Things I wish someone had told me after being diagnosed with a autoimmune disease/chronic illness:
your illness(es) do not define you. Its a part of your life, but not the most important thing in your life.
❁ seek community immediately! It’s likely that none of your friends, partners, or loved ones have any idea what you’re dealing with; find those who do.
❁ your health is not a reflection of your worth
❁ mindset work is just as important as physical healing
❁ don’t get sucked in by IG wellness influencers and people with no medical training who follow every new health trend, they’re most likely just trying to sell you shit.
❁ get comfortable asking for help
❁ what you put in and on your body have strong effects on your symptoms, healing, and wellness
❁ you’re not alone! This can be such an isolating experience and it doesn’t need to be.
❁ there will always be people who doubt/don’t understand what you’re going through, ignore their passive aggressive remarks.
❁ rest is one of the most important parts of healing. Without adequate rest the body struggles to function properly.
❁ having this illness does not make you an undesirable friend or partner. People who can’t handle your health status don’t deserve to be in your life.
❁ healing is never linear
❁ sacrifice is often necessary - to afford treatments, good food, etc
❁ connect to your intuition, then follow it
One of the reasons I created this business was to help people through difficult times in their health, because I wish I would’ve had someone to guide me! Wading through the immense amount of research, differing opinions, and advice from people can be exhausting - and unless you have a background in health it can be really hard to make decisions when you’re faced with so many options.
Every thought I listed above are things I’ve personally experienced throughout this journey, and there were too many times I felt alone, hopeless, and like I just wanted to disappear. If you’re going through it right now I’m sending you love - 2 hours ago