme when I began to panic about my condition and about my future (if there was any there). To top it all up, I was in a foreign country alone in hotel room, which only added to the stress.
As my team headed to the conference. I didn’t crawl out of bed until 11am. My legs still very stiff but I had to eventually start moving as I had 8 meetings with investors scheduled that day.
I texted my sister despairing that one minute your family sees you and you seem fine, then you wake up, Lyme punches you in the face uninvited and ruins your day (and your life). All in a space of a few hours. And it feels like the pain goes on forever and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. You feel every muscle, every bone, every cell of your body. The cycle repeats. You become vulnerable to people around you. They carry your stuff, take over some of your responsibilities. It feels humiliating especially when you’ve always been perceived as strong and independent woman. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So those who don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel often end up having to go out and create one themselves in order to survive this journey.. That’s why we’re called warriors. And we always will be..
PSA | @eatbanza was on sale yesterday at Whole Foods. I may have bought all of it though so I’m unsure if there is any left. This pasta is my dinner savior when I am too lazy to do anything other than boil water and open a jar of sauce (honestly, @wholefoods organic store brand is bomb and very inexpensive and in glass jars👌🏻). Pastas made with grains make me puffy and brain foggy; this pasta is made with chickpeas and chickpeas and I get along well, which is so great. If you are gluten free or grain free and you haven’t tried this pasta you most definitely should. And this is most definitely not sponsored or anything, I’m just looking out for you guys because a lot of us have bellies that don’t like pasta, but everyone’s soul needs pasta. And I want you to all have pasta. #pastaforall
I tend to have headaches pretty often when healing from #lymedisease . I do not talk about it much because I don’t want to give Lyme any power, but reality is pain is something I deal with. I fell in love with this all natural, 100% cotton headache relief system by @thermalaid ✨ This comes with a headache relief gel to put on your temples and a cooling bag that you put in the freezer. This is placed over your eyes and relieves your headaches and just overall relaxes you. 💆🏻♀️
They also make adorable animal heating pads that I am totally getting next! It is priority to me to always have my tools to support my healing. Super grateful for companies like this 🙏🏻. Use HEAL for 20% off your purchase and free shipping over $45! Take a look at their adorable selection 😍
4 years ago I began a journey with Jesus, forever changing me. I’ve known of Him, believed all the right things, said the right prayers, most my life. Yet, there was always a stirring inside me “This is not my love.” Surrounded by Christians but not LOVE. All at once my aunt died and I divorced. I thought for once I would quit doing what was expected of me, taking control of my own life. This led to a very lonely downward spiral. Surrounded by people, none I could call friend. Thriving in self, but broken in Spirit. Closer to death than any sort of life. One night I cried out to God. “If you’re real, show up NOW! I can not handle this any longer.” The emotional pain building to the point suicide seemed the only escape. I sat in my bed, tears pouring out and heard my heart whisper “go get your bible”. All I did was flip it open & what I saw was nothing short of true love. “Do not be discouraged, do not be afraid. The lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh. 1:9) Then I clearly heard His voice tell me He never left. He was holding my hand the whole time. (Confirming what He told me in 2008 when I decided to keep my son instead of put him up for adoption) There was only one path now, Jesus. I must walk away from the life I had tried to build myself & fall into His arms of Mercy. A few months later I was baptized and a few months after that I met @dshat813. My sweet friend who challenged everything I had ever been taught about Jesus. Leading me to the truth my spirit had longed for me to recognize my whole life. Jesus is LOVE Himself, Holy Spirit is our helper and when we do what He says, our life is abundant. He taught me I am LOVED right in the middle of my pain and worthy of it too. It hasn’t been an easy four years, actually I’d say following Christ, I’ve faced more challenges then ever before. It HAS been worth it. It’s been the greatest adventure yet. Full of passion, peace, joy, suffering, healing, and forgiveness. Full of the Spirit who brings life NOW. This weekend I was able to spend a few hours with my old friend again in my hometown. I laughed so much, enjoying my life. Because now I know- no matter what I face- I am SECURE & FREE with Jesus. ❤
I like sharing positive vibes on my page, but I always want to be honest too. Some days are hard. I have been having horrible anxiety the past several days. This hasn't happened in a long time so I was worried when I started having panic attacks. I just didn't know where this was coming from until this evening. We were out exploring when I noticed the full moon. You may not understand, but there is something about a full moon that makes my Lyme Disease flare. Sometimes it effects my joints, nausea, balance, exhaustion, and sometimes nothing at all. I just never know. I still worked out this morning and was aware it seemed harder, but it is a new program I am doing in a coach test group, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm proud of myself for pushing through because I always feel better after a good sweat.
