Chronic Migraines To 1 Year Migraine Free – How Did I Do It?

I can only describe this last year as one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Actually, that is an understatement.

Inflammatory foods create disease in the body so as a result, I eliminated harmful cooking oils, artificial sweeteners, sugars, refined flour products, gluten, dairy products, alcohol, meat, poultry, trans fats and any form of processed food. Click here to read more about how I have done this.

    2. Learned To Use Food As Medicine

Once all the nasties were out of my diet, I then began to repair and nourish my body with healing foods. I did this by eating a clean, whole foods plant-based diet which meant I was only consuming fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some gluten-free grains. Click here for previous blog posts to get started yourself.

    3. Calmed My Nervous System

When you have been sick for a long time your body goes into ‘fight or flight mode’ as it is continually living in fear in the sympathetic nervous system. This continual stress takes its toll, so to heal you need to activate the parasympathetic nervous system which I did by slowing down, learning diaphragmatic breathing, how to meditate and basic calming yoga stretches.

rawpixel-com-589079-unsplash.jpg

    4. Disciplined Self-Care

Self-care can be as simple as a ten minute morning meditation, making time for some daily stretches or even spending some time at the weekend preparing food for your week ahead. YOU need to make time for YOU as no one else is going to do it for you. Click here for further reading on self-care.

    5. Visualized A Healthy Future

Every day I would do Dr Joe Dispenza’s hour-long meditations whereby I would visualize my life completely healthy. Science proves that your brain creates the same pharmacy of chemicals when you visualize something as if you were there, thus healing happens. This takes daily dedication but is totally worth it. Click here to learn more.

    6. Addressed Emotional Stimuli

You will be amazed how emotional stress affects your migraines subconsciously without you realising. I had to work on releasing emotions such as guilt, anger and feelings of unworthiness to be able to truly be free from emotional triggers. Click here to learn more about emotional stimuli.

    7. Practised Self-Love

I know you might not love where you are and who you are right now due to illness, but until that changes it is very hard to become free. When I learnt to accept that I am doing the best I can and actually look in the mirror and say “I love and approve of myself”, I stopped giving myself such a hard time, thus healing happened.

    8. Became My Own Teacher

We are so blessed nowadays to have access to a wealth of information all over the world. To become migraine free, every spare second of the day I would try to learn something new to further my healing through books, podcasts, online content, social media, audio books and more. Why not make the most of it?

    9. Focused On Health Rather Than Sickness

The law of attraction will bring you what you think about most and focus on. So when I discovered this I realised that I had to put all my energy into health rather than into disease. This meant leaving the migraine support groups and instead focusing on learning and surrounding myself with what I wanted. To be healthy. Click here to learn more on this.

brooke-lark-289769-unsplash.jpg

    10. Learned To Listen To My Body

I know this might sound a bit airy fairy but honestly, you know what’s good for you and your body and what isn’t. All you have to do is simply trust that feeling in your gut as it’s always right. It’s as simple as asking yourself “what do I need right now?” and just wait for the answer. It may be some time out, a quick meditation or to get outside in nature. Click here to learn more.

    11. Found Balance

Disease is essentially just the body being out of balance, so our job is to listen and find out what it is we need to rebalance ourselves and therefore regain our health. Is it more nutrients? Less stress? Or even just some more you time? Take some time to find what creates homeostasis for you.

    12. Changed How I Reacted To Life

It’s hard to admit but I used to love the drama. No matter what it was or what happened in my life, I could make it into something. But when I chose to step away from this and also changed my reaction to certain situations, my emotional stimuli reduced. This had all been self-inflicted. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

    13. Stretched Daily

Personally, after experimenting with my body, I found that 20 minutes of gentle daily stretching reduced muscle tension thus any muscular headaches. I also found that this practice calmed my mind every morning and contributed to my daily self-care routine. Click here to read more on this.

    14. Put My Health Above Everything Else

In order to become migraine free, my health had to be the priority. If I was ever at a point in my journey when I was questing whether to do something or not I would simply ask myself “Does this serve my healing right now?” and if the answer was no I wouldn’t go there. My healing had to come first.

