IT'S ABOUT TO GET REAL, PEOPLE!
Like I've said in past blog posts...I'm pretty much an open book. I don't mind sharing intimate details of my life with people. In fact, I actually enjoy it. I know that sounds a bit strange, but I enjoy becoming closer to other individuals and letting them in on my life. Over the course of my life I've always struggled with different health issues- digestive problems from Kindergarten, West Nile at age twelve, fatigue, headaches, more stomach issues, hair loss, food allergies, postpartum anxiety, anxiety in general, blah blah blah. That's why I decided to go to school to learn about holistic ways of healing! Over the last 5 years or so I've come to realize something: don't we ALL have something going on? EVERYONE is either struggling with depression, weight gain, digestive issues, hormonal problems, etc.
The last year and a half has been particularly difficult, for me personally. Like I said, I've always struggled with stomach issues. From the time I was about six, I remember always having a constant, underlying pain that seemed to never go away. Of course my saint of a mother took me to doctors, specialists, herbalists, and naturopaths. Did they help? Yes, of course! But one can only spend $300 during one visit so many times. Especially once you start going out, getting married, poppin' out babies, buying a house...ya know, regular life events.
About 18 months ago the pain in my stomach started becoming too much to handle. I would eat a piece of lettuce I would be doubled over in pain, I would drink water-the same thing would happen. This wasn't/isn't the regular, 'Oh, it's just gas. It will go away once I eat something or take a sip of water." Oh, no!
Last summer, after we moved into our brand new home, we met some amazing neighbors (who I now consider one our families best friends). We decided to go to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Anyone who knows me, or has been around me for longer than 45 minutes, knows that I don't just "like", or "enjoy" this restaurant. If I had the money to eat there breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, dinner, and second dinner, I TOTES would! Anyways, we go to dinner, we order, we eat. About 3 minutes into my meal the stomach pain starts creeping up. This isn't just my regular attack. I'm feeling it come on like a pack of wolves devouring their prey. Everyone is bantering back and forth with each other. Not me, I'm trying to not burst into tears and scream with pain. My solution? Go lay on the bathroom floor because I can't even sit up straight in our booth. I lay there for 15 minutes with absolutely no relief. There's a line for the stalls and mothers are needing the big stall to change their infants diaper. But, I could hardly breathe-yes, BREATHE. Let alone, stand up and go back out with a happy face, ready to make jokes. But, I do...because I don't want to be rude! After 10 more minutes of sitting up I can't take the pain anymore. I go back to the stall praying the line is a little shorter and take my sweet time enjoying my rest next to the public porcelain throne. I know, super GROSS. This is the kind of pain and inconvenience my stomach puts me through on a very regular basis. This doesn't just happen once a month, every now and then, or periodically. It happens EVERY DAMN DAY.
My stomach pain takes away a lot of eventful and enjoyable times from my sweet little family. In fact, my husband often jokes (but serious, at the same time. Ha!) that anytime we plan anything fun, we better plan to have me doubled over in pain. Bless his heart, though. He just keeps on loving me! Over the last 18-months I've really had to look at what can help me, and how to give myself some relief. About two nights ago, I felt an attack coming on. I had a thought come into my head "PB Assist & Terrazyme". This was weird to me because I often to GX Assist & PB Assist, but never PB Assist and Terrazyme together. I went into our kitchen and popped two pills. Within about 10 minutes I felt my stomach pain going away! WWWHHHAAATTT?! No. This can't be happening is what I was thinking to myself. But thank the good Lord, it was happening!
For those of you who don't know what PB Assist and Terrazyme is, let me give you a quick lesson. PB Assist is a probiotic with over six BILLION live probiotics. That's not just cool, that's unheard of and incredible. Terrazyme is an enzyme formula specifically for the digestive tract. When your body doesn't have enough enzymes to break down and digest your food-that's where Terrazyme comes into play.
My point is...I GET it. I get not being able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. I get having to basically starve yourself because the pain is too much to handle WITHOUT food in your system, let alone once you start eating a little snack! I get having to seem like "that girl"...ya know, the one who "thinks she's too fat" since she's not indulging in the hamburger and macaroni salad at the barbecue. I just GET it. That's why I decided to share this post and my experience with the world. My passion is helping people. If sharing my experience of what's helped me, help another suffering wife and mother, my mission is complete! If you suffer with chronic stomach issues I would HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest some PB Assist and Terrazyme! Heaven knows it's my life saver at the moment!