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Playing Ball can be Rough

 

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These four oils can help you get through the game!

Lavender, Because sliding into base can be rough!

Thieves, for those dirty little hands.

Stress Away, for listening to those parents who think they are at a pro game.

Pan Away for when you take one for the team.

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Going to the Big Game?

    Here are a few oils that you won’t want to leave home without. 

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Purification   can be used directly on the skin to cleanse and soothe insect bites, cuts, and scrapes. When diffused, it helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities including cigarette smoke and other disagreeable odors.

Lavender   is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse minor cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. Lavender is great for winding down before bedtime, yet it has balancing properties that boost stamina and energy. This lavender is grown on the Young Living Lavender Farm in St. Maries, Idaho, where the plants are carefully nurtured and cultivated.

Stress Away  essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.*

Peppermint  has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. This powerful essential oil is often diluted before topical application. Peppermint may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. Peppermint has an approximate ORAC of 373,455 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

DiGize is a dietary supplement that provides valuable aid for digestive concerns and helps support a healthy digestive system.* It is an ideal companion to the nutritional supplements ComforTone® and JuvaTone®.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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My Story

When this whole journey began, I didn’t have a clue what was about to happen. I have had migraines my whole life, I even remember when I was a child I’d put pillows on top of my head or my arm across my head because my head hurt. Things started changing in the summer of 2013 though. My headaches started getting worse, much worse. I got to the point where I couldn’t even function.  I  had a headache every day. Sometimes the headache wouldn’t go away at all for days and days.  I would go to my doctor and he’d give me a shot of something and I’d go home sleep and wake up feeling a little better. Then the next day it would start all over again.

My husband thought maybe I was just depressed and needed to get out of the house for a little while. So we went for a drive. On this drive things changed drastically.  My head started hurting even worse, then I couldn’t see and my hearing was just like a roaring. My husband took me to the ER immediately. While we were there they did a CT and when the doctor came back to talk to us, he told us I had a tumor and that I would need to have an MRI and follow up with my family physician.

So I had the MRI and then went to my doctor. Dr. White told me that I had not 1 but 2 brain tumors and that if I had to have them they were in a very good place. He reassured me that it was going to be ok and told me not to go home and worry. Thankfully he is someone that my family and I have known for a long time and he knows how I am. The odd thing is I didn’t worry or freak out.  Not like I usually do. I mean it was shocking and it was annoying… I just feel like the Lord gave me a peace about it.

Our next step was to go see the neurosurgeon he looked at the MRI and told me that I had 2 tumors and that they were called Meningiomas. Meningiomas are tumors that are in the lining around your brain.  He said that we would do another MRI in 3 months and then he sent me to see a neurologist.  She tried to help me with pain management and with sleep issues. I saw her every month for 3 months. My symptoms only got worse.

The headaches didn’t really ease up at all and I started getting dizzy. I also began feeling like the floor was just being pulled out from under me.  I had to have someone with me when I walked because I lost my balance so easily.  I looked like I was doing the Michael Jackson, Thriller dance a lot of times.  I’d throw my hands out in front of me.  It was kind of a running joke with my family. Especially if I was out in public.  We’d just start acting like I was dancing sometimes my daughter would do it too.  I love my family.  Being able to joke about stuff that was really serious helps.  I would start forgetting things and I’d say I have brain tumors what’s your excuse.  LOL Ok, back to the story.

I had the second MRI and we went back to my neurosurgeon.  This time he talked to us for 2 hours. The tumors had grown.  That was a scary thing to hear.  He also let us see the scans when we actually saw the tumors. It really made the whole thing real. I don’t know it was something about seeing my brain and then the black spots on top of my brain… it was just shocking to see. He gave us the option to have the surgery or to go home and think about it. We decided to go home and talk about it before decided. This was a big decision and we wanted to talk first. It didn’t take long though we decided that night. I wanted those things out of my head. So we set up the date to have the surgery for the end of December. I had to go see my family doctor one more time before I had to have the surgery and he prayed over me right there in the office. What a blessing.  All my family and friends were praying too.  I just felt so much love from so many people.

The day of surgery when I was in the OR the nurses prayed over me also. The type of surgery that they did was called a craniotomy they had to cut the top of my skull off and put it back on after they took the tumors out.  The tumors were bigger than what the doctor thought they were.  It ended up weakening my entire right side. I couldn’t move my right leg or foot. It was because the tumors pushed into my brain more than he thought.

I have a connective tissue disease called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It affects all the connective tissue in your body, which is basically the soft tissue.  It affects all my joints, my stomach, my skin and apparently it affected the way the tumors looked in my brain.  I’ve done some research on my own and it appears that people with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) are more prone to get meningiomas.  Which kind of explained why I had them.

I was in the ICU for a day and a half then in a regular room for 4 days.  I had physical therapy everyday I was in the regular room and I could walk by the time I left.  When I got home I hurt but it was from the surgery not the other pain.

If you have to have brain surgery, there are a few things I can tell you that will help.  First when you go home from the hospital have sunglasses. Second and eye mask or a cool washcloth over your eyes helped alleviate a lot of my pain. Third have a soft pillow maybe even a travel pillow.  It helps take the pressure off your head.  It isn’t easy and the pain doesn’t go away quickly I think 2 weeks after my surgery was probably the worst. Then it slowly started getting better.

3 months after surgery I was feeling quite a bit better. I did still have problems with my foot and leg and I still do today but it is much better.  Time…  It takes a long time to start feeling better. Don’t think it won’t ever get better because it will.  Brain surgery isn’t like any other surgery.  When air hits your brain it does something to it.  It takes longer to heal and longer to feel better than most surgeries.

I am almost 2 years out and I still have times of fatigue and I still have migraines but the migraines are just migraines. It isn’t anything like before.  My life is so much better and is only getting better day by day!  I couldn’t have done this without the Lord and without the support of my family and friends.  If you or someone you know is going through anything like this and you want to talk to someone I’m here.  You can message me on here or email me at misokie@mail.com. I’d be happy to help anyway I can.  Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

~Lori

The Road to Recovery

 

In December it will be 2 years since I had the brain surgery. I’m feeling so much better now than I was before the surgery. I can function on a daily basis and my head doesn’t feel like it is going to explode anymore.  I also don’t feel like the floor is being jerked out from underneath me.

While all of that is good there are still a few things I’m working on.  I’m working on getting all the feeling back in my leg and foot, I still have a few migraines here and there, I still have some fatigue, and I have a bit of trouble with my memory.  That is not to bad from what I was like 2 years ago!

I’m so thankful that things are so much better than they were in 2013. I am now able to homeschool my son, I can go places, and do things with my family.

One thing I really feel like I need to say about the whole brain surgery thing is that I had praying doctors and nurses. I had praying friends and family. I truly believe that made a world of difference in the outcome of my surgery and recovery.  When I went to see my family physician right before I had surgery he prayed with Greg and I right there in his office.  Then when I was in the OR the nurses prayed over me before they put me under.   I was so  blessed.  I can’t thank everyone enough for their love prayers and support!  Most of all I have to thank my Lord and Savior for keeping me safe and bringing me through the fire.