Episode 36 – 5th episode in the holiday series – “Faith and Fibromyalgia .”
My name is Amanda Elise Love and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 10 years ago which influenced my decision to enter the field of nutrition and now I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who works with those who are suffering from fibromyalgia.My mission in life is to help as many people as possible with fibromyalgia !! God has put this on my heart because I have personally experienced this malady and don’t want you to struggle anymore.
I hope you are drinking your favorite drink (mine is Biglow’s Green tea) and all set to learn something new !
Today’s topic is – “ Faith and Fibromyalgia.
This is the last episode of a holiday series of 5 .
Here are the titles of the other holiday episodes if you haven’t listened to them !
Episode 32 – “Building Up Your Immune System Before The Holidays” was episode 1 in the holiday series .
Episode 33 – “ Ways To Survive The Holidays With Fibromyalgia ’’ was episode 2 in the holiday series.
Episode 34 – Why it’s important to Practice Gratitude With Fibromyalgia episode 3 in the holiday series . ’’
Episode 35 – “Simple Ideas to make traveling easier with fibromyalgia ”episode 4 in the holiday series.
If you haven’t listened to these episodes. The links will be in the show notes.
New Episodes every Sunday for the rest of the year.
I want to share with you how God has been part of my life. If you don’t know this I believe in God and I’m a Christian. I grew up in a Christian home so weekly Sunday services, church group, and monthly summer camp. I loved it. I did this all the way into my teens when I was able as I was sick constantly every 4 to 6 weeks.
So let’s skip ahead to January 2010 10 months before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 20 years old in Oct 2010 I was barely going to church. It might be once a month or once every few months. Not because I didn’t want to go but because I was constantly sick ,in pain or fatigued to go. If I did that was the only thing I did for weeks. So at the time when I got diagnosed and was going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what I can do to improve my symptoms of fibromyalgia .I had this sense that god had this purpose for why I was going through this pain , fatigue , headaches and more !
I didn’t know it was to become a registered holistic nutritionist and help as many people who have fibromyalgia feel better the natural way through food choices, supplements, and lifestyle changes. I want you to know I would have not gotten this point in my life where I can do normal activities, run a full-time business and enjoy time with family and friends if I thought I could do it alone. You can’t do it alone either. I looked for answers and found a wellness chiropractor who got tested for food sensitivities and I found I had two genes from both parents who predispose to gluten. It was the highest in his practice at the time but not celiac this was at the age of 21 years old. I also found out that I had sensitivities to soy, gluten, dairy, and eggs. I followed his plan of supplements and doing elimination plans and I started to feel better. I have talked more about that in episode 2 “The Pit…My Story” and episode 31 “Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 10 years ago” which will be in the show note.
Around that time I got baptized in my early 20’s it wasn’t planned. My sister went up to do it and I thought I should do it also. Even though I had an excruciating headache I decided that I didn’t want that to hold me back from doing it.
Also during my 20’s I also got the Nutrition education I needed to help you all. So I’m qualified to teach you about supplements, food choices and lifestyle changes based on your body systems and health concerns. If you ever have questions on my schooling I’m happy to answer them . I will also include the courses I took in the show notes and my about me page on my website.
-This year I lost two most important things in my life: my Grandma and my dog of almost 14 years back in August 12 days apart. There was something that came up right after their deaths that could have been bad but I prayed that God would give me the knowledge to know if it was a good situation or not. I have good judgment about people but when you are in grief it is not the strongest. He showed me the answers I need and I also saved several other women from this person. God is also moving in my business right now more than ever. So that is just a little of my story and how God has always been there.
Reminder –I have 2 episodes out about my story that go into more detail.
The first is episode 2 “The Pit….My Story.”http://bit.ly/2LKgID4
Episode 31- “Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia “
I hope you know God has been there for you like he has for me.
So now on to different subjects – I think a lot of times if you are a christian you can think that god is going to heal you . That might happen, it might not . Or god might be teaching you something . He also might send you help like me so you don’t have to do the research yourself and you can have a life again. More on that at the end of the episode.
So the big question : We always ask is why do I have fibromyalgia ? You might not get that answer while you are on this earth. As I’m learning right now in a grief group for those who have lost someone. I believe that it applies with fibro. We don’t know why god is doing something but we can grow closer to him .
