I Was Diagnosed With a Chronic Illness at 20: Here’s What Helped My Body Heal

The News That Changed My Life

I was 20 years old when they took me into the little room. The scary one, that you usually see on Grey’s Anatomy or other obnoxious hospital shows. They sat me on a couch with side tables decked with tissue boxes. My doctor told me I had 35 cysts in my left ovary, endometriosis, and that I would likely never be able to carry a child of my own.

He told me there was no cure, but only through lifestyle changes would I be able to lessen my symptoms. I felt defeated, discouraged, and disappointed that my body was not able to do the one thing it was supposed to as a woman. 

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t take a few weeks to feel bad for myself. As someone who has recovered from many disorders, I did what I do best: stress eat. Truly anything. I went all out. On June 24, I was prescribed a new medication and treatment plan that I was told was going to make me very sick for 6 weeks. And sick I was—nauseous, loss of appetite and taste, fatigued, extremely depressed, and incredibly weak. 

This was the most difficult part of my journey physically and mentally. I was working side by side with an RD who monitored every drop that went into my body. I decided to go cold turkey gluten free and dairy free in an attempt to lessen overall inflammation throughout my body. 

Around August, I Discovered Blender Bombs

I liked the idea of starting every day with a sweet breakfast full of all the goodies. As a college student, I didn’t really have the time to sit and individually scoop in chia seeds, flax seeds, etc into a blender. After my first try, I was hooked. I started my day with a giant smoothie that consisted of whole foods, fiber, veggies, and healthy fats. 

Eating these simple superfoods every morning stabilized my blood sugar first thing and definitely aided in my body’s response to insulin—leading to weight loss. Not to mention it was incredibly simple and easy. By September 1, I had lost 20 pounds, my bloating had almost entirely disappeared, and my body craved my delicious smoothie every morning. 

A Healthy Staple in My Daily Routine

While Blender Bombs is not the end-all cure for chronic illness, it definitely has become a healthy staple I can always rely on. Currently, I am in remission of my illness and have stabilized my blood sugar levels, stopped the overgrowth of cysts, and lessened the symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis such as chronic abdomen pain, fatigue, bloating, and digestion issues. 

I often will mix a Blender Bomb into some oats or even eat it whole by itself—it’s just that good. My favorite recipe includes one PB and Cacao Bomb, a tablespoon of PB or Bomb Drizzle, half a frozen banana, chocolate protein powder, and greens (I love frozen spinach, zucchini, and broccoli sprouts). I just know that BB will be able to help you in your journey, no matter what your goal is, too.