After months of doctor consultations, blood work and radiology tests, none of my doctors have given me a definitive diagnosis for what is going on physiologically.* The best they could say is my thyroid is slightly enlarged, and my hormone levels are slightly elevated but still within the "normal" range. Neither condition is serious enough for them to intervene in any way, and trust me, I have been asking for reprieve. The impact these hormonal changes are having on my body are just about unbearable.
I was born in New York City. Then we moved to Central New Jersey when I was 10. The small town in which we lived (Old Bridge, NJ) was the very beginning of the Jersey shoreline, which continues for hundreds of miles down to Cape May. I grew up going to the shore all the time! There were school field trips to Sandy Hook and family outings to Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant. My grandmother lived in a waterfront town down South, so I got to spend lots of time at the beach during my summers there. To say the least, I am a certified beach gal!
Over the years, I have learned the importance of paying careful attention to my body. When I notice small changes, I can alert my healthcare providers early enough to fend off more serious complications. The times when I have not been mindful, my symptoms got progressively worse. By the time I sought treatment, my disease was pretty advanced, and serious complications ensued (kidney failure, for one). So I have learned to notice everything, to track patterns and identify deviations. Among other things, I weigh myself almost daily, notice how much I’m sleeping, and look out for any aches and pains that develop. My yoga practice has been instrumental in providing me the tools needed for observation: acceptance, surrender, meditation, and pranayama.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.