I made this thankful LO for a challenge by Edie over at TSR.
In May I made my routine trek around the Internet to see if there was any new research on sacroiliitis. I saw a study out of the UK that showed promising results when sufferers removed all animal products from their diet. Another study had success with removing gluten from the subjects diet and there were also snippets of work with reducing caffeine, sugar and alcohol. I was desperate for some relief so I gave it all up at once. It wasn’t easy. Five months later I went to see Kirt, my doctor, and he told me had I not changed my diet I would definitely be in a wheel chair today as my bone disease had degenerated from moderate to advanced. He said if I had continued to indulge in the foods I used to enjoy, I would probably spend several days a month in the hospital.
That news scared me to the core. It felt like too near a miss. Had I succumbed to my desires for hot wings or spaghetti I might not be able to walk right now.
It’s been six months since I started my diet and I’ve lost forty pounds. The pain is a lot to deal with and nearly every moment of the day is spent on high alert to keep my back safe. It isn’t a nice way to live but it sure is better than the alternatives. I’m so grateful that God led me to make these choices for myself as opposed to having them forced on me. I’m thankful that I came across this information before it was too late. And I have a great appreciation for the importance of keeping myself healthy and strong.
Do you ever leave a small space for journalling and then discover that you had a lot more to say? When this happens to me I usually make a little booklet. What do you do?