Here’s a Health Story from a Ditch The Wheat reader. Each week a reader shares their story in hopes that it will inspire you! Today Heather is sharing how she overcame her Crohn’s Disease. If you have a health story and would like to share it with the Ditch The Wheat community please contact me at ditchthewheat @ gmail.com. Thank you for reading!
|Before Crohn’s Disease – 18 yrs old|
Once upon a time, I was just a normal, healthy, teenage girl. Fairly active, and highly energetic, I never really had many health problems. But that changed for me in 2008. Coincidentally, my health just so happened to start spiraling downwards around the same time I became engaged to marry my sweetheart. I remember taking multiple bathroom breaks throughout the day, the stomach pain and diarrhea growing more frequent and noticeable. Everyone told me that it was just due to stress from planning a wedding.
|My Wedding Day – Nov 22, 2008|
By the time of my wedding, I had become very weak, pale, and malnourished. Of course I knew that something wasn’t quite right, but I kept telling myself what everyone else was – that it was just stress. I spent a lot of time in the bathroom of our honeymoon suite, completely embarrassed. The week that I returned to work from our honeymoon, I had bowel movements three times as often as I ate. I spent more time in the restroom at work than I did actually working….and I lost my job. As a matter of fact, when I went to the restroom at work for the last time, I vomited blood. That was when I told my boss I was leaving, and he called me as I was on my way to the hospital to tell me I was fired. How nice.
I had a colonoscopy and upper GI done, and in December of 2008 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. The doctor sat me down and told me to my face that I would be sick and on medication for the rest of my life. Forever. Can you imagine how hard that would be for a 19 year old girl who JUST got married? I was devastated. Being naive and ignorant, I listened to my doctor, allowed him to pump me full of steroids and immune suppressants, and consequently, I became SICKER.
|After Starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet|
I searched more vigorously for anything close to a natural cure. And that was when I stumbled upon a video on YouTube about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I read the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gotscholl from cover to cover. I was completely empowered by the knowledge I gained of what is happening inside of my own body. I made changes immediately, and in turn, felt immediate relief. I started to get my color back, I had energy and strength that I hadn’t had in years! I felt healthy. I felt GOOD. Searching for recipes that were “SCD legal” was a little difficult, but it led me to other recipes that were called “paleo”. I had never heard of Paleo before, but the ingredients were very similar to those on the SCD, so I looked into it. I loved what I saw. It just made so much sense to me, and the amount of recipes I could find were incredible compared to SCD.
|Candid after Paleo and with a Paleo Pie!|
I did have to re-learn my way around the kitchen, but I grew to love cooking (and eating) even more than I had before. I decided that I had to do something to help other people in the world who were struggling like I was to find answers. So in 2013, I started a blog called Mrs Paleo Mommy. Through Mrs Paleo Mommy I am able to share my recipes and stories, and reach out to others. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I know that God has allowed me to go through this time of pain so that I may help others find healing. I am truly blessed to have found the opportunity to do just that. If you are struggling with an Auto-immune disease, or know anyone that is, please come and visit me at www.mrspaleomommy.com. I would love to help in any way that I possibly can. And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook!