Hey you guys,
My name is Shae, I was diagnosed with Cough Variant Asthma sometime in 2013. My cough was so severe, it felt as if I was coughing up my lungs, I would just cry because I was so tired of coughing and my stomach hurt so much from the constant cough, there was nothing anyone could do. I just wanted to escape and the only relief I got was when I took anything that made me go to sleep. I stayed at my primary doctor and in the emergency room.
My journey of turning this thing around happened on new years eve night of 2016. I was in the emergency room because of the CVA. This is embarrassing but, my cough was so violent, I literally defecated on myself three times. This was the worse it had ever been. Everyone who heard the cough was so concerned and felt so bad for me, I had so many nurses in my room that night nurturing me. They gave me an IV as well as an hour long breathing treatment. I started to get much better after 30mins of the breathing treatment. Before falling asleep from exhaustion from the cough, bringing the new year in the hospital, I vowed this would be the last time I'm every in the ER or any hospital for CVA.
When I woke up the first question I asked seriously for the first time, is how do I get rid of this? Alot of time we just deal with a diagnosis, and do not put up at fight. But at this point. I was tired and had to fight and do something. The doctor gave me so much information, I didn't know where to start. But one thing I've heard all my doctors say was I needed to lose weight. Also, I knew that a lot of times my CVA flared up when I ate too much food, like if I was too full. So I figured, I will start there, and in the mean time just do research. So that's what I did, praying and all of my researched led me to food allergies, for instance milk: Any time I'd drink milk or eat cereal I would have a small flare up immediately after and during the rest of the day. This was confirmed by research, milk is a food allergen. I wasn't 100% sure, but I had to follow my gut and go with the food allergies.
On Jan 1, 2017, I was 252 pds. I decided to go on a diet. I also have Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder(OCPD). So in this case, its hard for me to ease into a situation. I tend to be very extreme when I decide to do anything. Go hard or don't do it at all, I have a one track mind with goal setting. With that being said, I went on a very strict diet. Juicing fruits and vegetables, only eating salads and fruit, with meat occasionally, no sugar and only water to drink. Surprisingly in 8 days, my cough had completely disappeared. I was so happy. Plus I had lost 11 pds. So I figured I would do this for a month and then go back to eating regular food. I did it for a month went to 238 pounds. I started back eating and got back to old eating habits quickly and you probably already guessed it, my came back in a few days. I did this cycle for 4 months, to be honest, it was hard to give up my favorite foods. But my favorite were making me sick. I had to decide: my favorite foods or CVA?
As of last month June 2017, I decided to make it a lifestyle change. The hardest part about all of this for me is the mindset of not going back to old foods that I grew up on. When I stick to healthy foods I have no symptoms of CVA. This is the longest I have NOT had any symptoms and currently I'm also weighing 198 pounds. Still have a looongg ways to go.
I just wanted to encourage others to explore to see if you are plagued by a food allergy. I'm learning and practicing how to stay away from all processed foods, milk, and anything else that is not healthy. I am human, I mess up more than I would like to admit. But I know where my CVA stems from and just wanted to offer support and help to anyone that I can. Just pay attention to what happened right before you flared up. For me it was mostly eating so I started there. We have to listen to our bodies, it will always lead us to the issue.
I often look at this picture of the night I was in the hospital, that my mom took, I use it for when I need motivation to not eat snickers or processed food. That night was horrible and always keep me away from anything i shouldn't have. I never want to go back for CVA.
You can overcome this. Don't let it beat you, you beat it! God bless!