“Have you ever been tested for lupus?”
Those were the words that started it all. Dr. Thompson was my new doctor. I made an appointment because I needed him to understand the 10 years of pain, surgeries, insomnia, falling out of hair, skin rashes, hives, morbid fatigue, rheumatoid like pain in my feet and wrists and roller coaster weight gain and loss, I had been experiencing. Not to mention, when I got to his office, I was unable to move my neck on the right side; that was new, pinched nerve or muscle spasm. Turned out to be a muscle spasm. Dr. Thompson listened intently to all that I had gone through and finally surmised that it was time to get tested for Lupus. I had previously been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and Hashimoto Thyroiditis, which led to the removal of the right portion of my thyroid gland and consequently permanently prescribed medication for the rest of my life.
I was already limited physically.
Fibromyalgia didn’t allow for long walks, adventures at theme parks, standing for too long or for someone to hug me a little too tight. Now, this doctor wants to add insult to injury by testing me for lupus.
I had just taken a new job that had me under surmountable stress. As teachers, we are given 10 sick and personal days to use throughout the school year. From August- June. It was September and I had used 8 of them by then. I hated work, I hated my body for hating work. and I hated being this young and this sick and feeling trapped as if I was in a maze with no out. “Lupus?”, I questioned. ” Like Nick Cannon and Toni Branxton, lupus?” “Well let’s get the test results back and we can go from there”, he calmly stated. If there were any test that I was not happy about passing it was the Lupus assessment. I am the type of person that does a great deal of research before and after doctor visits. I need to partake in my health and wellness, and not just be offered a prescription and good tidings until our annual visit.
Being diagnosed with lupus was different.
This was year 10 in pain and discomfort.
I watched 2 documentaries “Game Changers” & “Forks over Knives”. That was it, I was going to give it a try 5 days a week for 30 days. With the help of my dear friend Te who made vegan meals for me while I got used to cooking differently, I became quickly accustomed to my new lifestyle. I began to feel better, I lost a little weight, I was able to sleep through the night things began to change, but not totally. I was still eating meat and other animal proteins on the weekends or when I went out with friends. Flares came back, and as intelligent as I am, I missed the connection. Then, I met Dr. Price. Dr. Price is an iridologist who I met at a girlfriend’s party. He is all about health and wellness and healing through nutrition. When I told about my diagnosis, we scheduled an appointment for him to come to my house and do an iris read.
This completely changed my life.
He told me that my gut was very acidic and suggested that I cleanse and try a more alkaline diet for 30 days. The list of foods include a spinach, kale, avocados, parsley, cucumber, zucchini, apples, bananas, ginger, garlic smoothie for 30 days, a lemon cayenne pepper cleanse, fish, and brown everything else ie.. brown sugar, rice, honey…etc. He said ” If it’s brown it’s from the ground, if it’s white it ain’t right.” He wasn’t opposed to meat, but I had taken a likening to plant based substitutes, so I decided that I would only eat fish and everything else would be plant based. I excluded cheese, yogurt, milk, sour cream, and all other animal proteins. In 30 days, I was a new me. No flares, no pains, no fatigue, no insomnia and everything else I mentioned earlier eradicated. It has been 11 months since I experienced any assortment of symptoms. I still drink my smoothie daily, which I have named my “medicine smoothie”. I haven’t been on any prescriptions, only true vitamins supplements. With the help of Dr. Price, I have curtailed being lupus symptomatic.
This is what I needed to do for me. It’s not for everyone.
But when I finally noticed that animal proteins were literally making me sick, I had to do something drastic in order to get some semblance of my life back. Years of eating poorly and not taking care of my insides, resulted in something that could have become aggressively worse over time. I was fortunate to put a pause on it by simply eating right. My suggestion is to listen to what your body is telling you. Never give up on finding the answers that work for you. I am not trying to turn anyone vegan, tell you to get off your meds, or fire your doctor. This is my story and what was necessary for me.
My only mantra to you is be an advocate for yourself and keep striving and searching for your healing.
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