“It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey…”

As we begin a new year, many of us try to set goals.  The question is whether we can keep them or not.

I’ve had to set many goals as I was faced with the fact that my condition needed to be approached with a multi-disciplinary treatment plan in able to be successful in my healing journey.

It hasn’t been easy to say the least!  Through trial and error, I’ve been able to get back up each time I’ve fallen and continue to remind myself it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.

So with that said, I may have fallen many times but by God’s grace and mercy each time I get back up this Fibro Mom is more resolved to keep moving forward!  Fibro does not identify me.  Christ does!

Ready to tackle 2015!

Stab In the Back

Simply put.  It’s been 2 years since I no longer feel a stabbing pain on my left scapula. EVERY SINGLE DAY I felt like someone was stabbing my back since 2007.  Talk about having someone really stab me in the back!

Also, my high blood pressure eventually normalized as I noticed even taking Felodipine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I continued to have fluctuating high blood pressure and a shooting pain on my left eye that felt like it would explode any minute.  So my head also felt like exploding.  And, yes, I felt these symptoms everyday as well. Eventually, more symptoms disappeared.

I was so excited to scream it to the whole world the first time I no longer felt it on a chronic basis as I’ve felt hostage for so MANY years!  But I’ve learned to wait for my symptoms to go away as it takes time for my condition to be reversed.

These resulted sometime after my amalgams and permanent retainer were removed as I felt another level of healing.  And this was done in a series of visits as my body would not have been able to handle toxic removal all at the same time.  I later learned it’s because amalgams has mercury in them and a permanent retainer has nickel in it.  Both VERY LETHAL to the human body.  As I mentioned in another post, they were acting like a battery in my mouth!

I haven’t even mentioned that I still had root canals in my mouth at the time I had the mercury and nickel removed!  As I didn’t learn until later that my root canals had moderate acute and chronic inflammation and fragments of viable reactive bone.  My Bio-Dentist was emphatic on the removal of “root cadaver canal” teeth (as he referred to them) due to its potential and actual impact for some on general systemic health. Which I obviously exhibited with my Fibromyalgia condition.

An excerpt from an article written by The Center for Natural Dentistry says, “We have found that fatigue, regardless of the underlying disease, is primarily associated with hypersensitivity to inorganic mercury and nickel.”

Mercury and Nickel Allergy: Risk Factors in Fatigue and Autoimmunity

Now, I don’t know if having root canals alone can cause so much health problems.  And it’s true that there are others who have root canals and seem to be doing okay.  So, with that said, this is a personal decision.  I agreed to get all this dental work done because my body was already failing me.  Fibromyalgia is also a systemic issue, so that alone convinced me that it needed immediate attention.

So this past Thanksgiving, Christmas and as 2014 almost comes to a close, I couldn’t help but reflect and be sooo THANKFUL my body continues to heal as each layer is addressed.  I feel like a soldier no longer dodging bullets and stepping on land mines but I am bruised and injured and needing time to continue to heal.

Humbled and grateful I can be a wife and a mother again as I was truly losing my identity.  And getting a second chance in life.  I am slowly getting my life back even if it’s one year at a time.

DOWN TO EARTH is down with Lirio’s island RAW granola!

It’s confirmed.

Lirio’s island RAW granola will be in 3 more stores in Down To Earth in 2015!

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 PEARLRIDGE

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KAILUA

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Stay tuned for more details in mid January.

In the meantime, our line of island RAW granola will continue to be in Down To Earth in Kapolei.

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Mahalo for your continued support!

Thanksgiving Hawaiian Style

In my childhood years in the Philippines, we ate off of banana leaves when we would hike up to my grandmother’s property in the mountains in her province.  I have fond memories of our tour guide, who was known as Uncle Spergion, hacking the banana leaves with his bolo knife when it was time to have lunch as we’d take a break from our hike.

Then the moms and aunties would grab the leaves and give them a quick wash in the nearby stream of natural spring water.  While us young kids would sit and watch, the older kids helped out in preparing the food.  Then the FUN part is we got to use the banana leaves as plates and ate with our hands!  Of course we had to wash our hands before we ate.

This year at our Thanksgiving lunch, we did just that…except it was at our townhouse.  And used ti leaves as we didn’t have enough banana leaves.  Not everyone ate with their hands. But a few adventurous ones did!

And I like how it was such an easy clean up.  Definitely going to try this again!  Hope your Thanksgiving with family and friends was filled with love, fun and laugher.  And are enjoying the rest of this Thanksgiving weekend!

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