    15. Believed That I Would Get There

Out all of these 15 actions, I have to say that this one is absolutely ESSENTIAL for any of the above to work. If you believe that you will always be a migraine sufferer then that will be your fate, however if you truly believe that freedom is possible then it is achievable. After all, what the mind believes the body achieves. Click here to learn more.

I apologise for the long blog post but I really wanted to share that it wasn’t one action that allowed me to become migraine free, it was a combination of many.

I also have say a huge THANK YOU to Anthony Cocco because without his amazing support and guidance I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I would love to know what area’s interest you and that you would like to know more about. Please leave me a comment below.

  #Migraine #Health #Healing #MyJourney #Headaches 

 

The Truth About Life After Chronic Migraines

When I began this blog a couple of years ago, my intention was to always give a true and honest representation of my journey, no matter what that may be, through the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the beautiful and the damn right ugly, of which there have been many of these moments.

So with this in mind, I felt I needed to share with you the genuine truth about what happened when I finally broke free from the ‘chronic migraine curse’ and began to try and live a so-called ‘normal life’ again. Surely that was going to be the easy part in all of this, right?

Wrong! It was never going to be that simple, was it?

Blog.jpg

Now, I want to get one thing straight before I continue, and that is how UNBELIEVABLY GRATEFUL I am to be five months migraine free! It honestly feels incredible and I feel so very blessed every day for how far I have come. Not having to live in fear anymore of an impending migraine truly gives you a new lease of life and makes you realise that anything is possible. 

However, what I want to share with you is that although I may be migraine free, life can still be a struggle sometimes. I may have just ended one journey but a new one has just begun and one that suddenly feels more daunting than the first, for some confusing reason.

Of course, we are all unique and our post migraine battles will be different but for me, mine has been three-fold:

  1. Neck and Shoulder Pain
  2. Tension Headaches
  3. Anxiety

And unfortunately, these three seem to love to work in tandem together. Anxiety causes neck and shoulder tension which therefore results in a tension headache which can then lead to feelings of anxiety. So you can see the pickle I can get myself in here.

Everyday I still have to work hard to strive to live a life free from pain but I do know without a shadow of a doubt that I WILL get there, it’s just a matter of time. After all, if there is anything that I have learnt from my chronic migraine journey it’s that your belief is everything!  

So, as much as I would like to put my feet up, order myself a mouth-watering Chinese takeaway and celebrate my success by catching up on all those glasses of red wine I have missed out on over the past four years, it is just not possible. I still have to practice self-care daily in order to keep progressing and move forward in my recovery. This routine consists of my daily Dr Joe Dispenza meditations, stretches for my tight muscles, deep belly breathing practice, good clean nutrition, occasional massage and working with a physiotherapist to get me back into exercise again.

Despite this, I wouldn’t swap it for the world. The good days have become more and more and the bad less and less and I am so grateful for where I am in my journey today.

Ofcourse I still get those days when I just want to bury myself in my duvet and have a little cry, but those days are far outweighed by the stunningly beautiful and completely magical days when I actually feel like a ‘normal’ person again with no migraine or tension headache! Yes, this actually happens more often than not now!

pexels-photo-320007

In this new world, you face different challenges though. How to integrate into society but still manage your boundaries, how to fit back into a ‘normal’ routine again yet at the still time ensuring that you make time for your essential self-care musts and managing the guilt of letting friends and family down when you know you are not quite ready to take on all of the world’s challenges just yet. I’ll be honest, it’s a balance and a difficult one at that but I am getting there.

That said, I can’t explain to you in words how wonderful it feels to now be able to start rebuilding my social life again, being able to just pop out for a meal with my husband whenever we feel like it, to make exciting travel plans once again, to find a purpose and a career that I am so passionate about, but most of all, to have my freedom back. It’s truly magical and worth all the blood, sweat and tears it took me to get to this day.

So never stop fighting migraineurs, as YOU WILL get there! YOUR freedom awaits…

#Healing #ChronicMigraineFree #MyJourney #UpsAndDowns #Headaches 

 

 

 

 

Alter Your Beliefs And Begin To Live A Migraine Free Life

I’m going to start by passing on some inspiring words of advice from the New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur and creator of The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes.