Eating healthy has helped me so much. Good nutrition has so many great benefits other than weight loss. I'm focusing again on our newest nutritional program that teaches healthy mindset, so if you don't think you are ready for exercise but want to start somewhere, I would love for you to do this with me.
I'm only sharing because I know this too shall pass and I want you to know that you are stronger than any disease or illness. Even if you have to modify, there is no shame. Do what you can and live life forward.
#lymewontkillmyvibe#lymewarrior#lymeawareness # fullmoon #moon#naturechic#nature#eveningsky#midwest#mountainsarecalling
Whilst I do not like to be seen as too political I think this is extremely valid for those in countries where lyme and coinfections are openly denied. Sufferers deserve to be heard and treated globally the same.
As pink sings "
We are problems that want to be solved
We are children that need to be loved
We were willin', we came when you called
But, man, you fooled us, enough is enough, oh
What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
Oh, what about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
Oh, what about love? What about trust?
What about us?" #lyme#lymecoinfections#tickbornediseases#chroniclymediseaseawareness#chronichealth#humanrights#lymediseaseaustralia#lymewarrior#imustfindacure#searching4acure#pink#enoughisenough#whataboutus
@globallymealliance @ilads.lyme @nzstuff @yolanda.hadid @livlymefoundation @unfoundation @unitednationshumanrights
I took last session off because mental health is just as important as physical health. Last session started right after I lost my father-in-law, my husband and I were traveling every weekend to deal with the aftermath, and I was working 40+ hours a week. I made it though the first week and I was on the verge of completely shutting down. I knew that if I kept going I would not only fall apart but my body would give up on me too. I'm sharing this for 2 reasons: 1. #Mentalhealth needs to be talked about and 2. I am not ashamed. I realized I had taken on too much and I needed to look at my priorities. My family and my health come first. I took the time I needed. I healed. My heart is still very sad but my health is better than ever. I took a session off, but I came back.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days, but honestly just the thought of writing it out has seemed too much to handle (NOT normal for me). A lot of you know I haven’t felt well lately. It comes and goes, but ever since the episode on my girls trip, I’ve known something was off in my body. I know my body extremely well and y’all know health and wellness is my passion. I was determined to figure it out, which led me to a naturopath.
We figured it out. It’s Lyme Disease.
Honestly, I was relieved for a diagnosis and one that won’t affect my future with my sweet family. I prayed that whatever God saw fit for me, I would use it for His glory, which is why I’m sharing all of this. I’m not sure what that means exactly, but I know I’m not meant to hide this.
I’m a few days into treating the Lyme under my naturopath’s supervision, which causes herxing (flare ups) of the symptoms while we kill it off. I have moments of feeling normal, but as of yesterday I honestly feel mostly awful. My head is foggy, my vision isn’t right, I’m getting dizzy spells and nausea, headaches, I just don’t feel GOOD... or like myself at all. My oils, supplements, and adjustments have helped tremendously, but I know I just have to go through some bad before I can get to the good. .
I heard this analogy recently and I love it for multiple reasons (#birthnerd 💁🏻♀️). It’s something to the effect of “We often want God to be the epidural and just take the pain away, but God is more like the midwife, bringing life through the pain.”
