My Health History


For more than a decade, my doctors attributed my many health challenges and "mystery symptoms" to late-effects of chemo and radiation therapies. In 2003, I began working an naturopath. He taught me that my body can heal itself whole foods and professional-grade supplements. I felt so much better. It was miracle! Still, I kept collecting diagnoses. And with each new diagnosis, I had to increase my self-care to feel good again. Then in 2012, my holistic MD at the time said to me, “No one who lives this well should be this sick....no one is this unlucky.” She muscle tested me for biotoxin/mold-related illness and eventually late stage Lyme disease, confirmed the diagnoses with lab testing, and then treated me holistically. Finding these missing pieces of my complex health puzzle has made all the difference in my health and well-being. These are my biggest health miracles to date. And I'm grateful I didn't stop short of them. 

If you find yourself collecting diagnoses or mystery symptoms the way I did following cancer treatment, please work with holistic-minded healthcare professionals to help rule in/out any underlying condition(s). My underlying conditions turned out to predate my Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis, and maybe even contributed to it.

 

Here's what I've learned:

 
One, your body is built to heal itself;
Two, the diagnosis isn't necessary to begin self-healing;
Three, your body knows what it needs to heal;
Four, there's wisdom in the counsel of many health professionals; and
Five, don't stop short of your miracle(s).
 

Here’s what you'll find in my medical record:

  • 1981-1998: Typical childhood illnesses (i.e., bronchitis, canker sores, chicken pox, common cold, constipation, ear infection, flu, molluscum contagiosum, strep throat, etc.)
  • 1991: Onset of ringing in ears, facial twitch, floaters in vision, frequent colds + headaches
  • 1998: Onset of fatigue + lymph node swelling
  • 1999-2000: Stage 2a Hodgkin’s lymphoma—nodular sclersosis treated with 6 cycles ABVD + 25 radiation treatments (in remission/cured)
  • 2000-present: Migraine headaches (well managed/improving)
  • 2000-present: Tinnitus (well managed/improving)
  • 2000-2013: Irregular menstrual cycles (resolved)
  • 2000-2003: Seasonal allergies (resolved)
  • 2001-2003: Depression (resolved)
  • 2001: Abnormal PAP (resolved)
  • 2002-2009: Lichen Sclerosis et Atrophicus (misdiagnosed/resolved)
  • 2002-2016: IBS with constipation predominance (resolved)
  • 2002-present: Chronic idiopathic urticaria (misdiagnosed/well managed/improving)
  • 2002-present: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis + resulting hypothyroidism (well managed/improving)
  • 2004-2009: Hypercholesterolemia (resolved)
  • 2004-present: Abnormal CT/PET scans showed active node/lesion adjacent to right kidney (stable)
  • 2005-2006: Tendonitis both wrists (resolved)
  • 2005-2006: Eczema on hands, face + neck (resolved)
  • 2006-present: Thrombosis external hemorrhoid (well managed/improving)
  • 2007-2009: Vulvar vestibulodynia (correctly diagnosed/resolved)
  • 2007-present: Autoimmune urticaria + pressure/heat induced urticaria (correctly diagnosed/well managed/improving)
  • 2007-present: Urticarial vasculitis (well managed/improving)
  • 2007: Abnormal CT/PET scans showed active axillary + inguinal nodes (resolved)
  • 2007-present: Exercise-induced asthma/reduced lung capacity due to scarring (well managed/improving)
  • 2008-present: Adrenal fatigue (resolved)
  • 2008-present: Non-celiac gluten intolerance (well managed)
  • 2008-2009: Granuloma annular (now believed to be erythema migrans) (resolved)
  • 2008-present: Osteopenia (stable)
  • 2009: Idiopathic angioedema without urticarial (resolved)
  • 2010: Abnormal PAP (HPV high risk strain) (resolved)
  • 2010-2011: PTSD due to sexual assault (resolved)
  • 2010: Colposcopy positive for Cervical Dysplasia (CIN2) (resolved)
  • 2010: Abnormal breast MRI + breast biopsy negative for malignancy (stable)
  • 2010-2013; 2016: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) (resolved)
  • 2012: Abnormal PAP (resolved)
  • 2012-present: Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) due to mold-related illness/"multi-susceptible" genotype (well managed/improving)
  • 2013-present: Benign Hemifacial Spasms (well managed/improving)
  • 2013-2014: Right Temporal Lobe Seizure Activity (resolved)
  • 2013-2014: Chronic idiopathic Hypersomnia (resolved)
  • 2013-2016: Intermittent idiopathic myoclonus (resolved)
  • 2013-2016: Low-grade fever of unknown origin (lasting 3+ months) (resolved)
  • 2013-present: Venous insufficiency + varicose veins (stable)
  • 2013-present: Late-stage neuroborreliosis (Lyme disease) + confections bartonella + babesia (well managed/improving)
  • 2013: Abnormal breast ultrasound + breast biopsy negative for malignancy (stable)
  • 2013-present: Raynaud’s phenomenon (well managed/improving)
  • 2014-2016: Benign essential tremor (resolved)
  • 2014-present: Ultrarapid metabolizer of CYP2D6 + rapid metabolizer of CYP2C19 (increased risk for adverse drug reactions when treated with oxycodone)
  • 2014-present: APOE epsilon4 allele (increased risk for Alzheimer's disease)
  • 2014-present: Indomitable spirit (yes, one of my doctors actually diagnosed me with this, and now it’s the name of my wellness coaching practice)
  • 2016: Mildly elevated lead/heavy metal levels (resolved)
  • 2016: Ruptured functional ovarian cyst (resolved)
  • 2017: Central hypothyroidism/hypopituitary (first suspected in 2005) (well managed)
 

And, I'm happy to report that despite all this, my health and quality of life are the best they've been since I was a teenager.

No matter your health history, don't give up on your health tomorrow. Your miracle may follow the next health professional you see or the next article you read. I'm so grateful I didn't give up shy of my miracles. Please don't give up shy of yours.