Remember you are not alone. There are 5 million to 10 million in the USA alone who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I want you to remind yourself about God and his purpose for your life and love for you :
- Jesus is on the throne: It feels like chaos.It feels like you are falling apart and nothing works. But Jesus has risen from the dead and is ruling over everything, which means this too is in his control (Revelations 11: 15)
- You can lose lots of things but you can’t lose God: Romans 8:35-39 assures me that even in the depths of struggles and suffering can’t separate me from God’s love in Christ and: Philippians 1:6 assures me that God will bring me to completion and ha can do it with or without your strength. Phew.
- If you breathe, this too shall pass: Because of Jesus and his death and resurrection, and because you call Jesus my Lord and Saviour, this life will be the worst you’ll ever have to endure. This madness and suffering have an end, you will continue to breathe after it. (Revelation 21:1-5)
- You are a jar of clay with treasure: My brokenness displays more of God’s power and that is glorious . (2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 12:7-10)
No matter what I’m going through in my life, I totally believe my faith has been my rock. I understand fibromyalgia can be hard to live with when you don’t have the answers you so desperately need. That’s why you don’t give up until you get to answers. I don’t want you to say you are ok when you are not. I feel that you are doing that with your fibromyalgia. Here is a Christian song that talks about saying you are ok when you are not.
It is by Matthew west Truth Be Told –
Here are some of the lyrics.
Lie number one: You’re supposed to have it all together
And when they ask how you’re doing, just smile and tell them “Never better”
Lie number two: Everybody’s life is perfect except yours
So keep your messes and your wounds and your secrets safe with you behind closed doors
But truth be told, the truth is rarely told
I say, “I’m fine, yeah, I’m fine, oh, I’m fine, hey, I’m fine”
But I’m not, I’m broken
And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control
I recommend going to youtube to listen to the full song. It’s ok to admit that you are not fine.
So now to end this episode. For me 10 years ago I know daily that I would be in extreme pain, fatigue, headaches, and more. So it’s good to know that God has a plan and a purpose for your life. That should bring you joy, peace, and contentment but not that you give up looking for answers. We always have to trust God’s plan and timing. Faith gives me and your compassion to reach out to those who also suffer from fibromyalgia. It’s my joy and privilege to help you through this podcast, my email list, social media, group programs, and one on one services. Which will be all in the show notes.
Faith can mean something different for you and that is fine. I hope you enjoyed this episode and learned little more about me.
So now I said at the start of this podcast – My mission in life is to help as many people as possible with fibromyalgia !! God has put this on my heart because I have personally experienced this malady and don’t want you to struggle anymore.
Your 2 action steps from this episode-
- I recommend that you pray about working with me and see what God wants you to work with me
- If you have thought of working with me as a client. Then sign up for a free 45-minute health transformation call where we can discuss your health concerns and what services are right for you. When you work with me I have come up with an individualized plan that works for you. Remember that bodies are complex, it’s not just one thing that I suggest. It’s many things for your body to feel better. http://bit.ly/2ko8lSp
I totally believe God has told you about this podcast so he knows that you are not alone and you can get the support you need.
Surprise I have come up with a Bonus episode with the holiday series -I can come up with this one after recording the first 4. This will be episode 37 – Self Care During The Holidays.
If you have enjoyed these holiday episodes and it would make my holiday season if you left a review on iTunes. This way we can reach more people with fibromyalgia. https://apple.co/2TgYURy
Happy Holiday’s , Amanda Love
Here are all the links to everything in one place :
Your action steps from this episode are :
1. I recommend that you pray about working with me and see what God wants you to work with me
2. If you have thought of working with me as a client. Then sign up for a free 45-minute health transformation call where we can discuss your health concerns and what services are right for you. When you work with me I have come up with an individualized plan that works for you. Remember that bodies are complex, it’s not just one thing that I suggest. It’s many things for your body to feel better. http://bit.ly/2ko8lSp
30 Jumpstart Program –http://bit.ly/2ko8lSp
8-10 week program –https://bit.ly/2FpACCv
Links to my story –
Episode 2 – The Pit…My Story –http://bit.ly/2LKgID4
Episode 31 -Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago-https://bit.ly/33RZufN
Links to holiday episodes
Episode 32 – “Building Up Your Immune System Before The Holidays”-
Episode 33 – “Way’s To Survive The Holidays With Fibromyalgia”-
Episode 34 – Why it’s important to practice gratitude with fibromyalgia.”
Episode 35 -“Simple Idea’s to Make traveling easier with fibromyalgia”
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