How I Got Started
Ryan & I got married in 2007. Two months later my back went out. Happy honeymoon to us! I was 27 years old and couldn't get out of bed one morning. For the next 3 years, I did all the physical therapy, injections, epidurals, surgeries, pain management, bed rest....everything. Nothing helped. With every intervention, I was weaker and in more pain.
After 3 years, I had fusion surgery and got hardware in my spine. During my 3 months of bedrest, my surgeon was mentally preparing me for my future healthcare plans. He said I would need pain management, physical therapy, and a surgeon handy for the rest of my life. And I definitely shouldn't ever get pregnant & add that strain to my back. I was 30 year old and felt defeated & hopeless.
I realized what I was doing wasn't working. I started researching looking for options. I joined chat rooms (that's what we did in 2010 ;-) ) to learn what worked for others, asked lots of questions, downloaded medical journals, and read lots of research. I was on bedrest so I had the time and motivation to learn. And boy did I learn!
In my research, I learned that chemicals & toxic ingredients in food, personal care, & cleaning products can cause inflammation and inflammation can cause injury. My spine injury was a non-impact injury, meaning I wasn't in a wreck, I didn't fall, & I wasn't playing sports. I just woke up one day and couldn't stand up. My injury was a result of excess inflammation hidden in my body.
So I started ditching all the chemicals in my house.
I started with my cleaning products. Yall. I LOVED cleaning wipes! I bought them in bulk and used them for everything. Getting rid of those hurt my soul! And dryer sheets! Say it ain't so!! I gave those up, too. I started making all my cleaning supplies with vinegar and baking soda. My house smelled like a jar of pickles. But guess what.....
My pain started to go away! I wanted more!
Next came my beauty products. Yep, I ditched the shampoo & makeup from the drugstore. It's full of ingredients that is linked to inflammation, cancer, autoimmune, infertility, allergies, and more.
And I started getting stronger! And sleeping better! And even less pain!
And I became an instant believer. These oils These oils worked! For everything!
That was close to a decade ago. I haven't been back to a spine surgeon, physical therapist, or pain specialist since. I had a beautiful pregnancy with my now 7 year old daughter (I also have a 10 year old adopted son).