Being active has always been a part of my life. I was a gymnast, I played basketball, I played on my high school soccer team. It was never difficult for me to find something active to do because I had a very competitive nature as a child.
But I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2008. At the time, I wasn’t sure what this meant for me or even what Lupus was. I thought that finally having the diagnosis I could move forward. But this is really when things got real. A few months after my diagnosis, I was also diagnosis with Lupus nephritis. My immune system was attacking my kidneys. I was quickly set up for 6 months chemotherapy to suppress my immune system. After responding well to treatment, I was set up for a lifetime of steroids and medication. I was told I’d have a normal life as long as I took my medication.
For the most part, that was all true. I was lucky enough to be able to live a fairly normal life. I continued to play sports, went to prom, graduated high school, and went off to college. It was at college that a lot of things changed for me. I was no longer playing team sports and was no longer eating my mom’s home cooked food. Moving away from home made me realize the need to take control of my health care. I began looking for other ways to be active and fell in love with fitness. Exercise became my enabler. It enabled me to feel better, feel empowered, and overcome a lot of the challenges that Lupus placed in my life. This is where Healing in Motion came into my life. I realized exercise was the best medicine for me and that it could help a lot of other people find relief from pain and constant fatigue.
But I was still eating like a typical college student. It wasn’t until after college that I began paying better attention to what I was eating. And just like fitness, it was a game changer. I was beginning to notice that my “normal” life was not so normal anymore. After being on steroids for over 8 years, I could feel the toll it was taking on my body. I needed change.
I looked into the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP) and decided to give it a try for three months, as it typically recommended. I was on a mission to come off of my medication and allow my body to rest from the constant breakdown from steroids. During those first three months, I changed a lot about the way I ate. I already had a fairly healthy diet, but following AIP I had to cut out a lot of foods I didn’t realize could lead to inflammation. Even after just two weeks, I could tell a difference in the way that I felt physically, my mood, and how I was sleeping. After three months, I finally said goodbye to prednisone and said hello to freedom.
In January of 2017 I began to reintroduce foods that I had cut out from AIP. Some were successful, some were not. But I learned a lot about my body and which foods cause inflammation and Lupus flare ups in my body. I still take medication for Lupus, but no longer deal with the awful effects of steroids on my body. With an individualized diet (everyone is different) and exercise (I do CrossFit!) I finally feel like I have my body back and thrive beyond my diagnosis.
Healing in Motion is both my passion and my career. I live Healing in Motion every single day. And the best part is that I get to help other women do the same. I have found that no matter who you are, we are all fighting some sort of battle. Whatever that may be for you, Healing in Motion was created to help you live the way you were created to live; to help you thrive within your circumstances. I believe God created us all with a purpose. For me, Healing in Motion is my purpose. It can help you find yours too.