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Reflecting on My Ascent to Health

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Reprinted from with the kind permission of Lindsay Christensen. To read the original article, click here.

It has been a very long time since I have written a blog post for Ascent to Health that wasn’t heavy on research. However, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit today and write a brief post reflecting on my own journey of personal growth and healing that I have experienced over the course of this past year. My goal in sharing this information is to inspire you to keep healing, no matter what your personal struggle may be so that you can go out into the world and achieve your dreams!
Finding my sanctuary in Colorado
My life has changed dramatically over the course of the past eight months. In June of 2017, I took a leap of faith and moved from Illinois to Denver, Colorado. I had wanted to move out to Colorado since I was a kid, attracted to abundant natural beauty and countless opportunities for outdoor adventure that this wonderful state has to offer. Little did I know that my move to Colorado would also mark a major turning point in my health journey. After just a week of being in Colorado, my energy began to increase substantially and many of my mold illness symptoms began to dissipate. I began to go on long hikes every week and rock climb every weekend. I believe that the abundant sunshine, fresh air, and exposure to nature I experienced this summer and fall, along with my ancestral diet and detoxification strategies, gave my body the space it desperately needed to begin healing.Once again, nature proved herself to be an incredibly powerful source of healing.
Growing a business and finishing graduate school
Along with vast improvements in my health, I have also made great strides in my professional life over the past year. I currently work full-time at my job as a Research Assistant and Writer for Chris Kresser and the freelance health writing jobs I have picked up for two other websites on the side. I am also over halfway done with my Masters of Science in Human Nutrition, and continually getting closer to becoming a Clinical Nutritionist! This is a huge accomplishment for me, seeing as it took me nearly six years to complete my undergraduate degree due to my struggle with Lyme disease in my early twenties. Last January, I could not have fathomed all the progress I would make in these areas of my life within just one year! 
Ice climbing: My metaphor for healing

At the very beginning of 2018 (i.e. about a week ago!), I went down to Ouray, Colorado for an ice climbing trip. This trip truly felt like the culmination of all the personal growth and physical healing I have experienced since moving to Colorado. Climbing 60-foot walls of ice was an incredible experience aesthetically, physically, and emotionally. It filled me with enthusiasm, passion, and hope, and allowed me to see just how far I have come with my health. It made me realize that I am capable of SO much more than what I have been led to believe, both by doctors and myself. A year ago, I was unable to get out of bed due to nausea, fatigue, and weakness from IV antibiotics I was taking for Lyme disease. A year later, here I am ice climbing and pursuing my dream career and having amazing outdoor adventures. My purpose in sharing this information about my own life is to inspire all of you to keep healing, against all odds, so that you can pursue your dreams. Optimal health is our birthright, and we should never have to settle for anything less.

Now, life certainly isn’t “perfect” for me – I still have some healing left to do. However, the prospect of continuing along my healing journey leaves me undaunted, because I now know that I am capable of incredible things – and so are you!
In health,

Lindsay Christensen is a health writer and researcher with her B.S. in Biomedical Science and an Emphasis in Nutrition. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Human Nutrition, with the intention of becoming a Clinical Nutritionist. Lindsay’s passion for natural health and wellness has been driven by her own experience in recovering from a serious chronic illness. She blogs about chronic illness recovery and her nature-inspired approach to nutrition and healthy living on her website, Ascent to Health: In her free time, she can be found outdoors rock climbing and hiking, enjoying the beauty and healing power of nature.

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