When I was 36 I got Lyme’s disease and during the process of diagnosis and treating that I discovered something else, I had the Epstein-Barr virus. The virus is life-changing, yet not. A somewhat silent infliction that causes you to not feel “right,” but not so bad that you are bed ridden and unable to live your life.
Epstein-Barr is the most common viruses that humans carry. I guarantee that at least a few people reading this post have the virus and have no idea. They may feel constantly tired. Have trouble getting out of bed and just start blaming themselves that they are depressed. There’s a high chance that is not the case.
These types of inflictions though can be dangerous not only to your physical health from the symptoms it causes, but to your mental health by feeling like something is wrong with you, but if you aren’t vomiting or showing other incredibly obvious signs you can blame yourself, beat yourself up mentally and be swept into an overwhelming cycle of feeling miserable.
For ten years I consistently had flare-ups. These flare-ups showed their ugly face by making me feel flu-like and more than anything, just completely and utterly exhausted.
The past three years have been so much better though. I’ve put an anti-inflammatory diet in place, engaged in juicing, got plenty of rest and made regular visits to chiropractors and massage therapists. During those years I didn’t really have any flare-ups. My energy was always high. I could go, go, go and feel just fine.
I had no idea what opening a restaurant to help people manage and improve their health would do to mine. The long days, lack of self-care and stress have sent me in a downward spiral that has made me feel like it’s three years ago. While helping others improve, I sent myself back.
So, two weeks ago I decided I needed to make a true, honest effort to change before things continued to worsen. I put myself on a juice cleanse and an anti-inflammatory diet and forced myself to take some time to rest.
I’d like to say that miraculously the symptoms of my Epstein-Barr have faded again, but it is no miracle. They have thankfully faded again, but it’s because I actually took the actions that mentally I know I needed to take. It wasn’t a miracle. It was work, self-awareness and dedication that made my symptoms fade.
If you think you might have Epstein-Barr virus I urge to ask you doctor to get tested. When you know you have it then mentally you realize there’s something there that you need to control and you release the blame you’ve been placing on yourself. It truly helps to understand what is going on with your body, because once you realize it you can get it under control.
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