Almost four years ago, I lost my wellness in a flash. I blinked and it was gone without warning or explanation. I sat in front of my computer in an intense panic trying to figure out what the hell had just happened.
Why did I feel off kilter?
Why was I no longer grounded?
Why were my eyes struggling to focus on my computer screen?
So many whys...
I've shared my story extensively on Vestibular Warrior YouTube, the mind and body experience in my book and all things holistic wellness in this space, but my mission now - 1,409 days later - is to share what created the health I have today. It probably goes without saying that sharing is therapeutic and I know if you've journeyed or are journeying with a vestibular something then you know the weight of it.
It was shackles that I had to learn to break free from. Shackles that I no longer carry. Once in a while I feel a pang - a reminder of the weight of the vestibular something - and it only further ignites my fire to elevate my wellness every day through the actions I take.
Because my recovery did not happen overnight. It happened in the new health habits that I created and committed to over and over (and over) again. Even when I wasn't sure what was helping, I made a promise to myself to commit to my health habits every day: eating to nourish my body, supplements to fill the gaps and extra support where needed, pure plant oils for emotional and physical support, movement to cleanse and release the trauma... and other healing modalities along the way (e.g. craniosacral work, energy work, chiropractic work, writing, meditation).
Daily health habits while trudging in survival mode.
Determination to heal the root cause.
A belief that we are meant to thrive in this life.
An intuition that there had to be a greater meaning to this vestibular insanity (as it felt in the derealization).
I deeply believe that health happens in our habits.
For me it was hours, days, months and years of embracing a plant-powered diet and learning it was the foundation of my healing. I started to touch recovery around 18 months in. I felt myself stepping through my glass window [derealization] and my eyes seeing the world as they once had. (Vestibular migraines are trippy, huh?) I felt the light in my soul start to shine bright as I realized that all those moments of habits that I had made a part of my life had carried me to recovering my wellness. There was no quick fix- just a rebuilding.
Beginning in the fall of 2016 I started taking supplements consistently for the first time in my life. I took the Vegan doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack for three years [I share all of the supplements I took in my Vestibular Warrior Guide To Thrive]. I know my body needed extra love. Vestibular conditions don't happen overnight even if the symptoms appear out of the blue. I knew my body had been drained from this health crisis.
pure plant oils
In December 2016 I bought my first kit of pure plant oils. I was in the deep darkness with the vestibular storm and I needed a natural healthcare system. I certainly had no idea what I was doing when those beauties arrived but oh boy did I learn! I bought The Essential Life book and just started learning, experiment, building confidence, creating empowering vibes in every facet of the vestibular darkness. This habit became (and continues to be) a huge light in my life. It's why I share the oils lifestyle today.
I first stumbling across Medical Medium in 2017. I incorporated bits and pieces of the protocols, mostly the diet. I said goodbye to white sugar and gluten and was awakened in learning about the vestibular something being an invader. That the magic was in not feeding it. This made sense to me with my vestibular neuritis diagnosis, which then triggered vestibular migraines. My vestibular something was a beast that I refused to feed.
Earlier this year, after reading Cleanse To Heal, I decided to dive into the protocols completely. All year long I have followed the supplement routine for vestibular conditions/migraines, drank celery juice each morning for the last 7 months, and have entirely focused on whole plant foods.
It has been blissfully liberating. At the same time that I dove in deeper with Medical Medium protocols I was weaning off my migraine medication. Honestly, I believe it made it all possible. I was healing my body from the inside out and its been a game changer in my healing journey. [I share my whole Medical Medium experience here]
Along the way, I've spent so many moments meditating, talking to the Universe (let's be real, pleading in many moments), some talk therapy, more holistic work, connecting with Vestibular Warriors, opening up about my vestibular something, writing my book, drinking adaptogenic tea, using CBD for support, breathing, letting go, running, foam rolling, feeling my feet on the grass connected to this earth...
Over and over again.
I'm sure you get my point by now... Let those healing habits be a light in your life. Let them be the promise you make to yourself that you believe in healing and thriving with a vestibular something and beyond. And if you need to refine or create them, now is the time to start.
Healing comes through habits and you have control over those. What a beautiful thing, friend. Even in the heartbreak of a vestibular something there is light.
Keep following it.