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When the grey cloud of depression sneaks in it has a way of easily stealing the show in our minds. Though my own struggles with depression I began to reach for tools that helped me learn to navigate the feelings and reach for hope & healing. Tune in to listen to my 3 favorite tools for taking care of myself when the wave of MEH comes to town. Click here!

Feeling Down? Here are 3 Tips for Coping with Depression

This week on The Wellness Crossing I’m sharing my journey with depression. You know, because it’s just too fun NOT to share. 😉

But really, I am sharing because I know I’m not alone. And though I’ve been seeing strong strides of healing this year, I recently have had this dark cloud of “meh” come on the scene once again.

In the beginning, when depression would come I’d feel shame. Embarassment. My frustration would jump on the karaoke mike in my mind to sing five choruses of WHY CAN’T I JUST FEEL NORMAL?

And all of those feels? They left me in a spiral of fear and doubt that things could ever be better.

Flash forward to this year and I’m grateful for the tools I’ve learned that help me cope with the waves of depression when they come. And honestly, many times reaching for these things change the trajectory of my feelings.

They help me take back the reigns of my day when so often before I’d end up derailed.

So today I’m unpacking three of the tools I reach for in the hopes that they might help someone else out there, too. Or perhaps inspire your own version of self-care practices to help you take better care of yourself, too.

Because you deserve it. And you’re not alone.

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Mentioned in today’s show:

Affirmation Pod

Dynamic Neural Retraining System (affiliate link)

Life Coach School Podcast

Episode with Emelda De Coteau on Wellness for Creativity

 

What are some of the tools you reach for that help you cope with depression or feeling down? Leave me a note in the comments!

 

Feeling down? Listen in to this episode of The Wellness Crossing to hear my 3 favorite tools for taking care of myself when depression enters the scene. Click here to listen in! | Visit livinggraceblog.com/podcast to listen & subscribe!

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Have you been considering IV antibiotics for Lyme treatment? Listen in as Genevieve Goetz shares her story of how they're helping her get her life back! | The Wellness Crossing: www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

How Genevieve is Finally Healing from Lyme

When I first was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I was overwhelmed with two strong realities.

The first? The vast range of treatment options. Seriously. So many.

And the second: relief that at least I had a new direction for healing.

The tension so many of us feel upon diagnosis is real and can at times weigh heavy. Because, let’s be honest okay? There are, what feels like, a gazillion different directions we can go with treatment.

And, for a lot of us, the thought of hearing one more opinion from someone on which step we should take next can push us over the edge of sanity. (No? Just me?)

We navigate thoughts of “am I making the right decision on treatment for myself?” and “How long until I’m officially feeling better?” To top it all off, we inevitably become human guinea pigs in the quest of “what’s the right treatment path FOR ME?”

It’s different for all of us, right? Whether you’re treating Lyme or treating another illness, often times what worked marvelously for someone else may not do a single thing for me. Or even more frustrating, it might be the thing that pushes our body too far.

That unknown takes a lot of bravery to travel across. But something that helps? Hearing the stories of others who have gone before us.

Rising above fear.

Today my friend Genevieve is sharing her story for this very reason. To help others who are endeavoring to heal from Lyme and have been considering IV therapies.

Genevieve’s bravery in rising above her fears struck me as we chatted in this episode of The Wellness Crossing. As I heard her share her journey through treatments and what led her to giving IV meds a chance, I heard the heartbeat of so many others who are reaching for wellness.

It’s that common thread of strength pulsing through our veins, to not give up. To challenge our fears. And to reach for healing of body, mind and spirit.

It’s the belief that we are more than illness. That we are defined not by our struggles, but by the way we live and love in spite of them.

