Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Souper Douper SCDer!!

I KNOW this to be true:
I'm in school.
I have a job.
I know exactly what direction my life is going in. 
I am a SCDer & I run a support page on Facebook for others following the diet around the world. 
I take Epsom salt baths every week. 
I have learned the dos & don'ts of my gut. ;) 
I think of bubbly water as a sweet treat/dessert.
I think of chicken soup as my secret to lifelong happiness. 
Zucchini pasta is my FAVORITE Italian-ish dish. 
I know how to use cauliflower to make a to-die-for pizza crust!!! 
Banana pancakes are a fun, SCD-friendly dessert in my house that everyone enjoys!!
I promote the power of SIMPLICITY when it comes to food. 
I'm on a quest to KILL AS MANY BUGS as I possibly can. 
I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get through this Chronic Lyme treatment. 
My world is bright, sunny, & exploding with daily giggles. 
The thought of "giving up" is now a foreign language to me. 
I'm OK with growing up as an adult with two full-time jobs: achieving/then maintaining wellness AND working with animals. :) 
It's been a rather bumpy ride but I wouldn't want it to have unfolded any other way.
I've become more comfortable with the new life I've been forced to live. 
I find peace in calming music or a salt bath. 
I think of my new friends as my favorite form of medicine. 
I don't go looking for a red EXIT sign anymore. 
I have no need for Harry Potter's invisibility cloak anymore. 
I found myself & never want to go missing ever again. 
I wasn't able to say any of these things three years ago.
Everything about my life has changed for the better since I first launched this blog. 
I don't know ALL the answers & I'm not an expert on how to treat Chronic Lyme/autoimmune diseases BUT I've learned how to face these medical monsters with determination & a stubborn will to succeed. 
I started this blog to help others achieve wellness & as it turns out (prepare yourself for some ULTIMATE cheesiness), it has helped ME achieve wellness, too.
I never thought treatment for chronic diseases could come in the form of an Internet diary with followers from all over the globe. 
I'm so incredibly grateful for what this blog has done for me from the times it helped me cease the tears, to the times it listened when I was only able to get out a teeny tiny whisper. 
While this blog was my only companion for a good chunk of the last three years, it has helped me find the strength to gain some real friends. 
Real face-to-face friends I can be my REAL self with (even if those face-to-face moments are via Skype!). 
The people I've learned to let into my life are my treasures & I will forever cherish their healing presence.
Where will the blog go from here?
I don't know exactly. 
I'd just like to keep it by my side & see what happens. 
When something is going right, whatever you do, DON'T change it. 
This is working. 
This is helping me heal.
SO, I'll leave it at that & keep doing what I'm doing. 
To all of you who have been a part of this wildly colorful, sometimes rough, often bumpy, very emotional, possibly ugly, incredibly muddy, extremely beautiful journey, 
thank you. 
I would not have made it this far without you. 
Lots & lots of endless love, 

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