You Matter. You Are Enough. You Are not Alone.

Welcome to LoveKarmaFood.

Thank you for visiting my blog. This has been an incredible journey so far. I’m so very grateful for this blog, the voice it has given me and the purpose it has given me. Above all, I’m grateful to be able to reach out across this vast space we call the internet and touch others going through similar struggles.

This blog has definitely become more that what it originally started out as. While it is still a chronicle of my journey through chronic illness, mental health and women’s issues, it has become far more about us. The us, being all of us who struggle with these issues daily, how we navigate the world and how the world responds to us.

I never thought of myself as an advocate. That word was reserved for more important people who I felt could make or had the power to make a real difference. But the truth is, we can all be an advocate. We can all use our platform and our voice to get out a message and I believe that the more of us who share our stories, who tell the stories of others, the better chance we will be heard and will make a difference.

Every day, I am inspired by another writer I read who shares their story and touches the lives of others going through similar things. I’m touched by the messages I receive from readers who understand, who are going through the same thing and who feel less alone after reading my post. The truth is, I feel less alone knowing you understand. I may not know you, we may never meet, and yet, we are linked by the shared circumstance. I wish there were less of us who shared this, but I am comforted by it too.

I want to use this blog and National Pain Report, and more recently, Migraine Mantras as well as all my social media platforms to inform, educate and most of all, to let everyone know they aren’t alone. I want you to know we are all in this together and that You Matter and You are Enough.

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About

In the beginning there was a blank page and a vision.

I wanted to bring people together with chronic illness, struggling from some of those secondary issues that many of us have and I wanted us to heal through food- holistically. These things have not changed. I still want to use my holistic knowledge to make a difference and will continue to incorporate it in my blog. The difference is in the scope of my blog and who I want to reach. I want to reach all of you out there struggling with chronic illness and even more so, those who feel they have lost hope.

In the beginning I knew this: I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia and sacroiliac joint dysfunction and IBS. I have since been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and inflammatory arthritis and though I have had the hardware removed from my lumbar fusion and have since then had sacroiliac joint fusion, I am still experiencing debilitating pain that necessitates me to use a cane pretty regularly. I take opioids and while I could benefit from stronger ones I have made the decision to stay on the ones I am because of side effects from the next level up.

I truly believe in holistic health. Treating the body as a whole and not parts and making an effort to choose to put in your body things that are not toxic. It is not always the easiest thing to do, or most economical and I get that. I hope i can share ways to incorporate organics into your life that won’t break your bank and to educate you about products that might be hurting you. But most of all, as I said in my mission statement, my goal is to share experiences and stories about my life and my journey with chronic pain that will let you know you are not alone.

I do encourage you to investigate on your own illness. The more knowledge you have about your illness, the better armed you will be to face your doctors. Lastly, I am not a doctor and my posts are my personal views and the advertisements shown on my posts are not personally endorsed. Everything I bring to you here is through my own investigations, through my talking with others who are going through chronic illness and chronic pain and a great deal of my own raw, feelings. I hope with each word, that some of it helps you feel more knowledgeable and less alone. Because you aren’t alone.

“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s got to be a way through it.” -Michal J. Fox

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Contact

This is a contact page with some basic contact information and a contact form.