Experiencing chronic illness is overwhelming, to say the least. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, co-infections, autoimmune issues and a host of other health problems at 26 years old. I saw some of the best doctors in the country and they didn’t know if I would ever get better. It was difficult to find the energy to keep pushing through when I felt unwell from the disease symptoms, the side effects of taking multiple antibiotics, and the draining emotions that came along with being sick with no end in sight.
Rather than accept this as my fate, I searched for inspiration to keep me going. I found inspiration in many things but it often came from books. These 4 books, in particular, opened my eyes to new ways of approaching illness and inspired to take action over things I could control in this journey to regain my health.
Crazy Sexy Diet
I stumbled across Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr while I was in Barnes and Noble perusing the health section. Here was this young woman faced with cancer and she was talking about eating your vegetables and detoxing your home of toxins. As a big believer in holistic health, I quickly dug into this book.
Kris was radically changing her life to support her health and healing including going vegan, taking supplements and self-care. Reading this left me feeling that I too could improve my quality of life despite my diagnosis. I still had control over what I put into my body and how I took care of myself.
Nutritional counseling is hardly ever talked about when visiting a Western medicine doctor covered by your insurance. They, unfortunately, don’t teach those things in medical school. Kris Carr inspired me to think outside the box. I was motivated to start detoxing my home, my cosmetics and most importantly my kitchen. While vegan was not the right diet for me I did experiment with juicing, making all my own food and committed to eating very clean.
The Immune System Recovery Plan
The Immune System Recovery Plan by Dr. Susan Blum was my blueprint for healing. I owe so much of my progress to this book and Dr. Blum’s programs. Dr. Blum is a functional medicine doctor who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and took the steps outlined in this book to reverse her own autoimmune issue. Anyone with chronic illness can benefit from reading this gem.
This book not only gave me hope but easy to follow steps to boost my immune system. Dr. Blum breaks down the various factors that affect your immune system like stress, gut health and toxins burdening your liver. She explains how these things get to this point in the first place, helps you identify what might be your issue and then provides solutions to reverse the problem.
After reading this book I felt empowered to take the necessary steps to support my immune system. I thought if I could boost my immune system then I just might be able to get this thing under control.
Dr. Andrew Weil’s, Spontaneous Healing was a random life-changing find. I can’t tell you how many times I cracked this book open. This book is a collection of real-life stories from people of all walks of life dealing with a wide range of illnesses including life-threatening. He talks about their stories and the steps each of these people took to regain their health. What’s interesting is there was so secret sauce to healing. Everyone found their own path to get well.
This book also offers recommendations on food, supplements and natural approaches to support your own healing. Educating myself on these various approaches always empowered me to research and experiment.
I turned to this book whenever I was having a particularly bad day health-wise or a setback that was bringing me down. Whenever I felt frustrated by my lack of progress, I turned to this book to inspire me.
Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein helped me become a more spiritual and forgiving person. I lost many friends when I became sick. It was like going through a break-up. People that I always thought I would be close to disappeared. I honestly didn’t know how to make sense of it all.
Gabby’s book taught me that relationships are assignments and there was a reason why that person was in your life at that time. She also taught me to meditate and forgive. I stopped judging people for not wanting to stick around. This was no easy task but I learned to be at peace with the way my life has changed.
Where I am Today
These 4 books shaped my health and my life. They gave me hope when I didn’t know where to turn and the tools to move forward. They inspired me to experiment with different healing methods, supplements, diets and shift my mindset to heal on a deep level. Through my experimentation, I started to notice small shifts and progress which propelled me to keep going and landed me where I am today. To learn more about my full story click here.
Where do you find inspiration?