Josie's Health Story

Hello, my name is Josie Shillabeer. I am 25 and live in Somerset, UK. I came to create The Health Puzzle after reaching the point of despair twice within four years due to my health. 

I developed severe anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia at university one week into my third year. This lasted a lot longer than I even could have anticipated as I assumed a weeks rest would do the trick...it didn't as years of relentless hard work, perfectionism and people pleasing had taken its toll. 

When I had my first panic attack I had no idea what it was and I had no idea quite how bad my health had become. Looking back now I can see so clearly that of course I was overdoing it as I remember saying to myself "I will worry about myself once I finish the course" and "I need to wake up at 6am and work through to 10pm and achieve everything on my to do list" as if it was actually possible and beat myself up everyday when I didn't. I also thought a hard core pump session at the gym was down time...btw it isn't! 

Josie.....

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I managed to find a number of small things like yoga, healthier eating, naps, forest walks and medication that individually helped me get closer to regaining health and when all put together they achieved that magic pill effect I was looking for. After a year I was able to work again and then a year after that I was able to return to university and finish my final year! 

I then noticed half way through my final year that I got shin splints walking to and from uni and that I would feel so fatigued that I needed to nap before making dinner if I did a workout. This gradually got worse and worse and after I left uni to the point I would struggle to make it through my two days of work in a local shop and then I needed to sleep and nap all day everyday right through to my two days of work before starting the whole cycle again. I felt really bruised all over and life was really hard. I went to the doctors who were not very helpful and I was told that I had fibromyalgia and was going to be like that for the rest of my life...I was 23. I was back in a state of despair and once again! However, I was not taking sleeping forever as my future, I was going to get better by any means possible, to me it was nothing more than an imbalance I needed to fix.

 

I found hope in a nutritionist where I was enlightened to a vast array of options (puzzle pieces). It took a while to get myself to the point I could work and play but I was doing it slowly but surely! I am still getting better week by week now and each time I find a new piece to my puzzle I am so blessed and want to tell the world! I therefore hope that you will be able to learn from my own personal journey and find as much hope as I did in knowing there are options! 

As Dory once said "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" and that is what you need to do if you are in that place of despair! Life can be good again you just need to find the pieces to your own personal health puzzle!

 

All my love

Josie xxx

that individually helped me get closer to regaining health and when all put together they achieved that magic pill effect I was looking for. After a year I was able to work again and then a year after that I was able to return to university and finish my final year! 

I then noticed half way through my final year that I got shin splints walking to and from uni and that I would feel so fatigued that I needed to nap before making dinner if I did a workout. This gradually got worse and worse and after I left uni to the point I would struggle to make it through my two days of work in a local shop and then I needed to sleep and nap all day everyday right through to my two days of work before starting the whole cycle again. I felt really bruised all over and life was really hard. I went to the doctors who were not very helpful and I was told that I had fibromyalgia and was going to be like that for the rest of my life...I was 23. I was back in a state of despair and once again! However, I was not taking sleeping forever as my future, I was going to get better by any means possible, to me it was nothing more than an imbalance I needed to fix.

 

I found hope in a nutritionist where I was enlightened to a vast array of options (puzzle pieces). It took a while to get myself to the point I could work and play but I was doing it slowly but surely! I am still getting better week by week now and each time I find a new piece to my puzzle I am so blessed and want to tell the world! I therefore hope that you will be able to learn from my own personal journey and find as much hope as I did in knowing there are options! 

As Dory once said "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" and that is what you need to do if you are in that place of despair! Life can be good again you just need to find the pieces to your own personal health puzzle!

 

All my love

Josie xxx