Thank you for taking the time to read my healing story. I want to caveat that what I share in my story is not a prescription for you or anyone else to use for their own healing journey. Always use your own discernment. I am not a licensed medical professional. My healing path and recommendations are to be used as inspiration for you to think about or try things differently.
I had so many fears about healing naturally. I tried my best to do as much healing as I could on my own. It was a difficult path. Honestly, I don’t know how I survived it, which I believe is mostly compartmentalized. I was mostly alone in my journey with no help getting up with my toddler son and ensuring my daughter made it to kindergarten plus picking her up at noon each day. Despite it all, there was always food in the house and diapers changed and laundry done. My husband was gone from 7am to 7pm working each day. So you must think I was CRAZY for not wanting to put steroids on my body anymore. I didn’t have a choice. My body reached its steroid poisoning tolerance, and it was shutting down. Steroids were no longer the answer to my skin issues, and I wish they never were in the first place.
I will share a brief summary here, and you may read more about my withdrawal symptoms in my previous blog post. I was prescribed every type of steroid for eczema, allergies and asthma for 26 years, plus I was at the maximum dosing concentrations towards the end. I noticed my body was starting to reject steroids in the summer of 2018, and then I quit using all forms of steroids on July 6, 2019. I started to notice symptoms a month later. I didn’t sleep because the pain was agonizing. I was oozing lymphatic fluid, my body couldn’t regulate its temperature, my skin was hot to the touch, and nerve pain was beyond comprehension, the itchiness was maddening, my skin was a constant open wound, bleeding and swollen, my hair fell out, my adrenals shut down completely, and I was highly susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. I was also hospitalized for 3 days for a blood infection and eczema herpeticum.
Yes, an OTC/prescribed drug did all this to me. It not only poisoned my body for 26 years, but it poisoned my thoughts and my life. My will to live was poisoned, and I was not entirely sure if I was strong enough to pull myself back up again. Plus, I gravely mistrust western medicine.
I had hit my rock bottom moment in May 2020, I had been watching the documentary HEAL for the umpteenth time at 3am because there’s not sleeping when you’re in this much pain, and shut it off. I was about to truly give up on life, and I looked up and said, “If this is my life, please, whoever is up there, take me to be with you. I no longer wish to live in hell and bare this suffering.” I also prayed to the healing angel, Archangel Raphael, asking him for help too. This is pretty shocking for someone, who turned away from religion a long time ago. I ultimately made a choice to fight another day, and I cried myself to sleep.
I didn’t even realize I was asking for a sign because it was a prayer of desperation to the Universe, but I received it. The next morning, I woke to two messages. One was from a friend recommending to do research and look into intravenous nutrient therapy and another message from a naturopathic doctor, who was branching off from a different practice and starting her own business. After doing research for IV nutrient therapies near me, and having a consultation with the doctor, I scheduled my appointments using my birthday money. I embarked on my healing journey with my whole heart and soul know that this time things will be different.
That next year, I made major shifts in my healing journey. I turned my knitting hobby into an official small business in April of 2021. In May of 2021, my husband and I found an amazing deal and were able to vacation together for a long weekend in Boulder, Colorado hiking the Flat Irons multiple times. Here is where I did my soul retrieval, embraced spirituality (not religion), and I will share more about this is a future blog. A few weeks later, I experienced my spiritual awakening. For my birthday in June, I was able to go into the ocean for the first time in two years. The breaks in my flare cycles were extending from weeks apart to months apart as deeper healing continued. As I am writing this, I am currently in a two month flare, but it is not as bad as it was 1.5 years ago. And so I share my story in hopes that no one ever has to experience this agony, and if you are in the midst of suffering, know that you are not alone. I see you.
I researched and tried various types of healing modalities to change my life from one of suffering to one of thriving. In the section below, I share most of the healing techniques and tools that I personally found successful.
