My journey to healing has been anything but easy and has come with some very serious price tags (both financially and emotionally).
But this journey to healing, quite honestly, has made me who I am today. And for that, I can be forever grateful.
Do you get Experience Life Magazine? If so, then you might have recognized me in the March 2017 issues. It was a short blurb but looks like this (and yes, I was eating an Epic Bar when I snapped the picture, go figure).
Yesterday, the online interview released. They titled it, “Journey to Healing: Q&A with Sarah Kay Hoffman.”
The questions they asked me included:
- You started your story on your blog sharing how undergoing holistic-health protocols and repairing your gut health changed your health. What have you learned from that experience that made a lasting impact on your life?
- What advice would you give to someone struggling with his or her health?
- Why did you decide to change the focus on your blog from fitness to family?
- What was the best lesson you learned from the adoption process? What did you find to be the most challenging?
- As a busy mom, how do you make time for you, fitness, and self-care?
You can click HERE to read the full article (my answers).
Journey to Healing
Image taken from an Instagram post I did on my birthday. You can read the post HERE.
A few hours prior to receiving the email that the article had launched, I had my first appointment with a new doctor at the California Center for Functional Medicine.
I decided to expand the team of functional doctors I work with because I believe that you don’t go to a foot doctor for eye troubles.
While SIBO and Colitis are definitely connected to the thyroid, adrenals, and hormonal issues in general, I am at the point on my journey where I really want to investigate them all on a much deeper level.
My new doctor will be focused on all things thyroid, adrenals, and hormones, while Dr. Schweig will still handle the nitty gritty general gut and SIBO stuff (re-testing levels in the next several days).
The very best news she told me was that it is unlikely that my level of workouts (as long as I don’t hit marathon-training status – for now) are perfectly okay, and probably not the root cause to anything outstanding.
We are starting a series of tests, and then I will know more, which I will, of course, share here.
I have been on this (physical) journey to healing, long-lasting healing, for a very long time now. And the truth is that I am not seeing her because I don’t feel well. I actually feel really well. But like the old quote goes,
Health is not merely the absence of disease.
I still have some unexplained issues that have never been solved.
Only through careful testing, trial-and-error, and a team of people who will help me dig, dig, dig, do I believe I’ll ever see this healing journey to completion.
But then again, I’m not entirely sold on the idea that the journey to healing is ever 100% complete. You know, even doctors stay on a journey to healing for life.
My first goal is, and always has been, to be well for Ryan, the babies, and for myself.
My second goal is to be a force where I can share my story, resources, and have the sound facts and information to help others who find themselves at the beginning – where I was back in 2008. (Hence, why I first went to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and why I am going to put myself through Chris Kresser’s ADAPT program.)
There are thousands and thousands of women out there, who are just like me, and who are in the same shoes as I once was – about to start their own journey to healing.
My last words in the article were,
Taking care of myself is no longer a negotiable!
Let those words soak in for yourself today, too.
And go read the article🙂
You will heal. I will help.