It has been a year and a half since I got diagnosed as an autoimmune patient. During this time, I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs, physically and emotionally, as I expected to do so coming back to “normal life” after being sick. I am lucky to be surrounded by family and friends that have been the most supportive. I am lucky to have been supplied all the help–doctors, medication, books, guidance, you name it. Everything I need to get better, I got. And the fact that things seem to have gone back to normal for me is something I am forever grateful for. God has truly been the greatest guide and teacher, and it is through Him and what He has provided for me that I am where I am today.
Most of my life I was active, but last year I encountered a hurdle in maintaining that. I got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which held me back from keeping fit and working out. I’ve written about it here, but let me give you a glimpse of the sickness and my drive to get back in shape through my Power Mac #NoExcuses entry.
The challenge of Power Mac’s #NoExcuses contest is to share your fitness journey. This is mine, as I strive to get back in shape after an autoimmune flare-up. I got a little anxious with the thought of posting this video. I’ve been sharing a lot of my sickness journey online, but never thought I’d decide to share some of these videos/photos. I took them because I always document stuff even if I don’t plan on posting them. But when I saw the Power Mac Center #NoExcuses contest and felt the urge to join it, I knew it had to be shared.
When I first found out I had an autoimmune disease, my family, Anton and I immediately turned to the Internet to see what it had to say about my condition. It’s not always advisable to do so, because what you get from typing a disease on Google almost always leads to the worst case scenarios, like death. There’s some truth to what you might find, but be wary with what you decide to take in. As expected we got different results, read about extreme cases and possibilities of death, but also remission. From these readings it was testimonies from functional doctors and actual autoimmune disease patients that were most convincing. My mom then suggested that since testimonies played a major role in educating me, I should share the experience as well.
This might be a rather lengthy post, meant for those really interested to know more about autoimmune, what the disease is and what it does, what’s being done to recover, and basic health tips anyone can learn from this experience. In case you’re interested, you can read on to learn more about it.