Amy is white with black hair pulled into a side braid. She's wearing large fuscia earrings and smiling at the camera

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Amy (she/her)

Hi! I’m Amy. I love doing art, walking my cats outside, and camping. I have endometriosis, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, SIBO, and mast cell activation syndrome.

I can’t believe where I’m at today, especially compared to where I started.

In 2002, I began having diarrhea 25x a day, chronic pelvic pain, relentless leg pain that NEVER EVER stopped. A decade lost to pain; dreams put on hold/given up; feelings of isolation, desperation, despair.

I remember years of mouth ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, rashes from lying down all day, eyes closing from fatigue mid-conversation, nausea, passing out, wanting to crawl out of my own skin.

I had shingles, 9 kidney stones, a ruptured eardrum after vomiting violently during my period. I’ve collapsed on sidewalks in pain; pooed, peed, or vomited on myself in public. 3 surgeries, 2 cancer scares, 6 diagnoses.

For 20 years, I’ve been sick, but I’ve also been working on healing, both physically and emotionally.

Healing is the hardest thing I do every single day. My symptoms from multiple conditions are more under control now (but still challenging on many days), but what I’m most proud of is the emotional healing I’m doing.

I’ve learned and am still learning:

  • to feel my feelings, to let go, to be where I am right now.

  • that there can be joy and meaning in my life even among pain; and with patience and accommodations I can still accomplish many of my dreams.

  • that healing isn’t linear, to stop comparing myself to others and even to past “versions” of myself.

  • to trust myself again, to stop criticizing myself and thinking I’m a burden, to believe in what I’m capable of, to prioritize myself and needs without feeling ashamed of them: MY INHERENT WORTH.

  • to stop catastrophizing and living from fear, but instead to live from openness, curiosity, and a knowing that I CAN handle whatever comes my way.

I’ll probably be sick for the rest of my life, but I’m finding peace with that.

And I’m excited, truly excited, at the idea of continuing to heal emotionally, to keep growing, changing, and understanding my patterns, conditioning, and trauma response, and how that shapes my life.

I talk about all of these topics and the self-growth I’ve had in many episodes of my podcast, as well as my book!