Posted on 03. Apr, 2015 in Blog
No negative thoughts today, only positive!
In March of last year things were going very good with my life. My career was going great, my health was good, & I had a lot of energy.
Then one morning, I woke up & felt like death. I had a high fever, a sinus infection; my ears felt infected, I was coughing, I felt like I was going to throw up & ached everywhere, even my hair hurt! I literally did not get out of bed other than to use the bathroom for a whole week, & when I did finally get up, it was to go to the ER. Whatever was going on all week had turned into pneumonia & I was placed on a heavy regimen of antibiotics & steroids. I couldn’t do much of anything but sleep for the next week while I tried to recover.
I was hopeful that I would start to feel better, but I had no energy…I literally could not walk up stairs without sitting down & resting, I started to lose my hair by the handful, my skin got little bumps all over it, I felt nauseous 24/7, my body hurt just to move, especially in my upper abdomen, & I seriously couldn’t even think of working. I finally went in for my yearly checkup & my doctor was very concerned that my liver enzymes were off the chart…I think they started out at 1250 & were supposed to be around 50. I thank God every day that she sent me to a specialist. He ordered a lot more blood work, ultra sounds, an MRI, etc, & then a liver biopsy. Thus began my journey with autoimmune…the test results showed I had Autoimmune Hepatitis, Autoimmune non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, & later I found out I had Sjogren’s Syndrome…ya I know quite a mouthful.
Fast forward to a few months ago…after working with my doctor, I was finally able to get a surgery that I needed, but that took a lot out of me too.
Today…I have healed from my surgery, I am following my doctor’s plan & taking my prescribed meds, I was able to stop taking one of my meds, the steroids, I am drinking my Shakeology each & every day, & following a healthy diet. This week I actually followed a new meal plan I put together for my upcoming 21 Day group & weighed in yesterday, & am happy to report that I am down 5 pounds in a week! Yeah me!
I know I am very fortunate. I have an amazing support group of family and friends who have stood by me through this ordeal. I am also lucky to have had an early diagnosis & an amazing team of doctors. I am well on my way back to my “Happy” me <3 So I repeat…Today is a very positive day!