I have journeyed a lot in my 38 years on this planet, in any way you look at it:
I grew up as military brat, and then joined myself at 19. I’ve lived on both coasts of the US, in the middle, and overseas. I’ve visited/been sent to places all over the continental US, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of Europe and Asia. I have changed addresses more times than I can remember, and the longest I’ve ever been anywhere is the last 10 years here in Maryland…where I have moved 4 times so far.
I have been an agnostic, a “wanna-be” Buddhist, and I’ve now found my place in Christianity.
I’ve gone from grunge to thug, nerd to rebel, party-girl to mother, wife to divorcee (not all at the same time). I’ve gone from the girl who needed the approval of everyone else to the grown woman who knows what, and who, is actually important.
And then there’s health.
I grew eating primarily things that came in cans and boxes and freezer packages. My mother was a nurse, so OTC medicine was always there for anything that did (or might) ail us.
The military was no different, with the immunizations for everything that might be out there and the 800mg ibuprofen that was prescribed for just about anything that brought you to the clinic.
I have been official diagnosed by a medical professional with arthritis, chronic bronchitis, migraines, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depression, nutrient deficiencies, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), allergies to some foods and everything in the air, and most significantly, chronic Lyme disease and Alpha-gal disease. I spent most of my 20s and 30s in and out of doctor’s offices, seeing specialists, getting tests, taking prescriptions, and feeling pretty broken, physically, mentally, and spiritually. But I kept trucking along, following doctors’ directions, taking the pills, and searching, searching, searching for answers: Why do I feel this way? What is the magic thing that’s going to fix it? How can I continue to live like this?
And that’s why I’m here. I have narrowed down the whys. I have discovered there is no magic one thing that will fix it all. There is no magic pill. But I also realized I don’t have to continue to live like that. There are ways to make it better. Ways to find hope and healing and wholeness.
This is my Journey.