I was in tears last week. They were some of the happiest tears I’ve ever shed. I received some incredible news last Monday about my ulcerative colitis and the outpour of love I received on Instagram when I shared my post about it absolutely blew me away.
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis back in 2010. Ulcerative colitis is unique in that the medical community has yet to find a true solution for it, meaning when you have it, you have it for life. I was told back on a cold, rainy day in Boston at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital that I would have to live with this disease and be on medication for the rest of my life. A cheery prognosis, right?!
As many of you know, it took a scary trip in the ER one day to wake me up to the fact that something was going terribly wrong, despite all the medical interventions I was having (ya know, Prednisone, Asacol, the whole nine yards). So, for the last several years, I have been managing my UC much differently.
I turned to food as medicine, herbs as nourishment, and stress-relief as self love.
Last week, I had a colonoscopy to check in on my UC and received news I never really thought I would hear. My doctor came to my bedside shortly after the procedure and said, “If I didn’t know you had ulcerative colitis, I would have never known. There is no sign of it anymore.” My eyes welled up. Could this really be true?
Sure, I had made some pretty big changes to the way I ate…
Yes, I had identified other inflammatory triggers like food sensitivities, pathogens, and stress and worked to address those…
And sure, I had taken some of the best healing supplements on the market…
But my doctors told me that no matter what I did, I would have UC. So the thought of it actually being GONE never really crossed my mind…
But it is. And as soon as I posted about it over on Instagram, I think I inspired the ulcerative colitis and autoimmune community at large that there is hope. I’m not kidding, it was one of the most profound experiences I’ve ever had.
Now, to be very, very clear, I am not saying that there is a cure. UC, like most autoimmune diseases, is opportunistic, meaning it can come back to me without warning. But this was an incredibly positive breakthrough that not many UC patients see. It offers hope that there is real healing in food and by loving your body.
A naturally curious person, I’ve spent the greater part of the past few years digging into everything I could about inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and autoimmune disease. I’ve learned a lot, but there is still so much more to learn. That is so exciting to me, and energizes me to keep digging deeper and keep asking ‘why’. That’s what got me to where I am today, and guides how I help all of my clients to find their own path to healing from a wide range of digestive and autoimmune conditions.
Charged up from this news and in talking to so many others who are as driven to feel better as I was, I’ve decided to open up my schedule to take on a couple more one-on-one health coaching clients for the remainder of the year.
The holidays can be a really tough time for those of us with chronic digestive pain because of all the gluten, dairy, and additives that go along with many celebrations can cause a lot of trouble.
I not only help my clients navigate the sticky parts of managing a digestive condition around the holidays and when traveling (I seriously love coaching around this topic), we also get to run functional lab tests together to uncover hidden stressors and digestive imbalances so that we can work from a place of real information and develop customize a path for you to get you back to your real self ASAP.
I’ve been through the pain, I know the confusion when working alone on all of this, and I know what it’s like to be on the other end now. And I would be honored to help you if you are ready to take this path with me and learn the way to heal your gut as I have.
To find out what my program is like, you can book a free introductory consult with me so we can decide together if we’re a fit to work with each other. It’s my job as a coach to help you make the right decisions for your health, whether that means working with me or taking another approach.
In the meantime, thank you all for being here with me through this incredible journey so far. You inspire me every single day and show me how strong we are as a community. It’s truly amazing.
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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