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.
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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 had 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
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.
The Journey Back
I learned that reclaiming your health isn’t always cut and dry. For some people, the basic protocols work well. For others, like me, it was more complicated.
If you are one of those people who tried everything, I’m here to let you know that:
You are not alone.
There is hope.
Again, what worked for me, may or may not work for you. The goal here is to give you the information on some advanced techniques. Do your research, talk to your doctors, and most importantly… don’t give up!
The very first thing I did was cut out gluten, sugar and processed food. I became vegan soon thereafter. Over the course of time, I also went through an elimination diet to figure out what foods were causing side effects. I pushed my doctors to change my meds when I started feeling like they weren’t optimal. I also switched from toxic cleaners and beauty products to more all-natural brands and even started making my own! These three steps will move the needle for most people. But not me.
It helped and was necessary. But I needed more.
After five years of trial and error, I learned about drainage. Your body is like a pond. If it doesn’t have a water source and flowing water (drainage), it becomes diseased. If it does have a fresh water source, it sustains life.
Your body is designed to heal itself. Your body is designed to detoxify itself. Your body detoxifies itself through BULLS – bowels, urine, lymph, lungs, and skin. Your body protects what goes in, and expels the bad as much as it can. Your skin provides a barrier to the environment. Your airways provide consistent detoxification from the air you breathe. Your liver and kidneys screen and flush the toxins while allowing nutrients to be absorbed.
I began the Microbe Formulas Protocol to help with drainage, safe detox, and even a parasite cleanse. It was not an easy process, but my body started to drain properly, and I was able to eliminate the toxins, heavy metals, viruses, and parasites that were causing me to be sick and fatigued.
I also began working with an Integrative Chiropractor for hands-on work and additional supplement support.
I reached out to my dear friend, Ari Whitten, who created Energenesis, which has been a lifesaver for me and has given me so much more sustained energy. I had heard so many wonderful testimonials about his program, I had to try it for myself. Ari gets into some more advanced bio-hacking principles – which BTW are super easy to implement that go straight to the cellular level. It was the boost that I needed. Oh, and PS – he’s offered his Energy Blueprint Masterclass to my Pink Fortitude community… for FREE!
I finally learned to become my own health hacker. After hosting the Mystery Symptom Master Class, I learned so much about how to hack your health and while some of the methods are a little “out there,” I feel better when I focus on my health every day. After interviewing close to 30 of the world’s best experts on mystery symptoms, I was not only able to help thousands of people around the world reclaim their health, I was able to learn these principles for myself too.
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My Health Today
I’m healthier now than I have been in years, and I have zero regrets. I have good days. I have bad days. I still get tired and need to rest in the middle of the day. I’ll get there. I’m still not entirely where I want to be, but I am trending healthier every day.
Your story is different than mine. Your health is different than mine. Your family is different than mine. My hope and prayer are 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 judgment. Just love, hugs, and inspiration.
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Such an inspirational post. Thank you for sharing.
It’s amazing how we think, “If we eat right and exercise, we’ll never get sick.” But that’s not it. Cancer isn’t judgement. It knows no race, no history, and shows no remorse. If it’s heading your way, it’s coming.
I love that you were able to overcome being judgmental about the way others live their lives, and being a part of the blogging community really helps.
As a blogger, you’re exposed to different people and things, you learn about their lives and you slowly become okay with just seeing things through their eyes, even if you were blinded, so to speak.
And yes, we all lead different lives. And that perfectly fine. 🙂
May your year be filled with love and happiness!
Hi Tima – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your kind words and thoughts. I really appreciate it and wish you a year full of love and blessings too! Hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly
Wow – I usually don’t comment, but it felt right that I do this time. You’re a role model, whether you acknowledge that or not. I’ve had breast cancer, felt symptomatic with some of the same things after treatment was done, but nothing on the scale you’ve experienced.
You are an inspiration to others, not just because of it, but because you kept going until you found the balance that works for you. No all women with breast cancer do what you’ve done and not all survive because they live their disease and it defines them. While you work the advocacy angle, you do not live the disease. I applaud you and brava for being the woman you’ve become! Thank you – MMR
Hi MMR – Apologies for your comment getting stuck in the queue (there were 30 of them that just appeared out of nowhere). I really do appreciate you taking the time to comment and share your kind and inspiring words and you have no idea how much it means to me. I had some new labs that came back with 2/3 of the markers good and one still remaining that needs work. Which is oh so symbolic – regardless of how healthy we are or how happy we are, the story is never over – we are always in a state of growth and adventure. I hope to see you again soon! And thanks again. Hugs, Holly
Hey Holly, How are you? Great article I found your post in Viral content buzz. Just want to say you got a very incredible blog about how you overcome fatigue, how you manage it and self awareness. You did great. You serve as an inspiration to others. I will for sure remember your words and tips too. Thank you. Im looking forward to keep in touch to you.
Hi Johan – Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and to share your kind words. I really appreciate it, and hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly