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My Healing Journal: Diagnosed with Candidiasis

Journal Entry on September 9th 2010

Today, I received the diagnosis that I have Candidiasis (a.k.a. yeast overgrowth). Though I’m not that surprised given my symptoms and the fact that I asked my Naturopath for the test, I am still reeling from the news.

“Aren’t I going through enough?” I ask with face raised up to the ceiling … just months ago, I initiated a difficult divorce, started graduate school to become a nutritionist, and both my kids begin school this week.  

My boys and I have many food sensitivities/allergies which make me less than thrilled to put even more limitations on our already limited diet. Yet, I feel awful every day, for almost a year, and the effects are wearing me down. So, I’m tightening my bootstraps to get ready to walk step by step into my own healing.

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Time to Change

For the past year I’ve had terrible digestive upset; something I’ve never experienced with such intensity in all my life. Diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, bloating, embarrassing gas, and a constant sour taste in my mouth that comes and goes with frequency.

When I say bloated, I don’t mean a poof you might get after a hearty meal. I mean a belly that looks 5 months pregnant, but I’m not pregnant. When my belly stretches like this, I’m so uncomfortable and don’t feel relief for hours once I eat a bothersome food. I also have had more than my share of heartburn, GBS+, brain fog, and vaginal yeast infections.

Days on end with all this discomfort and my condition has worn me down to the point where I know a change needs to be made. So, here I am.   

Moving Through

It seems like the only way to heal from yeast overgrowth is to take anti-fungal medicine and stick to a specific diet for a certain length of time. As for the logistics of an actual diet, I know next to nothing and need to research which one I’ll do. All I know is I am determined to do what it takes to get myself back into balance. 

Making the Commitment

I do know that this won’t be an easy task when I am currently in the midst of becoming a single mother with a very full life! Yet, I’m committed to ease into things gradually and pace myself with the dietary and lifestyle changes I am sure need to be made.

My hope is that this Healing Journal I’m beginning here will one day help others who are freshly diagnosed with Candidiasis or another gut flora imbalance. 

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