Some of you know, some of you don't so I shall share for everyone! And no, Mom, I'm not having another baby lol. My doctor's appointment to today was to have a check up on a rare skin condition I've developed over the past couple of years. And actually, I've had this since high school but no one knew what it was. It never caused any pain or discomfort, it was just a few brown patches on my back that looked like bruises. Then, while I was pregnant with Cole, a red rash appeared on my neck, and spread to about the size of a dollar bill. My doctor thought it was just a pregnancy rash but, two years after having Cole, it was still there.
It wasn't until my mom, who can be a worrier but that's why we love her, kept telling me to get it checked out. So I did. And they did a biopsy on both spots--that was fun right on my neck next to my throat. Of course, there could've been worse things. While I was there for the first visit, they mentioned it was most likely morphea and began to throw around auto-immune, lupus, systemic problems, bloodwork, and no one really knows what causes it. Okay so you can imagine me holding a smile but beginning to freak out. Auto-immune? Lupus?! And mind you, two months prior to this, one of my co-workers lost his daughter (about my same age) to Lupus. So at the time, when I heard Lupus (and I know there are many many different forms and levels of severity), I got a little freaked out! Off to bloodwork I went and thankfully, the bloodwork came back negative for any auto-immune diseases. Now we are back at- well, we will see what happens- here is a Class 2 steroid! Morphea has an unknown cause and thoughts are it can either spread or burn itself out on its own. The spot on my back has been there over 13 years and my neck is going on 3. Out of 8000 patients, I am one of 3 with this. Crazy. Even more crazy, Dr. Dee was the first one to finally recognize this- if anyone needs a dermatologist, I can point you in the right direction.
So today, the doctor asked me how it has been going and if I've been using the steroid cream daily. I told him I did once and a while (mainly because I forget!) but the spots were starting to clear up on their own. I also mentioned I was eating cleaner, cutting out dairy, and drinking these nutrient dense shakes and that when I was consistent with doing so, the redness was fading away. But, when I took the weekend off or ate crappy foods, it flared up again. Diet does play a role with the inflammatory nature of the skin so he was very pleased with everything that he saw. I am so thankful that it wasn't anything autoimmune and even more-so that I can help control this with what I eat-and even better, what I eat makes me feel great too. And all of this clean-eating started when I joined my first challenge group with my coach, Kelly. If I hadn't done that-I wouldn't have been able to learn how to eat right and start my path to wellness.
We can start getting healthier. We can slow down and even stop disease. I can help you. Please find me on Facebook and add me for support. I can't explain how much I value my health after having these scares when I should've been doing so the entire time. Thank you for reading and I appreciate everyone's support in sharing my story!