I desperately want to feel like myself again on a consistent basis and I pray it happens soon. I would very much appreciate any prayers, as I’ve never felt this way before and it’s affecting every facet of my life. I’m still trying my best to work because it fulfills me and I love what I do. It’s just not quite as easy as it used to be. Same with my mom duties, which I treasure more than anything. .
I WILL beat this. And I pray my journey helps someone else... somehow.
So if you’ve seen me lately and I seem a bit “off,” you now know why. I’m not just a weirdo 😬. Love y’all, thanks for reading/caring/praying! And this picture is from 10 days ag
A huge part of enjoying life and flowing with life is learning to be seasonal...and “eat” from the season. Make choices, decisions and actions to further what season your life is in/going towards.
Are you in a season of growth?
Are you in a season of nesting?
Are you in a season of physically and/or mentally pushing your self?
Are you in a season of saying out with the old - in with the new (this can take a lot longer than a season 😉)? Just like the seasons change 🍂 and our foods change, our bodies are designed to work in seasons.
As the season literally changes from summer to fall, assess what season you’re in, in your life.
Drop an emoji with what best describes the season your life is approaching 🍁
So glad I froze these pork rind zucchini meatballs before I went away. Between the trip and losing one of my dogs cooking is the last thing on my mind. Sautéed some peppers and onions and threw a jar of sauce with gluten free pasta. #quickandeasy Monday meal!
It’s been a rough couple of days and super needed to get away from life today. So we went to the park and sat on a sheet and chilled and ate a GF quiche. So thankful the weather is finally getting tolerable to be outside for long periods of time. But yeah the week just keeps getting better and better and it’s only Monday 🙃. I desperately need a hug. It’s sad.
Really could use a vitamin c iv
Also shared the spoon theory on my fb page so hopefully more people understand what it’s like to have a chronic illness
Tonight’s dinner was a quick throw together of ingredients I already had in the fridge. Vegan rainbow bowls are my favourite weeknight meal, so simple & I just switch up the ingredients depending on what I fancy 🥕🍠🌱
• Sweet potato
• Rice noodles
• Edamame (I use frozen)
• Tofu marinated in miso
• Spring onions
• Sesame seeds
• Brown rice miso paste
• Rice vinegar
• Garlic oil
• Maple syrup
Lyme fam! I have had alot of messages about my lyme doctor and i know his absolutely incredible so I will always suggest you get on his waiting list, however whether your near or far you can visit the ILADS association here you can maybe find a doctor from your area. Hop on to www.ilads.org 😘 also alot of messages about my rife machine everyday i'm getting better, yesterday i even did viruses, we all know if you have lyme and you can't get better its probably that your viruses are active - keep killing the bugs- keep fighting and keep messaging me, I am always here 😘 #lyme#lymewarrior . #lymeinaustralia#lymedisease
On this date last year, I was an anxious, excited & overwhelmed mess about to head off to Germany! I had no idea what to expect or what it would be like to go through treatment. •
What followed was two weeks where I was cared for by the most amazing team at @infusiofrankfurt. It was medical care like I’d never experienced. •
Going through treatment was hard going and challenging at times. But, I was so hopeful this would be what I needed. I was in the right place. •
Fast forward a year and I’m getting ready to travel again. This time it’s not for treatment but for a trip away to celebrate my birthday (which is later in the week). I can’t wait! 😁
Feeling unbelievably happy but not feeling good physically. The ongoing effects of #chroniclymedisease are kicking in right now. Feeling so run down, borderline sick, and these symptoms just come and go day by day, usually worse when I’m experiencing some sort of stress (even if its minimal or subconscious.) My motivation to work out or practice yoga is so difficult when I’m feeling weak, but it’s the times like this where you gotta just say F* it and just show up. #LymeWarrior
If you’re healing infections, the number 1 thing you can do to ease your symptoms & support your body’s self-healing efforts is DETOX DETOX DETOX.
While I was healing myself of Lyme disease, I detoxed like my life depended on it. Because basically it did. During treatment, my days were absolutely PACKED with detox therapies.
