My Wake Up
Call was ...
I couldn't wake up in the morning AND
wait to go back to bed.
I was tired all the time. What about you?
don't look sick. Do I?
I don't feel badly either but
I just felt tired all the time - couldn't
when I felt really alive, really "energetic."
During that time I had so many good excuses
for feeling tired ... it was the holidays - it had
a busy week - anxiety about my wedding -
career stress - feeling tired because of the move -
tired from driving across country -
the time change - feeling depressed -
needed more exercise - had exercised too hard -
because I'd stayed
up too late - because I'd gotten up too early -
because I hadn't slept well ...
because that's what happened when people got old
- Is 44 old?
Do these excuses sound
familiar? Could you have adrenal fatigue?
Read on ...
My Life on Adrenal Fatigue
A Typical Day:
I’d crawl out of
bed in the morning to see my fiancé off and then
go back to bed and sleep deeply until late
I only got up then because I felt
guilty. I “should” be doing something.
Then I would have
lunch, drink a couple cups of coffee while my
head cleared. I’d work for a couple hours then
it was time for a nap. Or, I’d end up listlessly
on the couch in front of the T.V. under the
guise of “taking a break.”
By late afternoon
I would start to perk up just in time to pick up
the house a bit, walk the dog and start on
dinner. By the time Michael came home I was
looking busy – bustling about like any happy,
“I felt like I
was living a lie – I was ashamed and miserable.
I didn’t tell him what was going on because I
didn’t understand it myself. I kept thinking it
was a phase and it would pass.”
Had less and less
energy to keep up with my business. Colleagues
faded away because of my lack of participation.
I wasn’t “showing up” at events on or off line.
I didn’t have the
energy to pursue opportunities that I’d worked
so hard to create.
Bless my friends
who would keep calling! I’d only respond to
calls that sounded like “Viveca, this is
Lesley. I called you last week – call me I’m
Over time (AF
creeps up on you over time) I dropped out of the
activities I enjoyed. I stopped going to Salsa
Class - hardly went to dog beach or dog park.
Stopped organizing get togethers and outings
The Shame -
I assumed there
was something wrong with me morally, not
physically. Physically I looked fine – healthy,
strong – therefore it had to mean that …
I was lazy,
unmotivated, unreliable, incompetent, unfocused, disorganized,
not good enough and maybe the worst of all …
I was old. This
is how it felt when you were past the prime of
your life ...
Turning Point –
What went wrong
and then went right
First, I moved to
a new state and left my MD behind. SHE was the
one who’d told me that nothing was wrong I just
needed to “tough it out.”
Next, my trusted
"healer" died. I had counted on her for herbs,
wise counsel and energy work that had always
made me feel better.” I was devastated.
Then it started to go right ... I listened
into a radio show and heard a doctor talking
about solutions for insomnia, adrenal fatigue (I
had never heard that term before) - about
thyroid & liver function and ... I was
Next a friend
told me about a magazine to get. She read a
headline to me that went like this …80 % of American women will suffer from adrenal
There was that AF word again. Was it a
coincidence? I had to find out more.
ran out and bought that magazine and started
researching on the internet. I started
a chat topic in the Wild Business Women’s
Tribe, an on-line women’s community, and the
suggestions, shares, solutions starting coming
I was on my way! There was no holding my health
reading, researching, chatting and changing health habits,
lifestyle habits, and spiritual habits –
integrating one thing at a time …
months now since I first heard of Adrenal
Fatigue AND I FEEL GREAT!
busy in a peaceful sort of way. Peaceful because
making it happen & beating myself harder – the
old paradigms for change just
don’t work with AF.
These days I am
also passionate about helping others re-cover
and re-energize in
an enduring, endearing way. Are you ready for
your journey to begin?
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