This is My Story
Let me tell you my story of how I became ill. During university I caught Glandular Fever/Epstein Barr virus and felt fatigued, dizzy and weak, with brain fog and difficulty concentrating.
Also I had a typical student diet consisting of chocolate, crisps, microwave ready meals, pasta and alcohol. So my diet was terrible! I was malnourished and the high sugar diet gave me spots.
I went to the doctor and told him my symptoms. He gave me tetracycline antibiotics to take for the acne. He also told me to keep a food diary for a few months and then get back to him. I felt really alone and unsupported and didn’t know what was happening to me.
Back then I had very low self-esteem and pushed myself to please others, doing what was expected of me without questioning what I wanted to do. So I carried on working hard studying for my chemistry degree and working full-time on my industrial placement year at the same time, even though I could barely concentrate. I started collapsing suddenly as I was so weak.
Anyway I took the antibiotics and they killed off the bad infection. However they also wiped out the good bacteria in my gut so the opportunistic yeast Candida Albicans overran my gut.
Eventually I became so ill in December 2008 that I was unable to function in society. So my parents brought me back home. My Mum had to care for me for 6 months. I was too weak to stand up and walk to the kitchen to get a drink or make food. Therefore I was confined to either my bed or sitting on the sofa in front of the TV.
The doctors carried out diagnostic tests for the duration of a year which all came back negative. However I had one positive IgA antibody blood test result for Coeliac disease. So I immediately removed wheat from my diet. However by the time I had the endoscopy, my gut lining was normal so I was not diagnosed with Coeliac disease. This is when my passion for cooking began as I began experimenting with wheat-free alternatives and baking my own bread with gluten-free flour.
Finally a neurologist in London diagnosed me with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in December 2009. The only treatment they could offer me was antidepressants and that said it would take time to improve.
I took charge of my health!
At this point I took charge of my own health. And with the little energy that I did have, I began researching about M.E. I signed up to an M.E monthly newsletter and in one issue it mentioned that acupuncture can help. So my Mum booked an appointment for me to see a local acupuncturist.
I found that the acupuncture only provided temporary relief, and was not helpful in the long term. However the acupuncturist noticed that I had severe digestive issues and recommended that I go and see a Nutritionist.
This was the key to my recovery as the Nutritionist used a bio-resonance machine to detect that my body was overrun with multiple viruses including Epsteinn Barr virus and cytomegalovirus and Candida. She also discovered that I had several food intolerances to sugar, yeast, cow’s milk and beef. I immediately cut out the offending foods and wondered what on Earth I could eat as everything seemed to have sugar in it. I remember when I cut out processed sugar I had the shakes for a day like I was coming off a drug. As a replacement I ate fruit such as dried apricots.
After about 6 weeks of changing my diet and taking supplements including Oregano to kill the Candida and natural antiviral herb supplements, I returned to see the Nutritionist and she noted a marked improvement in my health. I felt better and had so much more energy and my brain fog had cleared.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I believe it is my life purpose to share it and to spend the rest of my life helping other people with their health, using the knowledge I have learned on my own health journey. I feel blessed to have had first hand experience of this illness so I can really relate to my future clients and help them on a deeper level.