How you look, how you feel, and how you experience is different from anybody else. None of us are completely the same, kind of like snowflakes which makes us pretty cool I think. Each has different fingerprints, some are witty, some wise, some funny others serious. We have different pain tolerances, and how we experience every situation feels different to each person.
That got me to thinking. How can there be one book or manual that diagnoses all of us? Is there only one test that can diagnose each and every one of us accurately if we are all so different? Logically, that doesn’t make sense right?
My mom had seizures, impaired speech, and other scary reactions for about two years. It came on quite quickly and we were so worried about her when she was airlifted by Stars air ambulance to the Foothills after a major episode. An MRI showed small lesions on her brain and the possibility of MS was discussed. She was also tested for a stroke but found nothing. When there was no textbook answer she was told she was experiencing complex migraines but nobody knew why and when it kept happening she was told “we can’t help you, there is nothing in your tests to indicate that anything is wrong.” Imagine how that feels? And I mean for both sides. We need our doctors, they are an integral part of our health care. We also need to trust ourselves when we don’t get a definitive diagnosis. It keeps going back to this. If we are all different, how can there be just one way, one set of symptoms? In my mom’s case, she listened to her body, went off wheat/gluten and she is now perfectly fine. I am not saying that is the case for everyone, because again we are all different. What one food can do to you it may not do to another. Food is a very powerful thing, and so is listening to what your body is trying to tell you. All of us working together is what is going to keep us healthy.
For the record my celiac test came back negative but I try not to touch wheat with a 10 foot pole because it does scary things to me too. How do I know that? I took it out of my diet and I have never felt better. I needed the test in case it was celiac disease, but I also needed to trust myself enough to know that I still react severely to wheat and it’s okay to remove it.
Can you imagine if someone had to take into consideration every single person’s different genetic make up and cross react that with different food? How long would that take? That would be a heck of a big book don’t you think!
Embrace how unique you are,