Seriously. Here’s what my detox schedule used to look like:
≫ Home colonics: 3X a week.
≫ Coffee enemas: 5 days a week or more.
≫ Detox baths: daily.
≫ Infrared sauna sessions: 3X a week.
≫ Dry brushing: 1-2X daily.
≫ Castor packs: 4X a week.
≫ Neurotherapy injections: 3X a week.
≫ Acupuncture for detox support: 2X a week.
Microbial infections release bio-toxins when they die & these toxins can be seriously gnarly causing what’s knows as a “Herx” reaction. Body toxicity from other sources (environmental, dietary etc.) can also contribute to & complicate chronic illness. So DETOX MATTERS!
All that detoxing was literally a full time job, but its what enabled me to maintain my treatment protocols without hurting myself in the process. I was so sick the first few years of active treatment that I required the help of a caregiver in order to do all this. Even still, it was a lot of work.
Now that I’m infection-free, I no longer need to follow intense detox schedule & that’s freed up a lot of time. Now I can sit & play Zelda instead of doing a coffee enema. Which is AWESOME.
If you’re in the thick of healing & your treatments are full-time, don’t worry. It’s not forever & all of your hard work WILL pay off. You WILL get your health & your life back. You gotta believe that!
And if you’re feeling stuck, including some detox strategies might help. Detoxing made all the difference in the world for me!
If you’d like more info on some of the detox protocols I used, head to my bio & click on “Holistic Wellness Resources.”
And if you’ve benefited from detoxing, I want to hear about it! Xx Kat
A new study from the European Journal of Nutrition shows that even low-dose supplementation with folic acid can change your gene function to benefit your brain. You heard that right: change your gene function.
It's like this. Your genes are dynamic. They respond to your environment: up-regulating, down-regulating, turning on, turning off. So you are not your genes. You are what your genes do. And what they do depends a lot on what you do. Science has all but eliminated the nature vs. nurture question here. It's irrelevant. The better question is, how are you nurturing your nature?
Folate causes favorable changes in gene expression that reduce the production of beta-amayloid, the toxic protein implicated in most cases of dementia.
By a completely different mechanism, folate also causes favorable changes in brain biochemistry, lowering high levels of homocysteine associated with brain aging and dementia.
But here's the catch.
In order for the body to use folate, it must convert it into its active form: L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). This conversion is difficult for MANY people.
The enzyme responsible for folate conversion is called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, aka MTHFR. Aside from looking like a dirty word, it is a highly variable enzyme. About 10% of people have a genetic variant that decreases MTHFR activity by 70%, while nearly 50% of people of European ancestry have a variant that decreases MTHFR activity by 35%.
That's a lot of people.
Naturally then, the best supplemental form of folate to meet everyone's needs would be the active form, L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate, not folic acid.
We've known this for a long time, long enough that you'd think there wouldn't be a single fortified cereal or supplement left on the market still using low-yield folic acid. Right??? Read your labels. The truth hurts, but it can also set you free.
Active folate is commercially available and goes by several names: Methylfolate, 5-MTHF, Metafolin®, and (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate, aka Quatrafolic®, the most water-soluble version. It's out there. You can find it.
"When you know better, you do better."—Maya Angelou
Well, hello there!
It's a little weird that I've never officially introduced myself to you guys! Let's change that right bout now.
Here are 10 things that make me ME!
1. Jesus is the reason for everything I do. He loved me so I can love and help others.
2. I'm married to a teacher turned firefighter, and I think he's the greatest human on the planet. He's my best friend, and it's possible I'd spend every minute with him if I could. We've never been able to do that, so I'll let you know if that ever happens.
3. My three kids are the craziest, and I love doing life with them. They run me ragged, but challenge me in the best ways. They keep this journey going when it gets hard.
4. I would sleep in every single day if I could. I don't understand happy morning people even though I'm trying to be one. All three of my kids love the morning, and I think it's weird.
