My dear sisters, I am truly overwhelmed by the responses I received from so many women when I revealed I am experiencing a flood of health challenges—weight gain, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, estrogen dominance, and prediabetes. Up until I was faced with these hurdles, I thought I had my life under control. Boy, I was wrong!
Before these life-changing health challenges became apparent, I had been under extreme stress: my husband was desperately ill with an autoimmune disease for many months, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, my children required my attention throughout these experiences, and I felt like my life was spinning out of control.
The women who have been writing to me are facing similar life-altering and health-changing situations. They are going through a divorce after decades of marriage; they have lost a child; they have to care for ill, aging parents. They are feeling desperate, alone, out of control. At the same time, at some point their health has gone south and they are scared, confused, and wondering, like I did, “What happened?”
Fortunately, my husband’s health has improved, my mother is doing better, and my children—well, they are kids! But the stress from those many months took its toll on my body. I did not just wake up one morning and discover I had adrenal fatigue or prediabetes or any of the other health issues. These health issues had been developing over time, under my radar. What happened is that my body eventually gave up, but my mind did not. My mind is demanding to know what happened even though my body is fighting me.
But I—and we—can win that battle.