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Three years + 2 months

My 3 year anniversary in November 2008 came when I was too busy to stop and write a report.   I was at my clearing dose on November 15, 2005 and this is how far I’ve come!

I just commented the other day that this is the best January I’ve ever had.  No big let-down after the holidays and no big yucky winter mood either.   I’m busy working my business of home made soaps and busy in my in between hours with quilting.  

Three plus years ago, I was barely functioning.  I moved from the bed to the couch so my kids could see they had a mom.   Our daughter did most of the grocery shopping and cooking.  I wasn’t able to walk a store and my kids would argue over who got to push me around in the wheelchair.   I drove short distances but didn’t trust myself.  Sometimes I wasn’t sure how to get where I needed to go and other times arrived somewhere not knowing why I was there. 

Now I take care of the house, family, and get the groceries.    I have stepped up my soap business and have been working that a lot more.  I am back to enjoying my sewing and quilting time, too.  I love having my mind back and I’m sure my family does too.  I go to an aqua aerobics class twice a week.  

I love how much thicker, fuller, and curlier my hair got in just the first few months on guai.   My skin is healthier as well.   It feels good when others tell me how good I look.   🙂  

I retire this spring as our son graduates from our homeschool in May.  But I have plenty to keep doing with building my soaping business and keeping up with Phil.   I am also President of our quilt guild this year.   Last year as VP and this year have added a lot of activity and responsibility to my mind.  

How do I really describe how much better I am?  You could ask my mom.   🙂 It is great when my family sees how much better I am with the guai.   I think if you would meet me and not know that I have fibromyalgia, you wouldn’t guess it.   

I cleared a ton of depression out over these years on guai and I’m happier than I ever have been.   Even during the midwest winter!   Here & there I can pinpoint a specific area of clearing and count it back to an event.   I’ve cleared deposits from 3 of my 4 pregnancies and each one is easier than the last.  

If I overdo it or have a lot of stress the first thing that hits me back is the fatigue.  I end up taking afternoon naps for a few days and am back to my normal.  

I follow the HG eating plan.  I stay on strict even tho I don’t lose weight on it.  I get reactions when I eat 2 or more items on the liberal side so those things are only for a cheat here & there.  

I clear at 1200 mg a day but bump it up with 400 FA when I can to clear faster.   With the FA added, I also have less itching.  But I learned to take my FA in the morning as it gives me energy.  🙂

When I started guai, I had about 7 1/2 yrs to totally clear.  Sometimes I calculate that I’m a bit ahead of normal and other times right on.  That is so encouraging to me.   But being this good at 1/2 way done is super for me!

Currently I’m cycling issues with my feet and low back but it only causes me to pause for twice daily MSM cream applications.  Otherwise, I keep going!  (with my shoes on!)

I’m so thankful to the friend who lent me her WYDWTYAF book!  (At the time, I was actually frustrated by well-meaning folk that had advice and books out my eyeballs for me.   What a difference the RIGHT book made!)  But mostly I’m thankful to Dr. St. Amand & Claudia for their work, the guai group members & admins for their help, and for the MI conference in 07.  It was a treat to be able to make that trip but also to meet Claudia, Cris, Gretchen, & Char.   Thank you all!!  🙂

The guaifenesin protocol has been a miracle to me!

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