I wanted to start telling my story to people as to why and how I am so passionate about nutrition, health, and wellness. So here it begins (from where I can remember):
Back when I was in 9th grade (yes, that is me in my 9th grade basketball picture) I was getting stomach aches all the time and I had no idea why. To be completely honest, I would eat anything at any time of the day and have to make sure I had access to a bathroom. I would say 90% of the time I would eat something/anything, healthy/unhealthy and then within 20-30 minutes I would have explosive diarrhea! Not the most fun thing to have when you are 15/16 years old. It was actually quite embarrassing. I was in volleyball, basketball, and track at the time and had some pretty uncomfortable situations when traveling. I learned how to deal with it and not eat so close to practice or games.
I finally went to the doctor. I was diagnosed with an ulcer at the time and I honestly don’t ever remember the doctor doing a scope or anything of the sort. But he or she, I can’t remember, gave me two medications to take: Prilosec (at that time it was only given via Rx) and another one that I don’t remember the name of but it was a liquid that had to be taken 30 minutes before eating. Imagine, a 9th grader, having to leave in the middle of her Chemistry class to go to the nurses office to take a medication just so she could eat lunch. I was, and still am an introvert, even more so back then if you can imagine. So that was one of the worst things to make me do. I made it through freshman year of high school and by the time sophomore year rolled around I wasn’t taking medication regularly anymore…YAY! I still took Prilosec, but only as needed.
Next up, the college years….