Dear eczema friends,
For those who have read my blog, you know that I went through a life changing, incapacitating ailment with my eczema. A year ago this month my flare up began and I was made bed ridden, unable to move or speak with a stranger without an itch attack, unable to open my eyes in the morning from swelling, unable to function. My entire body was covered in leper like eczema like never before. My face was swollen red, I only wore long sleeve cotton with bandanas wrapped around my wrists everyday and I wouldn’t leave the house without sunglasses on. Even at night.
I am absolutely ecstatic to be able to write this entry. I was hesitant to publish my entire face, but I want to offer this as a gift of hope to everyone, I am amazed and so incredibly thankful for my healing. This is me LITERALLY a year ago, struggling to open my swollen eyes 02/26/2011….
This is me now…
No make up! That is all just my skin!! I am me again!
I am ecstatic because I hope this can be a a beacon of hope for everyone out there. My skin is better then it was before my incident. Life has been very busy and crazy so I haven’t had a chance to really take it in, but everyday is maintenance! Everyday I must appreciate and be thankful to my amazing body for healing itself!
It took me 6 months of being bed ridden, suffering, eating 100% RAW/Organic, acupuncture once a week, chinese medicines, self evaluations, a ton of research everyday, etc. 6 months of not knowing if I would ever get better.
Life is so busy and I feel so blessed to be able to be busy again! Because of this busy-ness I apologize that my responses have been delayed but I promise you, I will respond! Whether it’s sooner or later.
The pharmacy you need to heal is all within you!
MY MAINTENANCE ROUTINE
For maintaining my healing here are the things I am currently doing:
-Moisturizing everyday, twice a day with almond oil and sheer butter. Apply chinese herbs at night.
-Only shower 1-2 times a week. Wash my hair and wash selectively more often, but I don’t dry out my entire skin
-Acupuncture/cupping every other week.
-Drink Chinese herbs everyday.
-I eat normal food! Most of the time I choose the raw and healthy vegetables and such, but here and there I do eat things I never thought I could eat again! I even drink sometimes :). I am not doing all raw at the moment. I was INCREDIBLY careful about reintroducing foods to my body. After a few months of healing a little by little I started to eat things I didn’t before and was very sensitive to how my body reacted. When it seemed my body was reacting okay I was amazed. Most of my meals are still vegetables, raw/stir fried, egg, tofu, quinoa, nuts, fruits, etc. But sometimes I do eat some chocolate, take a bite of chicken or bread or cheese! BUT I am very careful and always am listening to my body and see how it reacts the next day. If I feel like I’ve eaten more unclean foods than usual I make sure to eat well the next couple days after and also juice raw vegetables and drink it before I go to sleep! This definitely helps support my body to heal and maintain.
Trust your body. Trust that you have the power to heal all within you, your body just needs your support!
When your eczema is at it’s worse, I believe a commitment to healing and 100% clean, raw foods is vital! But in my maintenance phase I’ve found my body is able to handle more versatile foods.
I love you all! With all sincerity, this blog was such a big part of my healing process. It made me realize I was not alone and that was amazing! This community of us suffering, with no help from regular doctors and often with friends who don’t understand, we can help each other! I was able to express myself with complete sincerity here about my struggles and journey to health and that was a big deal. No one understands if they don’t experience it. They really don’t. They can sympathize but the pain is unreal to them. Skin conditions aren’t considered a big deal in regular society, the pain and suffering of it isn’t common enough apparently that it gets over looked. But please spread the word that we are all here for each other and that WE ALL CAN HEAL! We really can!
Patients, commitment, discipline and most importantly trust in yourself, your body and it’s amazing ability to heal!
Love to you all,