Well, 2017 is about to come to a close. It is so hard to believe that 2018 is just 2 days away. Its rather scary to be honest!
2017, was probably a combination of some of the best and worst moments of my life. It was a constant roller coaster of good mixed with bad mixed with great mixed with horrible, but I am so thankful for every moment of it.
Beginning in 2017, I finally got word that I had been hired by a local volunteer fire department which was a rather lengthy process. Finally getting this position was so exiting but it meant I had to change a lot of things in my life. I had to change my priorities, my time spent at home, my job, everything. One of my biggest apprehensions of joining the fire service was not being home so much and away from the ones I love. But, in order to have the job I wanted, I was just going to have to bite the bullet and do it. For the first two months of academy I was both working on the ambulance over the hill, working in Santa Cruz, and going to the academy. I was wiped out, rarely home, and majorly sleep deprived. I quit my job on the ambulance, coincidentally it worked out that this was right around the time the company was downsizing anyways. So I moved all of my work to Santa Cruz. I went back to working as a lifeguard and going through the academy. In May, academy was done and I managed to get an award at the end of it which made me super stoked (total highlight of the year). As one of only two girls in my academy of 19 other males, I was so shocked I was selected for the award and I may have cried a little when I found out I got it.
So, I start working at the fire department while still lifeguarding and then started working for another ambulance company. I quickly realized the ambulance situation I was involved in was not a friendly work environment so I left and decided to go 100% full time at the fire department. Best choice ever. In doing this I was able to go on strike teams, get tons of experience, and a huge certification that usually takes people over a year to get! I got it in 6 months which is huge!
Also in the process of this, I got so sick I thought my life as I knew it, was never going to be the same. I went to Idaho and was diagnosed with lyme and candida as most of you are well aware of at this point. I went through countless treatments that made me feel horrible, restricted my diet more than ever, traveled back and forth to Idaho while still attempting to work full time and felt like I was a zombie 100% of the time. This was rock bottom for my health, I mean, as low as I felt it could be. Turns out it wasn’t. About 2 months into treatment I was feeling worse and worse and worse and I had no clue why. I was constantly calling the doctors office to tell them something wasn’t right, but they said this was the normal course because of all of the die off that was happening and my body just probably wasn’t detoxing out the die off quickly enough.
On my last and most recent trip to Idaho, I was in the worst place mentally that I had been in, in years. I was depressed, angry that the treatments weren’t working, hopeless, feeling like this was how I would feel forever. That whole week was extremely emotional for me, I was crying daily, feeling like nothing would ever get better. On my last day there, it was like the 5000 pound jacket I had been wearing for months, was lifted and the skies parted. I felt lighter than air, I felt happy, I felt well. It was amazing. Not sure what it was but on that last day I feel like all of my treatments just completely clicked!
I have been home since, and feeling amazing. I feel like I did pre fire academy, where I had energy to train, exercise, go to work, play with the dog, go for hikes, go out after 5 pm (huge miracle that I wasn’t in bed feeling like death at this time of day), and study!
It is now 2 days before 2018 starts and I have high hopes for 2018! If all of these amazing things can happen through the midst of all the insanity of 2017, I cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for me!
I hope you all have a fantastic New Years and lets ring in 2018 with some happiness 🙂