Kimberly's Fibromyalgia Story
Sometimes, I still have to pinch myself if this is real life! Just 4.5 short years ago, I was so super sick and believed I was never going to be well, no hope of ever getting better. My #1 focus back then was to lose the weight, but Ive learned that great health is so much more than weight.
I had been drinking from the age of 14. Self medicating with food and alcohol. I thought I was super cool, but I was truly dead inside.
At 16, I started experiencing bouts of depression and the onset of migraines.
At 24, after moving to Chicago, I woke up feeling like I had the flu and three months later, it hadn’t gone away. I was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia and severe depression. I was given prescriptions for opioids, muscle relaxers and antidepressants. I told there was no cure, only treatment and that this was the course of action to take. That influenced my mindset and I believed I would always be sick.
At, 31 I was diagnosed the bipolar disorder and hospitalized. I was given heavy duty psychotropic medications, and still to that date, no one had ever checked my liver enzymes, as I continued my prescribed fibromyalgia protocol, added alcohol and now heavy duty psych meds.
At, 39 I was diagnosed with severe cervical dysplasia and opted for a total hysterectomy which almost killed me.
At 41, I was diagnosed with severe chronic fatty liver disease. My liver was scarred and inflamed to 2 1/2 times it’s normal size. I underwent a liver biopsy which was one of the most painful experiences ever. I was told a liver transplant was in my future. Nothing I tried that was suggested to me seemed to work. Even “diet”. I was also diagnosed with polyps in my colon and Barrett’s Esophagus. I literally felt like my insides were on fire!! I was so incredibly inflamed, yet I had no idea. This is the year I hit my knees, re-dedicated my life to Christ and got sober... clean and sober. No more alcohol, no more drugs... just done.
At 42, they removed my gallbladder.
At 43 I continued to decline and honestly thinking about checking out...
At 44, I tried a new drug that was working wonders over in Europe for people living with fibromyalgia- that drug landed me in the hospital for a week and almost killed me.
At 45, the summer prior to my 46th birthday, I packed up and moved to the beach. I mean, it was the only logical thing to do as I had tried everything else. I thought I would at least have some peace, saltwater and fresh air. I didn’t even care what I looked like in a bathing suit or shorts anymore. I continued to decline. Sinking further into depression and getting bigger. My hair was falling out in clumps, I had lost half of my eyebrows. I had zero energy. I was drinking 2 pots of coffee and 2 16 oz cokes a day just to “stay awake”. If I stopped at 2 or 3 in the afternoon I could just sit in my chair and fall asleep. I wasn’t sleeping at night. I was a wreck and again on the verge of giving up.
In December 2013, 2 days prior to my 46th birthday I made up my mind my life was going to change, and 4.5 years later, I can say that it most definitely has! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and hashimoto’s disease and went gluten/soy/dairy/sugar/processed foods free and began using a system that promoted a healthy gut flora, improved digestion, clean energy, and awesome nutrition and fiber.
I found a protocol that works for me. It involved healing my gut and continued gut care/health. It involves education and learning what “clean living” meant. It involved trashing the old way of doing life and embracing s new way. It involved opening my mind to the realization that what I had been doing for years wasn’t working and was making sicker. It was leading me to an early grave. I learned what plant-based, anti-inflammatory eating looked like and incorporated it. I trashed all my toxic, crap food and toxic, crap self-care products and started using only the best and safest foods, nutrition and products in my daily life. I learned about toxicity, toxic burden, GMOs, hormone disruptors and so much more. I learned that weight loss didn’t equal being healthy and healthy begins on the inside. I was so tired of doing the same ole thing and not seeing change, that I was willing to do something that sounded so crazy just to see if it “might” work. And, it did.
My health, and my life became so radically changed that I studied to become a certified health/wellness coach and the passion to help others transform their lives was like a fire was lit inside me... but this time the fire was like a light or beacon of hope and not a fire that was consuming me.
I look and feel better at 50 than I did when I was 25! It’s nothing short of amazing. A miracle! I thank God for recovery. I thank God for placing the right people with the right information in my life who educated me, helping me transform. I’m thankful for second, third, fourth, fifth chances and for a testimony to encourage others to take control of their lives. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus makes all things new!
I never in a million years believed I could feel this amazing and have the joy and peace I have today. I am pain-free, migraine-free, my liver enzymes are perfect and energy is through the roof. I’m no longer considered insulin resistant and no longer in need of a liver transplant.
Be careful who you believe and what is spoken over your life. If what you’re doing isn’t working, don’t be afraid to seek other answers and fight. Because this is literally a matter of life and death, after all.