I am not here to talk about my illness, and frankly, I don’t like to. My therapist would say it’s because “I have yet to accept it.” She’s right. I’d rather pretend it doesn’t exist. Maybe if I avoid it enough, it’ll just disappear. But to understand my healing journey, I need to briefly fill you in on my story. I was diagnosed with mild Ulcerative Colitis in 2014. For 3 years, I tried pill after pill, and was up to 5 pills and 2 enemas a day with no relief. During that time, I wasn’t a strong advocate for myself, and I always told my doctor I was fine because I so badly wanted to believe that was true. Fast forward 3 years, my father forced me to get a second opinion and a second colonoscopy to discover my “mild” Ulcerative Colitis was actually moderate-severe and it was affecting 4x more of my colon than we had thought. Whoops.
At that time, I was put on a drug called Remicade and my big, scary symptoms went away. I thought my prayers had been answered, which is why for a few months I thought I was better. But I wasn’t. I was still dealing with symptoms daily, they were just more manageable, I guess. After a few months, my ‘manageable’ symptoms were no longer that. I felt defeated and assumed that this was the best it was going to get for me, and I lost a sense of control over my own body and my life. I was letting these symptoms control me. I started to wonder, “If I can’t control or trust my own body, what can I hold onto in my life?” Your body is supposed to be there for you, not betray you.
Then one day, I had had enough. I refused to accept the way I had been living. Doctors, while very well-intended, don’t know everything, and I knew I needed to take matters into my own hands, I just needed the power to do so. That power came from educating myself on the healing properties and benefits of certain foods. That was when I discovered Anthony William, the Medical Medium. (To be clear, this is not a sales pitch for his books. This is my truth about my healing journey.) His books about food and how they help to heal you made so much sense to me. He talks about how we need to fuel our bodies with living foods. Foods that have and give life rather than eating dead, processed foods that lack the living components that make us stronger. So, three months ago, I changed the way I ate and began to fuel my body with living, healing foods. Foods that doctors had told me to stay away from for years like vegetables and fruits. I can proudly say, I feel better. I no longer have any of those lingering Ulcerative Colitis symptoms. But, It helped me more than just with my Ulcerative Colitis. My last head cold lasted 5 days rather than my usual 12 days. My “special time of the month” was shorter and PMS-free. My brain fog is gone. My cravings are gone. My body is finally healing, in so many ways.
The most important factor (I believe) to my healing journey was incorporating celery juice into my morning routine. While reading the Medical Medium, Anthony William explains that many who deal with gut issues are suffering from a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The more I read about this—the more I was convinced that I had none of this essential acid in my stomach. He believes that celery replenishes that acid, and encourages people to drink 16oz of celery juice each morning on an empty stomach. So, I did. I continue to every day. My digestion is better than it has ever been. I am no longer dealing with those lingering Ulcerative Colitis symptoms of bloating, gas, cramping, and weird bowel movements. I am healing. A thing doctors told me was not possible.
Choosing what foods I eat finally gave me a sense of determination and power that had been lost for so long due to my illness. I felt like I had finally gotten control back regarding my health, and it’s showing. With my diagnosis, I lost a sense of self. I mourned a life that was full of “could have beens,” and feared the next time I would get sick. After talking to others who deal with illnesses, I know I am not alone in feeling this way.
I hope my story can help to inspire yours. I hope you can believe in the healing power of food. You’re a warrior, you’ve got this. You are in control.
I never know what to write for these things. I’m Brittany and I happily live a simple life. Care to know more? Find me on Instagram.