“Don’t downgrade your dreams to match your reality, upgrade your beliefs to match your vision”

Now that’s got you thinking huh? So tell me, have you put aside your dreams of having a family one day due to the never-ending cycle of migraines that seem to control your life? Have you accepted that ‘this’ is your life and have you resigned yourself to an eternity of pain because the doctors have told you so? Or have you decided that forever more you will just have to ‘manage’ your condition and give up on chasing your dreams.

Well I’ll admit, these were my thoughts back in the darkest depth of my illness and I am sure they are something that all migraineurs can relate to. Now, after escaping the clutches of chronic migraine and regaining my life, I often get asked “So how did you do it? What actually got rid of your migraines”? As I have explained in previous blogs, I have found that a balance of self-care, creating realistic boundaries, a clean plant-based diet, meditation, visualisation, stress management and appropriate exercise have all contributed to me becoming free from chronic migraines.

However the underlying and absolutely essential aspect that propelled these factors in to healing my body was actually my belief system. I could have done all of the above absolutely perfectly, to the text-book in fact but with very different results and do you know what the differentiating factor is? My belief!

Did you know that only 3% of our brains processing power is controlled by the conscious mind which means that a whopping 97% is controlled by the sub-conscious mind! Crazy right? So basically what I am telling you is no matter how many times you tell yourself out loud “I will not let these migraines beat me” unfortunately you could repeat this until you are blue in the face but nothing will change as it lies within the 3%. In order to actually alter your belief system and therefore start seeing healthy change happen, you need to tap in to the 97%.

 

10411365_10203293952642500_2481247143081724949_n

Ok, so how do you re-programme the subconscious mind then? By everyday committing to change, to beating your diagnosis, to doing what they told you wasn’t possible, to chasing your dreams and through sheer hard flippin’ work. It doesn’t come in pill form either; this takes time, patience and most of all determination to never ever give up.

Since April 2016 I began using Dr Joe Dispenza’s meditations daily in order to change my belief system. When I first began and was really sick, I listened to his hour long meditations 3 times a day and through relaxing the mind I would enter the alpha state which is where you are able to influence and re-programme the sub-conscious mind.

The meditations ask me “What is the belief and perception that you want to change about yourself in your life? And do you want to continue believing and perceiving in this way?” and every day I would repeat the same. “That I am destined to live a life in pain and never get better and no, I don’t want to continue believing in this way” and as the days went by and I visualised my perfect existence over and over again, my confidence began to grow, my actions started to reflect my words and my beliefs began to change.

Tears would stream down my face as I basked in the pure bliss in my life as I dreamt it, totally lost in the emotions of love, gratitude and immense joy for feeling completely healthy again. I would envisage myself running a marathon, owning a successful health related business, travelling the world and starting a family. I would regularly see our little girl (Florence I named her) with blond curly locks and blue eyes playing in our garden without a care in the world whilst me and my husband would look on so in love with her.

And the funny thing is now that my dreams are actually starting to manifest before my very eyes. Very exciting business opportunities have come my way, amazing holidays are booked in our diaries, I am now 3 months completely migraine free and I’ve recently started to exercise again, in particular going jogging.

So suddenly that little girl playing in the garden feels within reach in the not so distant future. As I write this yet more tears roll down my face as I feel so passionate about passing this knowledge onto others who think that life is hopeless, pain stricken and lost forever. It’s not, no matter what the doctors tell you. Apparently there is no cure for chronic migraines, I would beg to differ.

My message to you is this. Your mind is your biggest tool in healing yourself and living the life you dream. When you commit everyday to creating new beliefs your body has no choice but to follow and you CAN and WILL get there. You are enough, you are powerful, you are stronger than you ever imagine and can achieve anything you set your mind to. All you have to do is believe. Sure it won’t happen overnight and it requires some serious hard work but I promise you that it will be worth it.

On that note, I’ll leave you with some more words of wisdom from the inspiring Lewis Howes.

“You become what you envision yourself being…”

And by god he is right!

