I’m a newbie to blogging, so I’m going about this with the same knowledge a 4 year old has towards eating glue. The first thing to post is some basic information about wonderful old me so you understand why I decided to bulk down and create this blog.
[FYI, this will be the longest post on my blog, so don’t be intimidated by the word-filled excerpt.]
I am a recent college graduate from The University of Scranton. I studied Biology as a major and Art History as a minor. I went into college only thinking of the tremendous amount of freedom and independence I would obtain. I was so excited on that fact, that I couldn’t foresee any obstacles that would stand in my way. I was finally going to live my life on my own terms. However, life has a funny way of slapping you in the face when you least expect it.
My sophomore year of college is when I started getting terrible cystic acne. When I tell people this, they roll their eyes and reply, “But everyone gets acne.” True, but does your face hurt when you hit the pillow for a good night sleep? Can your face be compared to a tomato after washing it? Is it so oily that you could start up your own olive oil factory?
I had tried everything under the sun and my anxiety over my face was limiting my social life. It took everything in me to look people in the face when they talked. I was desperate to try anything. Along came the wonder drug, Accutane. I was told of its harsh symptoms, depressive and anxious inducing qualities, and still told myself this was the perfect solution to my problem.
Fast forward 5 months after taking Accutane; fast forward through all the tears, pain, and very dark thoughts that I tried desperately to hide from friends and family. I finally had clear skin. It felt amazing. I could finally have a social life again and drink as much alcohol as I wanted without the repercussion of taking a liver-blood panel test. Or so I thought. Remember that thing called life that slapped me in the face a little less than a year ago? Yeah, it came back.
Once I got off Accutane, my anxiety and depression only increased. Life seemed pointless to me. I started experiencing bacterial infections that took forever to cure, I was almost always getting strep throat, I was sweating WAY more than I used to, and the worst was my extremities were always changing from either freezing cold to pulsating hot. I knew something was wrong with my body and I had to see someone about it.
I saw numerous specialists, including a dermatologist, rheumatologist, nutritionist, and presently I am seeing a neurologist. After what feels like 100 needles that have been poked and prodded at me for the past 3 years, I still haven’t found an answer. Doctors look at me like an enigma. They know something is wrong, but they don’t have any answers. The countless textbooks they studied in med-school did not prepare them for my perplexing range of symptoms.
Throughout the past 3 years, I have learned more about life than most can say at 23. I have learned how to cope with the undesirable, the importance of faith, how to eat healthy, what makes a true friend, and the toxic effects alcoholism, drug use, and the hook-up culture have on the mind and body. I have explored each topic and came out with increased knowledge and power over them.
With all of this said, I want this blog to serve as a tool for those who wish to live a grounded and healthy life. You may be suffering from a chronic condition such as heart disease, M.S., Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Diabetes, anxiety, depression, etc. Or, you may be 100% healthy and are looking to lose weight. This blog will not limit anyone from experiencing the benefits of living a healthy, peaceful, and grounded life.
Through my years of research, this blog will compile delicious and very healthy paleo recipes, stress-free exercises on the body for someone suffering from nerve-related issues, relaxation techniques (that actually work), herbal recommendations, and everyday troubles that someone dealing with pain (either physical or mental) may relate to and realize they are not alone.
I can’t wait to start this journey with you and I hope this blog will provide you with endless peace, happiness, and health in your life.