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Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

Posted Apr 01 2012 12:52pm

As you are probably aware I have not been posting as much as I have in the past.  To be honest, I have been kinda stuck in my writing.

In addition, it is summer time and I find it very difficult not to get distracted with other things and write.  So I am re-arranging my writing schedule to the early hours with a few days in the afternoon at local cafes.

On top of that I decided to join WEGO Health Blog’s challenge and write 30 posts in 30 days! Yup, you read that right.

So, as a heads up, this month things around here will be a little different.  I will be writing based on prompts that are given me for a specific day.  Today’s prompt is,

Health Time Capsule. Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?

Anyone who reads my blog could probably answer this question for me.

As of late, I have really been focusing on losing the excess weight I have accrued from bad eating, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and medication over the past 10 years.  So item ONE would be the following two photos.

"Dominique's Fat Photo" "January 2012"

The first photo take in 2009, I weighed closed to 300 pounds.  In the second photo, which was recently taken, I am now down to 174 pounds.  Almost half the person I used to be!

The amazing part is my weight loss has come primarily as the result of changing my diet and not from killing myself with exercise (which is extremely difficult for those suffering with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis aka ME to do).

"Amazing Grass Super Food" Item TWO would be a packet of Amazing Grass Superfood’s powder .  In 2010, I was exposed to severe mold and then the toxic chemicals used to deal with the mold.

As most of my readers know, Dekker, my beloved pug, died as a result of this poisoning that we both endured.

By 2011, I was bedbound, housebound, and wheelchair dependent.   I had difficulty talking, swallowing, eating, walking, couldn’t watch tv, read books, watch movies, and so much more. After 4 months of deterioration, I became unable to eat solid foods because of an inability to swallow and digest said food.

I also spent 8 weeks in complete darkness because light and noise were intolerable and painful.  There were times that the slightest exposure to light would cause me to have so much pain I would become unconscious from the pain and black out for hours. It felt like my eyeballs were going to pop.

In addition, I could not venture outside unless I had a mask with double carbon filters in it and I couldn’t go out at all if it were a humid day.

Six weeks from starting this product, I was out of my home, wheelchair and bed!

Item THREE would be the many photos of friends within the online chronic illness – and specifically ME – community who encouraged me and stood by me through one of the most difficult periods in my life.

See you tomorrow!  :-)

Determined to continue forward,


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