#DrJoeDispenza #LewisHowes #Beliefs #Mindset #Determination

 

Own Your Illness, Own Your Recovery and Own Back Your Health!

Did you know that the beliefs we hold true to ourselves shape the world we live in, the choices that we make and the way our future is dictated? If this is the case then maybe it’s a good idea for us to regularly check in with the beliefs that we hold to evaluate if these are having a positive or negative impact on our lives.

Our beliefs are normally formed by outside influences such as our family, friends, colleagues, religions, our environment, society etc. but what we don’t realise is, these beliefs can also be formed by the medical professionals we visit in order to heal ourselves from our ailments. Studies have shown that just that famous ‘white coat’ and a visit to a shiny doctor’s office alone is enough to initiate the body’s own healing and do you know why – Belief! Plain and simple! Our belief is in the doctor’s ability to heal. Society has trained us that when sickness comes we seek out a medical professional in order for them to heal us, which means we have effectively been taught that we are powerless in healing our own bodies. This has been subconsciously ingrained in us by society without us even knowing it. We surrender to the doctor’s diagnosis which effectively leaves us with our hands tied behind our backs and at the mercy of their every word. Maybe it’s time that we take some of this power back right?

I have learnt that symptoms are our bodies way of communicating with us and that’s a good thing, so don’t try and cover them up or make them go away with a pill or treatment. Listen to what your body is telling you, this is where you will find the key to healing your ailment at the root cause and prevent it from returning. Ok, so I’ll come back to this point a little later on but for now I need to backtrack slightly for this blog to make sense.

This week I had an epiphany! A real ‘light bulb, smack me in the face, wake the hell up, what are you doing’ moment! As you might know by now from reading a couple of my blogs, my migraines have dramatically reduced to nearly nothing now which is incredible. However, instead I have been struggling with muscle tenderness in my head, neck and shoulders which has been giving me really bad daily tension-type headaches, so of course I wanted to do something about it. Therefore back in October I saw a Muscle Specialist who advised me that it would be worth trying some physiotherapy to help lessen my headaches by using massage, acupuncture and strengthening exercises. Great, I thought to myself, however what I didn’t know was this was going to cause me no end of pain, so much so that I came to a point when I just couldn’t take anymore. It only gave me a headache on top of my already bad headache. Just brilliant! – but if my holistic nutrition course has taught me anything recently, it’s just how important it is to listen to your body and what it’s telling you. And my body has been screaming at the top of its lungs for months now “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, NO MORE PHYSIO!!!”. So I finally listened and decided enough was enough, something obviously wasn’t working for me.

As I sat in the waiting room for my follow up appointment with the Muscle Specialist, the epiphany suddenly hit me! BAM! Straight in the face! What on earth was I doing here? Why am I going through this once again? Why didn’t I just trust my body’s own ability to heal itself? I had done it once before with my chronic migraines so surely I would be able to heal myself from some pesky tension headaches. Right?

whetheryouthink0ayoucanoryoucan27t2c0ayou27reright0a-default

I knew the answer deep down. Of course I could, I reassured myself. The funny thing was that when I went in to see the doctor and told him that I think I need a break from all treatment he simply agreed with me! Just goes to show that sometimes even the best of the best don’t actually know how to help you.

Suddenly I had another realisation, I had totally surrendered to the prognosis that the Physiotherapist had given me. She had told me that she expected it would take me six months minimum to improve my condition and to get me back into gentle exercise again. And do you know what, as I had truly believed her prognosis I realised that I had been living within these constraints and I had taken on this belief. Of course it was going to take me six months as I believed I wasn’t truly capable of achieving anything more than this. The mind is so incredibly powerful that what your mind believes your body will achieve, which could either be detrimental or advantageous to your health. How could she predict what my body is capable of or how long it will take for me to respond to treatment? Everyone is different right? Why couldn’t I just get straight back into exercise? Who said that I need to take this so slowly? It just goes to show how important your beliefs can be, especially in the healing process.