5. I LOVE sweet things. Give me a cookie and some ice cream over a potato chip any day.
6. I'm currently working on healing my #thyroiddisease with celery juice. So if you're that level of awesome, then I'm glad you're here and we can be friends.
7. I talk about essential oils all the time and basically think they can do anything. Don't even come at me with "they're trendy" or "it's a fad". They're in the Bible, in historical documents all over the place, and baby Jesus used them. I talked about them so much that I accidentally started a business and now have a team of thousands that I get to help! I want health to be EASY and that includes oils!
8. I'm a #lymewarrior , and I used nutrition, natural remedies and stress management to kick butt and take some names. Is that the saying? I actually don't know. Let's move on.
9. I have about 10 bajillion recipes in my head that I hope to get onto my blog for you guys one day. They're actually mostly on sticky notes all over my house. One day, one day.
10. I LOVE this #instagram community. I've met the most incredible folks, and I'm encouraged on the daily by each of you. So THANK YOU!
What's a fun (and hopefully weird!) fact about you?!
Woke up this morning with my stomach feeling like craaaaap. Gotta love #dysbiosis + #candida making me look 6 months preggo. I’m still really struggling to find a probiotic that works for me. I accidentally purchased one that had milk in it and didn’t realize it until my horrendous stomach ache later. What are y’all’s favorite dairy free probiotic supplements?
Hey, babes!! Hope your Monday is off to a great start! Fresh week, fresh new goals and outlook, right?? 🙌 Speaking of fresh, I have a NEW BLOG POST up today with my "15 Favorite Faux Fur Jackets (Under $200)"! I'm soooo obsessed with faux fur this season, especially the teddy bear jackets like this one!! I love how cozy and snuggly they are 🐻 Click the link in my bio and click "Latest Blog Post" to see all of my favorite faux fur picks with shoppable links! You can also shop this look only by clicking the link in the bio and clicking "Shop My Instagram"! Let me know what you think of my list of favorites! Have an awesome rest of your day! Can't wait to share more soon! 💖 .
It's a Monday so my brain isn't fully alert yet, but here's some wisdom for you. I think this quote relates to all contexts, and not just romantic relationships. Whether it's your job, family, friendships, and even interactions with healthcare professionals, you have to advocate for yourself and your worth.
Also, make sure that you're treating yourself kindly and not tolerating negative behavior from yourself. We're all a work in progress, but don't be too hard on yourself.
It isn't easy, it's usually uncomfortable, and it may take some practice to have it be second nature, but you're worth it 💜
I dodged a scary bullet yesterday.
I am fighting Lyme disease and mold neuro toxins and my brain functioning is so bad.
Yesterday I was going on a blind date. One that I initiated. We were going to meet at one of Oregon’s covered bridges and spend the day photographing Oregon beauty. I even went as far as to book a yurt at the coast beside his so we could spend a bit more time together.
There were red flags all over the place. I didn’t pay attention. I figured I was so much more confident than ever before and that I could get myself out of a bad situation. But my brain doesn’t work well anymore and I’m not sure if it ever will again.
Luckily, I backed out at the first meeting place. I almost didn’t and that is the scariest part. It was such a creepy encounter and so embarrassing that I would encourage this kind of creep into my life.
This was a huge wake up call for me and no matter how lonely I can be, my safety and well being is fragile and I must protect myself at all cost.
I’ve come so far from abuse and neglect and am so proud of how I value myself now. For the first time in my life I view myself as an incredible human being with so many gifts.
I am continuing to get well. I don’t know if I can ever get my brain to function properly again. I am in the process of applying for disability as I can’t work. I am housebound most of the time and even the easiest thing, like opening the freezer to figure out what to eat for breakfast is a huge overwhelming experience. I’m in the process of breaking down every task to make daily living something I can manage.
This photo of me makes me smile. I will use all my creative gifts to make a rewarding life for myself. I will fight like hell to keep my head above troubled waters.
I will keep myself safe.
