I often find myself wishing that you could see where I started, because if you saw who I was back then, you would understand that truly ANYTHING is possible.
So many of you reach out to me every single day, and many of you feel that you’re at the end of your rope. You’re sick and exhausted, and you don’t know where to turn next.
I’ve been there, and I know how dark that space is. I know what it’s like to feel completely hopeless. It’s because I’ve been through the darkness that I can empower you to bring yourself back into the light.
My past pain and suffering is what drives all of the work that I do. I truly want to see you live your dreams.
I have Crohn’s Disease. I was on medications that completely altered my immune system for 19 years straight. I was on antibiotics for 6 years. I lost my voice for over a year and a half. I’ve had 5 surgeries and over 6 feet of intestines removed. I’ve had fungus growing in my lungs. I’ve had infections in my blood. I’ve had Adrenal Insufficiency to the point that I was producing ZERO cortisol, which required me to take Prednisone (a synthetic cortisol) for 5 ½ years, in order to literally stay alive.
I’ve been told over and over and over again that I would never heal and that I need to accept my life for what it was. I’ve been told that I would need to take Prednisone for the rest of my life.
At many times throughout my journey, I’ve made a critical decision –
I could let someone else write my story for me, or I could decide to write it myself.
I believe that each of us will come to a point in our lives where we have to make this same decision. It could be health related, or in your career, relationships…really anything.
I REFUSED to listen to the limits that anyone tried to put on my life, and that’s exactly why I’m healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been before.
I decided I would write my own story, and that’s exactly what I did.
One year ago today I took a HUGE leap of faith and did what I was told couldn’t be done. After 5 ½ years of dealing with Adrenal Insufficiency and relying on Prednisone to get me through each day, I was completely OVER IT.
Here’s what made ALL the difference for me.
I set my goal, I made a plan, and I gave it EVERYTHING that I had. I didn’t let any excuse get in the way.
I’d spent 5 ½ years dipping my toe in the water of trying to release Prednisone from my life, all while attempting to heal my adrenal glands. Back then, I wasn’t all in, and I knew it.
June 26th 2016 was the day that everything changed. I knew there was no turning back, and I knew that I could completely change my life if I gave it my all, despite the odds stacked against me. This is the day that I began my final taper of Prednisone, and the day that I decided that I was going to put in the REAL effort to completely heal my adrenals.
It’s often believed that change happens over time, but I believe that it actually happens the moment that you decide that you’re done being stuck where you are right now.
On June 26th, 2016, I wrote out a plan to completely taper off of Prednisone over the course of 8 weeks. I stuck to what I promised myself that I was going to do, and the payoff was greater than I could have even imagined.
If I could tell my former self one thing, it would be this –
Just because one person, or even 100 people tell you something, does not mean it’s true. It’s up to you to decide what sort of life you want to create, and then you have to put in the effort and consistency. No one else can do it for you.
While this may seem overwhelming to some, the reality is, when you realize that you have control over your own life, it’s incredibly freeing. By simply changing the way you look at a situation and seeing a positive outcome, you already start to place yourself in a position of power.
If you really want something, write out your plan for how you’re going to achieve it. Even if you only know the first step, take that first step, and as I’ve always found in my own life, the second step will appear.
I’ve done many hard things throughout my life, and because of this, I can teach you to do the same.