In February of 2014, I got sick...really sick. Went in for a chest X-Ray followed up with a CT Scan, it was bad and my lungs were filled with fluid, I had a sever case of Pneumonia. No biggy let’s slap this antibiotic in you, grab this inhaler you should be good to go. Two days later I ended up in the hospital, the pneumonia got worse, four different antibiotics later and some amazing breathing treatments I could breath, one night in the hospital and then I was home for a two week recovery plan.
April 2014, my chest still isn’t feeling quite right so off for another chest x-ray. Doctor said, all my blood work came back clean but he can clearly see I am not doing good. My lymph nodes in my chest were engorged. We needed to rule out cancer (Lymphoma) as the last option.
May 2014, I am cancer free...So what in the world is going on. My lymph nodes are pissy with me and terribly inflamed….Off to a Rheumatologists for more blood work.
July 2014, FINALLY AN ANSWER. I have Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a disease caused by small areas of inflammation, and for me its location was my lungs. In serious cases, sarcoidosis can cause scar tissue in the lungs, which can affect the lungs' ability to move oxygen into the bloodstream. Well I was blessed with getting a serious case and onto a max dosage of inhaled steroids I went.
But all these steroids weren’t fixing my pain and I had total discomfort. So onto Cymbalta for my Fibromyalgia, that should help with the pain and help my muscles relax. It did, for a while, as long as I was willing to deal with not feeling like ME. This was not the answer for me.
So I did my research and I figured if inflammation was the problem, let’s get rid of it!!! I CAN DO THIS! So I went on an Anti-Inflammatory Diet (21 Day Fix Modified) and dedicated myself to drinking Shakeology. Within one week, I could feel a relief in chest pain, within 4 weeks there was no chest pain!
November 2014, I became a certified PiYo instructor.
January 2015, I AM FREE OF ALL MEDS (except the steroids) and I can run and chase my kids around without feeling like I am going to die of chest pain!
So how does this tie to beachbody? MY COACH. My wonderful coach pushed me through what I would classify as the worst year of my life last year, she pushed me to stick to my eating, focused on being positive, and focused on helping me making ME HAPPY. To me she was my rock, she was there all year for me even though I could not work out. She never forgot about me. She always made sure to call me out and shoot me random messages to make sure I was doing the most that I could do for me. MY COACH IS AN INSPIRATION, and I want to be the inspiration for others. Through sickness and in Health!
Wife. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Health Enthusiast. Athlete. Coach.