Listen in…

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Antibiotics can be a hot button when talking about treating Lyme disease. But today Genevieve is sharing her story of how they've been a game changer in her own story of healing. Click here for more of her story! www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

Genevieve lives in upstate NY with her fiancé and two cats. She has been chronically ill for years and recently had successful treatments for Lyme Disease and other co-infections. After a long time, neurological, muscular, and mental symptoms are much better and real healing has begun. The CDC disputes that Chronic Lyme exists, and that IV treatments are dangerous and unhelpful. Every Lyme patient is different but this has saved her life. When Genevieve isn’t fighting Lyme 24/7, she loves to write, she has been published by numerous blogs and sites like The Mighty. When she can, she likes to practice yin/restorative yoga, garden, and read.

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What treatment has been the most beneficial in your own healing from Lyme? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Antibiotics can be a hot button when talking about treating Lyme disease. But today Genevieve is sharing her story of how they've been a game changer in her own story of healing. Click here for more of her story! www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

Healing from Lyme is a complex journey for many who are diagnosed. It can be incredibly confusing trying to navigate the unending list of treatment options and find what's best for YOU. But sometimes how we get there is through listening to others' stories and learning to trust our instincts. Today Genevieve Goetz is unpacking what it's looked like for her to face her fears and give IV antibiotics a chance. And you don't want to miss how her story is changing! Click to tune in. :) www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

When you're treating a chronic illness it can feel overwhelming narrowing down treatment options. What worked for one person may not have worked for you, or vice versa...so where do you begin? Today Genevieve is sharing her story of moving past fear to explore a new treatment option for herself. And how it's helping her start to get her life back. Click to listen in to this episode of The Wellness Crossing: www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

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Think you don't have time for self-care? Listen in as Jen Wille shares why she thinks we ALL have the time and how to create your own self-care practice that works for YOU. Click to tune in!

How to Cultivate Self-Love & Prioritize Self-Care

When you think of self-care, what things come to mind?

Is it taking a bubble bath? Getting a massage? Or having that elusive spa day?

Or perhaps it’s a yearly trip you look forward to. Maybe you find that the same bit of beach you visit each year gives your inner battery a recharge.

And what about self-love? How do you feel about you?

Do you look in the mirror and critique every line, freckle, and curve? Are you happy with the person you are today? Do you feel you’re worth the effort of learning to love yourself better?

Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Jen Wille, a Life Coach dedicated to helping women deepen their self-love and develop their self-care practice. She’s unpacking her story of growing up in foster care, recovering from an eating disorder, and how she found herself leaving one career to pursue her passion for helping others in a more intimate way.

You won’t want to miss her practical tips for developing your own self-care practice, even if you don’t think you have the time! Jen believes we ALL can find a self-care routine that works for us and refills our tank daily.

So sit back and tune in to this heart-to-heart with Jen. And I’ll warn you: her down-to-earth, inviting presence will probably make you feel like you wish you were having coffee with her. So you might as well go ahead and pour yourself a cup before getting comfy and joining us below. 😉

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Connect with Jen…

Jen Wille is a Certified Professional Life Coach, educator, and speaker based in Chicago. She helps women take care of themselves so they can take care of business while helping them create intentional, peaceful daily rhythms for their lives. She has been featured in publications like Blog Society, Create & Cultivate, and Inspired Coach Magazine. To connect with Jen, learn more about her, or grab her FREE Daily Routine Workbook, you can check her out at jenwille.com/home.

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After years of living a limited life with chronic illness, Kacie began to see a new chapter unfold. Tune in to hear how her story turned to hope and healing!

Healing Fibromyalgia & Lyme with Kacie Fleming

Chronic illness has this way of sneaking up on you, doesn’t it? Most of us could admit that the signs were there. Maybe they’ve even been there awhile.

But we keep covering the flashing lights or silencing the alarms.

We push through. We get things done in spite of the pain. Or we tell ourselves “this will pass.”

Until we can’t.

Until the symptoms become just enough to start calling some of the shots. Instead of pushing through, we find ourselves weighing out the costs of simple actions. Things we used to do without giving them a second thought.

Kacie’s story is all to relatable. And it begins with an all-too-familiar thought of “something’s just not right.”

From one diagnosis to another, as her list grew and pills were prescribed, she found herself in another world.

The land of chronic illness. A place where resting after a shower, canceling plans, and eating a limited diet was the new norm.

