We’ve all heard the phrase, “If Mama Ain’t happy, Ain’t nobody happy” (yes, shudder at the grammar), but this week I am also remembering how “If Mama Ain’t Healthy…the Family Ain’t Healthy”. I guess after talking nonstop about my kids’ health, it’s only fair to share a bit about myself. I’ve been blessed with relatively good health, but have always had one ailment or another since I was a kid. First it was the heart (starting at age 10) – arrhythmia and tachycardia. I was on meds for that for a long time, but weaned off in college and was able to stay relatively symptom free. Later on in life, like with most women of child bearing age, I entered into the crazy hormone roller coaster, starting with Thyroid disease that would leave my hormonal levels in a constant state of flux. I started seeing Dr. Strauchman, at the Natural Wellness and Pain Relief Centers of Michigan (Dr. Morningstar’s beautiful wife, as a matter of fact!). She is an absolute sleuth when it comes to finding and correcting (naturally and safely) all types of ailments – but she is a Master Ninja, it seems, when it comes to hormones. I started seeing her soon after we started seeing her husband for Scoliosis care. Within a few months, she had me off of chemical-laden, off-the-shelf one-size-fits-all, thyroid meds and onto natural solutions, made just for me. Then, she found out the cause of my migraines (big score!). I was feeling great.
However, after a few years of being relatively stable, my hormonal roller-coaster is on the fritz again. Thankfully, answers were one visit (and many tests!) away, with a visit to Dr. Strauchman. On top of my hormonal coaster, she also tackled the stomach problems I’ve been having for a while (sometimes leaving me in debilitating pain!) (By the way, I did see my family physician after being hospitalized with stomach pain, but not given solutions that worked or diagnosed with an actual reason for the pain) A few weeks ago I found out the results. Let’s just say that I wasn’t imagining things – things were out of whack in my hormonal system and GI tract (I will spare you the gruesome details). The good news is that Dr. Strauchman had a litany of natural, safe, and gentle strategies for getting me back on the road to great health.
I will say, though, that I balked slightly at the major time (and very major monetary) expense of such a treatment plan. I have no question in my mind that her treatments will work, as they have worked for me over and over again. But, they are not cheap. Or easy. *sigh* How can I justify such time and expense on myself, while I am facing major surgery for my child within the next year? But, then I realized that the question is really: How can I not? I have that year of time to get myself in ship shape order, because when my daughter goes into surgery and recovery, I will need every ounce of strength – both emotionally and physically – that I can muster. I will be grateful, looking back, that I took the time and money and effort to get myself in the best working condition possible so that I can better care for the ones in my life – so that they may be more healthy. I need to take the time to exercise (which I usually do…unless someone needs me…or something comes up….) I need to eat like MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. Because, it really does. Dr. Strauchman is a big believer in how much our diet can effect our health. But, let’s face it – eating clean, fresh, and (sometimes) organic, AIN’T cheap! Or easy! But, it is very, very important.
This is the time of year that I also face the anniversary of my Mother’s death. She died so suddenly and so young (at 47) with no reason or apparent cause. She tried to eat right and exercise, but I know deep down she had a lot of the same afflictions that I face. Yet, she was working so hard and caring for others so much and she never really found that medical professional that could give her the super sleuthing that she needed. Was the accumulation of these factors what caused her death? It’s hard to say. But, it certainly didn’t make it any easier on her body. So, I realize, that I need to take every precaution I can so that I can be the best for my family. Everyone always says this. (Yes, we all know the reference to putting the mask on yourself first on the airplane before putting one on your child). But, few Moms really believe it and practice it. I pray that I can be selfish – just enough – to make myself as healthy as possible so that I am ready. For anything.