What brings you the greatest JOY? The thing you’re really passionate about? This is long. Thanks for reading.
For me, it’s helping people. I love people and I find great joy helping them. (I’m not always good at it, because I also find great joy in people helping me!) But that’s how this website came about… I want to help people any way I can, by sharing who I am and what I’m learning.
Anyway, this summer, I wasn’t in a position to help people. At all. And since my passion is helping others, this meant my joy was gone. The only thing I wanted to do was sleep. And eat food that rhymes with chocolate. Why? After several doc appointments, I finally found out about a health issue I didn’t know anything about, and was overwhelmed. I’d actually never even heard of it. Two docs said, “Unfortunately, major surgery is the only option.” This surgery wasn’t like a mole removal surgery. They described it, “like a C-section.” Well, I don’t want a C-section unless I’m having a baby.
Upon hearing the news, and talking with my husband, I wiped up my tears enough to semi-coherently talk to an acquaintance who shocked me with her calm, and said major surgery may in fact NOT be the only option.
Let me say right now up front, I believe western medicine has provided much hope for the past century. I’ll never discourage anyone from seeking professional help. However, when she said she knew people who’d been helped with my specific type of situation using more natural options, I was interested.
This isn’t something I’ve written about publicly until now. Time makes it a little easier. (Tears are still welling.) The health issue I have is “fibroid tumors.” There are multiple fibroid tumors in/near my uterus, and at least one was measured at 3cm x 5cm. We found out these were the likely cause of our multiple miscarriages.
Fibroid tumors aren’t usually scary. Many women have them (40% of all women). Often they’re benign and don’t cause pain. But sometimes they’re serious and debilitating, resulting in a wide range of issues, from pain to miscarriages to hysterectomy. They’re annoying and cause frustrating scenarios like frequent urination, back pain, constipation, etc. All of these were issues I experienced. I had no idea why.
I just really wanted and needed to feel better. My body, mind and emotions needed to heal from another lost baby. When you don’t feel well, and you have no desire to do what you love, you feel empty. You certainly aren’t full joy. The losses, the pain. And now this news. It was overwhelming, honestly. I ended up being more depressed than I already was.
My husband, Mom, sisters and closest friends were solid and supportive. But no one could fix it. It was just a really hard time and things were spiraling. Thankfully, I’d just wrapped up a contract job, so at least I was able to rest my mind. And pray. And sleep. And grieve. And think. And cry. And start using some natural products. During this time, I also spoke to a doctor who used these same natural options for the same reasons I did, after being told she needed a hysterectomy. She declined that surgery, and ended up having five more children…
To uplift me during this time, I used a citrus essential oil daily (usually Lemon) from Young Living. Citrus has very uplifting and I absolutely LOVED it. Exactly what I needed. I also used Frankincense daily, along with Valor, Peace & Calming and Purification. My husband stole the peppermint immediately, so I missed out on that.
One day, within weeks, I woke up happy.
For the first time in a very long time I actually felt genuinely well. I stayed that way all day, and day after day I continued to feel better. Started feeling whole. Happy. Grateful. And I was comparing this recovery to my previous miscarriages – AMAZED at the stark difference. I obviously started recommending several of these products to friends and family. And as I began to learning more and sharing with friends, I was slowly starting to help people again. And JOY returned the instant I heard someone (whom I’d shared the oils with) was starting to feeling better! Tears… And that’s happened over and over and over again.
We have been making other changes as well. We started drinking filtered water from a Berkey filter. We also exchanged our chemical-laden bed for an organic mattress.
I knew that even if we never conceived again, I still wanted my body to be healthy. No matter what. One day recently, something else hit me. If we adopt (which we’re both super excited about, whether we ever conceive or not), we both need to be working — to more aggressively pay off debt and save up for the adoption costs. So, either way, God is going to use the oils to build our little family. (Stay tuned.) Here’s how. Since this Young Living is a commission-based (network marketing) company, when the oils help people I share them with, they are blessed tremendously, and I am blessed financially. Then they share with others, and it just keeps growing.
It’s been fascinating to me to hear the success stories of others, and I love that these oils are helping so many people. It’s incredible. I LOVE the testimonials! I LOVE helping people!
So that’s how sorrow turned into joy. My pain was relieved, my body continues to heal, I share with others, others are helped, and now they’re sharing, even more are blessed, and I’m able to support them with all I’m learning. We (my husband and I) then built this website so we could reach more people and grow the business. So incredibly grateful for his tremendous support. (By the way, he uses two of the oils daily.)
I’m going to keep sharing about these oils and other ‘simple, healthy living’ things I’m learning on this blog. We’re complex creatures, but so much can be simplified!
To sum it up: God’s creation — the plants, roots, fruits and blossoms we all enjoy eating and smelling — supports our emotions and bodies in incredible ways. minds and spirits. Sometimes I’m beside myself reading all the research and studies that have been performed. Nature has some answers. I encourage you to be open, ask questions, do some research. And let me know when I can help you get started too. You don’t have to turn it into a business like I did. You can just go to the sign-up page and create your wholesale account, buy the start kit you want for you and your family, start going chemical-free with your shampoos, toothpastes, laundry detergent, etc., and get 24% discount forever. It’s a wonderful company.
There is nothing new under the sun. I’m praying this story offers HOPE, so if you think it can help someone, please share. Beauty from ashes. Joy from sorrow.
To be continued…