Update

As we all know, treatment for Minere’s disease is unpredictable and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. We felt incredibly grateful when a low sodium diet was helping Derrick manage the symptoms; but we knew it wasn’t a cure. After years of low sodium, the positive effects of that diet slowly waned. […]

A Letter to Low-Sodium Newbies

My Dear Friend,

Firstly, I’m so sorry! I know that this is a very difficult time and that you feel as though nothing will ever be the same. I’ve been there – crying in the kitchen wondering what in the world I can make for dinner, in the grocery isles picking up item after item that is now inedible, and in the pantries and cupboards clearing out food that we can no longer eat. I’ve had that knot in my throat questioning how is the feeling of “full” going to exist again. I’ve been there with you, frustrated, hungry, tired and just wanting to order take-out.

But I want to offer you some hope. Though it has taken a bit of time, trust me when I say that you will overcome this. You will find new recipes, new meals and be all the healthier for it. I can assure you that you will get full and even have sodium to spare in the day. You will learn to budget your sodium where you can eat pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, bread, milk and your coveted mocha once more!

Yes, you have been presented with a challenge. I know that it feels like nobody understands and that they think it is non big deal; but you know what? It is a big deal and there ARE those who understand what you are going through. I know that it can be frustrating and that everything seems like a struggle, but you are strong. You will prevail.

Sometimes, God has a way of changing things in our lives for the better. And though you may not understand it now, I think you will find that there are silver linings to what you are going through. I know for us personally it has brought us closer through boning during a struggle, that it has kept us healthier and more active, and that it has forced me (who hates to cook) to learn something new. I don’t know what your silver lining is dear friend, but I’m sure there is one. You will find it. I just want to encourage you to keep your chin up, keep doing the right thing, and remind you that you are an overcomer which cannot be taken down! I’m so proud of you for facing adversity and rising above it. I’m so encouraged by your stories and to know there are others fighting and struggling along with us.

With Love,

   Heather