Four years ago—totally out of the blue—I became ill. My skin turned into red, bumpy, scale-like patches. And while most of the doctors differed in their diagnoses, they agreed on one thing: I had an overactive immune system that caused my body to attack and damage its own cells. With no cure available, I was prescribed antihistamines (allergy medication) and strong steroid creams to prevent the rash from spreading all over my body.
At first, I was determined to get well. I was going to be one of those people who miraculously healed themselves. I spent long nights researching possible causes of my rash (which was getting worse by the day), I went on a 40-day-long water fast during which I collapsed from lack of energy. I took all the recommended supplements, and I saw numerous doctors and alternative practitioners. However, the mirror was a constant reminder that I wasn't getting better. My body was betraying me and I wasn't able to do anything about it.