Functional Medicine Doctor - Dr. Ghuari of Salus Wellness
When I had to opportunity to meet and work with a functional medicine doctor, Dr. Ghuari of Salus Wellness in Newtown, PA, I was very excited. It was a great experience to have a doctor arrive on-time, sit with you and go through your entire medical history, ask questions about your health and give you more than 20 min of your time. It was so nice to finally be seen and heard especially after the absolutely terrible experience I had with a dermatology group. She put me on a path to a very strict gut healing protocol with recommended intravenous (IV) nutrient infusions. My experience with IV nutrients is absolutely life-changing. We pass most vitamins through our gut with little absorption, and the IV’s by-pass the absorption process giving you a more potent dosing right in to the bloodstream. I highly recommend everyone try them at least once. For my condition, I proceeded with several treatments of “mini-C with a glutathione push” IVs and ozone IVs.
Mini-C with a Glutathione push
My first ever IV therapy was a mini-C with a glutathione injection into the IV port. I was truly amazed at how my skin cleared up during a terrible flare plus my joints felt so much better. The concentration of the vitamin C is equivalent to eating eight oranges in one sitting without all the citric acid. Vitamin C has many benefits, but I was focusing on its antioxidant properties (neutralizing free radicals) to help with detoxing the steroids and waste from my system. The glutathione, which is another antioxidant, not only enhances the antioxidant properties of vitamin C, but it also repairs tissue and support immune function.
IV ozone treatments are a powerful antioxidant treatment. Note that this is different from inhaled ozone gas, which is toxic. And here are some excerpts on its amazing benefits, which makes you wonder why this therapy isn't one that is being used regularly (sources cited).
"Ozone therapy has been utilized and heavily studied for more than a century. Its effects are proven, consistent, safe and with minimal and preventable side effects. Medical O3 is used to disinfect and treat disease. Mechanism of actions is by inactivation of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa, stimulation of oxygen metabolism, activation of the immune system."
"Diseases treated are infected wounds, circulatory disorders, geriatric conditions, macular degeneration, VIRAL DISEASES, rheumatism/arthritis, cancer, SARS and AIDS."
"Ozone therapy disrupts the integrity of the bacterial cell envelope through oxidation of the phospholipids and lipoproteins. In fungi, O3 inhibits cell growth at certain stages. With viruses, the O3 damages the viral capsid and upsets the reproductive cycle by disrupting the virus-to-cell contact with peroxidation. The weak enzyme coatings on cells which make them vulnerable to invasion by viruses make them susceptible to oxidation and elimination from the body, which then replaces them with healthy cells."
People with any respiratory and any autoimmune issues, please do your research on the benefits of ozone therapy - this is highly recommended for you. Plus you can get joint and fascia injections too.
After 90 min of my therapy, I feel like I can run a marathon. I had so many tears in my eyes after my first treatment because I couldn’t remember the last time I felt that good, truly feeling energized after feeling sick for so long.
If you wish to work with Dr. Ghuari and/or receive IV Nutrient Therapy, here is the link to Salus Wellness and Salus Hydrate – note there are several location for IV Nutrient Therapy in the Bucks County/Philadelphia area. Let her and her staff know that I recommended you:
Naturopathic Doctor - Dr. Kadijah Douglas of My Infinite Wellness
Steroids are a synthetic hormone. When synthetic steroids are introduced to your body, your adrenal glands are disrupted from their natural production, slowing the production of the body-made steroid hormone. Overtime with extended use of steroids, your adrenals shutdown completely. As you can imagine, my hormonal system was off balance in so many ways, and my primary care doctor wouldn’t run all the blood work to assess the hormonal issues. That is when I hired Dr. Kadijah Douglas, a naturopathic doctor. She was very thorough in her examination of my entire body and my condition. Plus, she ordered all the bloodwork required to look at my entire body as a full system to assess the imbalances in my hormonal system. She prescribed lifestyle changes and supplements to support the body in healing itself, and I absolutely loved how approached healing from a holistic perspective. Dr. Douglas takes the time to explain the body, how hormones are created and used by the body, and how hormonal pathways be disrupted causing imbalances. I felt so validated and heard in “all the things” I was experiencing.