From this point onwards I had this pang of excitement and invigoration rush through my body as I knew I was now in charge again. In charge of myself, my healing and my future. No one else! I had done it once before so surely I could do it again. Yes, it’s going to take time and by no means is it going to be easy, but the bottom line is that I believe it’s possible so I will get there, it’s just a case of when not if. So instead of focusing my morning Dr Joe Dispenza’s meditations on my migraines anymore, I now focus them on seeing my muscles completely recovered, my body flexible and healthy and seeing myself thrive at any physical activity I take part in. As I close my eyes I visualise myself so physically fit I am enrolling myself in a Personal Trainer course, limbering up in preparation for a dance showcase and crossing the finish line to a marathon as my husband embraces me in his arms and tells me how proud of me he is. And when I come out of my meditation, boy do I feel like I can conquer the world.

So, by feeling the emotions that you would feel as if you already had achieved these outcomes in your life, the body literally makes a new pharmacy of chemicals to match these events, creating new neural pathways in the brain and the body responds accordingly in creating this new life for you which ultimately then helps you create new positive beliefs in your future that will not only serve you but will push you to achieve whatever you thought was possible! By no means am I saying don’t go and see a doctor or a specialist for your ailments, all I am suggesting is that maybe it’s a good idea just to check in with yourself now and again to see if the beliefs you hold will assist you in your healing or hold you back. Remember – whatever the mind can conceive, the body will achieve…

#Illness #Healing #Belief #Health #PowerOfMind #BelieveAchieve

I am NO longer classed as a “Chronic Migraine” sufferer!

Oh my god! I actually did it! Deep down I always knew I would, but my god it’s been a tough old process to get to where I am today. Tough is probably a bit of an understatement actually. There were endless times when I used to question myself and whether I could beat this illness but the theory I lived by was that for the majority of my life I had lived completely migraine free, so surely there was no reason why I couldn’t go back to my life before? I had caused this illness so I must be able to reverse it, right? I truly believe everything happens for a reason and this was my body telling me to stop abusing it, take a long hard look at your life and to slow the heck down Christie! It only took me four years but I think I might have finally cracked it.

It’s funny isn’t it but we all believe that our healing lies in the hands of others as that’s what we have grown up to learn. We trust what the man in the white coat tells us and we hang onto his every word as that’s how it works in society. When the treatment fails we find another man in a white coat and pray that he can deliver the correct pill combination that will magically cure our condition. So after conventional medicine failed me and I had lost count of the number of specialists in white coats I had seen, I decided that it was time to heal myself as no-one else could do it for me. I had lost my belief in the whole medical profession which was probably half the problem actually. Belief! I’ll come back to that one later on… Anyway, from that point onwards I read hundreds of articles and books on self healing, mind and body connection, meditation, diet, lifestyle, holistic healing methods, the list goes on. So I made it my life purpose to heal myself without any drugs, injections or pills. It’s not been easy but let me share with you just how I got to where I am today.

 

my-dear-friend-clear-your-mind-of-cant-8

  1. Gratitude

Now this might seem totally ridiculous and you’re going to say “how can I be grateful for being in this much chronic daily pain”? I know, I totally get it, but trust me on this. Life works in a funny old way and as soon as you are grateful for what you have in your life, even more will come your way. Start small though. When I was at my worst this is what I started with.. “I am grateful for the roof over my head, for the family who love me and for the comfy bed I have to sleep and rest in”. Over time as you begin to heal these will change to bigger things and before you know it you will be saying “thank you for this pain free day”.

2. DIET

Now I’ve put this in capitals for a reason as it’s what has made the biggest impact on my migraines. After doing some research with the migraine community and compiling a list of the most, through to the least, common food triggers, I came to some realisations. The main triggers were processed foods, meat, dairy, gluten products, refined sugars, chocolate and coffee. So after taking all these out of your diet what is left? A plant-based diet! Have you ever heard anyone say they got a migraine from spinach? Or kale? Or sweet potato? No, exactly. The more I researched this, the more I learnt the anti-inflammatory properties it can have and how it has helped to heal a wide range of conditions from reversing heart disease, lowering blood pressure and improving or reversing diabetes. There are several documentaries you can watch on Netflix if you want to find out more about a plant based diet and its health benefits. So I gave it my all and went in head first and essentially became vegan, and the results have been astounding. I would say my migraines halved in severity and intensity within maybe three weeks! Give it a try yourself, what have you got to lose?

