Hello! My name is Jerilyn and I have had some major life changes. A few years ago I never would have seen myself taking the initiative to write anything. So, here I am, a person eager to share my healthy and creative lifestyle ideas with you.
Life took some drastic turns for me. For seven years I struggled with chronic digestive conditions. My physical issues got worse over time especially when I couldn’t find a diagnosis. Doctors, specialists, ER, none could give me the answer to my million dollar question. I lost over 30 pounds, was weak and frail. The hardest part was I knew in that small, honest place in my gut (no pun intended) that I needed to rest……badly. I avoided the obvious in hopes that my problems would dissipate. I worried that what my body was experiencing would require my undivided attention, and interrupt the busy years of my twenties. One day I realized I couldn’t go anymore (literally I couldn’t). The burden was too heavy for my now, little body to carry. So, what did I do? I stopped…. everything.
It happened gradually, yet suddenly all at the same time. As the world kept moving I felt like I was standing still, watching others lives progress and move on. Sorrow filled my veins. I couldn’t work, eat much, go many places, or had enough energy to do anything. Days consisted of sleeping, reading, listening and feeling miserable.
Some days I look back and wonder how I survived. I know I wasn’t living, so it had to have been surviving. Day after day, the isolation and physical burdens started to affect my mind. Questions constantly reeled through my head. Between being stuck on the couch, on handfuls of special diets and medications, and going to multiple doctor visits in search of diagnosis, I started drifting into the valley hopelessness. It felt like I was treading water alone, out in a deep ocean where no one could hear me yelling for help.
Pain filled my body and soul more deep than I ever thought possible. How could life be allowed this miserable? Trying to hang on would have been easier, had I known how long I needed to hang on for.
One thankful day, I found myself at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Upon arriving I was desperate for answers. Seeing the towers at Mayo was like my oasis in the dry desert. Oh, how I longed to feel well. Mayo diagnosed me immediately (after lots of testing of course). I was thankful for answers but couldn’t help thinking, why not earlier? The waiting had only further complicated my situation. Why did this go on so long? Then I found out the trials and questions were just beginning, or continuing.
What I suffered with was not easily curable. Over and over I heard, it will take time and healing was going to be a process. Not a solution you want to hear in an enduring medical crisis. After many treatments and life style changes I have seen improvement, inside and out. I still have to be very mindful of my body, but ready to live life again. To live it more fully than I ever have! To walk, be and show the world the new person I am and becoming. Thus the name of my blog, repurposed life. My health trials have taught me valuable truths going deeper, beyond my physical status. I do believe I had to “lose” my life completely, to gain it back again, more abundant than before.
Enduring illnesses and trials have transformed my journey through life. I believe people’s lives can be “repurposed” through many different methods, in a variety of ways. You may be going through the process yourself as result of a job, career change, weight or health issues, family, children, food allergies, addiction recovery, loss, etc. Whatever you are currently experiencing I hope my blog can help you persevere through the valleys of life, or to enjoy the mountain tops more fully.
I’m inspired by many things in life and love creating (a dangerous combination). Fashion, decorating, nature, food, music, my faith, experiences, books, and fitness are just a few. May my blog inspire and encourage you in your journey, to be uniquely you.
I am also a nutritional consultant and have worked with various clients in the past. For several years in college and after, I struggled with eating disordered thinking, so I understand the battle. Uniquely, that very bondage redeemed, has become my gifting, igniting excitement for healthy cooking, and proper love for food.
My colliding passions for cooking and health will be the main content in my blog. Eating well to fuel your body, and have a healthy relationship with food are a large part of living fully, in my opinion. Here are my thoughts on life, food, creative projects and health. Please feel free to ask any questions or post comments. Thanks for taking a look ~ Enjoy!