Here’s the thing: I’m a fairly health-conscious person, okay? Or at least, so I thought…
Out of nowhere, about 2+ years ago, I started experiencing weird symptoms… I began to struggle with an unlabeled/undiagnosed health condition that caused my veins to swell and my body temperature to fluctuate extremely. My legs and feet, hands and arms would become to swollen that it hurt to walk or hold a pen. Hurt to move. Hurt to do anything other than lay in bed.
At first, I was like, okay… this isn’t that bad. I have Netflix and I don’t have to do as much around the house.
I can handle this.
But surprisingly enough, Netflix loses its charm.
And I found myself wanting to do anything active that I possibly could – even if it meant unloading the dishwasher.
But I couldn’t.
My body hurt… it would swell when I’d stand and would send me right back into bed.
Does that sound depressing to you?
It should… because it was.
During that season, I was more depressed than I had ever been.
I felt fairly useless.
I would go to the beach with friends or family and not be able to sit in the sun/heat because my body wasn’t capable of handling it. I couldn’t play sports or do anything active because my body would scream at me in pain if I did. I couldn’t take care of myself by working out because the pain would be too intense…
All of this was happening while I was a Schwinn ambassador. I would post photos standing alongside my bike… desperate for my body to corporate so I could actually ride it instead of just posing beside of it.
I’d cry a lot.
My mom and dad would hold me. They’d take me to doctors appointments. Different specialists that all had the same puzzled looks on their faces…
No one knew what my body was doing or why it was doing it.
And nothing that was prescribed was helping.
I thought that this was going to be my new normal… not being able to do anything. Always being in pain. Fighting depression.
Until one day, I was scrolling through Amazon and I came across a natural health book.
It sparked my interest. I thought to myself, “I literally have nothing to lose at this point…”
So I bought it.
And let me tell you something guys: That book was an answer to months and years of prayers.
Over the past 4 months I have been on a journey of natural healing… healing my body from the inside out – starting with my gut and I am officially symptom and pain free. Can you believe it? Let me repeat that:
I am symptom and pain free.
If anyone is experiencing auto immune issues, intestinal issues, skin problems, or chronic pain, and wants to know about all the recourses I’ve used to heal up my body, simply email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) – I would love to chat with you and relay all the recourses that I have found.
So with that being said, I’m so excited to be able to RIDE this year – for the first time in years. It’s a thrilling and exciting time for me… and I can’t wait to share more photos and adventure stories with you all. <3
Karlie Pickett is a spunky 23 year old from central Maryland. She’s a freelance creative, brand storyteller, and influencer that enjoys working with individuals and brands to help them grow their online following. She’s a sucker for decaf flat whites, her purple Patagonia pull-over, taking lots of pictures for instagram, winding down with a hot cup of tea and a good book, as well as spending time with her family and boyfriend, Jesse Christiansen.