3. Dr Joe Dispenza’s Daily Meditations 

So if you have followed my blog then you will know that through committing to Dr Joe’s daily meditations it has hugely helped me to get out of the vicious chronic pain cycle I was in and take steps forward to recreate the life of my dreams. See, the unconscious mind and the conscious mind doesn’t know the difference between visualising something and actually doing it, so the same pharmacy of chemicals is made in the brain to create exactly what you have been visualising. Makes sense? Essentially you are reprogramming your brain and I have been doing this for over a year now on and off. For me I know this has played a huge part in my recovery and if you want to find out more go to http://www.drjoedispenza.com.

4. Belief

I have found this to be the key factor to any kind of healing, no matter what the illness. There is an amazing book out there called “Mind Over Medicine” by Dr Lissa Rankin that opened my eyes to how important our belief actually is in regards to healing our bodies. If we are given a positive diagnosis by a doctor, we believe this, but if it’s not the case and we get a negative diagnosis, then we also believe this. In Dr Joe Dispenza’s book “You Are The Placebo” there was a case whereby a man got sick, the doctors told him that he was going to get worse, so he did. Then the doctors told him he would get better, so he did. And finally they told him his disease was back and it would kill him. Guess what… it did. What was found later on was that the doctors had made a mistake and his disease wasn’t back after all. But his belief in the doctors and their words actually killed him. His belief killed him! Can you see how incredibly powerful your belief can be?

In terms of migraines what I am trying to explain is that if you believe there is no cure then there won’t be, and if you believe that you can take steps to heal yourself then you will be able to. As Theodore Roosevelt said “Believe you can and you’re half way there”.

5. Positive Mindset

I used to be someone who always thought the worst in any situation. I was an avid worrier and I lived constantly in an anxious state. After reading so many books on the power of the mind and the Law of Attraction, my attitude has changed and as a result of this my life has changed. Instead of expecting pain, expect health. Also try not to talk about your pain 24/7 with others as what you think about you bring about and you will only get more of it. I told all my family and friends not to say the M -word or ask me how I am feeling. Funnily enough it allows you to focus on other things other than pain which in turn makes you feel so much better.

inspire

So overall, this combination has brought me to where I am today but only through a lot of trial and error and I’m not going to lie to you, it hasn’t been easy. There have been many tears along the way together with some amazing highs but some very hard lows but my goal throughout has been to inspire others that hope is not lost. I want to be an example that there is a way out. I have my quality of life back now and I am now proof that healing IS possible. I understand everyone is different and so are everyone’s migraines which is why they are so hard to treat, but if my story can help you find even a little relief then that would be amazing. I’ve been there and I know how desperately hard it is to be suffering day in day out in relentless pain feeling hopeless and lost. I hope my story inspires you to even just believe that change is possible and upon completing my holistic nutrition course to become a Health Coach, my dream is to help others suffering with health conditions focusing on chronic migraines.

So after feeling better than ever and only suffering one tiny migraine in a four week (1 month) period, it occurred to me that perhaps I no longer fall under the umbrella of a chronic migraine sufferer? And do you know what… I was right!

“The International Headache Society defines chronic migraine as more than fifteen headache days per month over a three month period of which more than eight are migrainous, in the absence of medication over use. Episodic migraine is the other migraine sub-type, which is defined as less than 15 headache days per month.”

