Friends, did anyone happen to read up on some of the "Things I'm Afraid to Tell You" series last week? If not, I have to recommend it. It's truly brave and inspiring when people let down their guard and open up their lives a little, don't you think?
In that vein, I wanted to share with you why I've been a little hit or miss on the blog lately. You all are so encouraging and supportive and I wanted to assure you that I LOVE this space and I haven't forgotten about you! Some of you know this, but for others this might be news: my husband is sick. Like, really sick. He's has Crohn's, an auto-immune disorder, and symptoms come and go. But it reared it's ugly head in a worse way than ever over the holidays. A test confirmed that it is in fact worse than it ever has been and so we've been working incredibly closely with our naturopath for the last few months to get it back into remission. We truly believe that we can heal this through food and not the crazy scary medicines -- with even crazier side effects -- that doctors want to put him on. Seriously. The options are not good.
All said, most of my energy outside of work has been focused on Chris lately. I've done little projects for the blog here and there, but there are just some weeks I'm way too spent to do a project or focus on what's inspiring me. I didn't realize how much energy I was putting into this until the last week or two. I have a whole new appreciation for the healthy husbands and wives that are fighting even more serious diseases with their spouses.
Just to give you an idea of what we're up to, we've been: researching, going to acupuncture appointments, doctor appointments, cutting grains out of our diet (we've been gluten free for awhile) and we just completed a three week juice fast. Crazy, right? But the thing that has taken me by surprise the most is how I would do ANYTHING to make sure my husband it healthy. Anything. I don't even think I realized the depth of my commitment to him ran until we began fighting this. Together. The encouraging part in all this is that every step we've taken has led us closer to figuring out what's best for Chris. We've finally settled on a diet that has a great track record of healing people with Crohn's. We laid out our plan for implementing the diet this weekend and so I'm hoping the worst part is over. It can take months and months to send Crohn's into remission, but we both feel that we're making huge positive steps towards that and Chris is starting to feel better all ready.
Friends, THANK YOU for hanging in there with me over the past few weeks and months. I'm working really hard to be here and be present, but I really appreciate the understanding when I'm not :).
Happy Monday all!