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 I'm Laura

“I have a chronic illness that won’t go away?”

 

Receiving my autoimmune diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis was both relieving and heartbreaking at the same time. 

I was a go-getter. A registered nurse. A former swimmer turned triathlete. A new wife.


And now chronically ill?

My mind struggled to accept this new identity.

But finding the answer behind the years of feeling horrible brought me some relief.
 

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I was experiencing horrible pain and stiffness in all my joints, especially my hips and back, that prevented me from getting out of bed some mornings. 

I was exhausted…beyond tired…all the time (even after sleeping 12 hours.)

I felt foggy and struggled to remember and concentrate. 

My muscles would ache at the end of each day.


I couldn’t lose weight.


And even though I loved exercising, it always left me injured and needing a lot of time to recover. 

On my days off from work, I found myself stressed out, laying on the couch the entire day while the laundry and dishes piled up.


My life was far from what I imagined my 20’s would look like.

I tried adopting a paleo diet. It always helped me feel a little better. 
But it also made me feel deprived. 


I struggled withholding comforting foods to myself, especially when I was exhausted and stressed out.
Cheat weekends turned into cheat weeks. 
And that continued with a vicious cycle of on again/ off again dieting. 

 

As a RN, I assumed that the people who felt the best with chronic illness were “good patients” who listened to their doctors and followed conventional medicine recommendations. 

 

So after I was diagnosed, I immediately started taking my prescribed biologic and hoped for the best.

 

I felt better. I stopped having flare ups. But after a few months, I realized that I was going to continue to feel “ok.” 

 

I wanted to feel great. 

 

After one year, I asked my doctor if there were any other options. I had heard that diet and lifestyle changes had helped some people, particularly something called the AIP diet. When I asked him about it, he simply stated “diets don’t help autoimmune disease.”

 

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LOOKING AND FEELING INFLAMED

I was in a difficult situation. I wanted to figure out how to feel good but I also needed to get as healthy as possible. My husband, Jeff and I were trying to have a baby.

And we had been unsuccessful for two years at that point.

 

Turns out, my widespread inflammation was so severe that I had endometriosis which was preventing pregnancy.

 

That’s when everything clicked for me.

 

I didn’t need to focus on decreasing symptoms.

I needed to focus on decreasing inflammation.

 

I had endometriosis surgery to clean out the build up of damage and scar tissue.

And then I immediately started the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet.

 

But changing my diet was very different this time.

I believed that my body was on my side.

I believed that it wanted to heal.

And I was fully committed to taking care of my amazing body the best way I knew how.

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This mindset shift taught me the three steps that saved my life. 
 

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Listen to your body.

 

Learn your needs.

Take care of your needs.

After a month, I was thriving.

My fatigue was gone. I woke up rested.

My brain fog cleared and I was able to appreciate how beautiful the world around me was. 

As for my pain, it was GONE… until I got stressed out.
When it was time to work or I got stressed, the pain in my hips came back.
I started limping again and realized there was more to figure out. 

Stress was creating inflammation and no amount of non-inflammatory foods could fix that.


I knew my brain was creating this pain but I had no idea how to prevent that from happening.

Through life coaching, I learned how to manage my brain.
And after a few months, I was able to drastically decrease my stress…and completely eliminate my pain.

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EXPECTING OUR FIRST BABY

I became symptom free from my autoimmune disease and I have remained symptom free for 5 years.

Getting to this place allowed me to feel completely free and full of possibility.

Feeling my best improved my marriage.
It improved my job.
It improved my whole life.

I didn’t think life could get any better…until a positive pregnancy test changed that!

Feeling my best allowed us to start a family.

My dramatic autoimmune transformation taught me that feeling your best is not just possible, but inevitable when you decrease your inflammation with diet and lifestyle changes. 


 

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OUR FAMILY

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I thought about all the other women with autoimmune disease who were struggling to get through each day.

I knew exactly how to help them.

So I became a life coach and AIP coach. 

And now I get to witness others transform their lives and feel their best.


I freaking love what I do.

 

It's nice to meet you.
 

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