The Gift of Pain

The Gift of Pain
If you would’ve told me four years ago, or even a year ago, that pain would be a gift, I would’ve said you were crazy. Pain is painful, right? So how on Earth could it ever be a gift?

Pain is a signal, a cry for help from a body that’s suffering. It’s a way to tell you that it needs something. The confusing part, usually, is what. What does it want?

Does it want more kale, more sleep, more fresh air, more exercise, or more rest?

Does it need more of a certain vitamin or supplement? Maybe it needs a certain nutrient from food?

Maybe it’s less stress or more contemplation. Maybe it needs medicine and less winging it naturally.

Chronic pain and its signals can be equally frustrating and helpful, but it’s often painful.

You can’t go to sleep because you can’t get comfortable, or you wake up early in pain.

You make plans only to have to cancel because you’re too tired or in too much pain. Or you never make plans because you’re never sure how you’re going to feel, and you’re tired of disappointing people.

You take time off work or decide that you’re not well enough to work altogether.

It’s all these things and so much more. But is there anything to learn from pain? I believe it can be our greatest teacher if we let it. Here’s what it’s taught me:
  1. That I need to rest or that I did too much the previous day
  2. I need to drink more water or pay attention to what I’m eating
  3. I can be equally reliant on lifestyle modification as I can on medication
  4. To be more empathetic towards others who are suffering
  5. To control what I can and let the Lord do the rest
  6. Asking for help isn’t weakness; it’s the greatest strength
  7. Not to stress over minutiae, but allow room for growth
  8. To change my perspective of success
  9. To advocate for myself when I need something that my care team isn’t willing to provide
  10. The best time to help others with their struggles is when I’m in the midst of mine
These are a few of the deeply meaningful lessons that my pain gives me. What has it taught you?

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What to Ask to Gather your Healthcare Dream Team

What to Ask to Gather your Healthcare Dream Team
Let me start this by backing up a little bit. To know what questions you want to ask a potential member of your Healthcare Dream Team, you have to know what qualities you want.

So before you read this, take a few moments and list out what you want. Don't hold back here. Instead, fully express what you want (and need). Doing so will help direct you to the questions that you need to ask. 

That's it - blog post done, right? No, not at all! This is just our starting point. Once you have your list, now we can start figuring out what questions to ask.

If you're not sure what to ask, here are 3 of mine to get you started. 

1. What role do you think lifestyle changes play in lowering inflammation and pain?
2. How often do you research treatments for RA, both natural and pharmaceutical?
3. Are you willing to order tests that insurance doesn't cover?

Your healthcare team is going to look different from mine and so will your list of questions. The only other piece of advice I have is don't shy away from what you really want. Be willing to travel or spend a little more for your team if possible. 

The biggest thing I want you to remember is they work for you. Not the insurance companies, their practice, or themselves - YOU. Keeping that in mind, with some grace mixed in of course, will help you find your Dream Team.

Which Essential Oils Blend Worked Best to Fend Off a Panic Attack

Which Essential Oils Blend Worked Best to Fend Off a Panic Attack

Y'all I almost had a panic attack earlier this week! I can't remember the last time this happened, but it was SCARY.

Thankfully, I have an arsenal of tools at my disposal: essential oils, living on a lake and near a forest, breathwork, and speaking scripture when I'm panicky.  The question I often get asked is this, "Which essential oils should I use when I feel this way?" 

I have two blends that are both known for balancing the emotions: Peace & Calming from Young Living and Parasympathetic from Vibrant Blue.  I grabbed them both when I started feeling this coming on and here's what I noticed.

I used the Parasympathetic blend first and waited several minutes to observe what happened to how I felt. After enough time went by (probably 10 minutes or so), my symptoms weren't subsiding. I grabbed my Peace & Calming next and within a couple of minutes, the panicky feelings left me and I was able to get back to what I was doing.

Is this a distinctly scientific experiment? No, it's just my observation. I do believe it's telling that Peace & Calming worked far more quickly than the Parasympathetic blend. It could totally work differently for you, but I've seen this little experiment work nearly the same when put up against many other brands.  

If you're interested in learning more, reach out to me, and let's chat. I'm really good at only sharing with you what actually works with no fluff and real results. I've spent far too much time and money to waste yours. Hope you have a great weekend!

My Biggest Struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis and How I Overcame It

My Biggest Struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis and How I Overcame It
I remember that day so well. I sat on the couch and I was so tired of being sick, tired, and in pain.  

Sick of watching everyone do what they wanted to when they wanted to.
Tired of telling my husband or friends that I didn't feel well enough to go out.
Pain wracked what seemed like every muscle and joint in my body.

Then it happened, I found something that helped me do more of what I wanted, say yes to more, and live with less pain.  What was this magical, miracle cure?

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