My Personal Struggle
After years of feeling achy and tired, I was officially diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2010 and then Sjogren’s in 2012. Those were the absolute worst years of my life because I had gotten so bad, that I was in a wheelchair. My joint pain caused a lot of issues, besides being unable to walk or stand for periods of time, I couldn’t open a water bottle.
In 2013, I started learning about how what you’re eating can affect you. I scoured the internet, Googling my symptoms and diseases and found some stories where people had actually been able to reduce some of their symptoms that way. So I thought, before I go down this path, let’s give it a shot. I started a Vegan diet and continued it for four years. I have to admit that I cheated a bit, going completely Vegan was really strict and I did find it pretty hard to keep up all the time. However, I noticed that some of my mobility had started to return when I was doing good with my diet. I didn’t really know exactly what was going on inside my body, but I could see that there was some real connection between how I ate and how I felt.
I was still taking a good amount of medications including 20mg of Prednisone and I averaged dozens of doctors appointments per year. I have always kind of hated taking medications and I usually try to avoid them as much as possible. So when my doctor told me that he was going to put me on Humira and that I needed a cervical fusion surgery in my neck, I felt completely out of control.
Melissa - Health Investigator
That’s when I came across Mymee. I thought, “If they can help me pinpoint a few things I should change, instead of having to follow a strict elimination diet, that would be something”. I never in a million years imagined that it would actually change my entire life.
How I feel now
When I joined Mymee, my goals were to understand my triggers and get control of foot pain (which felt like walking on glass) and sleep apnea. Ultimately, I really wanted to wean off Prednisone and avoid Humira. Even though I had improved movement as the result of shifting to a plant-based diet, I could not stick to it strictly and I could not figure out which eliminations were working. In the first couple weeks, my Health Investigator found some interesting patterns in my data. We started to make a few simple changes to my diet and after only a few weeks, my neck was starting to feel better than it had in a long time. I was cautiously optimistic that I would be able to avoid my neck surgery, so I actually went ahead and cancelled the appointment until I could finish the Mymee program. By my 7th week in the program, we were confident that we had uncovered my triggers. I was actually able to take on a full schedule of clients during New York Fashion Week.
The cool thing about Mymee, is that it is not just based on eating “healthy”. I learned that what is healthy for one person, might not be for another. When it comes to inflammation and autoimmune issues, you really need to understand your own body and you can’t just follow a one size fits all diet.