Hi! I’m Kenya.
I started this blog back in 2016 as a way for me to release the myriad of emotions I experience due to chronic illness. Things have changed a bit, and although I still struggle with some really awful symptoms and painful, upsetting flare ups quite frequently, I feel more empowered, peaceful, and confident than ever.
God has really put it on my heart to help others. In my journey of severe chronic illness, I’ve been blessed to learn a lot. I say that because that knowledge has been gifted to me by God, and it’s time I share it with the people who are seeking and hungry. Thus, the evolution of the blog.
I’ve been battling an unrelenting, mysterious illness for over ten years. I’ve worked with some great doctors and functional medicine practitioners, but to date, not one doctor has truly gotten me to a place of genuine healing and complete restoration. The KEY to unlocking my healing and wellness has been missed time after time. I’m so close though…I can feel it. I’m scheduled to see the one of the absolute best naturopaths in the United States later this year, and I’m beyond hopeful and excited. I am trusting God to provide financially, and I am elated that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to see this doctor.
Along my path, I’ve received several diagnoses. Everything from SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) to CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome) to heavy metal poisoning to parasites to hormonal imbalance to HPA-D to chronic fatigue syndrome to fibromyalgia to brain fungus to systemic yeast overgrowth to severe bowel issues to PTSD to Lyme disease and more. It’s been a very complicated ride for me and my husband, and one that has brought more tears and sacrifice and pain than I can express. But it’s been a blessing in disguise, as God would lovingly have it.
I’ve always been a nerd. I’ve loved reading since childhood, I studied English in college, and I excitedly worked my way into a Master’s Degree at the young age of 23 (my thesis was on the importance of student research and collaboration in education). I love to learn, and I love to teach. While I had dedicated myself to becoming a primary school educator just a few years ago, with my health down spiraling as fast as it was, I ended up being bedridden for over twelve months and ultimately ending my short-lived teaching career. As I was emerging from my literal sick bed, a beautiful opportunity to work for a functional doctor came my way, and I am now blessed to work in a holistic medical office. While I was in bed all those months, however, I feverishly read medical journals, lectures, and peer-reviewed studies for at least eight hours per day. I had two choices: I could watch I Love Lucy reruns, or use my brain to learn as much as I could. I chose to go back to school, and the internet was my professor.
The content I read contained complex, weird, unheard of things that could potentially help me regain my health. Little by little, I started employing what I was learning, and it began to make a huge difference in my life. My honorary medical school degree was earned from my couch, while I was too sick to even walk to the corner and back (literally). Now that I’m back on my feet, I’m increasingly passionate about alternative, holistic medicine and the remarkable healing that can take place when the body is looked at properly and systemically. I read medical research for at least a couple of hours each day and stay on top of all the latest and greatest in my field. God knew I was going to need my bookworm brain, and He’s allowed me to learn so much throughout this entire health journey. I’d like to share the knowledge that God’s allowed me to learn with my readers.
Thanks to the help of SO MANY amazing people (doctors, anesthesiologists, acupuncturists, dentists, healers, researchers, nutritionists, and beautiful people in the world of chronic illness), I’ve come a long way. I can’t wait to be fully healthy and experience the complete vibrancy of living. As I move through each day right now, I’ve made it my mission to spread joy, love others, and share the amazing wealth of information that I’ve been blessed to come by. If I can help just one person, that’s incredible.
I hope you feel welcomed, invited, and encouraged, and I pray you leave with knowledge and hope.