Just as a chronic illness like cancer takes time to manifest and grow (some estimate between 7 - 10 years prior to diagnosis) so does healing. There are many ways in which I've abused my body, and this will take time to reverse. That's OK, because I have time. I've never considered this new lifestyle to be a quick fix.
Illness is the body's innate way of communicating that something is wrong and needs addressing. Taking medication suppresses and masks symptoms, pushing illness further into the body, and creating greater problems in the future. I used to medicate severe eczema with steroid cream. I was treating the symptom, but not the cause, which was most likely a food intolerance borne of leaky gut. ALL pharmaceuticals place a huge strain on the liver. And here's a scary fact; prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in America.
Colds are often the body's natural way of detoxing, sick bugs can be the same. Sore throats may tell us that our lymph is stagnant. By listening and supporting the body, we can help ourselves to become healthy, to eliminate effectively. And so I'm trying to change the way I react to illness. I want to embrace it rather than panic, observe rather than resist, and provide support with rest and nourishment rather than suppress with medication.
I am not yet healed, but I am healthy.