With 50 years around the sun, Kimberly enjoys sharing a variety of her personal life experiences with others.
Much of the population remains without understanding or comprehension of the severity & complexities that surround a person's chronic illness. I don't wish illness on anyone, especially an established, repetitive, relapsing disease.
I'm so excited to reach this place on my journey. Until now, my story has been full of doom and gloom in my fight to overcome my ongoing battle with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
I look forward to sharing some of the great highlights of my 2021 Journey through life with a chronic illness.
If you are new to my journey, I encourage you to click on the links at the bottom of the page to see how far God has brought me; He is restoring me daily!
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Bidding December of 2020 Goodbye
The Holidays and Fibro-Flares
For as long as I can remember, December was always a mixed bag of emotions. The heightened holiday season, full of excitement and parties, and activities.
I do not want to miss out on the adventures, family and friends, and celebrations and therefore overdo and over-extend myself trying to be all and do all.
Looking in the rearview mirror of life, I now see the "stressors" revolved around the holidays. Triggering widespread emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion, leading to fibro-flareups.
In November of 2020, my body was managing sufficiently. My vision felt stable, I had way fewer bouts of dizziness, my balance was better, my energy was enough, and I was gaining my independence and even getting back behind the wheel of driving myself.
In December of 2020 and January of 2021, I had a fierce desire to adventure and explore and conquer the chronic illness that was always beside me. I wanted to live in the moment, no matter what it looked like. I began getting outside, piling on my snow clothes or the heavy gear, and tackling an adventure, even if it were only for an hour at a time.
In the picture above, My husband took me snowshoeing. I vividly remember feeling like such a failure. We drove a distance, and I was able to snowshoe for a duration of maybe 20 minutes before having to turn around and go home. My body was tired, wheezing terribly, and my body temperature dropped, and I couldn't get warm. I spent the next several days playing musical chairs with my couch, recliner, and bed to recover.
During this time, much of my shortened activities completely exhausted me. For example, If I attended one of my grandchildren's birthday celebrations, I would be out of commission for several days to follow.
December brought copious amounts of excitement in both good and bad ways. I also experienced profound grief and loss over our family dog, who passed without warning; my body started experiencing symptoms that indicated I was in a flare or a relapse. I then spent the next several weeks trying to self-soothe the frightening ailments my body was going through.
It seemed that this was the new normal, participate in life and then be immobilized for days to follow. This pattern went on for quite some time, but this was a significant improvement from the previous year. I believed I could make small adventures count, and the accumulation of all my small successes would eventually grow to my more significant victories.
Ups and Downs
Managing life with a chronic illness is very disheartening. The judgment that one feels from even their closest friends and family is difficult to manage. I get it. I may look strong, sturdy, capable, and well abled on the outside; meanwhile, my body is attacking itself from the inside out. Symptoms flare when they want to; no rhyme or reason is necessary. They just come and go at will.
I became quiet and withdrawn in the fight of that latest flare; it left me feeling overwhelmed and very unsettled inside. Even so, I continued to look for the answers to my restored health.
A 6-in-one Whole Food Vitamin
In January, I came upon an ad for Abundant Earth Whole Food Multivitamin. The ease of taking a product that provided 6-in-one was appealing to me. After all the years and thousands of dollars spent on supplements, I felt I had nothing to lose.
This has indeed been the most incredible vitamin I think I have ever taken in the long course of my supplemental history. I can say that I actually began to notice a difference.
This all-in-one multivitamin is organic, vegetarian friendly, provides all the daily vitamins and minerals, is said to boost energy, aid in digestion, upgrade the immune system, and provides protection for your heart health.
The Wahls Protocol
In January of 2021, I suddenly stumbled upon Dr. Terry Wahls on youtube. I watched several of her videos and decided I must pursue giving her methods a try.
Allow me to introduce you to Terry Wahls. M.D. She is an outstanding woman I've come across who shares her battle of having M.S. She shares her knowledge from both a modern medical viewpoint and the use of functional medicine, which has remarkably reversed her debilitating decline. She claims that her Wahls Protocol is a radical new way of treating ALL Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.
I took to the task of learning all I could from her book, videos, and website.
Her protocol is not for the faint of heart; it's a rigorous diet of elimination and getting vast quantities of greens and healing foods to be thy medicine. Her book is very detailed. The results she received in her journey are just absolutely remarkable!!!
By now, I had tried just about every diet method known to man. The way I saw it, I had nothing to lose and so much to gain. I hope you'll find her information helpful if you, too, are at a crossroads with your health. She has many YouTube videos you can watch for free. If sharing this information helps just even one of you all, then it was worth it.
On the Right Track
Happy Valentine's Weekend to Me
In December, I grieved the loss of our beloved pet Beagle deeply. The pain, grief, and heartache in her passing left a hole in my heart.
I had begun searching far and wide for the right companion to bring into my life when in mid-February of 2021, my beautiful Gemma Jean became a great gift in my life. Never underestimate the power of healing that a furr-baby can add to your life.
My Sweet Gemma Jean
"Often when you think you're at
the end of something, You're at
the beginning of something else."
— Fred Rogers
Wins and Victories
I was beginning to LIVE again.
Without pain, without 101 ailments plaguing my every waking moment. My body was finally finding rest and renewal and a sense of vitality that was brand new to me.
My loving husband of 27 years was by my side and ready to embrace this brand new season of celebration. He had been with me through thick and thin. He, too, had sacrificed significantly to reach these days of victory.
Every day I was gaining on my energy level, napping 1-3 times a day gradually became a thing of the past, and soon I found myself only occasionally needing that mid-morning or afternoon rest. I began to multitask and navigate each day with more enthusiasm, health, and well-being.
Rejoice in the small things
and they will continue to grow.
— Slaven Vujic
I had enough energy, mental clarity, and enthusiasm to start a few new hobbies over the year. My husband was absolutely astounded as he said, after 27 years you've finally found a hobby!"
Singing Hallelujah and Praising God for my Renewed Wellness
In looking back over the year, my body has astounded me. I worked outdoors, tending to my fruit trees over the summer; I went on adventures, chased waterfalls, took a few motorcycle rides (a bit daunting still due to dizziness). I enjoyed boating, kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, and campfires. I spent time with friends and family; I participated in a large family reunion and memorial (a little undoing there). I attended birthday parties and a baby shower for a new expectant grandchild. I went on an adventure vacation to the rainforest and spent time forest-bathing, sightseeing, and renewed my soul in the middle of nature.
My Summertime Adventures
My Fibromyalgia Tool-Kit
In an article to follow, I will share my accumulative lifestyle changes, strategies, and complete supplement list that has helped me reach this current level of more remarkable daily wins in my battle against chronic illness. I will share my biggest WIN against chronic pain in the article to come.
- My Battle with a Chronic Invisible Illness
In this article, I will be sharing my ongoing battle with Fibromyalgia an invisible illness that causes widespread pain and dysfunction.
- Friendships, Fibromyalgia and Family
I will share from a personal perspective the effects that relationships had during a battle of chronic illness.
- Treatments for Incurables at Life Tree Wellness Center
This is a personal journey depicting my fight with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I share a detailed account of my two-week extended stay at a Holistic Wellness Center where I received alternative therapies to combat the invisible invader
- My Summertime Destination: Staircase at the Olympic National Park
A captivating camping trip in the Olympic National Park of Washington State. Breathtaking views of the Rain Forest and an afternoon hike to the infamous Staircase Rapids.
- Cbd Oil a Dose a Day Keeps the Pain Away
I will be sharing my personal holistic approach to managing Fibromyalgia. CBD oil has revolutionized my day to day living with this chronic illness.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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