Long-story short: Like many out there, I am a wounded healer.
I applied what I learnt in dietetics school but that only made me sicker. At one point, I was getting my menses about twice yearly. Walking down the stairs felt like going on a perilous adventure. And with a very heavy heart, I bid adieu to running and swimming. The once very healthy athlete had become a “bag of bone-crushing pain”.
I felt like giving up. I almost did. Because at 24, going through a traumatic divorce, I felt my world crumbling down.
With my head on the floor, I eventually allowed my tears to flood the prayer mat. And I heard my mom’s soothing voice echoing in my ears “Sweetheart, God does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear [Quraan 2:286]. Give time to time. Keep the faith – you’ll learn to flourish wherever He has planted you.”
I found my peace. And the strength to keep fighting. #ILoveYouMom!(AndDad)!
That’s when I discovered functional medicine – God had answered my prayers.
I spent countless nights digging into scientific journals. Experimenting with what I learned. Fast-forward a few months, I got my menses back!
And a year later, I started running again – the wind gently caressing my face as I whizz past sleepy dogs makes me feel SO blessed! Plus, I play badminton (I’m a terrible, terrible player but I can bend my wrists!) and swim in the turquoise blue ocean that surrounds Mauritius. (Yep, I live on an island.)
My health journey started 7 years ago and it is far from over. But, praise be to God, I have forged MY tools.
And I believe YOU can create YOURS. You just need the right ingredients.