After the birth of my second baby, I struggled to function on even a basic personal level. Self-neglect seemed to fit like an old sweater. I got by eating the crusts of my toddler’s grilled cheese sandwiches, and with “mini-naps” in between the baby’s nightly feedings, for months! Everything was fine, I was adjusting to my new life of bankruptcy, I would adapt to these new physical stresses. I could handle it!
But then one day, at five months postpartum, everything changed – I experienced my first system crash and I passed out. My endocrine system was unable to keep up with the demands of my life and I almost lost my life. Apparently I couldn’t handle it. After that my health began to deteriorate quickly and I began to fear the worst, all while my baby daughter was thriving and my son had finally decided he was ready to start potty training. It was a very strange and terrifying time for me.
My doctor decided that the best possible diagnoses for me was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and told me there wasn’t much he could do, but I could see many inconsistencies in the symptoms of CFS when compared to what I was experiencing. As debilitating as CFS can be, I could not shake the reality that this was something different, that I was in a state of emergency. This was something life threatening. Every instinct I had rang like a bell telling me so. For the first time in my life I came face to face with my mortality, at what seemed like so early on in the beginning, and I found myself begging God to let me keep it!
I would experience four more Adrenal crashes over the next few months, as I frantically researched online and fought to secure my life. And although the emergency room wasn’t able to provide much for help during those crashes, it did allow me to recognize a pattern. That, combined with the fact that my milk had inexplicably dried up, let me know that what I was dealing with was indeed hormonal. The next several weeks were dedicated to learning all that I could about the human endocrine system and the effects of living a hormonally imbalanced life. In all my learning, I realized that I had been struggling with stage 3 Adrenal Crisis for months, stage 4 being coma or death.
So, I decided to make some drastic lifestyle changes and began a quest to heal my Endocrine System, balance my hormones, and regain homeostasis. I began a regimen geared toward self-nurturing and made living “mindfully healthy” my top priority, I consciously tried to reduce the amount of chemicals I allowed to enter my home, and very slowly, I began to see improvement. It has been such a journey of trial and error. The last several months have been dedicated to researching homeopathic remedies, and trying anything and everything pertaining to Endocrine health and support in an effort to heal.
Unfortunately, this experience has caused my longstanding hypoglycemia to somehow morph into full on pre-diabetes, and so I still have a long way to go in terms of healing. But at least, according to my recent blood work, my hormone levels look good and there is no need for me to continue to seek medical help at this point. Assuming I don’t have another crash.
Without a doubt this journey has been hard – one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to experience – and it really is only the beginning. Slowly but surely, through much sacrifice and dedication, my health is finally improving. But if this experience has taught me anything, it’s the importance of promoting self-care for moms. (The “Oxygen Mask Theory” is a real thing, people!) AND, also, it has taught me the immeasurable importance of sharing natural healing knowledge and wisdom in this surprisingly silent world of Endocrine support.
My hope is that, through this blog, moms all over the world will have access to practical (and natural) tips and tricks geared towards strengthening their already over-worked Endocrine Systems, balancing their hormones and, therefore, positively effecting their overall health and quality of life.
No longer will moms be left out in the dark, without the guidance and encouragement toward self-nurturing lifestyle choices! My hope is that this site will be a pinnacle of promotion for healthy hormone function, which will help moms like me everywhere regain control of their health, achieve homeostasis, thrive with a healthy mindset, and take control of their lives. I hope an army of Naturally Strong Moms will arise from this movement, and positively impact the world for many generations to come! Great moms are seriously that powerful!
It’s been said that life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey. But if that’s true then who would ever willingly choose a journey of health? This certainly is not what I had planned for my life, but I am determined to make this the best life that I can! I am willing to try anything (and I mean ANYTHING) to regain control of my health – assuming it’s safe and natural.
AND I’m willing to share my entire experience (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and all of the wisdom acquired from it, in hopes of helping many moms out there who just want to be themselves again.
So follow me on this crazy, hormonal journey to optimum health! I can’t promise it will be pretty, let’s face it, I am a loose cannon, but I can promise that it will definitely be educational and maybe even a little inspirational.