But her story didn’t end there. She pursued other opinions, holistic treatment, and opened her mind to a completely different approach to healing.

Her story is now one that is full of healing and hope for both herself and others – and she’s sharing her journey of how it’s all been unfolding today on the podcast!

She and I have both embarked on the DNRS program, which we’ll also be talking about during our chat. You won’t want to miss it if you’ve been considering learning more about neuroplasticity!

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Is it possible to heal chronic illness naturally? After receiving multiple diagnoses that could have meant living a life defined by illness, Kacie is sharing her story of how hope and healing have been unfolding in her life through treatments often overlooked (or unheard of). Click to listen!Healing chronic illness naturally with Kacie Fleming @kacie_kvFrom diagnoses to hope: Kacie's story of finding healing through methods most doctors might ignore may bring renewed hope to your own story. Click to listen in!

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Have skincare issues been a part of your life? Tune in to hear Barbara Jackson's story and how she's helping women take back the reigns to their skin! Click to listen.

Clearing Acne & Learning to Love YOU

My first acne breakout didn’t come until I was 27. It only lasted a few weeks and hit me near the beginning of my health crash. In the end it seemed to be a reaction to something. And with all that was going on in my sick body, the sky’s the limit as to what.

Anyway, I remember what it felt like. I remember feeling SO UNCOMFORTABLE in my own skin.

“Is that other lady in the doctor’s office staring at me because of my skin?”

“That kid is pointing. Great. I bet I know what he’s pointing at.”

Thoughts are delightful, aren’t they?

And while I most definitely wanted it gone, I hadn’t the faintest idea of how to get rid of it.

I tried over-the-counter creams. Medicated products. Read articles. I hadn’t yet stepped into the world of natural medicine or I would have searched their resources and tips, too!

It was a short-lived experience, but we were scheduled to travel to Colorado for a family trip and we’d be snapping a family photo. And I felt zero enthusiasm. (My story for the last few years, but that’s for another time).

I was caking the makeup on everyday, just trying to feel like at least one part of me could feel “normal”. But I knew up close it was noticeable. It had spread to my chest and the top of my back and I felt gross. Embarrassed. And I wanted to hide.

I didn’t. Hide, that is. I snapped the pic and you really can’t tell with the amount of makeup I’m wearing. But I walked away from the several week experience with so much compassion for those who’ve dealt with long-term issues with acne.

Today I’m chatting with one of the sweetest souls about her own journey with acne. Barbara Jackson is an Esthetician and Acne Specialist whose passion for skincare was born out of her own story.

From battling with self-esteem to learning tools and lifestyle changes that impacted her skin in a positive way, Barbara is a wealth of information. And her down-to-earth approach will win you over in a heartbeat!

Tune in to hear her heart for other women as well as pick up some skincare tips to get you started on your own skin-clearing journey!

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Have you dealt with skincare issues? What are some of the tools or products that have been game changers for you?? I’d love to hear!

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Tune in to learn a few tips you can incorporate that will help you as you craft the perfect skincare routine for YOU.

Barbara Jackson understands how acne can affect a woman's self-esteem. With how busy our lives get it can be easy to put our skincare last, but Barbara's on a mission to help empower you with skincare tools you can incorporate into your everyday! Click to listen to this episode of The Wellness Crossing.

Today I'm hanging out with Barbara Jackson, an Esthetician and Acne Specialist who is such a sweet soul. She's talking all about her journey with skincare, from the effects it had to her self-esteem as a teenager to discovering how empowering lifestyle changes could be on her skin. And she wants to help you, too! Click to listen in.

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What's it like being diagnosed with Painful Bladder Syndrome (Or IC) when you're much younger than the average patient? What alternative treatments are out there? Join me on the Wellness Crossing to hear Stephanie Mora's story of inspiration and bravery. Click here to listen!

Living with IC & Thinking Outside of the Box for Treatment

You never know what random connections or interactions will ignite an unexpected friendship do ya? I am living proof of that.