So I counted the days up in my diary and I’m nowhere near close to the fifteen days over a three month period! Oh my god, I flipping well did it! This illness no longer defines or controls me. Take that migraines! Now to get rid of them completely…

#Healing #Nutrition #Believe #Health #Inspire #Hope #Mind #Body #Spirit

The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes

This week has been like no other. The best way I can describe it is that suddenly black has turned into white, darkness into light and pain into pleasure. I’ve discovered a frequency I forgot existed and a world I thought was lost. It’s like I’ve suddenly been released after years of imprisonment to finally see how abundant and very beautiful the world actually is. Sometimes without realising it, we create limiting beliefs and boundaries for ourselves that we then live by, day in day out. These are easily created by the routine of daily life and the thoughts we repeat over in our minds. Our thoughts then evolve over time into beliefs and ultimately your beliefs shape your life and your actions. “I can’t do this” and “I am not able to do that”are the thoughts that frequently race around our heads. But what if we were to question these beliefs? Who made them so in the first place? Oh wait, yes, it was YOU!

the-only-limits-you-have-are-the-limits-you-believe-wayne-dyer

So let me rewind a little… At the end of our holiday to Italy me and my husband had a conversation that ignited a spark inside of me that was to change my mindset completely. Our plane home ended up being delayed four hours due to a technical issue so we had no choice but to disembark the aircraft and make our way back to the terminal. As my tummy rumbled and told me it was dinner time and after realising that the only food option was pizza or pasta, the usual me would have had a meltdown. Though for some reason, in that moment I chose to react differently as I thought to myself “I’ve got this! It’s no big deal”. As I confidently tucked in to my slice of pizza my husband smiled and proceeded to say “There’s the old Christie Jane! I love you when you are resilient and strong.” Those words hit a chord inside of me. That was the girl he fell in love with after all. The adventurous, independent, free-spirited, bold, self-assured, unafraid, strong, confident and full of life girl known as the “old me”.

I had a sudden realisation that my husband didn’t sign up for this. He signed up for the fun-loving fitness crazy blonde who spent her life searching for new adventures. Now I know he loves me with all of his heart, but if I have learnt anything over the last few years, it’s that nothing is a given in life and I should never take his love and patience for granted. And not only do I want to live a life free of headaches for me, but I also want to do all the things we had planned to do together. Travel New Zealand in a camper van, fly to Vancouver and do an Alaskan Cruise, explore the sights of Rome, travel up and down the Sunshine Coast, and if we are lucky enough, start a family together. Suddenly it was like someone had turned on a switch inside of me and given me my power back. From that moment on I vowed to do things differently and make some changes. Not only for me, but for my husband and for my marriage.

I’ll be totally honest with you now and this is hard to admit, but sometimes over the past few years, I guess there have been times where I have felt almost comfortable in my role as “the sick one”. You can see how this happens as the routine of being ill becomes normal and almost your safe place as it’s all you know. Others go out of their way to care for you and you receive sympathy from those that love you which of course feels nice. But after years of my husband looking after me, I have just realised that I have slowly been losing my independence and the strong, resilient side of my character. Even now when there are times I can do things for myself, I chose to let my husband do them for me as its comfortable and the routine we have fallen into. Well, it’s time things change around here! As we finished off our pizza slices and made our way back to the gate, I told Alex things were going to be different when we got home, and for once they were…

With my new-found confidence and spring in my step, I searched through my closet for my gym gear and trainers. You know you haven’t been to the gym in a long time when you have to dust off your trainers before using them! Anyway off we went to our local gym and I sat myself down on the bike. Just feeling the energy of all the healthy people surrounding me made me feel so alive again. Pre illness, the gym and dance had been such a huge part of my life that whenever I am in a gym or studio something inside me makes me feel at home again.

So I started small and just proceeded to cycle on a low resistance and then moved to the treadmill with a slight incline for a brisk walk. I kept telling myself over and over “Of course I can do this. I am a normal person” and over the duration of the week I managed to swim 25 lengths in the pool, had a lovely long walk, took two Pilates classes, did a second gym work out and I did an hour’s yoga at home. The more I seemed to do, the more I believed I could do, and by the end of the week I suddenly felt as if I had captured an old part of me again. Isn’t it amazing what you can do if you challenge your beliefs and push through your comfort zone? What beliefs do you hold true to yourself and do they shape your day-to-day actions?

 

748fdeb36b5be4bd2107f9beddf1bdf7

So even though I had such a great week I have to be honest, I was still struggling with neck and shoulder pain. Exercise does seem to aggravate it which is frustrating for me, but I pushed it to the back of my mind and tried my best to ignore it. I have however decided to get some help so I booked an appointment with a muscles specialist at the doctors to see if he can help me with these tension headaches I seem to be having more often now.

