We went to Canberra for Christmas and we took things very slowly over the Christmas holidays, it was heaven! When we got home, just before New Years, I decided to look at ways to ‘starve’ the inflammation in my body.
I’d re-watched the documentary Heal, and somewhere in there someone mentioned (I think it was Dr Joe Dispenza) that to reduce inflammation we need to starve it, take away it’s ‘fuel’ so to speak, so I started swimming.
The aim was to help improve my lung function. If we don’t use it, we lose it, so I wanted to see what I could create there, plus it was movement, which would be great for my body.
Thank you for coming on this journey with me, and I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved. Most of all, I’m super excited about what I’ve learnt and where my journey has led me.
At the time of wrapping up Project 22, I was studying a gut health course (which highlighted some big things for me), started studying Human Design and I was spending more and more time with my sound bowl.
My life had really slowed down, even though the work I was doing had taken off and I was flat strapped project managing myself, my time and making sure I delivered what I needed to (and then some) for my clients.
Everything was going really well, I no longer had SIBO, my energy levels had increased, my period pain was no more, sure I still had some slowness around my first and second day, but it was fine. I had 2 cold sores through the year, and both of them had been the result of stress, so I could manage that and know that if stress appeared in my life, I could manage it ahead of time.
My lung issues were still an issue, but I knew that everything I was doing was helping them. I was moving my body, I hadn’t had a UTI (that’s gold) and my hair was still thinner than I wanted, sometimes it looked thick and new hair was growing, it was a journey and one I’d been on for a while.
I went back for my next round of blood tests in August 2022. Almost everything was on the improve, with my iron moving up again to 19 – I was super excited about that. However, Ferritin had gone down to 15, but given the iron in my blood was up, there could have been a flow on effect to my iron stores, so it wasn’t something to be worried about, just something to be aware of.
My CRP (short term inflammation) was also down to 5, this was HUGE for me given I’d been up at 36 in January. 5 is still on the ‘high’ side but it’s at the top of GP range, so I was really happy with that.
The year was moving slowly but fast at the same time. I was deep in my studies for my upcoming exam and living each day consciously.
It was time for my next round of bloods and to take my stool sample.
My bloods were improving, with iron now at 15 – WHOO HOO, that was enough reason to party in itself. My ferritin (iron stores) had dropped from 53 to 30. 30 was the bottom of the ‘recommended GP range’ which also meant it was low for Brooke, but with my iron level rising it wasn’t something to worry about.