Some of the friends in my life have come from meeting in college, my small hometown connections, or church gatherings. But there’s been this growing group of friends that I’ve connected with in the land of the internet. Where many of the bonds have been formed from behind screens, but with much heart.

And today’s podcast guest is one of those beautiful souls.

A couple of years ago I’d entered a beauty giveaway Stephanie Mora was holding on her blog, Stephie Estie. And somehow the stars aligned and I WON! (I’m pretty sure it was the first time I’d won a blog giveaway. And this girl was wide eyed and giddy.)

But anywho, since that giveaway Stephanie and I have become dear friends. Over the last two years we’ve bonded over blogging and navigating our lives with chronic illness. And I’ve love how we encourage each other on our paths to living our best life in spite of symptoms.

Today I’m just so incredibly happy and honored to have her sharing her story on the podcast! She’s talking all about what it’s been like to be one of the young ones living with Interstitial Cystitis, her journey to diagnosis, and the unexpected form of treatment she began earlier this year.

This is the kind of chat I believe reminds us of our own humanity. How unnerving it can be to search for a diagnosis when you’re certain something isn’t quite right in your body. The lengthy process that is learning more about your specific condition. And finding treatment, hope and community to help you along the way.

Grab your favorite drink my friends and join Steph and I on the Wellness Crossing couch! To listen, simply hit PLAY below or find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play!

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Interstitial Cystitis Solution: A Holistic Plan for Healing Painful Symptoms, Resolving Bladder and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and Taking Back Your Life (<—-affiliate link)

More about Stephanie…

Stephanie Mora is a southern California girl who fancies herself a Nancy Drew of skincare with a generous dose of compassion sprinkled in.  She was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis at the age of 20, which altered and helped shape her path later in life.  After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she decided to pursue her passion in skincare and became a licensed esthetician.  Fusing her love for both writing and beauty, she created her blog, Stephie Estie, where she writes about makeup, skincare, health and cosmetic chemistry.  

She is also now a proud owner of her own skincare practice in Hermosa Beach.  As someone who deals with chronic illness, Stephanie knows the importance of taking time to decompress from life’s daily demands and strives to bring a calming essence to her clients.  When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading, kickboxing, taking as many dance classes as she can and adding to her ever expanding lipstick collection.
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Stephanie Mora: Thinking Outside the Box with Interstitial Cystitis Treatment

Living with interstitial cystitis at the young age of 30 undoubtedly has its challenges, but if you listen in to hear Stephanie's heart you are sure to leave inspired to rise above whatever circumstances you're facing. Join me to hear her story on the Wellness Crossing! Just click to listen.

Learn how an unexpected treatment is giving my friend Stephanie hope in her healing journey with interstitial cystitis (also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome). She's not about to let a diagnosis keep her from living her best life possible and her strength is something to aspire for! Click to tune in to this episode of the Wellness Crossing.

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Have you ever tried Reiki before? I recently had my first session and I'm talking with my Reiki healer today on the podcast! Tune in to hear Melani Schweder's healing story and how Reiki plays a role in her overall wellness.

Reiki: Pursuing Wellness of Body, Mind & Spirit

When you think of “wellness”, what first comes to mind?

Is it the food you eat? A practice of self care? Taking vitamins?

I know there was a time when wellness to me simply meant feeling healthy. I didn’t think much about what I ate, how I intentionally cared for my body, or the type of exercise I did. And I certainly didn’t think much about the role my emotional or spiritual health played into my overall wellness.

Well, let’s get one thing right: much has changed for me in this department.

I fully believe that the well being of my emotions, spirit, mind and body ALL play their part in my wellness. In helping me be the best version of me there is.

And on my personal exploration and discovery of what wellness truly means to me, I’ve opened my eyes and heart to a variety or healing modalities. From drastic diet changes that honor my specific needs to making intentional time for rest. I’ve experimented with exercise appropriate for my body and neuroplasticity practices for supporting brain health.

