Making many changes today. After avoiding doctors for two years, I started seeing a new naturopath and got the results of five different medical tests yesterday. I have developed antibodies to dozens of healthy foods including chicken, lemon, ginger, garlic, kale, and mint that I now need to eliminate, further restricting an already restricted diet. While most of my other results are within "normal" ranges, they are all teetering on the edges of "normal." And I need to undergo further testing to find the source of some bleeding. That all tells me that I have made great strides healing in the past years through diet and lifestyle changes (I no longer have any markers for inflammation!), but it's simply not enough. I have to fight so hard every day just to hang on to the edges of "normal" like I'm over the edge of a cliff hanging by my fingernails. It's exhausting, and I have been sliding a bit. It was time to seek additional help. The fight to heal my gut continues. 🍏 That said, I ask you to be kind to people. You never know what battles they face. I look normal, I am a fitness instructor, I am tall and thin. Most people don't have a clue how hard I have to work to have enough energy to get through a normal day, to keep weight on, to not be bed-ridden, to put on a happy face when I'm sick. If I ever mention anything about it at all, I am usually dismissed. I can't tell you how many women have said "Well, I wish I had what you have," because they want to lose weight. It is very isolating to be treated with such disregard. Take people seriously when they speak their truth. Life is not a contest of degrees of suffering. We all suffer. We all have the capacity for joy. Let's help each other with both.