Have you ever met or spoken to someone who is passionate about their overall well being? If your answer is no, not to worry, because here I am. My name is Michelle Ramsaran. I am 29 years old from Toronto Ontario. I have a strong passion for traveling, soccer, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. I have been playing soccer for over 20 years, and I typically have always been very outgoing growing up. I am a moderately healthy person, who eats three meals a day and I do try to get in some sort of exercise. Aside from my three meals, I am guilty of munching and snacking at night, but who does not have a sweet tooth? I am also a strong believer in living life to the fullest and pursuing my ultimate dreams, passions, and ambitions. My smile is contagious, and I love helping others as much as I can. In 2017 I went through a life-changing experience that has now made me the best version of myself.
In May 2017 I began to experience digestive issues. I had just returned from Florida for a work conference. Considering I was a healthy person I found it very concerning that I suddenly started experiencing digestive issues. I decided to visit my Dr. immediately. He initially started me with acid reflux medication in the hopes this would relieve my symptoms. Weeks went by but the symptoms were still not resolved. I returned to my Dr. who began sending me for blood tests, and ultrasounds. I was tested for Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance. The ultrasound was for my gallbladder. Both tests came back negative. It was now August, and the symptoms remained mild enough, that I was still able to go to work. In the second week of September, the symptoms began worsening and I started feeling sharp pain down my lower back. I left work one afternoon and instead of seeking medical attention, I avoided it in fear. It was thirty degrees that year in September and all I wanted to do was soak up the sun and go swimming, I was in denial, and ultimately afraid of the worst possible diagnosis. After a fun-filled weekend, the pain returned down my lower back, and at that point I made the decision to go to the emergency. Thankfully, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and it has now saved my life. I was given a shot for pain and returned the next morning for a CT scan and ultrasound. Have you ever had an IV, stitches, or staples? Prior to this experience I would have answered no to all the above, but I experienced them all in one shot. Later that same day, I was rushed into emergency surgery and remained in recovery for an entire week. I was suffering the entire time from Appendicitis and an Umbilical Hernia. My surgeon was very concerned as he did not know how I suffered for that long. I had been suffering with more than one issue and was oblivious for months. This was one of the most emotional and challenging times of my life.
The road to recovery
The road to recovery was not easy. It took a while for things to gradually go back to normal. I was given two months off work and that is where I decided to take a more serious approach to a new lifestyle. In January 2018, I went back to playing in both of my soccer leagues and started to train three to four days a week in the gym. I not only lost weight but lost a lot of muscle mass as well. My diet was also very difficult to adjust too. I was disgusted by meat, seafood, and basically all of the things I once loved. On the bright side, I no longer craved sweets or sugar. I created a meal plan to follow mainly for my breakfast and lunches. This went hand in hand with my gym regime. My healthy lifestyle was not only about what I ate or what I physically did. This also impacted both my mental and emotional health. I began listening to positive affirmations, took long walks on the trail near my house, and enjoyed the best parts of nature. As I started to build back my strength, immune, and overall well-being, I finally felt like a human again.
Maintaining my healthy Lifestyle
I am very proud to say that I am the healthiest I have ever been. I have gained more confidence in myself and I am happy that I have overcome one of the hardest things I never would have imagined going through. I continue to train in the gym and maintain my healthy eating habits. I walk, run, and jog on the trail while listening to positive affirmations, podcasts, and audible books. I spend ample time doing my own personal research in herbal medicine and natural supplements. This has helped me gain the knowledge and insight which I have applied to my everyday lifestyle. This entire experience has helped me understand myself more and that “we are what we eat”. What we put into our bodies is crucial for our overall health and well-being. The irony of this all, is that it is now May 2020 and COVID-19 has changed the way we all live. It is truly about; Survival of the Fittest. This is honestly what I practice each and every day. Our bodies are our temple and it is mandatory that we take care of ourselves, no different than the things that we value. The best investment in life is yourself!