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Jaime A. Heidel
"You're Not Alone and You're Not Crazy"
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Why You Should NEVER Treat Your Symptoms

Our healthcare system is all about controlling symptoms and ignoring the root cause of disease. Because of this, we tend to spend more time treating our symptoms than actually looking for the cause of them!

Symptoms are a warning sign that something is going wrong in your body, which is why it’s vitally important to learn how to read and understand them!

Would You Want Your Mechanic to Do This??

You’re driving home from the grocery store when your ‘check engine’ light comes on. The next day, you take it to your trusty mechanic, and, when you get your car back ($350 later), your ‘check engine’ light is no longer on.

Awesome. Problem solved!

Blissfully innocent, you drive your car around for a few more days, and it suddenly dies on the highway in the middle of rush hour.

Upon closer inspection, you realize that the ‘check engine’ light never went off! That jackass mechanic just put a small black piece of tape over it!

You’d be livid, right? What an utterly ridiculous thing to do, and to CHARGE you for it!? Oh, he’s going to get a piece of your mind, isn’t he?

This Is Exactly How Modern Healthcare Responds to Your Symptoms

You’d be furious at the mechanic, but most people never think to be mad at the doctor who does the exact same thing!

Click on the link below to continue reading this article and learn the best approach to treating chronic disease.

#symptoms #mysterysymptoms #chronicpain #chronicillness #autoimmunedisease #spoonie

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Horrifying Psychotic Symptoms Caused By Rare Autoimmune Disorder!

When Emily Gavigan was 19 and a sophomore at the University of Scranton, she didn’t have to imagine it. This was her horrifying reality, and it had hit her out of the blue.

When Emily’s mom took her to a psychiatrist’s office the next day, the young woman refused to speak, convinced cameras were monitoring her every move.

Her parents wondered if Emily had been drinking or had taken some type of drug, but the truth was nothing that commonplace or simple.

Even after spending five weeks in a psychiatric ward and being given drug after drug, she still wasn’t getting better.

Despite this, Emily returned to school and did the best she could. Then, the physical symptoms began. Emily had trouble speaking, walking, and using her hands.

She ended up in the emergency room, and that’s where the medical mystery finally began to unravel.

Dr. Mitchell Gross, a neurologist at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, was the first to suspect that Emily’s problems weren’t psychological but physical.

Click on the link below to discover the strange cause of her horrible symptoms!

#scary #creepy #psychotic #mentalillness #mentalhealth #health #mysterysymptoms #unusual #medicalmysteries

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An Angel Rides With Death – My Abusive Relationship Survival Story – 5 Years Later

Have you ever felt so confused, so helpless, and so filled with terror that you just checked out? I don’t mean for a moment or two while you get your bearings, I’m talking a full-on, lights-on-nobody-is-home, my-soul-just-left-the-building kind of way? I’m talking a huge part of your own personality and everything that makes you who you are disappearing and piloting your body around like a machine for years?

I did.

I was in the shower the day I felt my soul leave my body. It was after yet another nasty, knock-down-drag-out argument between myself and my then-partner. It had happened several times, and since I’d already moved thousands of miles away from the only home I’d ever known to be with her, there wasn’t much I could do to get away.

She’d been miserable for the few months she’d lived in Connecticut with me. Her health took a dive, she became agoraphobic, she started drinking to excess, and her mental health had declined so badly that I came home one day to find her blackout drunk with a knife to her gut, tears streaming down her face, heart-wrenching sobs shaking her tiny body.

It was on this night that I made the decision to quit my job, sell my car, and leave everything behind so I could get my love back to her home state. I was 30 years old at the time, but I might as well have been 12.

The title of this piece, ‘An Angel Rides With Death’ is the most accurate way I can describe the dynamic Mel* and I had. While I’m certainly no angel and Mel is not Death in human form, those were the roles we ultimately played.

You see, I’m on the autism spectrum, so I’m incredibly literal and I take things at face value. Even though I had experience being around alcoholics as a child, I really believed, with all of my heart, that her extreme behavior and drinking was entirely situational.

You see, she’d just received news that a friend who was like a brother to her had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she just wanted to go back home. That was her explanation for why I came home to find her in the state I did that night.

I made what I believed was the ultimate sacrifice in one instant. I didn’t have to think about it because I loved her more than I have ever loved another living soul in my life.

In that sense, I was angelic. Incredibly naïve like a unicorn that had never before been in contact with a human being. Never knew hardship, tragedy, pain, or abuse (even though, in reality, I had experienced all of those things in spades). A person who trusted like a newborn child.

For her part, she was Death. Having faced incredible trauma at a very early age when she’d witnessed a relative commit suicide, she identified more with the dead than she ever did with the living.

Mel claimed she could hear and speak to the dead, and I believed her. She also told me that the end of the world was coming in 2012. Guess what? I believed that, too. Why? Well, it’s something I’d been told since childhood, and, although I didn’t know it at the time, I had actually been looking forward to dying my entire life, and I couldn’t wait to pass on.

So, I packed my belongings, broke my lease, quit my job, quit school, sold my car, ignored the mountains of credit card debt piling up behind me, got into a car with a reaper masquerading as the love of my life, and descended into Hell.

