If you’ve ever been chronically ill, you might understand why I wear big sweatshirts.

When I lived in Minnesota and it was -20 degrees outside, I wore big sweatshirts.

When it’s 110 degrees during the California summer, I wear big sweatshirts.

The weather is not a deciding factor for me.

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How I feel, is.

Why I Wear Big Sweatshirts

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I wear big sweatshirts for 2 primary reasons:

  1. I am frequently cold.
  2. My stomach feels too “full,” and I don’t want people asking, “How far along are you?

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my sweatshirts. They have made me comfortable for several years. I hoard them.

But truthfully, I am not proud of it.

I mentioned last week in 8 Things I Am Doing for SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue and Autoimmune that I have worked myself to 75% good days, 25% bad days.

These past few weeks are mainly where the 25% comes from. It hasn’t been pretty nor desirable and if you’ve seen me in person (even in this hotter-than-normal weather), you’ve likely seen me with a big sweatshirt on.

Friday I saw my doctor and even still, I spent Friday night depressed and exhausted with this very moment on my journey.

But to know me well is to know that I don’t let things get me down for very long. I mope for a few minutes, and then I think of all the good and/or all things I can do to change the circumstances.

So on Saturday I quit caffeine.

I took every dose of all my supplements. I also went to bed at 8:30pm and got 9 hours of sleep (thank you baby Sam for helping mama out!).

On Sunday I finally began my self-administered B12 injections.

And early, early, early this morning I decided that yes, for sure, I will be doing a round of the antibiotic my doctor and I discussed on Friday.

I am okay with unbuttoning my pants to prove that I love me no matter what. And I am also okay with wearing big sweatshirts when I am cold or dealing with a wild gut.

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But I am just not okay with doing either of them out of necessity, and I’ll do whatever it takes to ditch them both for buttoned pants and a cute (fitted) shirt.

p.s. HERE is the recap from my doctor’s visit this week.


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  1. I feel for you… hang in there. I’m proud of you for doing what you can. There are so many things that we deal with that others have no idea what it’s like, and the planning and emotional stress that goes along with it. I feel about the same with the percentage of days right now, I had about 6 good days in a row and the last two were so tough. Sending love, xo

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