Can I have some solidarity with anyone else being exhausted and tired all of the time? We all have our stories. Mine is different than yours. My hope is that by sharing my experience (bearing my soul!), it will help you reflect on your situation and to achieve your goals and become a healthier you. This is my story of how I conquered the fatigue.
Back in the Day
In my 20’s and 30’s I used to live a healthy lifestyle.
I ate mostly nutritious foods and enjoyed treats in moderation.
I exercised. Well, not just exercised – I raced mountain bikes and was an XTerra competitor. I ran, I swam, I rock climbed, I took boxing lessons. I was strong and physically fit.
I was a healthy weight and a petite size 0-2. I didn’t smoke, and my alcohol consumption was limited to a few drinks when I was out with friends.
Then Cancer Happened
In 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 39th birthday. No warning, no family history. I was a young and healthy woman. One year after treatment ended, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Syndrome, which is an autoimmune thyroid condition. It was a one-two punch to my health.
I Never Recovered
For five years after cancer treatment ended, I was still sick. Every. Single. Day. Routine blood tests came back “normal” and my doctors encouraged me that all of the changes (chemo, menopause, Tamoxifen, Hashi’s etc) would take a toll on my body and take time to recover.
I woke up feeling sick every single day. I woke up so tired, I felt like I hadn’t slept in several days. The fatigue was so bad it was painful. It literally hurt to stay awake. My bed was my best friend. The migraines would be so bad, I could barely see. My stomach was in a constant state of nausea and there were days that it was normal to take four to five trips to the bathroom to launch a space shuttle.
Why I Gave Up
I gave up. Not because I’m a quitter, but because I thought that with everything I went through over the past few years that this was my lot in life. I live a healthy lifestyle. I eat healthy – lots of fruits and veggies, no red meat, limited sugar so it couldn’t possibly be my diet. I even worked with a nutritionist who is known for her work with these types of conditions. Walking was the only exercise that I had the energy to do any more, and even that was difficult. It was frustrating to wake up every day and not feel better. But there was a peace about acceptance, because I have a life that I want to live. This must be how I have to feel after everything I went through. I hate it, yes. But I’m tired of fighting my health. I have a full time job, a home and family to take care of, two businesses to manage, and rental properties. So I stopped complaining and tried to ignore how bad I felt.
My Intervention With Myself
As a blogger, I get a lot of visibility into other blogs. I like reading articles about health, nutrition, and fitness. Time and time again, I would see recipes and articles covering the full spectrum of gluten-free, vegan, Paleo, AutoImmune Protocol (AIP), GAPS, and Wahls diets. “These people either have some kind of disease or are one of those weird uber healthy people,” I thought. “What’s wrong with enjoying food? What’s wrong with a little moderation? How do these people survive outside of the bubble in their home? How do they go to parties? How do they go out to dinner? Why would they ever want to do that to themselves or their families?”
The exposure finally wore me down, melted my walls of ignorance, and opened my eyes. I started reading for education instead of judgment. I realized that I was one of those people. I conducted an intervention with myself.
After five years of unsuccessfully trying to reclaim my life, I realized that “healthy” wasn’t good enough. I needed more. I needed to make some drastic changes. I needed to be completely clean, with both my diet and environment. I jumped in, and never looked back.
My Health Today
I’m healthier now than I have been in my entire life, and I have zero regrets. I’m still not entirely where I want to be, but I feel better than ever, and am trending healthier every day. In 10 months, I erased five years of declining health. I have good days. I have bad days. I still get tired, but that is due to the Hashi’s and my day-to-day is comparatively a million times more manageable.
Your story is different than mine. Your health is different than mine. Your family is different than mine. My hope and prayer is that by sharing my story and the process behind my journey, that it will help you to reflect on your own situation and make the changes in your life that are right for you and your family. That’s what we at Pink Fortitude are all about. No judgement. Just love, hugs, and inspiration.
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