Weight gain post stem cells has been a very humbling experience. I have never weighed more than 120lb in my life before Lyme Disease. I never thought I would gain so much weight with stem cell therapy. Though it is frustrating, I do remind myself every day that I rather be chubby and feel awesome, then skinny and feel like I am dying so that does help, but now I just want both.
Gluten free seems to have become such a popular diet trend lately, but it can really be a hard world to live in if you are avoiding gluten for your health. I have been gluten free for over 5 years now and somehow I still spend about 30% of my life glutened no matter how hard I try to avoid it.
Gluten is my nemesis. I feel like every time I eat, the world is a minefield and I am rolling the dice. I never know if I am going to lose a week of my life or feel good after I eat. People often ask me what happens when I get “glutened” and why does it happen so often, so here it is.
It's amazing I am already 8 months post stem cells. Time flies when you are living life! I can officially say I feel like I am in remission from Lyme. I had no idea I could ever feel this good again and to be honest some days I feel better than before I got sick. I think eating a very clean diet and all the repair that stem cells have done, has left me in a better place than I was before.
6 Months brought a big shift in how I felt. I didn’t think it would be possible to feel as good as I feel today. To be honest, I have days where I feel better than I did before I got Lyme, thanks to Stem Cells.
Living and healing from chronic illness can make it impossible to keep up with life sometimes. Day to day tasks such as getting groceries and household supplies can take all your energy for the day making it impossible to keep up with things. Fortunately, in our tech-centric days, there are a few things you can use to your advantage to make life easier.
Overall I don't really feel I am experiencing any Lyme Symptoms anymore. I don't feel sick. I have not had a "bad day" in over a month and I have not had to take breaks to rest in bed in the past few weeks either. I take 2 supplements a day, but can go days without taking them and still feel fine. I think I can finally say my Lyme Days are behind me, and what is left is just a lot of repair from the damage it caused to my body and immune system. It will still take time to repair the damage, but I am not at the mercy of this disease anymore thanks to stem cells.
Week 13 was a bit up and down due to this relentless cold I had, but once it finally started to clear, I started feeling great again. I was really excited that my immune system was able to clear it on its own, which in the past was something that never happened. I would always start off with a cold and it would turn into an upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or a nasty sinus infection so I can tell my immune system is definitely getting stronger! Yay!
Week 12 was bittersweet. I traveled to Portland to visit my family for Thanksgiving and that was great. I also got to see my 92 year old grandmother during the holiday. It was nice to be able to do some traveling and reconnect with my family now that I am feeling better. I am still allergic to Turkey so we made grass fed prime rib and it was amazing
Week 11 was great! I felt the best I have felt in 4.5 years this week! The most magical part of the week is that my brain worked! Most of you may not realize what a HUGE deal this is. For the past 4.5 years my brain has not worked at all. I have had the worst brain fog and my short term memory has been nonexistent. This week everything worked! I was as sharp as a whip! I could think of everything, I could remember everything! I would even test myself to see if it was true and it was!
I have been feeling so good! Something big shifted between week 9-10. Once I recovered from last weeks glutening I had a new sense of feeling great and clear. I can feel myself coming back to life. Yay Stem Cells!
You are bound to hear the phrase chicken or pasta on a long international flight. Unfortunately eating the food provided on an airplane is not an option for anyone on a restricted diet. I am plagued with having Celiac Disease as well as over 60 food allergies. Eating even at home can be a challenge, much less a long international flight.
Week 9 came with some ups and downs, but overall I am starting to feel a lot better. Each day that goes by I am starting to feel more and more like myself! I did get glutened again last week which made things rough for a few days. The good thing is when I feel this way, I know exactly what the cause is and I know I just need to rest and ride it out and that it's not a return of Lyme symptoms.
Diet is a huge component for overall health as well as healing from any chronic illness or autoimmune condition. My first diet overhaul came when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2012. I promptly started a gluten free diet but never felt good on it. I always felt tired and spacey after eating the gluten free replacements. I quickly learned that all those carbs were pure sugar and if I really wanted to heal I had to switch to a healthy, clean diet. I found AIP (Autoimmine Paleo) and began the strict elimination phase.
I swear the Universe is challenging and testing me. I went into my 100 days thinking and hoping that these would be the most stress-free days of my life and they have been the total opposite. Each week has come with enormous external life stress and I am trying my best to manage.
Week 6 came with lots of ups and downs! I unfortunately felt like I got “glutened” last Friday night. It was a bummer because I had been feeling pretty good up until that point and it usually takes my body about 7 days to recover so I have been more tired and spacey than usual.
I can’t believe it has been 5 weeks since I got Stem Cells! Time has been flying by. I am really looking forward to the 6-7 week mark as that is when most people really started to see major shifts. Seven weeks will also be the half way point of my 100 days!
It has been 10 weeks since I had Cavitation Surgery. A lot has happened in the past few weeks with the excitement of Stem Cells! I can finally say that I experienced some positive results from my Cavitation Surgery! Yay! The recovery was very, very difficult. It took me over a month before I started feeling back to where I was pre-surgery or better.
I can’t believe I am already 4 weeks into Stem Cells! It has been flying by. In week 4 I experienced a few dips, but I don’t believe the dips are due to the Stem Cells, I believe they have been due to stress.
I am just past the 3 week mark post Stem Cells. I am definitely feeling quite a few improvements already! Overall I have had about 7 straight days of feeling really, really good! I am not sure if I am just high from having such a great experience at the Bulletproof Conference this weekend or if it's the Stem Cells really kicking in. Either way, I will take it and enjoy the good feeling!
I am officially at the 2 week mark post Stem Cells! I am definitely into the "crash weeks" of the 100 days. I had a really lazy day on Sunday and did not make it out of my PJs, though the overcast weather probably contributed to that. It felt good to have a day to just rest as I think I was still recovering from the travel home.
It has been just over a week and a half since I got my Stem Cells:) I am planning on posting weekly updates so make sure to keep checking back for news and updates on my progress. The first week while I was still in Germany I felt AMAZING. If that was any sort of glimpse of where my Stem Cells are taking me, it was magic. I felt so clear-headed, calm, energized. Everything was great. Since flying home things have been a bit rougher, which is to be expected.
Well, I am officially into my 100 Day Stem Cell Recalibration period! A lot of people have been asking me if I feel better or if I am cured, and the short answer is NO, but don’t let that answer scare you! Stem Cells are not an overnight fix or cure for Lyme Disease. As with all Lyme Treatments, I am going to feel worse before I feel better. The Stem Cells also do not specifically treat or kill Lyme, so the answer may confuse people as to how they are going to help me.
I am back from getting Stem Cells at Infusio in Frankfurt! Overall the entire process was pretty amazing. I am really glad I went to Germany for my Stem Cells. Everything went smoothly, was easy and not stressful at all. It was also a nice perk to have a little bit of a vacation. I got to do some sightseeing mixed in with my treatments and cash in some of my travel awards I have been accumulating as I pay for my Lyme Treatments.
I completed the last 7 days of my Stem Cell Treatments at Infusio Frankfurt. It was pretty cool to do half my treatments in Beverly Hills and half in Frankfurt. The clinic is beautiful. It feels like you are at a spa and the entire experience is very relaxing.
I know a lot of you are wondering how I was feeling pre-Stem Cells and what treatments I have done pre-Stem Cells. I am working on a post that covers my previous treatments and protocols but in the meantime, I want to share what symptoms I am still dealing with. I have come a long way from my original list of symptoms before I started treating Lyme, but still have some stubborn issues going on.