I often get asked why I decided to become a lifestyle blogger. You would think that would be a simple question, but it's definitely something that I have had to ponder over. The best answer to that is this...
When I was about 26 years old, my life began to change for the worst. I began having health problems... how those health problems began, was definitely unexpected. I'll try to keep a long story short. Please just bare with me. As I said, I had began having health problem. I had gone to see a new Psychiatrist, because the one I had been seeing for many years was moving away. I don't even remember the name of the Psychiatrist I ended up going to after my other one moved away. Anyway, I remember that I had gotten there about half an hour or so early, like I always did. I was filling out paper work, and all that “fun” stuff. I was called in even before I had a chance to finish filling those papers out. The Doctor had me in her office for maybe about 15 minutes. I didn't understand why because I was used to having at least 45 minutes to an hour to talk. Well, she misdiagnosed me with Bipolar Disorder. When I had already been diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), so I was definitely confused as to why she re-diagnosed me when I had told her what I was diagnosed with so many years before.
Anyway, she had given me some medication. I don't remember the name of it. It was a few boxed of some samples she had in her office. I'm not sure if that is normal for a Psychiatrist to do, because the other Psychiatrist I had been seeing would always give me a prescription and I would go to the pharmacy to get the medication. Well, I took whatever it was that she gave me and that's when my body started “going wrong”, I guess is the best way to put it. I remember that my menstrual had stopped for about 6 months, ever since I had tried that medication. I know that I didn't take it for very long because it was making me very sick. I definitely didn't go back to that Psychiatrist either.
So let's fat forward to about 6 and a half months in, I had to go to my Primary Care Physician and I told her that my periods had stopped after I took a few doses of that medication the Psychiatrist had given me. She put me on some low doses of hormones to get my menstrual to regulate. While it did help regulate me again, it also added to the problem of my health declining. I don't know if it was because of the mixture of the medication and the hormones, but I began to have seizures. It was such a scary experience for me.
The seizures began to get extremely bad. I was having 6-8 seizures per day. I was eventually referred to a Neurologist. He did all the tests and said that the seizures were stress related. Apparently those two medications had caused me body to become overly stressed and caused me to develop these seizures. I eventually lost most of my mobility, so I was confined to a wheelchair. There were even times that I couldn't even bath, dress or feed myself. It was the worst 4 and a half years of my life. I wasn't going to just sit back and feel bad for myself. I vowed to get my mobility back and the most important thing, my independence.
I began to change my eating habits, I began to do aquatic physical therapy and eventually did regular physical therapy. It took about 2 and a half years before I began to get my mobility and functioning back. After I began to get more of my physical health back to a normal and more stable level, I decided that I wanted to help other people to do the same. Whether they are disabled or just want to live a healthier lifestyle. I remember how difficult it was during that time in my life. Instead of thinking that I will never get those years back, I would rather use it as a way to teach others how to overcome these kinds of obstacles.
That is the reason why I wanted to become a lifestyle blogger. I have tried 1on1 coaching in the past, but I feel being a blogger is a more beneficial way to teach others, so that more people can benefit from what I learned from my personal experience. I also love the fact that I can talk to other bloggers and learn from their experiences. I have yet to collaborate with another blogger, but I am sure sometime in the future, that will become a reality for me. For now, I just want to share the knowledge the I have with anyone that is willing to listen.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. I hope you enjoy the teaching tools I set before you and please feel free to share them with others. That's the only reason why I take the time to do this. It's not only for me, but for you as well.
Have a wonderful day!
Things that I love:
Books and movies! I love reading, I always have ever since I was a little girl. Movies are my other tiny obsession. Especially suspense movies. I guess the intrigue of a good mystery has always interested me.
Writing Poetry! I started writing poetry when I was in my mid-teens. At that time in my life, I was battling some emotions over various things in my life and my main outlet was to express my feeling through poetry.
Amateur Photography! I have always been fascinated with creativity. I feel capturing moments through photography can be a fun way to express one's thoughts, emotions or joys in life. Even if it's just taking a photo of birds, you can share what you're experiencing with others.
Things that make me cringe:
Snakes or spiders! I don't mind bugs and other critters, but those two particular ones, I just don't take well to.
Nasty Odors! I can't stand anything that has a bad odor. It just makes me sick to my stomach. Yuck!
Dishonesty! People that lie to me or to anyone else, I absolutely can NOT stand. I would rather be told the truth, even if it hurts.