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By Tracey Ferrin, Moroni Channel
Humble Texas, USA
Years ago my cholesterol was off and my doctor told me I needed to change my diet and exercise to correct it or he would stick me on meds. He gave me 3 months to get it corrected or medicine it was. I didn't feel like he truly believed in me which if you know me you know I like to prove people wrong. I like to hush naysayers with my actions. All that doctor did with his doubt was fuel me more. I was set out to prove him wrong and show him just what I was capable of.
I was already on medicine for a heart condition called cardiomyopathy.I would cry because I hated being on medicine. I felt in my heart that I could reverse my heart condition and fix my cholesterol problems. I was treated like a sick person even though I don't feel like I was sick. And trust me, I know what sick feels like.
I was told that with my heart condition I shouldn't have anymore kids because I could die. I was even told by one doctor that I shouldn't vacuum and ride a bike! Ha, I dumped him so fast!! I can't even tell you how many doctors I went through because I didn't believe any of them. My husband even told me I was dumping them because I didn't hear what I wanted from them. He was RIGHT!! Not because I was in denial but because I knew the power the body has and that through health and fitness my health could be better.
I just didn't believe anything these doctors were telling me.
I didn't like the fact that these doctors made me feel powerless like there wasn't anything in my power I could do to change my situation. But I knew better.
Call it what you want. The spirit, intuition, the universe, (I call it the spirit) but I knew in my heart and I knew God was tugging on my heart and telling me I could make these changes through health and fitness. This is why I would cry about the medicine. It felt wrong to my core.
9 years ago I started down this path that has forever changed my life. I started to eat better. I even got a little into making homemade cleaning products. I didn't want any chemicals in my house or on my skin. I started to eat fish a few times a week. I cut soda out (ok, I may have had a few). I ate oatmeal almost every morning and I dabbled in exercise.
I went back to my doctor a few months later and he checked my cholesterol. It was beautiful. He asked me what I did. I told him! He was shocked that I actually did it through nutrition and fitness. I'm not one for putting a bandaid over issues. I am all about getting to the source and fixing it! Medicine to me is a bandaid not an end all be all fix. At least for me and in my situation.
Then I decided to take my Cardiologist head on! I wanted another baby!! I knew we were suppose to have another baby. I felt it in my heart. We consulted with him and he advised against it telling me I could damage my heart even more or even die. So I told him I would take that into consideration but I had to take this to God. He looked at me like I was crazy. Like I should just listen to to him.
But I just knew there was another little spirit waiting to come to our family!! I didn't know how it would all turn out or if I would lose my life but I wanted this baby so bad. I was going to put my trust in God and be ok with the results.
I had doctors tell me I should just be grateful for the 3 I already had. They didn't understand that I had God on my side. They may be doctors but God is so much more powerful then they are. I had to trust that it would all turn out ok. Whatever that looked like.
We got pregnant and of course my doctor wanted to keep a close eye on me. This is where it gets really cool. My heart actually IMPROVED while I was pregnant!! Want to hear another cool part!! I no longer have cardiomyopathy. It's been a few years now since my test have come back clear.
I believe that God blessed my health because I brought this sweet baby into our family even against doctors advice. Because I chose to have faith in Him. Even knowing that it could possibly not turn out good for me. I chose to trust God.
I do not advocate for going against you doctors. But I do Advocate for listening to that soft voice within yourself trying to speak to you, wanting to guide you to do what's right for you.
I have learned not to put trust in doctors just because they wear a white coat. Doctors don't know everything. A good doctor will listen to you and trust that you know your body and work with you. I have learned that our bodies are so much more powerful then we give them credit for.
I still struggle getting my nutrition where it should be but I have come a long ways. I am so much more grateful for my health because I know what it's like not to have good health. I know what it's like to be sick. I know what it is like to want your body to do things but it can't. Not because it never can or is completely incapable but because I didn't take care of it.
If you want to change your health, you can!! Will it be easy? No! Will it take time? Yes! We abuse our bodies for years but then we want instant results. It doesn't work that way. Love yourself enough to take care of yourself. You are worth it.
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