The following post is just the beginning of a series of blogs by Sarah, a colorectal cancer survivor who has chosen to investigate new ways to maintain health and achieve vibrant energy. The posts are honest, relatable, and touches the resilience of the human body.
I am tired of being tired!
I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t tired. I’m not sleepy. I don’t need a nap. (Although I’m never one to turn down a good nap!) I’m just tired: plain, old tired. I wake up tired and I go to bed tired.
I get plenty of sleep – usually 8 hours a night – and I eat decently. So, why am I so tired all the time?
Let me tell you a little about myself…
I am 42 years old, married, and a stay at home mom of 2 beautiful girls: 9 and 12 years old. I am also a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer three years ago when I was just 39 years old. I went through 3 major surgeries and 6 months of chemotherapy. (While I’m tired now, I was exhausted then!)
Not surprisingly, I was tired before my cancer diagnosis. All my healthcare providers chalked it up to being the mother of 2 young children. (Does that sound familiar?) My bloodwork was all OK. Iron levels – fine. Thyroid levels – fine. Then came my cancer diagnosis. It all made sense… The cancer had been making me tired. Duh!
I’m cancer free now!!! (Ginormous Yay!) But, guess what??? I’m TIRED!
I’ve never been one to practice alternative treatments for anything. I do occasionally practice some deep breathing and I buy as much organic food as I can at the local grocery store, but that’s about the extent of my alternative lifestyle. I’m a traditional medicine kind of girl. Traditional medicine got me through cancer and I owe a debt of undying gratitude to the traditional doctors that saved my life!
However, according to traditional medicine, there is no reason I should be tired. My CT scans are all normal and my bloodwork is fine. I’m healthy! So, why am I so dog-gone tired ALL THE TIME?
Are you tired of me telling you how tired I am? (Probably as tired as I am of being tired!)
Since being involved with HCB2, I have learned quite a bit about alternative treatments for many things and I’m ready to give it a try. I have so much in my life for which to be thankful and I want to have the energy and desire to enjoy it all.
I’m not going wild here, but I am going to try some things that I’m told will make me feel better. I’m starting with some probiotics, vitamins, and a couple of additional supplements. At this point, I’m not sure what they are all for, but I will find out before I start taking them. I promise!
My hope is that my experience will give some of you the encouragement to make some beneficial changes in your life, changes that will be easy and affordable.
I am excited for this journey and will look forward to documenting my progress as I go along. Feel free to comment below and cheer me on!
Peace and Grace!