Is there anyone still out there?
It’s been ages since my last post. Life as I knew it stopped for me in February. As if I didn’t have enough going on with my health and insane life, let’s just add Breast Cancer!
I’ve been wanting to post for ages but finding motivation and energy is the hardest part. So my blog is going to have a bit of a Breast Cancer tangent for a while but bigger picture it will still have a wellness and allergy/intolerance focus because the biggest thing this diagnosis has shown me is the immediate need to completely overhaul my life.
But first, let’s survive Chemo!
I received something this morning that absolutely changed my day for the better!
I’ve been absolutely hounded by the Black Dog lately. Not up to doing very much at all but existing through my daily grind. I’ve had a lot of theories on causes and thought about writing a post about those but this morning I was given something better.
For those with chemical and salicylate sensitivity you will understand that I can’t use commercial soaps or body washes due to the chemical crap and perfumes they put in them. However I have a wonderful friend who started soap making and she was good enough to teach me how to make a low chemical soap.
I love this soap! It doesn’t lather the same way ‘normal’ soap does but it has enough of a lather that I can even shave with it (because of course I can’t handle shaving creams).
I find when you make things yourself from scratch you gain an appreciation for the entire process and the end product becomes more precious. My kids will attest to this from the lecture they get when they waste food I have made for them! So my soap is precious to me.
Last Christmas I gave all the ladies in my office a bar of my soap. I told them a bit about it, explaining that is was only slightly scented with essential oils because of my issues and that it is one of the few soaps my daughter has used without an eczema flare up.
One of the ladies had her Granddaughter try it. Her Granddaughter has severe eczema and cannot use commercial soap either. The initial bar soon ran out and as it had been so successful with her eczema I gave them a few more bars.
This morning my colleague told me how excited her Granddaughter was having her very own soap that she could actually use! She kept lathering herself up, proud that she could use a bar of soap. This was enough to lift my day and then my colleague presented me with this card.
That made my day! So Thank you Tahlia! ❤️
There was a simple article about pyroluria in my news feed today that I will share as it is a really simplified overview. However I was concerned about the source and it seeming like quack science to those who have not been on the journey I have. So I looked for more ‘scholarly’ articles and have wasted nearly an hour trying to find something outside of my usual sphere of research with no luck in finding something easily digestible.
All I know is following a treatment protocol for myself and my girls has made an amazing difference to our quality of life. We have reduced the instances and severity of illness exponentially and I see first hand the difference in behaviours when the girls haven’t had their supplements for an extended period. The girls have been able to add foods back in that they previously had minor intolerances to and I am at a point where I can work on introducing foods and feeling like my body can cope with it.
So as with everything I post, use it to inform yourself, do some more research if it is something that rings true to you and follow your heart in what is best for you! I will look at adding to my research on this but for today I’ve got to get off my arse and get into the day!
The articles I did find are below:-
The Mindd Institute
An article recommended by my BioMed GP
This is my BioMed GP