I feel like some people are born knowing what they want to be when they grow up or what their life purpose is. For me that wasn’t actually the case. I always found that I was restless in my career and never quite understood why I was so noncommittal. The longest that I stayed in a position was 3, maybe 4 years. I would just keep searching for the place where I felt like I was supposed to be. I interviewed for and accepted every position with the excitement and hope that this would be the one.
Unfortunately it never was. I always felt like there was something missing. Something bigger that I should be doing. I grew more and more fidgety and unsatisfied with each passing year. I knew that there had to be something more. I didn’t realize it at the time but my dissatisfaction with work definitely contributed to my fibromyalgia.
In my mid 30s I started experiencing severe migraines, muscle pain, exhaustion plus many more issues. In the pursuit of trying to figure out what was wrong with me I, being the stubborn person that I am, did as much research as I could. I diagnosed myself with fibromyalgia months before any physician did. The stories that I was hearing about people with fibromyalgia scared me. I knew that I didn’t want to be on a downward spiral because of this condition nor did I want to be on medication for the rest of my life.
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) was literally a life saver. It came to me at exactly the right moment in my journey to health. While attending classes at IIN I learned what the effect of external forces was doing to my health as well as what the foods that I was putting in my body were doing to me.
Each week we would be introduced new ways to process and deal with stress. New techniques to better provide self-care and set goals. We also would be introduced to different dietary methods and given a plethora of information on each. We were encouraged by the founder, Jonathan Rosenthal, to try each technique or dietary theory to see what worked best for us. We were encouraged to open our minds and explore alternatives to the way we approached our health and wellbeing.
Within six months of classes I found that my fibromyalgia symptoms started to improve. At IIN we learned about naturopaths in our lectures and it inspired me to find one in my local area. In my first visit with him we spent an hour discussing my symptoms and where I was and how far I’ve been able to get in my recovery just through applying what I learned up until that point.
I told him that I felt like I had an issue with candida and a leaky gut and asked him for help resolving those issues because that was a bit above my training. He applauded me for the recovery that I had already had and then we set to work on the last push to get me off of my medication and feeling better.
Now that I have graduated from IIN I have decided to dedicate myself to helping others that are suffering in silence with this invisible yet oh so real illness. I, for the first time in 4 years, am having more good days than bad. I haven’t had a flare in almost a full month, and the only pills that I take are pharmaceutical grade supplements.
My wish is to help everyone feel as good as I do today and I have to thank Fibromyalgia for helping me find my purpose. I know that my life would not be as fulfilled as it is now if I hadn’t gotten fibromyalgia, graduated from IIN and started working with and seeing results in others with fibromyalgia.
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