My Grandmother once joked; She gave all her problems to me; medical problems that is –
from fibroids to high blood pressure, anemia to kidney stones. And while genetics play a role, habits play an even greater role and some habits are not easy to break! Since I was a child I was bound for the hospital. My earliest memory of surgery was at the age of 8 when I had a hernia removed. At 17, I had major surgery to remove cysts from around my uterus and Endometriosis from my uterine wall which led to years of taking birth control to assist in regulating blood flow.
Throughout those years, I have used various contraceptives to include Depo Vera (which aided in my weight gain) and “The Patch”. which I believe assisted my body in the development of blood clots. All the while, I maintained a diet (habits) that that included chicken, fish and turkey, pasta, dairy, seafood, fruits and veggies. When I was about 23 years old I experienced a pain in my back that left me feeling paralyzed and hospitalized. After a few painful days, it was finally determined that I was passing a kidney stone. In an effort to avoid that pain (ever again in life), I became more mindful of my diet, my interest in natural health began to peak, began seeing a nutritionist (to received B12 shots) and health practitioner to received colonics.
In 2007, I met an awesome dude by the name of Flow The Juice Man who’s a wealth of knowledge and my gateway to natural (holistic) health. He provided me with so much great information about my eating habits (what and how I can improve), however, to be most honest, I was not ready to incorporate those changes. I was receptive to some but definitely not all like removing chicken from my diet. No, not chicken, I could make all types of dishes with chicken and just ready to give it up. My body began to tell me what I was trying to ignore, change was needed! My cycle had become increasingly heavy over the years to follow, would last up to two weeks, my weight fluctuated to 187 pounds, and my blood pressure was in the “hypertension” range. What was going on? Was I really missing that much of the point? Maybe I was.
On December 30, 2009, I decided that would be the last day I would eat chicken, turkey, most fish and even relax my hair. I began to take Flow’s advice more seriously and not only was I eating better, I was also fasting. It was so invigorating, I felt lighter and happier. Finally, I began my path to knowledge of self! But that too proved to be a tricky road as it happened again, that paralyzing pain which once left me hospitalized. How could this be? I changed my diet and my overall relationship with food and kidney stones found their way back into my life and made a double impression.
Once again, I was hospitalized to have the stones removed and after a week of my release, I had to be readmitted as the pain resurfaced and I was begging for mercy. Apparently a fragment of the stone was lodged in my urethra, resulting in yet another surgery. So my quest for an even healthier lifestyle continued. What also continued was my increased blood flow during my menstrual cycles. My doctor told me this was happening as I had developed uterine fibroids. I tried several alternatives to regulate blood flow (both pharmaceuticals and natural remedies) however, nothing appeared to work. After years of failed attempts to manage this depressing and sometimes embarrassing “dis-ease”, I opted for surgery.
My doctor warned me of the dangers as a couple of my fibroids were extremely close to my uterine wall. Then February 21, 2014, rolled around and it was time for my myomectomy – a procedure that removes fibroids while leaving the uterus intact in order to maintain fertility.
So what happened? The Methotrexate caused the embryo to emerge which caused my left fallopian tube to rupture, which was subsequently removed. Since that experience I decided to be serious and consistent “seriously consistent” with maintaining my health and Holistic Alaye (living) is the only way to achieve that goal.I want to bring life to and through my body. I am happy to report I have not been hospitalized since the mis-carriage, I’ve been able to manage my blood pressure and weight.
Whether its kidney stones, fibroids or hypertension I have come to realize – health is wealth and healthy deposits are necessary to ensure overall wellness. Everything we eat plays an intricate role in growth, development and even the repair of cells. The convenience of processed foods is causing more death and dis-ease at rapid rates. It is important that we realize the food industry is focused on mass production which may provide us convenience but it does not guarantee nutrition. (W)holistic and plant based ingredients and meals can virtually be medicine if consumed and prepared in healthful ways; minimizing or alleviating the need for frequent doctor’s visit and pharmaceuticals. Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food! Let there be Light (Life)!