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Rachel's Health Story

Rachel's Journey to Healing

Rachel’s Journey to Healing

I am passionate about natural healing, because I have experienced first hand the relief that comes from letting your body do what it was beautifully designed to do.

When I was around 12 years old, my body and I became total enemies. It felt like night and day. One day I was a normal kid who loved friends, loved school, and was always optimistic. The next day, I felt sick in ways I had never felt before, I didn’t want to participate in any activities my friends were doing, and I isolated myself. I hated that my health suddenly had become so unpredictable. To add to my confusion, I would never receive promising answers for what was going on. I always felt sick, my head was spinning constantly, the pain I experienced became unbearable at times, hospitals became a regular environment for me, and I grew more and more animosity towards my own body. I didn’t trust that it knew how to do its job. I didn’t trust myself. 

I was also led to believe over and over that it was “all in my head”, that I couldn’t possibly know what was going on more than the doctors- who also couldn’t give me any more clarity. First things first, there is no one who knows a body more than the person inhabiting it. You live with yourself 24/7, so you should learn to listen to the messages your body is calling out to you. 

This trend of getting sick, hating my body, losing trust in doctors & losing hope for healing continued for nearly two years.  After two years I was finally given a diagnosis. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome- a condition in which when I change positions (like from lying down to standing), my heart rate rapidly increases. This is accompanied by an array of different symptoms. I have experienced a lot of lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, digestive health issues, anxiety,  insomnia, tingling/numbness, etc. However, even with a diagnosis I continued to struggle on my journey to healing. I was given little to no medical advice after the diagnosis was given. I simply remember being told that I would have this for the rest of my life, and I would need to find ways to “cope” with my condition. It was who I was now. 

After years of learning to cope, my mental health had become a new challenge to navigate. I grew increasingly more anxious over the smallest of concerns, I noticed my outlook on life becoming more negative, I would fear the worst possible scenarios in every situation I was in. I started to label myself with all of the negativity surrounding my physical and mental health. I defined myself as anxious, depressed, lazy, unpredictable, pessimistic, and isolated. When I was told to just cope with my pain, I saw that as an excuse to just accept that it was all I would ever be. 

After years of living defined by my pain, I finally decided to take my health into my own hands; and I will never look back. I had tried a few natural therapies in the past, but never trusted the process long enough to stay and see results. About 2 years ago I started doing NRT (Nutritional Response Testing), 6 months ago started going to chiropractors, I focused on my nutrition and adjusting my diet, and treated my body with the love that it deserves. 

And guess what? It’s working. I have finally started seeing the changes I have been longing to see for the past 8 years. 

Even though I am finally giving my body the attention and love it deserves, I am still on a journey to healing. It’s not an overnight fix. Imagine suffering from something for multiple years… your body becomes used to that pattern. One day or one treatment isn’t going to turn that repeated pattern around instantly. It takes time, patience, consistency, and TRUST. 

When it comes down to what I’ve gained I am so grateful for the struggles that I have faced, in order to learn more about my body and what it means to be healthy. I won’t sugar coat the fact that it can be hard- adjusting your lifestyle and changing habits, coming to terms with damaging patterns you’ve been stuck in, being consistent with care, it can be hard. But if you don’t make the choice right now, it’s only going to get harder down the line. You’re making a choice one way or another- either you are choosing to take care of yourself and achieve the health you deserve, or you are choosing to remain stuck in unhealthy habits and opening yourself up to those health risks. Some things we can’t control, but this you can. Make the choice to love yourself enough to get healthy. 

I’ve got a lot to learn, a long way to go, and a whole heck of a lot more self-love to practice in order to mend the relationship between me and my body, but without the experiences I’ve had I would have never realized it needed mending in the first place. Whatever route you take to heal, remember these few things: 

  1. You know your body best, trust what it’s telling you.

  2. Educate yourself. Make decisions based off of asking all of the questions, doing all of the research, and going with your gut. You’d be surprised where it will lead you.

  3. Be patient with your body. We don’t realize how accustomed we become to unhealthy patterns. With every new pattern comes training. Trust the process, and have patience with yourself.

  4. Mindset is everything. You can do all the things you need to do, but if you don’t believe that you can heal (or worse, you don’t want to heal at all), you aren’t going to see progress. Don’t just train your physical body, train your mind to believe that you can and will see results, you will make the proper lifestyle changes, and you will live the best life you can in the precious time that we are here on this earth.

Believe in your body’s abilities, they are pretty dang spectacular. 

 

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  1. Tamra says
    Nov 25, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Wow! Thanks, Rachel! I appreciate your inspiring life journey! I also can speak first hand on the amazing changes/results I've experienced through consistent adjustments & healthy lifestyle choices- nutrition, exercise, & attitude. Way to go!🤗

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