In early fall 2018, I injured my leg and was put on bed rest for 6 months.  I was in excruciating pain and could barely walk. To make matters worse, after 3 months on bed rest, my doctor diagnosed me with type 2 diabetes.  My body was not happy with this drastic change from my normally active lifestyle!

Desperate to get better, I began doing research on different ways to heal.  My doctor told me that I would likely need surgery, and recommended that I take prescription medication that I wasn’t comfortable taking.  I decided to look for alternatives. After a few months of searching, I was able to view healing – and my life! – in a new way.

I decided my body needed to move.  I got out of bed and moved around using crutches.  I started attending massage therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture.  I began practicing homeopathy and Self Questing (a type of spiritual healing).  I also began doing yoga. These were my first steps towards living a more holistic and balanced life.

I talked to my doctor once I’d started all these changes and shared my progress.  I was encouraged to continue as my prognosis was improving! Taking responsibility for my own health was the best decision I ever made.

After working with this new lifestyle (alongside some healthier dietary choices, I completely healed my leg without any surgery.  Because of this, I’m hopeful that one day I will be able to cure (or at least improve) my diabetes through a combination of diet, exercise, and research.  This process has been a real awakening for me and my family, as it became very clear that true wellness comes from a balance of mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and environmental well-being.

For us, wellness isn’t about weight loss or looking good, although certainly those are nice benefits.  For my family, wellness is about feeling good and living a complete and fulfilling life.  This has redefined wellness for us, and my goal with this blog is to do the same for you!  

I started in the spring of 2019, by writing the first Common Thought blog post, published on April  2019.

Food and health are very important in my everyday life, and so are central to this blog.  But this website is also where I share helpful hints and life experience, anything and everything from family life to cooking disaster stories.  Keep an eye out for some of my favourite recipes to give you some inspiration in the kitchen, and my tried and true home remedies to help you through sick days.  I’ll share a few of my go to self-care methods on here as well. And using my design background, I’ll soon be offering you practical and stylish goods through my store

One of my hopes for this blog is to use and share the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education as well as full participation in culture — to drive a new era of idea generation.

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