But more recently, I had my very first experience with Reiki energy healing. Reiki is something I had heard about and considered exploring for some time but kept putting it off. It’s a Japanese healing technique that was developed in in the 1920s. It’s a natural approach to healing on a spiritual, emotional and physical level and the more I read about it the more fascinated I became.

So I scheduled my first appointment for a distance Reiki session with Melani Schweder and had such a great first experience I scheduled a second. Today she’s joining me on the podcast to talk about her own healing journey, how Reiki has played a role in her wellness and how we can pursue wellness of body, mind & spirit.

To tune in, click below or visit the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play!

 

About Melani:

Melani Schweder is a Certified Health Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, and writer based in Denver, Colorado. She calls herself a chronic wellness advocate because she believes that even those with complex illnesses can live a life of joy and purpose. Her own healing adventures in Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome helped her realize the importance of nutrition, mindfulness, and self-care, and she uses her own experiences to help others unlock their own innate healing potential. When she’s not working with clients, she’s usually playing with her dog River, whipping up something in the kitchen, or spending too much time on Instagram. You can see what she’s been up to at: www.abrighterwild.com

Connect with Melani on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Have you ever tried (or want to try) Reiki? Let me know in the comments!

eiki Healing- Pursuing wellness of body mind & spirit.Melani Schweder: Pusuing Wellness of the body, mind & spirit through Reiki energy healing. Click to tune in to The Wellness Crossing podcast and hear this episode!

Have you ever tried Reiki? In this podcast episode I'm chatting with Melani Schweder, a Reiki Master/Teacher who has seen the tangible benefits of Reiki in her own healing journey from Lyme disease. Click to listen in!

Melani is Reiki Master/Teacher and Primal Health coach specializing in helping people with complex illnesses. With her own personal experience of healing from Lyme disease, Melani talks about the unique approach she offers through her own experience and sensitivity to the complex nature of healing from chronic illness. Click to listen in on this podcast episode!

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In a world where the ill often are overlooked or feel invisible, it's so important that we learn to honor our true self. Kat & I are chatting on the podcast about what that looks like for us as we transition from illness to wellness. Click to listen in!

Honoring our True Self & Transitioning from Illness to Wellness

In these last few months of seeing my health begin to improve, I’ve found myself in unfamiliar territory. Much like there’s no road map for how to navigate the life of chronic illness, there’s most definitely not one for how to transition from illness to wellness.

So I’m often testing boundaries as I try and figure out how far this healing body can really take me. And while not every attempt has gone well, I am grateful for the courage it takes to both reach outside of my comfort zone and learn to rest.

But I’m also struggling with all kinds of emotions. Over how good it feels to enjoy more of life outside the home. And the tensions I can feel between embracing newfound healing and hurting for those I love deeply, still waiting for their own healing strides.

I’ve wrestled with the questions of “what next”. What to do with this blog, my creative passion, and my desire to help others on their healing journey. And now that wellness is entering the picture more and more, the more I wonder what the best next thing is.

For now, I’m giving myself plenty of room to process, explore, dream and create. While also making sure I emphasize healing every step of the way. Today’s podcast episode is of me doing that with one of the sweetest souls, Kat Woods.

Kat and I connected on Instagram in the last couple of years and have been healing from the same health challenge (#lyme). This was the first time we’ve spoken with each other off the screen and squares of Insta and we both agreed it was JUST the conversation we both needed.

Kat is a trained chef, an indie-cartoonist, and an all-around vibrant being. She began the blog, Hope Heal Cook, and has been inspiring and encouraging others with her beautiful nourishing meals. The way she has labored in love for her body’s nutrition is absolutely amazing. Just check out her feed and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve learned more about produce from her than anywhere else! Particularly how many fruits and veggies I didn’t know existed. 😉

Pull up a chair (or headphones) as we chat all about our individual journeys through healing. We’re unpacking how we’re learning to transition into a new “normal” and how Kat supports her body through diet.

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Show Notes:

Be sure to check out Kat’s book “The AIP Instant Pot Cookbook“!

Find Kat on her blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Follow along and connect through the Hope Heal Collective Instagram feed!

