This month seems like a favourable time to start this blog as this July marks the four year anniversary of when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.The diagnosis followed a three year battle to convince the GP’s that I wasn’t suffering from a series of ailments but one debilitating condition with a whole spectrum of bizarre symptoms, that had me convinced (as the Queen song says) that I was going slightly mad.
Prior to the point of diagnosis I had been given blood test after blood test, was being told I was still tired from a bout of depression or suffering from depression then finally referred to endocrinologist who cheerfully told me that despite the A4 list of symptoms I was clutching that there was nothing she could diagnose. Eventually after realising that my symptoms matched a friend’s who has already been diagnosed with Fibro I secured a referral to the Mineral Hospital in Bath to see a Rheumatologist where I finally received my diagnosis after approximately five minutes of examination. After 3 years of to-ing and fro-ing 5 minutes was all it took, aargh how frustratingly crazy is that!
Initially I cried with relief at having conformation of the illness I suspected was causing the myriad of crazy symptoms my body and mind was experiencing. However following fast on it’s heels was a huge sense of anti climax which was quickly replaced with the question of ‘so what happens now?’ Little did I know that this was only the beginning of a roller coaster of a journey and from a medical perspective I would effectively find myself up s**t creek without a paddle.
In the weeks after my diagnosis I followed my usual personal protocol of placing myself in the hands of the medical profession. I took the medication on offer (amitriptyline) expecting some kind of cure the conventional way. As it began to sink in that there was little understanding of the condition and the miracle pill was not going to be forth coming, I realised that the responsibility for my recovery lay with me. This was a daunting realisation, the prospect of having to find my own way to recovery at the time when I was at my most sick was totally overwhelming. I felt cast adrift, there was no longer anyone to guide me or shoulder the responsibility and that hit home incrediably hard.
In the end my disillusion with the conventional medical profession and my serious misgivings about the effects of long term medication proved to be the driving force that propelled me in to action. Here I was in my thirties being recommended long term medication without any information about the long term implications. No one seemed to be interested on how it would effect me in 30 yrs time, part of me was astounded that I was expected to take this medication with out questioning the outcome. Fast discovering that the benefits of the medication were negligible and were being seriously out weighed by the unknown impact of a possible lifetimes use, the decision to seek an alternative path was not a difficult one.
I began to research, educate and forge my own path on the recovery road, a road which would see me having to pick myself up setback after setback and climb some serious personal mountains but equally would eventually lead me to develop a rather strange sense of gratitude for all I have learnt and gained from my illness.
Over the last few years I have trawled the internet for information and ways to heal myself naturally. I have found a way to stay off medication and as I have progressed I have become totally convinced that the answer to better health lies within nature and finding a good level of wellbeing. Clean eating with fresh unprocessed food has been the cornerstone for my recovery journey and enabled me to managed my symptoms effectively. Using natural supplementation, alternative therapies and gaining a healthier outlook on life has helped me to build further on the progress I have made.
This blog is the culmination of my journey so far, is a place to reflect on how far I’ve come, chart my progress,celebrate triumph, sharing the good the bad and the ugly. I am hoping to give others who suffer from Fibro or other chronic conditions inspiration, resources and hopen. The Naturally Marvellous blog is also a place for anyone who is interested in healthy clean eating and improving their own sense of wellbeing. My intention is to share with you interesting articles, yummy recipes and general musing on life’s up and downs.
The name Naturally Marvellous came about from my belief that nature is a marvellous thing and many answers lie within it alongside a belief that no matter what life throws at you there are always means and ways to re-connect with your inner strength enabling you to find a way to live a life that is still marvellous.
I hope you find something to help you re-connect to your inner natural marvellousness here 💜