After a fabulous week of triumph after triumph, I decided that I could handle some time by the pool. Due to the intense heat (Dubai is still currently 38 degrees most days), I spent most of the afternoon in the water, but unfortunately I think the sun was a little too strong for me and after returning home that funny old feeling I knew so well began to wash over me. The very next day I had a migraine, no wait, let me correct that, I no longer have “migraines” anymore I have “mini migraines”! That is my new name for them as in no way do they compare to the hellish pain I used to go through in any way so I’ve downgraded them.

Over the past few months as my health has improved I have found that the intensity and duration of my migraines have dramatically reduced. I could only rate this one as maybe 1 or 2 out of 10 on the pain scale! The best way I can describe them, is that I have the migraine feeling but without the pain, it’s a very weird and surreal sensation. However, never before have I managed to carry on with daily life during one of these episodes. You won’t believe it but during my “mini migraine” we went out for a birthday lunch in a very noisy restaurant with 26 of our friends for the whole afternoon. I was a little nervous before hand but do you know what, as soon as I got there the “mini migraine” had no choice but retreat as I chose to enjoy the celebration and show it that I was in control. The next day I spent the afternoon volunteering at a local cat adoption day in which it was busy, hot and also a very long afternoon. On my drive home I suddenly realised that my “mini migraine” had vanished!!! So that was it? That’s the best they could throw at me now? Well if having two of those a month is all I have to live with then I am certainly winning the war.

I know deep down that nutrition has played the biggest part in the changes I have seen and as a result I will continue to eat grain free, dairy free, processed free, sugar free and meat free. With every meal I am literally healing my body and changing my life. I think we all know deep down that fruits and vegetables are good for us but how many of us actually eat them on a daily basis? Anyone suffering with any kind of illness I urge you to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, drink more water and remove processed foods from your diet and see how this affects your health. What have you got to lose?

#Mind #Body #Healing #Fitness #Health #Exercise #Beliefs #FoodIsMedicine

“Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me!”

After writing my latest blog “Is a belief only true because you believe it so”? I had a wave of negative comments stating that “migraine is a neurological disease” and it simply cannot be cured or wished away. I am so used to hearing this now, but I’m sorry, I’m not going to accept this because I am living proof that there IS another way! Dr Joe Dispenza has hundreds of testimonials of people who have healed themselves using his meditation practice from all forms of cancer, chronic pain disorders and even paralysis! So if they can heal themselves then why can’t I?

I wish that the people who criticise my blogs could see that I am just a normal girl who is trying to help others, as I know how bad it feels to be lost in that world of pain with what seems like no way out. I am not trying to make you feel bad for the pain you are suffering, exactly the opposite actually. I have lived that life and it’s a very dark place to be. Surely by expressing my story and how this has dramatically changed my life in just eight weeks is a good thing? and could inspire someone suffering that there is hope! Would it hurt to open your mind to a possibility of another form of treatment? After all, what have you got to lose?

This week I have made huge progress watching my health improve day by day, which again just goes to prove that this IS possible and I AM bettering my health! Disease or not! (My next blog will document all the changes I have seen in the last 8 weeks so watch this space!) Whilst scrolling through the internet today this song “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten popped up and it brought me to tears! It was almost as if I had written the words myself and I could not help but sing along to the words with passion, determination and a sense of “I will prove you wrong”.

Just as the song quotes “And I don’t really care if nobody else believes, ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me…”

Click here for the link to play the song

897edf5d63b3cba4cfc6f656aa8e168c.1000x1000x1

Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep
Everybody’s worried about me
In too deep
Say I’m in too deep (in too deep)
And it’s been two years
I miss my home
But there’s a fire burning in my bones
Still believe
Yeah, I still believe

And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

A lot of fight left in me

Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

This is my fight song (Hey!)
Take back my life song (Hey!)
Prove I’m alright song (Hey!)
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong (I’ll be strong)
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

No I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me!

#Determination #Strength #Belief #Mind #Dedication #Fight #Health #MyJourney