I have been asked this more times than I care to recount. I live very carefully and that along with treatments and avoidance has gotten me to where I am today. I am not totally well and may never be. I am better than I was before.
Would I want to be able to do all that I did before? Absolutely! I loved having my hair done and my nails painted. I loved going shopping and to lunch with my daughters and friends. I loved having nice clothes and eating pizza for dinner if I didn’t want to cook. I loved going to the casino and gambling and I loved being able to go somewhere that required staying over night. I loved dining with friends in their homes and being able to eat inside and sit and watch a movie or play a game indoors.
Dr. Rea, my environmental doctor from Dallas, told me once that even if I regained the ability to do everything in my old life I would have to be careful. I am an exposure (mold, pesticide, chemical) away from returning to where I began. While I may gain some things from my former life back, I can’t abuse them.
I recently read a post from a friend. She was on the road to recovery and thought she was totally well. She began doing things again like coloring her hair and painting her nails. Suddenly, she was hit with an exposure. Her body, dealing with the added chemicals from hair color and polish, couldn’t handle the additional load. Our bodies are like a barrel. Every exposure to chemicals (hair spray, dry cleaning chemicals, shampoos, fabric softeners), foods we are allergic to, pollens and molds slowly fills the barrel. When the barrel gets too full and our toxic load is to high for our bodies to rid itself of them, it begins to leak causing our bodies to become ill.
For those of you who are on the road to recovery, I think her post “I made it out of here once” says it all about how careful and vigilant we must be to continue to recover and to hold on to the progress we have made. For those just beginning this journey, I think her post is a testament to the fact that one can improve. Visit her blog at: http://the-labyrinth.com/2012/09/10/i-made-it-out-of-here-once/
I think the answer is both yes and no. Yes I will need to stay vigilant and no because I may get to do more things than I am doing now in the future.