Updated on December 30, 2015
My BIG Announcement!
Yesterday I said I would share some really big news. Here is the promised post!
I’ll get right to the good stuff, because as you might remember, I’m trying to not write long posts so I won’t be sitting too long.
First, my big announcement: I’m changing the name of this blog! And I’m going to change its course and content slightly.
Don’t worry, I will still be a resource for scoliosis and alternative management methods. But here’s the truth: I also have another condition called PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
What’s PCOS? Unfortunately for me, it’s yet another condition I have that’s poorly understood because it’s under-researched. (Like scoliosis.)
PCOS, for most women, is a condition where your body overproduces certain hormones and makes you stop ovulating, among other problems. So right when the egg is supposed to detach from your ovary so it can travel down to (it hopes) be fertilized, the egg has a “failure to launch” moment and just…stays there. On your ovary. Until it shrivels up but persists in holding onto your ovary, eventually becoming a cyst.
If your body does that every single month, you wind up with a bunch of shriveled up cysts clustering on your ovaries, and fertility becomes a problem (among a bunch of other things).
And if your body does that every single month for years, you become like me, and have so many cysts on your ovaries that your OB/GYN finally stops counting all the cysts he sees on your ovarian ultrasound, because he gets tired after counting at least 40 of them.
When I was diagnosed with PCOS back in February of this year, I was determined to try and handle my healing as naturally as possible. PCOS can be managed, even reversed in some cases, using both holistic and modern methods, so I opted to try the more holistic, natural approach first, and I have been making changes to my diet and lifestyle ever since.
“So what does this have to do with changing the name of your blog?”
I realized that managing my scoliosis and my PCOS meant a whole lot more than just doing alignment exercises and eating differently. It has also meant behavioral changes, learning how to be a better spouse and more responsible adult, and living more honestly as the person I truly am and want to be.
In short, I realized that my whole life—my health, my relationships, my dreams, my faith, my true identity—was surprisingly interconnected. To accomplish better physical health, I realized I needed to take care of myself, my relationships, my dreams, and my faith. It has all become one for me, and I discovered that only writing about my fight against scoliosis is too limiting.
I have so much more going on, and I think others could benefit from me opening up about these other issues and topics I’m interested in.
Thus, I am changing the name of this blog to “Young, Wild and Pain-Free.”
Young: I am entering my late twenties, yet I am still discovering how to properly “adult.” Managing relationships, finances, habits, goals and a household is challenging, especially in light of ever-present health issues that demand to be managed daily, but I’m learning and want to share with others my insights into real life situations as an emerging adult.
Wild: This word has a twofold meaning for me. “Wild” encompasses my drive for adventure and novelty, understanding that it’s important to not spend my free time bingeing on Netflix or Facebook, and instead pursuing life with purpose.
But “Wild” also signifies my intense passion for nature. Ever since I was little, I have always found myself being comforted, taught and entertained by nature. It stirs very, very strong emotions in me, and I’ve written many passionate words about my love for it, but I have kept those writings to myself, always afraid to let people know how strongly I feel about nature, for fear that I’d be slapped with a “crazy hippie environmentalist” label and dismissed.
This is a passion I have been afraid to show, but my wonderful husband saw it in me and named it, and with his encouragement and strength, I’ve been taking slow but ever-bolder steps toward “letting my freak flag fly” with regard to showing my love of nature.
I don’t believe I’m alone, though. I believe we’re all wired for nature, and I’m passionate to encourage people to explore that innate desire. Therefore, I wanted part of my new blog to include writings about nature in general, and its effects on our health and spiritual faith in particular.
Pain-Free: Obviously, this will encompass writings about scoliosis and PCOS management, but will also include writings about other health-related issues. For example, I am currently in the process of “greening” our bathroom cabinet, because my husband and I are using LOTS of harmful chemicals on our bodies every day, many of which are endocrine disruptors. (Like I need any more hormone problems!)
As always, I am no health expert, but I will try to only share the information that I find that is written by health experts :).
I hope you will like the new direction of the blog, and I promise to still be a resource for alternative methods for managing scoliosis!
Speaking of which, I have another big announcement—
It’s happening for real. I am really getting my Postural Alignment Specialist (PAS) certification through Egoscue University, and I will be pursuing this as a career change, not just as a way to enhance my own practice.
I had written before about how I was going to get certified, but at the time I was thinking it would only be to better my own practice of Egoscue. Now, however, I am looking at it as a career change, because I want to help people in a hands-on way with their alignment issues—especially scoliotics.
That’s why I’m confident that Young, Wild and Pain-Free won’t quit talking about alternative methods to managing scoliosis. I will be immersed in it, and learning a lot from working with future scoliotic clients!
I want to be an even better resource for scoliotics who read this blog, and I feel that getting my PAS certification (and other certs later on) will help me reach that goal.
Stay tuned for some big updates to this site. I’m going into this full-tilt, including a new logo, a different website format, a URL change, and also ways to follow me on social media.
This is just the beginning for me—I have so much more planned for 2016 that it would be WAY too much to post all at once—and I can’t wait to get started. See you again next year ;), and many blessings and good wishes to you on your wellness journey for 2016!