Hi, I’m Cheryl. 46 years young. And mum to two teenagers and a 6-year old (Yeah, lots of strops and tantrums!!).
I’m guessing you may have stumbled across my website, possibly as a sufferer of chronic illness.
I’m also a sufferer of ill-health too.
I’m diagnosed with PCOS and Graves Disease. And I’ve suffered from Hyperemesis (extreme pregnancy-related vomiting and nausea) three times.
MORE ABOUT ME
A little background about me!
As said previously I’m a sufferer of disease too, but luckily, these days I don’t suffer too much.
This all started some 31 years ago at the age of fifteen suffering from PCOS. I didn’t know I had PCOS until the age of 20.
After taking numerous amounts of medications with very little success. I started to add exercise in the form of yoga and changed my diet.
This was a huge success for me!
Was it easy?
But luckily it has helped to lower my symptoms. And I haven’t needed medication for over 20 years.
When I was diagnosed with PCOS I was told the only hope for me was to have a hysterectomy to remove my ovaries. Today, 26 years later my ovaries are very much intact. And after being told I wouldn’t be able to have children naturally, I fell pregnant naturally at the age of 27 and then again at age 29.
After the birth of my first child, I studied for three years and became a certified nutritional therapist.
At the age of 30, after having my second child I battled with an autoimmune disease called Graves Disease. Battling with extreme weight loss, hair loss, trembling, double vision, muscle weakness heart palpitations, mental health issues and much more (in all honesty, the list of symptoms was endless).
In the depth of the disease, I was pushed towards having my thyroid gland removed.
I refused to have it, as it meant I wouldn’t have been able to have contact with my children for 6 weeks, at the time they were 6 months and 24 months old and no contact would have been impossible for both me and my children. So I didn’t have it.
And today, like my ovaries, I still have my thyroid gland and take no medication for my autoimmune disease (the last medication was 8 years ago after a slight relapse!).
Guess what helped me again!
Yes, yoga and nutrition.
I then trained to become a yoga teacher after 10 years of practising.
After qualifying, I owned a yoga studio teaching group classes and during my later days at my studio, I focused on one-to-one students teaching fellow autoimmune sufferers and students with limited movement.
My other love is music and I taught music in schools for 16 years. Teaching children aged 7-16.
At the age of 40, with two diseases that cause infertility.
I fell pregnant with my third child.
Unfortunately with this pregnancy (and with all my pregnancies), I suffered from hyperemesis. Although difficult, luckily I was armed with yoga and meditation that helped me through my pregnancy.
WHY THIS WEBSITE IS HERE
Whilst pregnant with my third child. I was constantly being told (by medical professionals) I had a unique story that needed to be shared. So, this is what I’m doing. I feel compelled to share my ups and downs and want to help others that are experiencing the downs of disease.
I’m not here to tell you I’m cured.
This is not what I am.
There are no cures for my diseases.
And I accept that!
But there are ways of taming symptoms and healing the body and that’s what I’m a huge advocate of.
I don’t want to disillusion you into thinking everything’s A-ok, and I live a pain-free life and that I’ve cured myself.
No, this is not what I am. And I don’t believe anyone can be completely cured of chronic illnesses.
My illnesses still cause me to have the odd rare ‘off’ days.
But thankfully, I have many more ‘on’ days than off, which is a success in my eyes. And hopefully, I can be here to help you have more ‘on’ days than ‘off’ too.