“Lyme disease is one of the biggest, unjust, silent, medical genocides on humanity” -@lymeisacrime Couldn’t have said it better than that. It’s robbed me of everything I’ve ever loved. It’s made loving others more difficult, it’s made loving myself more difficult, and it’s made me lose almost everything. I’ve been robbed of my own finances, many friends, freedom, independence, personal identity, self love, surfing, the list goes on. I’m working with a life coach to fix it all..to not feel robbed of my life. To figure out why this is happening FOR me and not TO me. I will find the answers and I won’t give up until I do and fully heal.
I specifically remember a time during all of this chronic suffering where I said this exact statement, “I can’t live like this anymore.” I wanted to die. I was simply existing, not living. So, I called up my life coach who gave me this advice and told me to live like something else. So when I saw @strongerthanpots posting this, it felt like a sign to me to keep that in my mind again. For the past few weeks I’ve chosen to wake up and say how happy I am for being healthy. If symptoms started to flare I told myself they will pass and to breathe.
For any of you who are at a breaking point, try to live like something else. It’s not always easy to do, but I do believe our minds are powerful in a way where they can work both for us and against us. Choose to let your mind work for you. 💫
Came across the #makeupandasmile campaign today by @lifeoflittlethings. She started this campaign to raise awareness about invisible and mental illnesses. I am still told all the time “you look fine” and “you don’t look sick.” Although it’s nice to not look sick, it doesn’t take away from the fact that I am, and that I’m always feeling symptoms but I just don’t choose to share about it. About 95% of the time, my neuro symptoms are present. About 90% of the time my vision is blurred and I have visual disturbances. And 100% of the time, I don’t feel healthy or the way I used to be. Yet, with makeup and a smile, I can look 100% fine. Lately, I have felt very tested by people. From people I know to strangers, I have been getting rude comments and have been around very impatient people who don’t know I’m sick at all. And sometimes I say to myself “if only they knew what I was really going through, but they just can’t see it.” I hope this campaign raises enough awareness to always be kind and do everything from a place of love. We never know anyone else’s battles 🌻
Cherishing a beautiful sunset. I worked up the courage to go to one of my favorite music festivals. And although I didn’t bop around the whole time and run around dancing for hours, I really got to enjoy the music. My head pain dissipated, my ears were less sensitive, and my eyes were able to handle the lights. I used to go to music festivals or concerts every month, but I haven’t been able to the last 10 months due to chronic fatigue, and light and sound sensitivity. It was such a blessing to go and be with friends, and just feel normal, even if it were for only a couple days.
The parasite cleanse wiped me out for over a month. I felt as if I was dragged back 6 months in this healing process. I felt defeated, alone, and as if my body was trying to kill me. I’m now on my third round of cleansing and I feel so much better!! Not totally better but much better than I was feeling before. I also got to do one thing I missed so much, and that was to go to a music festival. I used to go to festivals or concerts once a month and I haven’t been in over a year. I managed to last about 5-6 hours each day with no migraines or visual disturbances. I got to enjoy the music with friends. I’m definitely paying for it now a little bit, but it was worth it! I’m now fatigued, emotional, and have shortness of breath, but I’m praying that will fade in the next few days. What’s something you’ve wanted to do for so long? ❤️
Made it out today with the bf and pupper. Still can’t get my weird neuro symptoms to dissipate. Still not feeling well. This new detox protocol is so taxing. Anyone else have head pressure after changing protocols or while detoxing? Feeling discouraged 😔
Recently, I’ve been a little MIA. I haven’t been feeling super well. Chronic fatigue has come back as well as head pressure, blurry vision, and general body discomfort. I’ve also been having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I realized this is all due to my newest protocol to rid my body of parasites.
Have any of you detoxed from parasites? Did it exacerbate your symptoms? I’m confident I will feel better once the next few weeks pass by. Trying to stay positive and optimistic during setbacks and flares is difficult to do, but I l’ve been through worse so I know I’ll get past it! 💪🏼❤️