Last week I posted about my wonderful client, Jamie, on how she had been doing at halfway through her 6 month program. So I thought this week I would give you all a little insight (as well as some exciting news) on how things have been going for me. When I first started this blog and website, I wrote this post on a little bit about my health and what had lead me to where I was at that time. You can also read some more about my story in the About Me section of the website. I want this to be a place where I not only share health tips and recipes but also the experiences that shape who I am as a health coach. Health is an ever evolving process and even (or especially, ha) those of us who have the knowledge and desire to work in the field of nutrition and wellness have issues to work on.
So in that first post about me I shared how I struggle with gallbladder and liver problems and about my intention to heal naturally without surgery. Since then I have done a few more gallbladder flushes and released more stones. I have also continued to find which foods work best for me and also incorporated an herbal blend for the liver/gallbladder into my supplement routine for some time. Overall I had been feeling better, though I did have a few gallbladder attacks in the last year. However, in the last few weeks I have been having some pain and discomfort in that area pretty often. No full blown attacks but since I am pregnant (due in October) I thought I should mention it to the doctor. Pregnancy hormones can make gallbladder problems worse because they cause muscular tissues throughout the body to relax. In turn, the gallbladder doesn’t get the bile out as effectively.
Let’s backtrack for a second to last year when I had the ultrasound and CAT scan. They had said I had a hepatic hemangioma on my liver. A hemangioma is a benign tumor that is a cluster of blood vessels. Through my own research I had read that pregnancy is a risk factor for a hepatic hemangioma to burst (which would be bad and potentially life threatening). So, I definitely made sure to mention it to the doctor when I went last week.
She sent me for an ultrasound of the area. Yesterday I heard back from her, and though I still have stones in my gallbladder, the tumor is gone! This made me so happy and just further solidified my belief/knowledge that healing naturally is possible and worth it. I will manage the gallbladder pain through avoiding foods that trigger it. Managing stress is also a big part of this and one of my personal health goals. Then, sometime after the baby is born I will be able to do some more flushes and get rid of stones. I have read that it takes several (sometimes 10-12) times to get all of the stones out.
So I just want to emphasize again that our bodies are meant to heal themselves given the right conditions. When you get a cut on your skin, you expect it to heal on its own, right? Unless it’s covered in dirt and scum or constantly ripped open again. This goes for other ailments and diseases as well. With all of the food like substances so many of us feed ourselves rather than real, whole foods along with chronic stress (mental, physical and chemical) our healing processes can be stunted or even stopped. Then we get “treated” with drugs or surgeries that don’t really fix the problem, just covers up or handles the symptoms for a while. This usually just makes things worse in the long run. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful that we have so much great medical technology in case of an emergency situation. But for the day to day ailments and chronic diseases, it’s just too much.
If you are dealing with an issue, and most of us are (let’s face it we all have baggage of at least one sort or another), whether it is headaches, anxiety, or diabetes, delve deeper and figure out what is really going on and where the problem is stemming from (do make sure it is not an emergency situation though). Then you can take steps to fix it. There are so many modalities to healing and being healthy and often times it takes a mix of a few (or a lot) to get the job done right. It is amazing how a few simple shifts can make significant changes and lead you down a path of discovery. It will seem hard at times but healing is possible. And you are worth it. You deserve to live the life that you want to live and you are capable of making it happen.