Every care plan is different, but I’m happy to share how a root cause approach allowed me to reduce my symptoms and become a healthier version of myself.
I was diagnosed with my first autoimmune disease at 23 years old and my body continued collecting other autoimmune conditions soon after that. I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. I struggled with numerous symptoms for years and was given nutrition advice from doctors that made my health worse. Once I educated myself about nutrition and got connected with health care practitioners that listened to me and cared about my symptoms, I began a healing journey that would eventually improve my symptoms and allow me to enjoy my life again. Every care plan is different, but I’m happy to share how a root cause approach allowed me to reduce my symptoms and become a healthier version of myself.
At the beginning of my healing journey, I was living with many symptoms that were becoming too severe to ignore and impacting my day-to-day life. I had no Care Team but I was dedicated to shifting my own health, so I set my first health goal — I wanted to be able to move throughout the day with less pain. After years of movement causing me discomfort, this simple goal was something I struggled to accomplish. Because so many doctors couldn’t help improve my condition, I gathered my symptoms and was determined to pinpoint what areas were actually out of balance in my body. Here’s what I uncovered.
My body was asking for a lot of support. My upper gastrointestinal tract, large intestine, and small intestine needed attention, which explained my digestive discomfort, joint pain, and swelling. My adrenals and blood sugar were out of balance as well because of the amount of physical and emotional stress these conditions brought on. And because the body is interconnected, adrenal issues and blood sugar issues furthered my digestive discomfort and impacted my weight.
My nutritional reassessment shows that I have brought numerous systems of my body back into balance! I still have flares from time to time but I reflect on my lifestyle choices to figure out where and when I may have triggered the flare and what nutrition my body needs to reduce it.
No longer experiencing digestive discomfort. Nutrient absorption has increased, allowing for nutrient repletion of essential vitamins and minerals and healthy weight loss.
By consuming blood sugar balancing meals and celiac friendly foods, joint pain and swelling decreased, and consistent brain fog resolved.
Changes to sleep, movement, and stress management caused a decrease in feelings of stress, increased energy, and improved sleep.
The day I woke up and got out of bed without pain was the first day that I knew I was on the right path toward healing.
There is no end point to healing. I will continue to manage my conditions and there will be ups and downs along the way, but with this personalized approach to autoimmune care, I’ve been able to move with less pain, enjoy time with my family, and support WellTheory members to do the same. Since I had no Care Team and a care plan I created myself, I often felt alone during my healing process. I’m excited I can now support others along their own healing journeys by creating personalized, effective care plans for WellTheory members. I cannot understate how important support is when trying to heal!