Imagine that you are living with a painful chronic condition that western medicine doesn’t understand. Doctors can only offer medications that reduce your symptoms, but no cure is on the horizon. Would you just accept your fate or put on your boxing gloves and seek answers elsewhere?

Would you travel to another country and put your faith into something that you don’t understand, but has been practiced for thousands of years on millions of people? Would you do something radical like walk over 500 miles that could exacerbate joint pain and fatigue because your spirit guides said that this will help your heart find peace?

For me, this is not a hypothetical situation. This is my life and mission in this moment.

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Since 1995, western doctors have labeled me as having Fibromyalgia in my medical record. In 2009, after I took some high-dose fertility hormones, things rapidly got worse overnight. Symptoms and blood tests pointed directly to Lupus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder. That’s 3 concurrent auto-immune issues, which meant that my immune system was seriously attacking healthy tissue in my body. Having overlapping syndromes meant more labels, more boxes to put me in and medications to put me on.

Because every person experiences Lupus differently, you need to experiment to see what helps you have less symptoms. Doctors put me on 4 powerful medications with a list of side effects. Everyday, I was nauseated from a chemotherapeutic drug called methotrexate. Ironically, I was nauseated but had an insatiable appetite caused by high-dose corticosteroids. I gained 40 lbs and had the steroid moon face. I frequently was getting sick because the medication that helped calm down my over-active immune system actually did the job too well, leaving me susceptible to everything being passed around at work or in the community.

This was the solution offered by western medicine

Solution offered by western medicine

Over the years, I have removed myself from 3 of the 4 medications that western medicine felt that I would require for the rest of my natural life. I did this against medical advice because I knew couldn’t live with the side effects. Nurses do make the worst patients, but then again I knew too much to put my faith in pharmaceutical cocktails to fix the issue. I played that game for awhile when it was necessary, but then I had to get serious and find another solution.

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Solutions offered by Ayurveda

The first thing that I did was watch what I shoveled in to my mouth. I would feel my best when I eliminated wheat, dairy, sugar and alcohol from my diet. It wasn’t easy but I equated them to being as toxic for my body as drinking bleach, so that helped me when cravings would strike. I would just imagine them as poison and suddenly I wasn’t interested. I drank healthy fruits & vegetable smoothies with added natural remedies such as cinnamon,  turmeric and chlorella.

I began walking. I like to challenge myself, so I added walk-n-jog, then it progressed to jogging 3 miles without stopping. I added in lifting up to 40lbs and amazed myself at my endurance. I lost those 40 lbs that prednisone had gifted me, too.

You're going down, Lupus

You’re going down, Lupus

Because of my determined warrior spirit, I take only 25% of the prescribed dose of the one remaining medication, plaquenil and often I forget to take that for days at a time. I’m THIS close to kicking the medication to the curb and just need to find the missing link. I have faith that this will happen.

The healing power lies within us

The healing power lies within us

Why will it happen? Because I BELIEVE that it will. I constantly tell myself that I am this close.

Our DNA is affected by our words, beliefs, visualizations and positive thoughts of perfect health and wellness. You’ve heard of the ‘placebo effect’. I prefer to call it the ‘placebo effect-ive’.

Our thoughts can change our DNA

Our thoughts can change our DNA

Bruce Lipton has been speaking on the wisdom in our cells for years. It’s time we pay attention to our own inner power and wisdom. I paid attention to my energetic vibration, the guidance of spirit helpers and surrounded myself with positive people. This was key. Energy medicine does work and I am living proof.

My doctor was always amazed that for many years, I could work 100 hrs/week. Many of his patients were on disability and narcotics got them through the day. I would remind the team of doctors that I would chose not to sit around and feel sorry for myself even when my body was in a lot of pain and dealing with fatigue. I just kept moving, going forward and not focusing on the pain. Honestly, so much of this suffering and limits we create is mental. I found joy in doing my work, laughing, socializing and giving to others.

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It’s true that we can do anything that we set our mind to do. We are limitless. My grandparents raised me to believe this way and I have seen it in action. Our attitude is a powerful game-changer and I just stepped up the ass-kicking that I’m giving to this over-active immune system issue.

Kicking Lupus in the Ass

Kicking Lupus in the Ass

How? I came all the way to India with an intention to find the missing link and gain improved wellness through Ayurveda Medicine. If you don’t know much about Ayurveda, you are not alone.

According to my trusty WebMD site, “Ayurvedic medicine — also known as Ayurveda — is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Good health is achieved when your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe. A disruption of this harmony can lead to poor health and sickness. For followers of Ayurveda, anything that affects your physical, spiritual, or emotional well-being can cause you to be out of balance with the universe.”

Ayurveda panchkarma

Ayurveda panchkarma

I just completed a 14-day Ayurveda ‘panchkarma’ cleanse in Rishikesh, India and feel very good. I received daily lymphatic massages targeting my immune system, herbal supplements and almost every orifice was cleansed in an attempt to balance my firey constitution or dosha, as it’s called. I can tell a difference already and have new tools to use in this ass-kicking match.  I’ve also dropped 5.5 lbs and I’m happy about that news.

My goal is to amaze myself by walking 888km, or 550 miles

I am going to amaze myself by walking every step of 550 miles on the Camino de Santiago

What’s even better than that? I’m excited to say that in 10 days, Alain and I will begin an 888 km (550 mile) walking journey traversing the Camino de Santiago in Spain. It will be a spiritual and physical journey filled with challenges to overcome, but I know that it will be rewarding. I can remember when I didn’t want to walk to my car because it was too difficult. Now, I can’t wait to update my doctor from the finish line in Santiago de Compostelo after 888 km. That will be a great day on many levels and an achievement that will go down in the books for me.

We are limitless

We are limitless

If you have a chronic condition that seems overwhelming, I encourage you to change the way you think about it. Show it who’s boss and know that you have the power within you to change and influence anything that you put your mind to. You can do this! I believe in you.

Please share this post to encourage anyone else who needs to know that the power lies with them, too.

*Disclaimer for the doctors and lawyers out there. This is my personal journey with lupus. I am not advocating any particular medical treatment or advising anyone to go against the recommendations of their medical care team. This was my individual decision and it worked for me.

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