If you wish to work with Dr. Kadijah Douglas, she sees clients in her office as well as virtually. Here is her link and let her know that I recommended you:
Prior to my journey with topical steroid withdrawal, I was working with an energy healer located across the country. Energy healing is an amazing compliment to other healing modalities. It opened me up to different perspectives and also how to see that for everything we experience in life, there is always a lesson or a message we must be open to learning or growing through to better understand ourselves and offer different perspectives. I also learned to use my own intuition and trust my gut responses to other people and situations plus healing modalities.
Energy healing was is so validating for me because I came to see and understand that each body is different, and so each body requires a different healing path. I was able to learn that what may have worked to help alleviate symptoms for one person may or may not help me physically or even energetically. So all the feelings I had about my own path were valid, which was choosing to break away from the “normal” and choose to heal naturally and free of as many prescribed and OTC drugs as possible.
I worked with several healers using various modalities that were for my highest good in the moments of our healing appointments. The information and healings that came through always propelled my healing journey forward in such a profound way physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
As I became more attuned to the Universal energies available to all of us, I unlocked my energetic gifts (the story to be shared in a future blog post), and I now share those gifts in helping others heal and believe in their own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual powers.
Massage Therapist - Phil of Stoic Bodywork, LLC
From clenching in pain, my body was holding onto so much stress from the healing and the trauma. Much of that stress was stored in my upper back and neck – two areas that weren’t terribly troubled with the skin wounds. I received a recommendation about a person that not only would be empathetic to but also understand my condition and support my body in its healing process. That is when I met Phil. The time I spent with him allowed me to freedom of movement plus he helped awaken the body by signaling it where further healing was required. When it comes to his practice with the body, Phil know how to listen and read the body in order to restore it to balance.
I would like to add that Phil is more than a message therapist – he is a healer. He not only knows and understands the physical body, but he can also heal and move energy in the etheric body as well. If you wish to learn more about Phil and his services, he is the owner of Stoic Bodywork, LLC. Here is his link and let him know that I recommended you:
Specialty Healing Cream – Homemade Whipped Tallow
My skin was in a constant state of dry, cracked, itchy, raw skin. I formulated a natural cream recipe with the help of the Energy Healer I used during my worst phases of healing. It helped to heal, hydrate and protect my skin, plus I think it feels amazing - WHIPPED TALLOW.
Tallow prevent moisture loss from our skin, and our body readily absorbs it. It is rich in vitamins A, D, K and E. It is antimicrobial and antifungal and anti-inflammatory. My fav quality is that it promotes skin regeneration!! It can even be used for diaper rashes too. The recipe is low cost and simple to make at home, plus it can also be modified to fit your needed, and so have fun experimenting. The recipe I share is for healing of the skin.
Other useful items while coping through TSW:
People frequently ask me about Dupixent or Duplimeb and why I didn’t chose to do on those. I have several personal and subjective reasons. As someone who was prescribed all forms of steroids for most of her life, I was done with medicines that trick the body to do X while creating a host of other side effects. I wanted to heal on the most natural path as possible to avoid and other catch-22 situations. Secondly, those immunosuppressant drugs, well, suppress the immune system leading to another life sentence of another drug dependency. Instead of suppressing the immune system, further masking the problem and paying into the Big Pharma illusion, why wouldn’t I want to understand the root of the issue?
The natural path was not always easy, and many times I asked for the physical and emotional suffering to end. I shifted my perception. I chose to live. I chose to heal. I know that I am on the correct healing path for me learning so much more about the healing powers of the human mind and the human body. I believe after all that I have experienced that we need to give our bodies the opportunity to heal and support its healing. I quit all forms of steroids 2 years and 29 days ago. I am presently in a flare, but I know that my body is more than capable of healing itself.