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CBD Love

If you’ve been here following along for awhile then you know how much I love using CBD to manage my sleep and anxiety. I started using CBD a little over a year ago and it has been a miracle in my life and I love sharing it with anyone who asks me about it.

I have used probably 7 different CBD products consistently and I’ve learned so much. Some of the products were recommended by my naturopath, some from friends and family and each has taught me more about myself, what dosage works for me, what methods of using CBD are most effective, and most importantly, which product is truly the best. I think I have found the one and I am so excited to share it with you.

I have partnered with Zilis to provide these products to anyone looking to incorporate CBD into their wellness journey. I chose Zilis for a few simple reasons.

First, Zilis has the U.S. Hemp Authority (the F.D.A. of hemp products) seal of approval. The U.S. Hemp Authority offers confidence to consumers that the products they approve are safe to use. They have only approved 31 CBD products in the U.S. but you and I both know that there are thousands of CBD products on the market right now without this approval. So, ask yourself if you are willing to put something in your body that hasn’t been tested and proven to be what it claims. I care deeply about the products I use in my home, those I recommend to others, and use myself and so finding a product on this list was paramount.

Second, the Mayo Clinic conducted an extensive study on the Zilis CBD product and found it had high absorption rates (94%) and after the 12-hour study it was still in the system of its participants. These two findings are due in part to the technology that went in to developing this product. Somehow Zilis made their CBD oil water soluble so it can easily be absorbed into our bodies and trust me it is a difference you can feel. Given my extensive history with various CBD products, a few of which I have shared with all of you, I can confidently say that no other product has worked as quickly and as long as the Zilis CBD has.

If you are interested in incorporating CBD into your wellness journey I would be happy to answer your questions and if you are ready to get started and order yours today you can do so here.

Still Blooming Me Wellness - DownTime Partnership

I am so excited to announce my partnership with DownTime, a resource that I think will help many people on their journey towards healing.

From the DownTime Team

DownTime is an advocate for any person struggling with a mental health challenge. Anybody who feels overwhelmed, stuck in an emotionally difficult situation, or would like help reaching their goals. We will get you to the right place for support, help, and guidance. 

We do this by first assessing your concerns, constraints, challenges, needs, and general life situation. Then we work very hard to find you a professional best suited to help you with your specific needs and goals, thereby alleviating you of the stress and burden that comes from having sift through dozens of websites and profiles of various types of professionals.

Are you concerned about feeling overwhelmed or lonely, even after we’ve connected you with a professional? At DownTime we remain involved by checking in from time to time to see how you are doing. It’s our priority to ensure that you are satisfied and progressing towards your goals.

If you need us to, we are also here to help you interpret your insurance policy to make sure that you understand your coverage.

Together with Still Blooming Me, we have built a wellness service that reflects each of our core values and leverages the power and platform of DownTime.

To get started with Still Blooming Me Wellness, fill out the wellness questionnaire here.  DownTime will take care of the rest!

We guarantee to deliver a premium and personalized experience to everyone.

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Life is really good. I am so grateful. I feel so blessed. I am so happy to be here and be healthy.

Three years ago today I started my healing journey by asking for help. I was at the bottom of the deepest darkest pit and I could barely see a sliver a light shining down on me and I took that as my sign to walk through the doors of a hospital and express the turmoil I was in. It wasn’t easy. It was ugly, uncomfortable, scary, traumatizing, and it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life but I am here to tell you it was the best thing I ever did for myself. I learned more about myself from that week in the hospital than I had learned in my 34 years at the time.

It was a crash course in all things mental illness for me. I learned about medication, side effects, advocating for myself, and balance. I learned that trauma is the root cause of most mental challenges. I learned that no doctor has all the answers. That medicine isn’t a perfect cure-all. That every body is different and requires different individualized care. I was reminded of my faith. I learned to fight for myself.

It was clear that I lacked the tools I needed to cope and so I began working hard to sort it all out the best I could and I wished that I had made the effort sooner. That sentiment might resonate with some of you because you are here and reading this. You may be searching for answers and hoping to find help. I am happy to be part of your journey to find healing and I hope you have found my space here to be safe,  helpful, and honest.

On that note…I have a new resource to share with you. It’s an article and PTSD self-test by Safe Harbor House. You can take the screening which is based on the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It’s the standard reference used by healthcare providers to diagnose mental health and behavioral conditions. The article also offers information about signs, symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and self-care. It’s a very thorough resource and I was glad to have found it. Please share it with anyone who you feel might be suffering from PTSD!

Three years ago, I could have used this resource myself. Now I am just blessed to be able to share it with all of you.

 

I'm Iron Woman

I haven’t written in a while.

We got home from the Cape and life took off. School started and all the busyness that comes with this time of year has taken over our house. Everyone is off to a good start but me – I'm on the struggle bus.

Before we left I was dealing with some unidentified health issues but I managed the month of July pretty well and thought the worst was behind me. Until the day after we came home.  Severe abdominal pain, turned to nausea and dizziness, and soon terrible heart palpitations where keeping me from sleep.  I spent August jumping from doctor to specialist after specialist. I saw a urologist, had a CT scan and a cystoscopy, and even took a field trip to the emergency room after some issues with my heart became difficult to ignore. That prompted a visit to a cardiologist. In the middle of waiting for answers I went to my naturopath’s office for a full blood work-up and anxiously waited two weeks to get the results. Last week I got them – Hemochromatosis. I have too much iron in my blood and though I am not happy about this new challenge I face I have to say I am relived it’s something. I was beginning to worry that my bestie, PTSD, had conjured all these ailments up in my mind and I’d be left with no explanation for the pain I’ve been through.

Now before you open a new search window and type in “Hemochromatosis” and read through all the scary things that Dr. Google has to say, I want you to know that no matter what my diagnosis was going to be I was going to fight through it with grace and faith. Though I’m not sure how God is using this in my life I am sure that He’s already paved the way for me to grow through this – I just have to let Him lead me.

In the meantime I am working on getting my iron levels back to a healthy place. How does one do that you ask? Bloodletting. I know it sounds medieval and visions of leeches are dancing through your heads but it’s the only way to remove iron from my body.

My sisters and I have been brainstorming better ways to refer to my treatment because bloodletting sounds gross to us and after many contenders we’ve found a winner – Vamping! I also have a new nickname that seems fitting. Iron Woman. Move over Robert Downey Jr. I am stronger than you because I literally have too much iron inside my body and I really know how to fight!

MexiCAN

There has been a long running sentiment in my family and I’ve been reminded of it lately as I face changes, challenges, and fear that I can’t make it through either.

My dad is a proud Mexican-American. He grew up with deep pride in his roots and passed that along to each of his children. Whenever one of us faced something hard and we would utter the words, “I can’t”, my dad would chime in with his usual uplifting speech that ended with the question, “Are you a MexiCAN or a MexiCAN’T?”

I laugh about those moments now when I’d roll my eyes at him and walk away. All those times when what I had before me was easier than what I face today. Those were the days let me tell you.

I have been thinking lately about how I wish I could go through life more easily. Without less pain and void of mental challenges and physical ailments. I remember what it was like when all my days kind of blended into one because they were so easy to get through. Damn that was a good time!

Now life is a bit harder. Some days are really challenging. In fact there are days that I wish would end because they suck so badly and then I don’t sleep so there’s no relief. It’s like playing an endless game of tag and there’s no base. Which will tag me next – my PTSD or my new found friend Hemochromatosis? And just when I think I can’t get through it I hear my dad asking me that aforementioned question and I smile.

I am a MexiCAN. I will do this and be stronger for it.