I'd like to share something extremely important to me today. This is a pic of me at the gym. Not getting in a crazy workout, just doing what I can.
For those of you who don't know, may look at me and say "but she looks totally healthy!" But that's the thing about any "invisible disease" is that we have days or windows of time where we feel good.
However our days are planned out differently, we must live mindfully without pushing our limit. I have what is called Adrenal Insufficiency also known as Addison's. (it's rare) This means that your adrenals are either not producing enough or any cortisol and will NOT respond in any physical or emotion crisis. I take hydrocortisone (cortisol) a few times a day, to live. This disease is life threatening. People are devastatingly dying preventable deaths due to a lack of awareness.
I bring this up today, because today was one of those more challenging days, I was finally out of bed at 1:30pm, feeling completely depleted and fatigued, trying to get down a bagel and battling the extreme nausea I deal with constantly. Hours later, I made it to the gym to get a walk in, did a mellow 20 min walk and felt like I ran for miles....my heart rate was 142, felt dizzy and sick and it took me a good hour to get it down and catch my breath. I took my second dose of hydrocortisone earlier, and found the yoga room was empty.
There, I did about 20 mins or so for light stretches/yoga and knew it was time to go home and rest. Whilst having adrenal insufficiency the last two-ish years i've had much better days and felt great and I've had way worse days where I was in the hospital. The reason I'm writing a little bit of my story here today is just to show that even though someone looks "healthy" or "fine" they may be fighting some kind of unseen battle. I keep hearing a lot about adrenal fatigue lately, but NOTHING on adrenal insufficiency. It's because it's rare and not talked about enough. Let's change that. 🙏🏼thank you for reading ❤️ with love, Justine
PS-feel free to tag anyone in this post that you may want to spread the awareness to✌🏼