In 2001 I had an experience that changed my life. I had always been interested in a complementary medicine. I used some herbs and supplements in a limited manner but I also used conventional medicine for any major issues and considered alternative therapies to be weaker than alternative therapies. In November of that year I was diagnosed with endometriosis (I had been suffering with the symptoms for many years but didn’t know that it wasn’t normal till that year.) A month later I had surgery to excise (remove) my endometriosis. The surgery was a great success but I did not recover from it well at all. I had to take a leave of absence from my job and seek answers to my chronic pain. My Dr and the Dr I saw for a second opinion had no idea what was wrong. All they could offer me was pain killers. It got to the point that I needed to use a wheel chair when I went out in public if there was much walking involved. For grocery shopping I used those motorized carts. Finally, in desperation, I went to see a chiropracter that a friend recommended and within 24 hours of my first appointment I no longer needed the oxycodone that I relied on to manage my pain. Thus began my exploration of and respect for the power of alternative approaches to health recovery.
A couple of years later I had my first child. She was a challenge from day one. This began my quest to find answers and heal whatever was wrong with her. It has been a long journey that included many missteps and tears along the way. 4 years after the first another daughter was added to our family with a different set of issues and sensitivities. Finally in the fall of 2009 I reached a crossroads. Along the way I had incorporated many restrictions in my diet both for my own sake and for my nursing children. That fall I faced my youngest in a health crisis and made a decision to jump into GAPS
with both feet. 3 months later my own health crashed and I once again had difficulty caring for basic needs, yet I now had 2 young children in my care as well as myself. Slowly, slowly, with the help of GAPS
and alternative therapies I am crawling out of that hole that I dug for myself over many years of not taking care of my health and not replenishing my stores.
This blog is a labor of love. A way to share what I have learned and hopefully help others. It is my hope and my prayer that the information that I have learned over the past 10 years will benefit others as it has me. I am not a health professional. I am just driven to learn and apply what I have learned and find the healing that conventional medicine doesn’t seem to offer my family. Life has been very hard at times and I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. If you can learn from my mistakes and avoid this complete breakdown of your health I will feel like my blog is a success. If it can help you or your children recover from illness every bit of energy put into it will be worth it.