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 systems crash and I passed out. My Endocrine System was unable to keep up with my demands 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 in my life.
My doctor decided that the best possible diagnoses was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and told me that there wasn’t much he could do for me. But I could see many inconsistencies in the symptoms of CFS when compared to what I was experiencing and so I decided to get a second opinion. 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. I came face to face with my mortality, for the very first time, at what seemed like so early on in the beginning, and I found myself begging God to let me keep my life.
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 seeking specialized medical help, and 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 begin a quest to heal my Endocrine System, balance my hormones, and regain homeostasis. I started 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, I got outside a lot more often and, very slowly, I began to see an improvement. It has been such a journey of trial and error though. 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 as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, however, this entire 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, I have now found a doctor who is working with me to achieve my goals. And we are confident that I won’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 back 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 because I believe that life is truly a beautiful gift.
I am willing to try anything (and I mean ANYTHING!) to regain control of my health – assuming it’s safe and natural – so that I can, once again, fully enjoy this beautiful gift. AND I’m also 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.
Peace, Love, & Happy Healing! 💪💚
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