Click on the link below to read the rest of my story.

#abuse #abusiverelationship #trauma #survivor #silentnomore #anangelrideswithdeath

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Foods People With Autoimmune Disease Shouldn’t Eat

If you’re living with an autoimmune disease or chronic pain condition such as fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, or rheumatoid arthritis, you must understand one crucial thing:

In order to get your symptoms under control, you must eliminate highly-processed foods from your diet.

#autoimmunedisease #nutrition #diet #health #fibromyalgia #lupus #chronicfatiguesyndrome #rheumatoidarthritis

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Is Toxic Mold Causing Your Mystery Symptoms?

Do you live with chronic allergies, unexplained pain, and debilitating fatigue? Millions struggle with mystery symptoms their doctors can make no sense of. If you’re one of them, toxic mold could be the hidden cause!

The most common types of mold include:

Stachybotrys chartarum and Stachybotrys chlorohalonata (Black molds)

Black molds are the most dangerous to your health and are commonly found in water-damaged areas of buildings and in wet basements. Black molds contain neurotoxins that have been linked to serious, long-term neurological dysfunction.

In this article, I will show you the most common symptoms of mold sensitivity. In the second article, I will show you where to find mold lurking in your home. In the last article, I will show you how to get rid of toxic mold naturally.

Click on the link below to learn the 10 most common symptoms of mold sensitivity.

#toxicmold #mold #chronicillness #chronicpain #invisibleillness #spoonie

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How to Handle Chronic Illness When You're Newly Diagnosed

“I have a chronic illness. Now what?”

I’ve been spending a ton of time on Instagram lately, connecting with the amazing spoonie community there. I often ask questions to increase engagement, and I’ve found a veritable treasure trove of information that I can’t wait to share with you every week!

A few months ago, I asked the question:

“What’s one piece of advice you would give to a new spoonie?”

Click on the link below to discover the helpful, well-thought-out answers I received.

#chronicillness #chronicpain #invisibleillness #autoimmunedisease #spoonie

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“My Doctor Didn’t Believe My Pain” – Women Are Not Taken Seriously By Their Doctors – [Video]

I saw this video on Buzzfeed a few months back, and I identified with it so much, I cried. I couldn’t share it at the time because it was exclusive to that particular website, but now that it’s available, I wanted to post it right away.

Watch as these women share exactly what they had to go through to get their chronic pain taken seriously by their doctors!

(You might want to grab some tissues.)

#chronicpain #chronicillness #invisibleillness #autoimmunedisease #spoonie

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What Did It Take for People to FINALLY Believe You’re Sick?

Living with any type of chronic illness comes with its own unique set of problems. There’s pain, fatigue, isolation, loneliness, fear of missing out, mood swings, etc. Then, of course, there are medications, side effects, never-ending doctor appointments, doctors being jerks, and feeling like you’re constantly being judged and monitored.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, there is an insult that adds to your injury every single day:

Not being believed.

I’ve had this problem my entire life, and every single time I ask fellow spoonies what the worst part of living with a chronic illness is, it’s not being believed. Not the pain, not the missed days, not the medication side effects–it’s the complete and utter lack of validation as a human being.

If you’ve been following my posts, you know Instagram has become my new obsession because I find so much community and connection among the spoonies there.

Recently, I asked the question in the article title: What did it take for people to FINALLY believe you’re sick?

Some answers made me angry and sad, but they didn’t really surprise me. The common theme was this: The only time people seem to believe a person with an invisible illness is when their illness becomes temporarily visible.

Click on the link below to check out these answers and add your own! Let's start a real conversation about this and help each other out!

#chronicpain #chronicillness #invisibleillness #autoimmunedisease #spoonie #spoonielife
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What Is a Linewalker? – [Short Video]

It seems like everyone who regularly updates their Instagram with videos and stories has a certain name they call their followers. Well, a few months ago, I finally came up with what I think is a suitable name: “Linewalkers”.

What’s a linewalker?

Click on the link below to watch my short video to find out!

#linewalker #empath #healer #shaman #aspergers #spoonie

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Why You Should Go to the Doctor Looking Like a Zombie – [Video]

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post entitled, Spoonies: Why You Should Go to the Doctor Looking Like Sh*t. It was one of the most popular articles ever on my site, and I was quite proud of how well it did.

The sad fact is, how you look when you go to the doctor’s office really does make a difference in how you’re treated. In other words, whether you are actually taken seriously or not.

Apparently, if you dress up, put on makeup, and use cologne or perfume, your doctor will take that into consideration and may not believe you’re struggling with a chronic illness, or, at the very least, will think you are exaggerating your symptoms.

I’ve been making videos of me reading some of my more popular posts, and I decided to give this one a bit of a Halloween spin with the title and creepy graphic.

The message remains the same: The worse you look, the more seriously doctors will take you when you’re trying to get treatment for a chronic illness.

Ridiculous, right?

Click on the link below to watch the video! (It's not scary. I promise.)

#chronicpain #chronicillness #invisibleillness #autoimmunedisease #spoonie #zombie
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