 

How to support and honor your true self? Leave a note in the comments! I love hearing & learning from you!

 

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Kat Woods on the Wellness Crossing: Honoring our True Self and the unknown territory of transitioning from illness to wellness. Click to listen!

What does it look like to honor our true self while healing? Join Kat Woods and I on the podcast as we chat all about transitioning into wellness, how we are embracing our full selves and more! Click to tune in :)There's not a road map for figuring out how to transition back into wellness when you've been healing from a chronic illness. Today on The Wellness Crossing Podcast Kat Woods and I are chatting about our recent journeys of entering back into a new "norm" and what it looks like to honor our true selves in the process. Click to listen to the episode!

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Anyone else wish their patient experience with chronic illness could be valued the same as work experience? Well, WEGO Health is changing the game and recognizing the value that patients have to offer. Listen in as Natalie Hayden and I talk about her experience finding work through the WEGO Health Expert Platform and how YOU can too! Click here to tune into the podcast.

Putting Your Patient Experience to Work with WEGO Health: A Podcast Episode with Natalie Hayden

Did you know that your patient experience could be valued the same as work experience? Sound too good to be true?

Well, my friends, it’s time to believe it.

Today, Natalie Hayden and I are talking all about how she’s been putting her patient experience to work through the WEGO Health Expert Platform. And after living with Crohn’s for over a decade, this platform is now giving her a chance to put all of that experience to work!

And in this episode of The Wellness Crossing, she’s sharing how it can help YOU, too. So come join us over on the show to learn all about how you can share your experience – and get paid for it – through this new, exciting platform!

She’ll be unpacking how WEGO Health is giving her an outlet to support her family from home. As a wife and mother navigating the symptoms of Crohns, she understands the value that working from home brings!

Just click below to listen in on our chat!

 

 

Natalie Hayden: Lights, Camera, Crohns

A little more about Natalie:

Natalie (Sparacio) Hayden, 33, is a former TV news anchor with Crohn’s living in St. Louis. Her mission in life is to be an advocate for those battling inflammatory bowel disease and to show that a chronic illness doesn’t have to dull your sparkle. Natalie was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2005. Through the years she’s endured several hospitalizations, countless medications and flare ups. In August 2015, she underwent bowel resection surgery that involved the removal of 18 inches of her intestine. While it was a difficult chapter in her disease battle, it truly gave her a fresh start and enabled her to reach remission and have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Natalie and her husband welcomed their first child in March 2017.  Her blog, “Lights, Camera, Crohn’s: An Unobstructed View” covers everything from overcoming struggles to celebrating small victories. Natalie’s focus is to inspire others and connect with those battling IBD in an honest and transparent way. As a passionate health advocate and journalist, she strives to show that there is more to life than your diagnosis and illness.

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What jobs have you found that offer you to work from home while healing from illness? Will you be checking out WEGO health’s Expert Platform?

 

Learn how the WEGO Health Patient Expert Platform can help you put your patient experience to work! Click to listen in to my chat with Natalie Hayden.
Interested in putting your patient experience to work? Check out the WEGO Health Expert Platform, which we're talking about on the Wellness Crossing Podcast today! Natalie Hayden is sharing her personal experience and tips on how to land yourself an assignment to work from home. Click to listen!Natalie Hayden is sharing all about the WEGO Health Expert Platform. How it's giving her a way to work from home AND use her years of patient experience in the process. Click to learn more!

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Often we view healing as a destination, something we wait to arrive at. But healing is more of a process, and one that I've been working hard on as I've been following the DNRS program. Click to read my 5-month update!

Healing is a Process: My 5-month DNRS Update

“So, are you, basically…all better?”

I sat quietly on the sofa, trying to figure out how to respond to the person who asked me. Have I been improving? Yes. Am I fully healed? No.

But I struggled, more so because, whether or not it’s intended, the question invites closure. Something we, as humans, really, really like. Don’t we?

To finally get that degree under our belt. Or discover a positive on the 11th pregnancy test. We want there to be an “end” to the waiting, a destination to arrive at. Because then, things will be better.

