Before I get into all my other ©CIUE-Chronic Illnesses Under Estimated, I wanted to take a moment to update you on my present situation. [Side note: I have had acupuncture this afternoon (Dec. 7, 2016) and have had a splitting headache since then; so I apologize in advance for the tone of this chapter.]

By chance last week I walked by a non-pretentious Chinese Clinic. What caught my eye was a poster about “#Cupping” that was grotesque yet intriguing. I had heard about it so being the #fearless individual that I am I decided to go in and find out more. As it happened I got sucked in and managed to meet with a doctor for a quick chat who, after hearing or getting lost in the never ending list of my ailments, suggested I book an initial #consultation with one of their highest recommended doctors. That appointment was today.

As predicted, and as I’ve been told in the past, I am a #mess. As I was telling my story for the umpteenth time I could see the #doctor trying very hard to maintain her composure. I was a mess. I am #A Hot Mess. After going through my list it was very clear that there was no yin to my yang. My body is completely #imbalanced and my #organs are not working, as they should – my liver, spleen, and kidneys – which all leads to my terrible blood circulation. No surprise there. I am very pro the idea of #holistic #healing because it is a fact that everything is connected. Physical and mental #ailments are one and the same. When one isn’t working then the other isn’t either and thus creates a #vicious cycle of #chronic #illnesses.

For many years now I have been on and off #medication. I have stopped taking medication for headaches as I find that they do not work for me and taking anything stronger for something so minimal is not worth it. I would rather suffer through it than ingest additional chemicals. I have stopped #medication for #depression and #anxiety because I was being prescribed too many. I’ve stopped hormone therapy to see if my body could have a period on its own. I have self-medicated by correcting my diet, but alas it was to no avail. As hard as I tried to stay away from medication, I am on medication – birth control pills that drive me absolutely crazy, antidepressants and anti anxiety pills that allow me to get out of bed, and the occasional Norco when I am in severe pain. So here I am again at a point in my life when this time I absolutely need to find a better way to get healthy. A better way to live. A way to rid my body of all foreign and unnecessary toxins. A way to really and truly get healthy; mind, body, and soul. I’m even considering meditation, which if any of you that know me, freaks me out just at the thought!

One very important thing that happened to me this week was that I attended my first ever #Endometriosis #Support #Group event. I had an #amazing time and met the most #wonderful, #strong, #determined, #fascinating women. It was as if we had been friends for years. It was so refreshing to be able to talk to someone and they immediately know what you mean and how you feel because they have gone through, and are going through, the same thing! At first I was nervous since I didn’t know anyone, but it was the highlight of my week. I could have stayed for hours. I look forward to attending many more meetings. Yay for #endosisters! You ladies are the best!!! There was definitely some yin for my yang at the event. 😉

So here I am ready to begin my three months of herbal treatment. In addition to that for the whole month of January 2017 I will be dry, as in NO #alcohol. I’m taking on Dryathlon® and have signed up to raise money for #Cancer Research UK. Check out my page (https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/diary-of-a-hot-mess) and my Facebook page for updates as the days go by. I need all the support I can get. 🙂

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