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With the lack of awareness and education about fibromyalgia, many of us go through years of chronic health issues without finding answers. You might even find that the medications, supplements, and treatments that are supposed to help you to get better are making you worse.
Today’s guest, Gisèle McDiarmid, went through all of that, and today she’s sharing what she uncovered that made all the difference. While her health deteriorated over 20 years, Gisèle received multiple diagnoses and treatment options, but nothing worked. So what do you do when everything makes you feel worse? In this conversation, Gisèle and Tami talk about Gisèle’s life as a nurse, mother, and caregiver, managing her Hashimoto’s diagnosis, her deteriorating health and experience with injuries, chronic infections and allergic reactions, severe reactions to flu shots and what she learned about her ability to tolerate vaccines, why fibromyalgia awareness and education are so important, Gisèle’s health crash which turned out to be a massive fibro flare, the long journey to receiving her fibromyalgia diagnosis, her struggles with conventional medications and natural treatments, unlearning her disconnected body mindset, the power of tuning in and recognizing that you and your body are on the same side, learning about multiple chemical and environmental sensitivities, common triggers of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), why we need to become aware of our individual body burdens and all the things we’re exposed to, the increase in MCS diagnosis worldwide, why green initiatives matter, resources you can use if you think you may have MCS, Gisèle’s message for you, and more.
If it feels like nothing is working for you, Gisèle and Tami hope that her story gives you some new ideas of things to try. Always remember that it doesn’t matter if other people don’t believe you as long as you know what you’re going through is real. Even when we have a chronic illness, our life isn’t over. Gisèle went from a crisis to living a full life again, and you can do it too.
Note: This episode is not meant to be medical advice. Every person and every situation is unique. The information you learn in this episode should be shared and discussed with your own healthcare providers.
About Gisèle McDiarmid
Gisèle McDiarmid is a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® and Registered Health Coach with a BA in Psychology. She has been living with Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) for over 25 years. Before becoming a coach, Gisèle worked as a neurology nurse in Canada and the US.
Gisèle understands the overwhelm and isolation of living with multiple invisible illnesses. Due to misdiagnoses, her health declined over 20 years, ending in a disabling health crisis. This was a major turning point that finally led to long-needed treatments and her eventual recovery. Today, Gisèle inspires and empowers others to take control of their health, expertly guiding them on their journey toward living the lives they have been dreaming of.
Schedule a consultation with Gisèle at FindAFibroCoach.com.
To access Gisèle’s resources mentioned in this episode, visit GiseleMcDiarmidCoaching.com
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