My Story

I am a double major in Painting and Art History. Now that I have graduated, I am trying to make it on my own!

One of the major challenges I faced while in college was my health. Most people would probably think I am really healthy – I get “sick” about 2 -3 times a year for a few days. What people don’t know is that I have felt sick 365 days a year for the past 5 years. If you look at my first post – you will see just a fraction of the symptoms I have been experiencing.

I remember my first year at art school –  I would fall asleep in the middle of the day, everyday, in my art history class. I hated it! I wanted to be awake! I tried eating foods I thought would give me more energy – you know a sandwich, some peanut butter, all the things your told as a kid give you energy. I would drink a big cup of coffee, but to no avail. I had 18 hours of class, two work study jobs, and a weekend job. I was certainly under a lot of stress – but stress was only making the underlying problems worse – not causing them. What I was in denial about, was that my body was sick from the inside out.

I went to the doctor – and he told me it was all from depression. I eventually started going to  counseling at my school. That was immensely helpful emotionally, but I was still physically not well. All my research lead me to look at candida diets, gluten-free diets, and a book called Beat Sugar Addiction Now! This past fall I read that book in one day. I took every test – and I tested off the charts for every one of the sugar addictions. I have a terrible sugar dependancy. I started to cut back – and I felt better, but still was having yeast infections. I always thought that if I cut a lot of the sugar out – it would help the yeast a lot more than it was. This is because I wasn’t realizing that all that yeast was originating in my intestines – not other areas of my body.

This year I resolved to put myself first. What that means for me above everything else is getting well. The problems I have been having with my body have affected my emotional health a lot. I worry about my health – which leads to anxiety – and anxiety leads to depression. So when my doctors ask me if I am depressed – of course I am! But it’s not my depression that is making me sick – it is my sickness that is making me depressed.

Enough is enough! So I started an elimination diet to figure things out on my own. I feel so much better cutting gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy out of my diet! Unfortunately, feeling better isn’t the same as healing. I am going to use every resource possible to heal my body, and to change my lifestyle.

After feeling so alone for five years, I want to find support and I want to help people like me who felt like they couldn’t find the answer or were unheard! There will be a lot of ups and downs, but I want to be able to remember them all!

Mary Jeannette


One thought on “My Story

  1. I really hope things get better for you. I have an allergy journal on my blog too (mainly for my son). Support is important to keep your sanity. I started mine for the same reason. It’s really hard for the people around my family to truly understand what we go through. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your journey.

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