Discipline

Bye Bye Inflammation by Brea Persing

26 months—it took 26 months to get more than 32 years of inflammation out of my body. But if finally happened! The hard work and discipline paid off and I couldn’t be happier!

These days, everyone wants a quick fix, but when you’re dealing with health issues and root causes, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Healing is not passive, it’s active. I was so sick that I was forced to take time off of work and focus on healing—my life depended on it. For nine months I focused nearly 100% on healing. This meant making sure I got enough sleep, which was about 8-10 hours a night, that I was disciplined in my eating (no low fat stuff here) and taking the medicine I needed consistently. You see, I almost died, but I’ll write another post on that soon. At the time, I was going to nearly five or so appointments a week. I would go and get adjusted by a chiropractor, get acupuncture, physical therapy, counseling to get rid of trauma in my body, massage therapy, lymphatic drainage therapy, colon hydrotherapy, and that didn’t cover the times I needed to get more blood work and see my doctor, which was every month to two months. The appointments and driving to them was a full time job. It was exhausting…but well worth it. 

My doctors found the root cause and we made a plan of action. The medicine and supplements were expensive, but absolutely necessary. I was lacking so many vitamins and minerals in my body it was scary. The doctor actually said a few times, “Wow, you have zero of this in your body. I’ve never seen that.” I later found out that I was the sickest patient my doctor had ever seen at that point and she wasn’t sure if I was actually going to make it. I’m pretty stubborn though, so dying wasn’t an option!

After the nine month period, the appointments lessened, but I was still going to appointments weekly or biweekly. But I was in a better place now that I had energy, could function, and could start working again.

I tried working out during this time, and I could do some, but not much. I had to make sure I wasn’t overextending my thyroid and adrenals which were already shot. Cardio was definitely NOT an option. Most of the time I just did restorative yoga, which was helpful for my soul and body.

Here was the hardest thing for me during this journey, besides the financial burden, was the weight gain. My doctors said that while my body was healing, coming out of starvation mode (because my body couldn’t process the nutrients I was putting inside it the years leading up to this), and dealing with getting the inflammation out of my body, that I would gain weight. She said I would gain and not be able to lose until the inflammation was gone. So I was thinking, ok, maybe 20 or so pounds, that’s doable. NOPE. I went from 123 lbs at my smallest (my body was literally not processing anything good I was putting in it) to 178 lbs. That’s a 55 lb difference. I went from a size 4 to a size 12. It was DEPRESSING! I just kept telling myself that I was healing and felt the best I had in YEARS! It helped, a little bit. But every time I had to buy a size bigger in jeans, I internally cried and grieved the loss. It’s hard on most anyone to gain weight, it’s especially hard for a woman, like me, who has struggled with body image most of her life.

Photo taken by my friend Laurie. This was about 5 lbs heavier than at my smallest as an adult. I was so sick during this trip in Morocco too.

Photo taken by my friend Laurie. This was about 5 lbs heavier than at my smallest as an adult. I was so sick during this trip in Morocco too.

Photo taken by my mother. This February at my heaviest, 178 lbs. Right before the inflammation fully went away. It’s was a really big change.

Photo taken by my mother. This February at my heaviest, 178 lbs. Right before the inflammation fully went away. It’s was a really big change.

On top of all that, I re-injured both of my rotator cuffs over the past summer, so I couldn’t do yoga anymore, even though I had more energy. It sucked! One thing they did tell me though, that once the inflammation was gone, my body would start to even out, get ride of the water weight, and settle itself down to where it wanted to be.

So finally, this February (2019) I was INFLAMMATION FREE! I danced and cried with the news! I had also continued my physical therapy and my rotator cuffs were in a place that I could start putting weight on them, so not only had I already started to lose about a half pound a week, but I could start doing more exercise than just air squats! It will be a long journey getting the added weight off, but I know it will happen slowly. Being able to get back to working out, still making sure I don’t over-exhaust my adrenals, feels good and I feel stronger and stronger each day.

Even though the inflammation is gone, healing is still happening. My appointments have lessened immensely, but there are still things I do on a “regular” basis, like colon hydrotherapy, an occasional chiropractic adjustment, and acupuncture to keep my body running normal and balanced.