Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog |

April 25th – I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease. #HAWMC @wegohealth If you could go back in time and talk to yourself on the day of diagnosis, what would you say? The day I was diagnosed correctly, I spent two hours with Dr. M. I had filled out a 22 page form listing all my symptoms, medical history, etc. When I filled it out, I lied. I thought if I admitted to all of the symptoms I had experienced, I would be labeled a psych case. When I went into Dr. M’s office, he took the form and then asked me all the questions again. The problem was, I couldn’t remember which symptoms I had lied about and which ones I was truthful about. So I just told the truth. For the first time in decades, my symptoms were validated by a physician. In those two hours, Dr. M explained how one diagnosis was responsible for all those symptoms. I walked out of that appointment, got into my car and sobbed with relief. What would I say to myself knowing what I do now? 1. You are the luckiest woman; you just found the most brilliant physician ever. 2. Dr. M is going to HEAL you. 3. You are not going to die from this; you will not repeat what happened to Aunt Betty. 4. Be patient. This is going to take awhile. 5. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. 6. This is going to be the hardest thing you have ever done. 7. Start eating healthy NOW. 8. Start eating organic food NOW. 9. Start EMDR therapy for PTSD NOW. 10. Start meditating daily NOW. 11. Your anxiety is part of the disease. It will go away as you heal. Yes, really, it will. 12. Dr. M is going to explain A LOT of things to you that will take you forever to understand. You will retain only about 20% of everything he tells you and that’s ok. 13. Dr. M is your partner in treatment. Trust him. 14. Start searching for and bringing in puns...

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