Yet…healing, in the context I’ve been learning to embrace it, has taught me there’s so much more depth in a journey rather than a destination.

Because for me, waiting to arrive at “fully well again” was a hope that faded fast. I found myself sitting in a place of acceptance, wanting to just be okay with a reality that sick was a new norm.

It gave me an odd sort of comfort. That I didn’t have to “fight”, and I could just “be”.

But then a few months ago a new treatment crossed my path that gave birth to a new experience in the realm of healing. It gave me a reason for letting go of the concept of “fighting” and empowered me to redefine what it looked like to actively heal.

And it gave me hope.

It’s been awhile since I’ve given any sort of update since starting the Dynamic Neural Retraining System, so I thought I’d do that today. Because while I’m still healing, I believe in celebrating the wins. Big or small. Of which I’ve experienced both!

My 5-month Update

In my last update, I listed off some of the improvements I’d seen in energy, pain and inflammation levels, fatigue, and dizziness. All of those improvements have remained or improved, but my walking distance has increased substantially!

As my legs have continued to grow stronger, I’ve enjoyed long (and often faster-paced) walks with my hubs. Which has been such a great thing! I walk to coffee shops or the farmer’s market without thinking twice. And several months ago that wouldn’t have been possible.

Summer has been another test for us to observe how well I’ve actually improved. And while I’m still improving in some areas, my overall experience in the summer heat is definitely better!

The temps here in southern Oregon have been hot at the peaks of each day, with a bit cooler evenings and mornings. But my body has been handling it so much better than it did the last few years.

Where before I would have felt like I’d pass out at any moment these last few summers, this year I am tolerating it much better. Instead of staying indoors, I can be out in the heat most days, soak up the sun’s rays, and even walk in moderate temperatures without fearing I’ll faint.

But I think my biggest accomplishment is that after 3 years of not driving I was able to get behind the wheel again! And starting back up with a manual again, at that, I’ll have you know. (The hubs said I picked it up quickly so I’m gonna throw in a not-so-humble-brag right here.) 😉

With driving comes another beautiful thing: more independence. And anyone who’s lived housebound for any stretch of time understands what a glorious gift that is!

Some of my other notable improvements include being able to travel several hour distances and sit in restaurants without earplugs (heck, just be around people without earplugs). It’s been so helpful to feel more comfortable in my skin with so many less symptoms grabbing my attention.

I feel happier, lighter, and more filled with hope than I had been in long, long time. Which is notable to me because I swear hope had become a foreign feeling to me. It felt like I couldn’t grab onto it fully no matter how hard I tried. (So I just might need to write a post about that and the connection I see with having an impaired limbic system…)

As grateful as I am for this healing, none of it came to me easily.

It didn’t just “happen” one day or sneak up on me. And I don’t believe it’s a miracle.

Why?

Because I’ve been been working hard, healing my lil’ ass off.

From taking care of my body with food, self-care, rest, and supplements over the last few years to the commitment I’ve made to retraining the neural pathways in my brain every day, I’ve worked for this. And the efforts are paying off.

Healing is like that for any of us, isn’t it? It takes time, effort, commitment. Belief it can happen and the support to help us pursue it.

True healing isn’t just something that appears all of a sudden. It’s not a one-and-done pursuit. For me, I believe my physical healing will reach a point where it’s no longer my main focus.

But I’ll forever be learning to pursue healing of body, mind and soul.

So whether you’re reading this because you were curious about DNRS or you wanted to fuel your own fire of hope that improvement is possible, or maybe you don’t even know why you clicked on this post in the first place…

Whatever the reason you’re here, I just want to leave you with this:  

I’m proud of you. I acknowledge your efforts and how hard you’re working on healing. And I believe things can get better. <3

Wanna know more about the DNRS program? You can check it out here. (<<<—aff link)

Over the past few months I've seen layers of healing begin to unfold as I've been following the DNRS program. I'm diving into just what the progress has looked like for me and why I'm releasing the idea of "fighting" my illness and choosing to lean in to the journey that is healing.

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