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Why Scars Don't Have to Stall You

It's been a year since we moved into our house—a house in my hometown and one that seemed safe enough. After putting in new floors, it was perfect in my eyes.

Through the many scars in my life, nothing was worse than how I felt for those last couple of years. I remember it all so vividly. After that, life became impossible, far worse than dealing with the depths of my scoliosis.

See, I once felt out of control regarding my body. I felt like a victim. However, I feel empowered through everything I've learned. Through Him, I feel strong.

We don't have to be slaves to our environment through knowledge and actions. We also don't have to succumb to what one doctor says or thinks.

As I reflect on this past year, it's certainly been a growing one. Professionally, emotionally, and physically, there's been many new highs. Although we had a couple of mold scares in our new house, I feel safe, which is a big step. But, the truth is, I've shed many tears and several hysterical moments in the new house, in fear I'll go "downhill" again.

However, I've also changed for the better. I no longer look at the ceilings every day, taking inventory. I no longer go to bed for fear of not waking up due to breathing issues.

I also learned to trust my husband more while trusting God like never before.

Trusting the process isn't easy, but the scars don't have to stall you. Although tools can speed up the process, time and prayers can also help. Change is possible regarding your health, relationships, career, and all the above.

Aside from environmental scars which led to health issues, I've also (mostly) adopted a plant-based diet for the past seven months. I tried going plant-based years ago but failed miserably. On the other hand, I was battling tremendous inflammation at the time. Before the severe breathing issues, I had vestibular migraines for years.

Although I had already quit dairy a year prior, I knew what to do and how to do it healthily.

Everything we cook at home is vegan. Never have I felt in control over my body positively. Within days of switching, I felt like a brand new person, free from the chains of inflammation.

Health was the goal. However, I took pictures side-by-side over a few months, which was shocking. The whites, in my eyes, became whiter. The puffiness in my cheeks went away. My dark circles weren't so dark anymore. I looked healthier, fresh-faced, and ready to take on the world.

In the past seven months, I've had meat three or four times, and last night, I consumed some dairy for our anniversary. However, the moment also hit me that I don't have to be perfect at all times. One or two meals may not cause a significant decline, but my breathing may suffer.

However, I do love being plant-based and especially enjoy cooking so much more. Although I still have my daily inhaler and rescue on standby, I know my body is in healing mode. Last month marked my six-month pulmonolgoist check-up, and my breathing improved by 30 percent.

I don't know what the future holds, but I'm confident in my next steps.

So, if you're currently in a state of stress or sickness, perhaps the scars don't have to stall you or your life forever. There's hope. While the answers are complex, switches can enhance your livelihood.


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