I stuck with the protocol, took a nap during the day as often as I could and rested. I said, “No.” a lot. Your adrenal glands sit right above your kidneys and I could feel mine aching at times. My body soon responded, though, and my exercise regimen expanded to 30 minutes of rebounding or 45 minutes of yoga, or walking outside. Occasionally, I incorporated a quick kettle bell workout. I had weekly appointments for 3 months, then in the spring, moved to appointments every two weeks, and am currently at once a month. Definitely stronger!
It’s imperative when pursuing natural courses of healing to remain consistent. It’s not about perfection, but seriously taking charge of your health. I am currently 10 months into my journey, and I know much has changed. We had the opportunity recently to go to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and I completed every obstacle course and ropes course that I attempted! What a difference – not only physically, but mentally! As a family, we were able to conquer our fears – some of those ropes course are a bit high – and we did this together. A year ago, I couldn’t even go for a walk with everyone. I am so very grateful!
This doesn’t mean I am completely healed or that I have met all of my goals. We are still working on a number of issues and I am continuing to address my anxiety. It’s not an overnight fix at all, but I am a different person. Well, maybe not a different person; just becoming myself again. I am thankful for the journey, and honestly, thankful that my girls have seen us struggle and not give up. I am thankful they have weathered these storms with us and watched how we handled things – not all of it has been good. We are human. We make mistakes. We fail miserably again and again. I am so grateful that my hope and security isn’t dependent on me, and my kids have experienced this with us.