Eat well. Love well. Live well.
It's my philosophy because it literally saved my life! At 26 years old I was loving life as the wife of my high school sweetheart. He was building a successful career in the oil industry while I was enjoying my role at home taking care of our three children - all age 7 and under. It seems like overnight, I was hit hard with severe depression. I didn't sleep well, experienced extreme panic attacks and had horrible and repetitive thoughts of suicide. I saw a therapist. I was put on antidepressants. I gained almost 50 pounds. I was miserable and angry at myself for being miserable when I was living the life I'd always wanted.
Then, I was diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions within six months of each other - rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto's disease. So on top of the added weight, the depression, and the panic attacks, I was waking up feeling like I never really slept. I was in such severe pain that I couldn't open a water bottle, squeeze my own shampoo out, put my daughter's hair in a ponytail, tie any of the kids' shoes, or turn the key in my car's ignition. I had mood swings, my hair started falling out, more weight gain. My brain felt "foggy" and just going to the grocery store wiped me out for the day.
Enter more meds:
I literally felt like I was going to die. I had a list of all the prescription drugs I was taking on the refrigerator, along with instructions on who to call, so my 7 year old would know what to do "just in case" I didn’t wake up one day. After all, my doctor had said to me on inspection of my lab results, "I don't know how you aren't in a coma right now. These numbers say you should be."
That didn’t scare me at all. (This is my sarcastic voice.)
It took six long years of pain, fatigue, missing out on life and hoping that one day it would just "get better" for me to decide that if I was ever going to feel better, I was going to have to figure it out myself.
I began to devour books, websites, and blogs about nutrition and autoimmune disease. I learned everything I could about how our bodies function. I asked God for wisdom and searched the scriptures for stories of miraculous healings. Basically, I was infusing myself with new hope and beginning to believe that my circumstances were not what God had planned for my life.
I changed my nutrition.
I got serious about my sleep schedule.
I started making sure that date nights and weekend getaways became a regular thing for my husband and I.
I said “no” to people and activities that I knew would cause me unnecessary stress.
I began to speak life and healing over my body, even when I was still in pain and wasn’t sure it would ever go away.
I woke up one day and realized . . . the pain was gone!
I had slowly weaned myself off of every medication so at first, I couldn't believe it. I kept thinking the pain would come back. I was afraid the debilitating fatigue, mood swings or panic attacks might return. But that morning realization happened almost nine years ago. I haven't had a single symptom of rheumatoid arthritis since! I haven't felt depressed, anxious or on the verge of a panic attack in 10 years.
Waking up every morning free of pain, fatigue, fear, and anxiety feels like a new miracle each day. I can cook, clean, homeschool, meet with clients, teach a class, write a blog, coordinate women’s retreats, run a business, have fun with my husband and kids, go out with friends . . . get the idea?
I FEEL ALIVE!
I think everyone deserves to live a life that feels this good. That's why I love to share the story of my journey . . .
It all started with food. I didn't go into our pantry and fridge and change everything overnight. I asked God for wisdom and he gave me some very specific steps for my situation. I believe He has answers for EVERYONE’S situation - we just need to slow down long enough to talk with him about it and hear His heart on the matter. I'm passionate about teaching others how to connect with God to hear what He has to say about their healing journey. When our Father gives us instruction or guidance, it’s never to restrict us. He’s not demanding a “sacrifice”. He’s a good and kind Father who knows what we need and desires (even more than we do) to see us healed and whole!
I had to learn not only how to love myself, but how to forgive myself and others. Only then was I able to create solid boundaries and build relationships with people who understand, love, and support me. This is crucial to the health of every person. Our bodies respond to trauma, abuse, crossed boundaries, neglect, rejection, and so many other things we experience in relationships. Learning what it really means to forgive and release past hurts (and how to actually apply this ongoing practice in our daily lives) opens the doors to unimaginable healing - body, mind and soul.
It all comes down to faith, food, family, freedom to express my gifts through meaningful work, and staying physically active. These are the five core areas where change and growth created a solid foundation for me to live a life that once seemed like a dream. Sharing my story and empowering other women as they partner with God in their own healing BREAKTHROUGH is just the icing on my cake!
Dafne Wiswell is a wife, homeschool mom of 17+ years, health and nutrition expert, author, and Holistic Life Coach. She invested thousands of hours in her personal study of nutrition, wellness, and scriptural truths about healing for more than a decade before attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® and then receiving Board Certification through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has a deep love for equipping and empowering women with prayer and practical application for their healing journeys. She and her family reside in the beautiful hill country of Texas. Dafne spends her days writing, homeschooling, creating courses, coaching clients, co-laboring with powerhouse friends to create life-giving retreat experiences, and sitting in awe of everything her Father has done since she prayed this simple prayer 14 years ago, “God, I know this illness isn’t what you have planned for my life, but please, will you use this?”
”So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.” — Romans 8:28 TPT