Hello there! I’m Alison. You might wonder why I have this “list” and who on earth I think I am to be making one.
Short version: I got really sick. Then, with a lot of hard work and help from the right people and methods, I got better. Then I ran into new obstacles, and I kept learning. Now I’m sharing the good news of what worked for me and what I learned (and am still learning) along this crazy path of healing and personal growth.
My health collapsed in my third semester of college. I retreated home mere weeks before finals covered in hives, beyond exhausted, and withdrawing—miserably—from Effexor, an antidepressant.
I’d been wretched for years, wracked with guilt and fear, anxiety and self-loathing from a secret abusive relationship. But just as I was finding my emotional feet, my physical body collapsed. It seemed I would never get my life back.
I saw doctors but they couldn’t help, even the more holistic ones. Then, on a friend’s recommendation, I saw a chiropractor who specializes in homeopathy, a form of energy medicine. I thought it was C-R-A-Z-Y, but I was desperate enough to try his quack medicine anyway. Suddenly my worst symptoms went away. That was weird, I thought.
I hobbled through a bit more college work, this time in Houston at a school I hated, met my husband, fell madly in love, and got married.
Then the other shoe fell. And it broke me.
I didn’t return to depression and PTSD, and I didn’t get hives again. But here’s what I did get:
- Bone-grinding fatigue, the kind you can’t fathom if you’ve never experienced it
- Out-of-control environmental allergies that imprisoned me in my home
- Wounds on my feet and legs that never healed
- Wretched digestion
- Chronic, debilitating sacroiliac (low back) pain
- Appalling memory and cognitive function (I couldn’t remember what I’d read 2 pages ago, and writing became nearly impossible)
- “Lady problems” like bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections
- Chronic urinary tract infections
I could go on.
It was the mental impairment that dropped me to my knees. I’d built my self-confidence on academic performance, and now not only was I getting an inferior education, I couldn’t even make the most of it.
Oddly enough, though, it was the UTIs that finally sent me running from conventional medicine. I’ll never forget the day my gynecologist pressed a prescription into my hand with the words, “You need to take an antibiotic every time you have sex.” Say what?
Suddenly that homeopathic energy medicine thing didn’t sound so crazy, or at least no crazier than my MD’s solution. I started exploring. I saw new practitioners. I combed the Internet. I tried a bazillion and one things.
I got busy on the personal and spiritual growth front too. It was either that or shut down, and God brought the resources into my life at just the right time to prevent the latter
Gradually, I got well.
Now I do have to take care of myself. I’m still working to resolve the fatigue 100%. New issues occasionally pop up, like all my crazy postpartum trials.
But friends, listen. I have a real life. My brain works. My body heals. I hardly have seasonal allergies anymore! I can eat anything, though I work hard to eat well most of the time. I have two sparkling, delightful children.
And I’m a better person for this journey I’ve been on.
My healing isn’t finished, but I am infinitely healthier than I was–and chock-full of good information about holistic health and wellness. I’ve spent countless hours, dollars, and energy discovering what works, and that’s what I share here at Alison’s List. I offer this website as a gift. I never hoped to become a health resource, but here I am. I am infinitely grateful for my healing, and I’m passionate about whole-person, whole-life wellness. I believe that each of us has a unique, God-designed glory to express here on earth, and that body, mind, and spirit all are part of our full potential.
I hope that you, in time, will compile a list of your own, a list of what works to promote health and wellness for you. You can take a page out of my book here, which I hope will save you much time and grief, but ultimately, you’ll discover your own story the same way I do–by adventuring forth courageously to see what’s possible.
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