Beautiful Chaos

Finding adventure in the everyday

Why we do what we do: series intro

January5

In my little family, we do most things different. What we eat, how we parent, how we school, how we treat sickness, how we birth. It’s all outside of mainstream culture.

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            I never set out to be different. In fact, I used to have a lot of unfair judgement on all the people who did what I now do. I thought about how absurd they were and how unnecessary the harder choice was.  A few of the topics I just didn’t know the other option existed. At any rate, I was ignorant and responded as such.
            Until, I had a health crisis when I was 22 or 23 that sent me from doctor to doctor, from test to test trying to figure out why I felt so crappy all the time. For 2 years I did this and discovered nothing.
            Well, that’s not true. We discovered that my gallbladder was fine, my bloodwork was fine, I didn’t have an ulcer and after drinking really thick nasty stuff, the X-rays of my abdomen were normal. Oh and one doctor wanted to prescribe antidepressants over the phone after I told them my symptoms and that I wanted to come in. Ah!
             It wasn’t until after my daughter was born  and I started pursuing health again when I was 26 that I found a doctor who diagnosed me. I was nervous to see him. I thought he might be crazy. He was much more holistic and natural. He looked at my test results from 3 or 4 years prior and said, “you have celiac disease.” He changed my life forever.
              I went from totally checked out of life, tired and freezing all the time, stomach bloated and uncomfortable every day, no/random periods that were extremely painful when they came (gradually as I healed) to normal. It took time to heal and to learn some of my other intestinal triggers, but cutting out gluten from my diet gave me my life back.
              From then on, I started questioning everything. If mainstream couldn’t diagnose me with the results in front of them, maybe mainstream had some other things that could be improved on.
               It was a slow ripple effect from there that has made me become a researcher. Who says? Why? and What’s the alternative? have become my go to questions at every new decision. I’ve also learned to listen to what my heart says and start from that point. I felt so sad at the thought of sending Layla to school. But instead of plowing through because mainstream says that’s what you do, I looked into options as I asked God to lead.
               So, I want to share with you in this little series why we do what we do. Information, circumstances and research that led me to each point of decision and then what it looks like once we’re here.
               Maybe you are like I was, partially oblivious and partially judgmental and this will serve as new ideas into a world you didn’t know existed. Or maybe you’re where I am and this will encourage you in your weird-living. Or maybe this will simply give you insight into who I am and how I got here. Whatever this series speaks to you, I’m excited about sharing the journey of such a significant part of our story.
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