Many of you know I am a part of a fitness group on Facebook. This group is an amazing source of support, inspiration, and knowledge. One of the community building activities we take part in from time to time is a photo of the day. It’s a great way to get to know each other outside the screens of FB and fitness. Today’s photo was #shadow. The idea is that you take pic of a type of shadow and then explain it.
My photo inspiration caught me totally of guard. I was getting ready this morning, most in the dark as usual, and my eye caught this image. I snapped the shot and rolled my eyes. Another EVER product.
The more I thought about how EVER ended up in my life, the more the shadow meant, and the deeper the picture became.
It was a year ago my youngest son and I went through a medical crisis. He was sick for four months before he was diagnosed with Lyme. I cannot begin to describe the horrors of an ER visit and numerous Dr. visits with misdiagnosis and no direction. The pain he was in was unbelievable. As parents, we were helpless. Our other two children didn’t know what to do with a brother who used to be annoying and rambunctious, but now could barely sit or walk without pain. Thankfully, we were referred to a great doctor who knew immediately what was wrong with our son and got him right back to his monkey self.
As for me, I was a mess as well. My hormones were all over the place and my cycles were right out of a crime scene. I had massive brain fog to the point where I was mixing up my words when teaching. Sleep was a thing of the past although I was tired all the time, and felt like I was barely functioning. Add to that a bizarre rash and bleeding eyelids and you have one woman who looked and felt like a zombie. My skin was so messed up I could only wash with very diluted baby soap and used coconut oil for moisturizer. No makeup for this lady. To say this was demoralizing is an understatement.
Adding to this, I was finishing up my Masters degree, and we lost a very close personal friend of the family. A year ago, our family was in severe crisis mode huddled together doing the best we could. Thank goodness for friends and family.
While trying to get our son diagnosed correctly, I too was going to the dr. I know how important it is to be your own best advocate when it comes to the medical field. So, I pushed and asked all the questions I could. We went to see a Natural Nurse who has worked with our family before. She was able to help our little guy’s immune and lymph systems while we attacked his Lyme with some seriously strong antibiotics. As for me, we discovered that my systems were toxic. You can read the entire story, with fabulous bleeding eyelid photos here.
This led our family deeper into the importance of reading labels and truly knowing what products you are putting on and in your body, and that surround your environment. They truly do matter. We know there are things we cannot help such as mold in the work environment, pollen, and car pollution. However, there are things we can control such as what meat we purchase as well as our personal and household care items. EVER was not only my skin care solution during a scary time, but it signifies hope to me.
A year ago my family was very sick, saddened, depressed, and demoralized. We all were. We thought we were living pretty healthy life and we came to understand that health is more than just eating the correct organic foods in the correct portions with a bunch of exercise thrown in. It’s actually one of the reasons I started this blog and
So, to make a longer story short, this shadow is defiantly significant to me. This signifies how far we’ve come in a year.
Where will you be next year?