BEFORE & AFTER: In January 2017, I had two unusual symptoms. By April, my body was failing me, my fear was through the roof, and I was seeing more doctors than I could have ever imagined. The ER started hating me. In July, we were suddenly, desperately finding a place to live and leaving San Francisco, all as I got sicker with a mystery illness. I was dropping weight like crazy. By the time V took this photo, it was mid-September and I was close to the 133 lbs I landed at (from 167) before figuring out the piece of the puzzle that halted the weight loss. I learned a lot about advocating for yourself, not giving up when doctors say it’s all in your head, and about expecting your doctor to see you as an equal, even when you’re not. In late 2017, I finally locked an incredible team into place and began the slow journey back to health. In January 2018, I cleared and in February, I began restoring what SIBO destroyed. Two forms of body work have been central to my healing: and . I’ve gone 1-2 times a week all year t. I’ve transformed my life, returned to a healthy weight, and while I haven’t reached my goal of zero pain and a fully healed microbiome, I am far better than I was even before diagnosis. January 22, 2018, I will take a new step, working with a gut specialist in Australia to hopefully counteract dysbiosos and a handful of other issues. Meanwhile, my years of 10-14 hour work days have ceased. I now meditate every day. I prioritize and make zero apologies about self-care. My diet is night and day from what it was pre-SIBO and despite how this late night post may appear, I usually get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Two of my doctors have separately asked me to write a book about my story, but I find the idea exhausting. Maybe someday. Until then, I’m happy to say that I’m learning to love life again and finally understanding what it means to "enjoy the present moment.” We aren’t promised tomorrow, and certainly not forever, so we have to make today count. We also have to take care of ourselves before our bodies take care of us for us. I’m grateful for today and look forward to many years to come.