Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Sunny Project

I started getting sick at the age of 12. I had been on three rounds of antibiotics and one round of steroids for a fungal infection in my ear as the result of a swimming accident. Things only went downhill from there… although we did not make the connection until 12 years later, now we know the antibiotics played a big role in my Candidiasis. 

After becoming very ill with symptoms like dandruff as you have never seen it before, fatigue, extreme weight loss (At my lowest weight I was 73 pounds. My current weight is 75 pounds) and constipation among many other ailments, my Mom started taking me from doctor to doctor, trying to figure out what was causing all of my health problems. My intestines had pretty much stopped functioning, eventually leading to a diagnosis of a paralyzed colon and gastroperesis. I was put on various laxatives that I took daily for years, starting at the age of 14. 

I made it through the first semester of 9th grade and then had to leave. My body just could not handle the long days.
I did enjoy college and I also met a wonderful man named A..J. and eventually married him. After we had been married a year we decided I needed to be healthy for the both of us, not just me anymore. A.J. started taking me to see a specialist that was a two hour drive away. He preformed many tests over the course of one and a half years and eventually told me “You’re just going to have to live with it.” He gave me no hope whatsoever. 

I knew that wasn’t the answer I was looking for so we decided to go with the natural field. Naomi, a good friend from college and also the author of “And it Rained, Finding Your Health…Naturally” told us about a natural doctor who referred us to a Naturopath. That was when I learned that I had Systemic Candida, Chronic Fatigue, cells that were unable to absorb nutrients and a host of other ailments. He said that out of his 18 years of being a Naturopath I was one of the top ten worst cases he had ever seen.

Within the past few months we started seeing a Naturopath that lives a lot closer. Through biofeedback testing she was able to find that I have a leaky gut and seven different types of mold growing in my body! Some are so deep that I have had them since birth. One thing I have learned is that I started out with a compromised immune system. My Mom was very ill with the same symptoms. A baby takes on a blueprint of its mothers’ immune system. This is why my body could not fight off the mold and Candida.

I started on my path to health on July 27th of 2009. Through these past months I am not only transforming my body from illness to health that it has never known, but also transforming my mind. I am gaining so much knowledge about being healthier and eating right. My husband and future children will benefit from this greatly too!

I think that all people that are going through an illness need and encourager. My encourager has been my husband, A.J. He has had to do a lot of things that a new husband should not have to do, but he has done everything graciously. He has gone grocery shopping, cleaned for me and spent thousands of dollars on my health. But most of all he has given encouragement! On a daily basis he is there for me. Every ill person needs their encourager, he is mine.

One of my favorite verses throughout this whole healing process is Proverbs 24:16 “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…” I have had some big and some little falls, but I have never quit. I have always dusted myself off (not without some tears too) and gotten back up. I will be a completely healthy woman soon because I am strong, I am persistent.

Due to Sunnys extremely weakened state, her body is unresponsive to conventional, medical procedures. Now, after many experiments with diet, nutrition and herbs her body has been responding and showing improvement. After more than ten years of digression and illness, Sunny is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Despite her sickly appearance, Sunny now feels better than she ever has in her life and her health is reaching new heights every day.

Me and Mom in law

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