In a couple of weeks, my beautiful daughter will celebrate her 6th birthday! As parents, we often reflect on the past birthdays, the fun trips, and the sweet baby we once held. This time last year, I was flown to New York City by Shaklee Corporation to share my personal testimony about how Shaklee products have changed the health of my daughter. At that time, I was asked questions about my daughter before using Shaklee cleaners and my daughter after changing products. Wow….at one point during my video interview, I thought I was going to cry. In fact, my mother was with me and she did cry! It was not that I had not realized how much her health had improved, but I simply did not think about her past anymore. Today, I want to reflect on my daughter’s health. But first it is important to know that I am simply a mom. A mom that did a lot of research to help her daughter. As parents, we must be advocates for our children and research what is best for them, while working with doctors.
With that said, here’s my reflection!
From 10-months on, my daughter was always sick (Please note I did pull all our insurance records to ensure accuracy)
On antibiotics 1-3 times a month except five months in a 27-month period
Chronic nighttime cough
Throw up at night from coughing so hard
Overall was always sick
Tubes placed in her ears
As my daughter approached her second birthday, it seemed she was getting worse. I was referred to a pediatric asthma and allergy specialist. At two-years old, she was diagnosed with asthma. After a few months of trial-and-error, they settled on five different medications. (Feel free to read more about her initial medications here). While we were able to control her cough better and get sleep, she was still sick all the time. I was told that it was normal and she would slowly grow out of being sick so much.
After a year on all these medications, I was able to wean her off a couple of them simply by changing the cleaners in my house! I never knew that toxins inside my home were hurting her and causing her asthma to flare up. Another year later, after continuing to see my daughter sick at least once a month, I was determined to do something different.
After researching more, reading stories from other moms with similar situations, listening in on health webinars, and chatting with an awesome health coach, I decided nutritional habits had to change. I learned that many of her medications were weakening her immune system. I learned about this weird thing called candida and how 80% of our health was connected to our gut, and all these antibiotics she had been on were ruining her gut flora. I learned that she did not eat enough protein. I learned I should stop dairy and sugars as much as possible during an illness. I learned SO. MUCH!
The best part of all my new knowledge was being able to apply it to my family, specifically my daughter. Since March 2013, Lenna-Grace has been taking supplements to help her be healthier. In return, she has been medication free for two years. Let me repeat that. Lenna-Grace, who once took FIVE medications daily to control her asthma and allergies, has been medication free for TWO YEARS. And since she has not needed to take daily medications, she has also not been sick in two years. The past two years, she has only had one sick appointment, which was when we decided to get a dog and her asthma flared up.
Today….I am excited to watch my beautiful, healthy little girl run outside, ride her bike as long as she wants, play in the snow without stopping to catch her breathe, enjoy running around chasing her brothers, and much more. Today, I am thankful for knowledge. I am thankful for friends who share their knowledge with you. But mostly, I am thankful for this beautiful girl!