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The Long Road to Recovery

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In a world of fast food and microwaves, I’ve longed for an instant cure, the magical pill that instantly makes everything all better. But sometimes, it’s a long, long, long, slooooowwwww road to recovery.

There are days when I fall into bed, completely exhausted and oh, so frustrated trying to figure out what I ate now that’s making me all itchy or phlegmy. It’s been 9 months since “the peanut incident” and discovering a long list of food allergies. It’s hard to avoid gluten, diary, soy, peanuts, carrots and pineapples. I miss being able to eat whatever I want. I’d love to be able to eat out, or at least eat at a friend’s house without being afraid of allergic reactions.

12 Duane + becky graduationI have to remind myself that I am getting better. Slowly.

Dec 2011, in India, I had a collection of parasites, had taken countless “magical pills” that didn’t make it go away. Instead I experienced side-effects and allergic reactions. Between the sickness and the “cure” I lost 20lbs.

It took every ounce of energy I had to get out of bed and pack our bags to go back to the USA. Walking through the train station, I felt like I was being crushed under the weight of our little carry-on backpack with 1 laptop in it. (our friend Zach had to carry my big backpack for me).


Back in the USA, the doctors found nothing. I did 2 months being glutten-free & dairy-free, and other 2 months of just dairy-free. Then I was back to my normal healthy self.

I gained 10lbs back. Then Monkey helped me gain another 30lbs. After she was born, I dropped back to my normal weight.

Then that weird parasite flare up in Sept which dragged on though the long road trip, compounded by the “peanut incident.” I instantly lost 20lb, dropping back to the same weight as when I came home from India.

But I am getting better!

2 years after coming home from India, we finally identified (and killed) the parasites. That’s a HUGE step in the road to recovery.

I know what foods I can eat, I make everything at home from scratch. I can name (and spell) every ingredient in everything I eat. It’s a pain to drive 45 mins each way just to get organic food and our grocery budget is scary, but I feel really good.

The 3 mile bike ride over the hill to the Depot is actually easier now that it was before I went to India. I have no problem lugging around a 24 lbs baby, and making plenty of milk to help her quadruple in weight 1 just 13 months.

It’s just a weird dichotomy to live in. I feel so fragile, knowing that simply eating the wrong food could make me really sick (or even kill me), but yet I don’t think twice about going on a 10 mile bike ride.

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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