The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger is a phenomenal book. The story of Auschwitz survivor, Edith Eva Eger, is a moving, compelling, and important story. As we move further in years from the Holocaust, I believe it is more important than ever to remember and study the stories of that time. Yes, there are parts that are deeply painful to hear. I believe we honor those who lived and died by memorializing their stories. For those who have lived through trauma this story offers hope and power.
“Though I could have remained a permanent victim –scarred by what was beyond my control– I made the choice to heal. Early on, I realized that true freedom can only be found by forgiving, letting go, and moving on. So I turned my life around and vigorously pursued a career in psychology. Combining my formal education and my own life challenges, I have helped countless others lead full lives by moving beyond their problems –no matter how insurmountable they believed them to be. This is my life’s mission and I will forever strive to help people make the choice to heal and thrive. That’s a promise!” ~Dr. Edith Eva Eger~
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons she teaches is :
I can hardly believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Since the last post, one daughter graduated college, and one graduated high school and started college. We’ve all been home (for the most part) since March 2020.
Just like most people, some things have really changed since the shutdown. Right after my daughter got back from Oregon, I started getting terrible hives and rashes that seemed to come out of nowhere. I felt awful 99% of the time. I had gained a ton of weight and nothing I did seemed to make a difference. I went to my endocrinologist in January 2020. My TSH was 13, but he told me to lose weight and he’d see me again in 3 months. I told him about the rashes. He insisted it was my detergent. Well, that was so ridiculous that I did a telehealth appointment in March 2020. She agreed to up my dose of levothyroxine. I did a food intolerance test in December 2020, and found that I had an intolerance to eggs and milk. Once I eliminated those from my diet, I never had the rash or hives again. My digestive system also felt so much better. I still felt pretty unmotivated. I went to my regular doctor and told her everything that had gone on. She tested my levels. She called back within a day and said my TSH level was 197. She had never seen levels this high and upped my dosage drastically. It has taken a lot of time and work, but I’m finally feeling better. I’ve completely changed my diet. Keto is really hard to stick to without eggs or milk. I’ve given up eggs, milk, wheat, and sugar. I started getting food from Daily Harvest. It has been a game changer for me! I’ve lost over 20 pounds in two months, and I’ve eaten more food than ever before. I have a code to get $35 off of Daily Harvest if you’re interested. I’ll tell you, I’m not a huge smoothie lover in general. The harvest and forager bowls are among my favorites. Here’s the code to save $35: