There was a time - not that long ago - when I dreaded the question, "How are you?" Most of the time, I answered with a polite, "I'm fine, thanks." But the truth was, while I was doing my best to move forward, find solutions and stay positive, I was also very afraid. Afraid of the disease getting out control, afraid of the complications and the long list of "what ifs."
But today, when someone asks, "How are you?" I can't help but smile (and get a little teary-eyed). I can't help but think about where I've been and where I'm going. For months, I have blogged about my journey. Many of you have been reading from the beginning, when there was lots of pain and little answers. You have seen me through the fears, doubts and struggles. You have seen me vulnerable and honest, broken and afraid, resilient and determined. You have seen it all and you have so graciously journeyed with me.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the end of 2011 had me seriously re-evaluating the future. The risks of my treatment plan were outweighing the benefits and it was time for a change of plans. Little did I know that those change of plans would dramatically change my life. Since the beginning of 2012, I have been on a nutritional program that has made an incredible difference in my health. I have been able to cut my medication dosage in half, my blood work has been normal (for the first time in over a year), my inflammation has decreased and the pain has subsided (not only does my husband NOT need to help me out of bed, I am up to 20 minutes on the elliptical). And get this, I haven't been sick at all in 2012. Keep in mind, I was the girl who was told she would have to wear a mask on airplanes or crowded places. My immune system was weak and that resulted in constant sickness, infections and food poisoning. Today, I am getting stronger - cell by cell - I am healing. Let me say that again.
I. Am. Healing.
It is so powerful, humbling, liberating to write those words.
The good news doesn't stop there. My quest for health, wellness and prevention led me to start my own business, Thriving 365. Yes, from Thrive Out Loud to Thriving 365 I am living and breathing health and hope. I have partnered with Shaklee, the #1 natural nutrition company in the U.S., and am now able to share natural, alternative solutions with others. I wasn't looking to start a business. I was simply looking for answers and this is where it led me. Please click here to visit my website and read my story.
This post has been a long time coming. Several months ago, during a very dark time, I wrote, "I know something great is on the horizon. I just know it." It seemed crazy at the time, because the horizon looked anything but great. And yet, here we are. I know that this journey is not over. Healing is a process, but there's nowhere else I'd rather be.