In August 2007, I made the decision to lose weight. I joined Weight Watchers and ended up losing 33 lbs on the program and have been keeping it off since then. I learned a lot about healthy living, cooking and getting active and feel so much better than I did back then.
A few months after I got to my goal weight, I got really sick. My doctor couldn't tell me what was wrong and the clinic that adminstered the tests messed things up and by the time the results came in I was feeling a bit better. Over the next year I would be in pain almost on a daily basis and began to experience a lot of scary symptoms. At my annual physical in the fall of 2008, I finally spoke up and went on to be diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.
While I was happy to finally have a name for all the problems I had been experiencing, my Crohn's diagnosis came as a complete shock to me. Here I was, young and healthy and now I suddently had a "Disease". I vowed to learn as much as I could and take an active role in my healing and treatment. I immediately started taking some medications and began seeing a naturopathic doctor as well. By combining the benefits of both traditional medicine and naturopathic/holistic care, I feel 100% better than I did prior to my diagnosis. I eat gluten free and vegan and have found these dietary changes to be instrumental in my healing.
My blog "Dancing Through Life" documents my journey to health and wellness through cooking, yoga, dance, family and friends I love!