Hi Mastin and fellow daily lovers, this is my first time posting on TDL and I wanted to share my story. I am a 34-year-old woman whose life has gone from a life of extreme endurance sports (lots of work, friends and fun) to a life of extreme chronic illness. Once an intense marathon runner and triathlete fighting to get to the finish, I’m now seriously ill fighting to get my life back. Two years ago I fell HARD and became completely debilitated. I am now on a journey to find true health, happiness, joy, and inner peace. My ‘fall’ sounds sudden but it was a gradual grinding of ‘running’ away from emotional pain, fear and low self-worth. This was the foundation that set the stage for a big time fall out and opportunity to really live and love again. An opportunity to face my lack of self-love and excessive self-loathing but to make it really fun, my fight back not only includes an emotional and spiritual path but an INTENSE physical one as well.
I was training for an ironman two years ago while attempting to go back to graduate school and my physical body started to fail. I was gaining weight despite 3 hours a day of exercise and what I thought was healthy eating, losing all my beautiful hair, massive panic attacks that last for days, severe insomnia and unable to stand for long periods of time, and that was just the beginning. I thought I was dying. Over the past two years I have tried conventional medicine, steroids, hormones, you name it and it only made me WORSE. I also got very vague answers as to why I was so incredibly sick. To make a long story short I started to look inward and do some pretty serious internal and long overdue housekeeping. I also realized traditional doctors were not helping and had to take my health into own hands. I will keep this short but my journey is still in process as I still fight to get well.
My best ‘soulmate’ friend happened to get sick at the same time as me (we were living in two totally separate states at the time), she is also an ironman athlete. She has been my rock and basically kept me alive. We are both doing everything we can to get well and expose serious autoimmune disease and how to approach it from a holistic standpoint.
Thanks Mastin for creating The Daily Love, we read it daily and hope someday we can reach out and help as many people as you have!
A TDL Reader