Dawn R.

UNDER 50 – Health Improvements

Pecs 1
Bust/Chest 0
Ribs 2
Waist 1
Abs 1
Hips 1.5
Right Upper Thigh 1.25
Left Upper Thigh 0.5
Right Lower Thigh 0
Left Lower Thigh 0.5
Right Calf 0
Left Calf 0
Right Upper Arm 0
Left Upper Arm 0
Total Inches Lost:  8.75


Essay:  What a journey these past 60 days have been. When I started, I couldn’t do more than a few minutes of the Healthy Hormones workout. Here I am 60 days later and I can do the full video!

At the beginning, I was only 5 days after my IVIG treatment and was in the “I’m so sick I can’t get out of bed” place in my treatment. I was determined that I needed to learn to thrive right where I was at! So, that day I started and could only do through the plie sequence and then was done. I had to rest the next day and then finished the workout the second day. Thus was my routine for two weeks. Once the ‘feel good’ part of my treatment cycle kicked in I was able to do the entire workout. Yay!

A month into my journey, I somehow realized (I don’t remember how) that I didn’t need my salt anymore to keep my BP high enough to stop the fainting and dizzy spells when I stand up. Here I am a month later and still no dizziness and no extra salt! Yay! The only thing that heals syncope is exercise and T-Tap did this quite quickly.

Also, a month in, my doctor and I decided to switch my treatments from monthly IV to weekly subcutaneous immune globulin treatments. The monthly treatments were simply too much for my body’s fragile state. What I didn’t anticipate is the HUGE setback that would follow. Here I was half way through the challenge and had seen some great improvements with inches lost and dizziness healed and yet now I was dealing with something new.

During the switch I didn’t realize that I would need to allow the immune globulin to re-build up again in my system. I was at the low point and feeling awful and this would continue through the end of the challenge. Some days I couldn’t do anything and others I would have a burst of energy and do the workout only to find myself running a fever and achy later that day. I was depressed and wanted to eat myself into oblivion and just give up.

Being in the challenge though really helped me to stay focused and not do that. I wasn’t perfect by any means but I didn’t give up either. I did what I could when I could do it. These last 4 weeks have been some of the most emotionally challenging for me to endure. To know the ‘feel good’ times from the peak of the IVIG treatment and to lose it and have to start all over again from the constant pain, exhaustion, fever and sore throat (the EBV flare) was miserable and I fought depression. I would exercise when I could, but also just gave myself grace to rest when I needed to.

With two weeks left to go in the challenge, I realized that the medicine I was using for pain and modulating my immune system was too much. So, with my doctor’s blessing and trial and error that medicine is now less than half of what it was before I started T-tap. Yay! Another victory. I can do this!

With the SubQ treatments, each week I have 4 needles that infuse 100ml of fluid beneath my skin. It’s very irritating and causes a lot of swelling in the area. So, for about 3-4 days after each treatment I measure at least an 1” larger than I would have normally. Again, fighting discouragement, I am determined to keep pressing on and finish. I could only do what I can do and nothing more.

So, here I am at the end of the challenge. I have learned more about perseverance, overcoming, and learning to thrive in the moment than I ever dreamed possible. I’ve learned that T-Tap does make a huge difference even if you can only do 10 minutes every other day. I’ve seen physical healing in my body (no more syncope, lowering of my pain medicine, my hair is no longer falling out by the handfuls, and my resting heart rate went from 84 to 71 – I’m sure there’s more but my latest blood work won’t come in until Tuesday). I’m grateful for this challenge, which has pushed me to learn how to thrive in the midst of my physical challenges and has given me hope that I can restore my body to a healthy size and thrive again. It doesn’t matter whom you are and what you are going through T-tap can make a difference in your life! I’m proof positive that it works! I’m crying as I write this because I am able to see the progress. It inspires me and gives me hope to continue this journey. I may never be cured (unless God intervenes) of my CVID (common variable immune deficiency) but I know it doesn’t have to ruin my life. I have tools that have proven helpful and I will continue my T-tap journey. Yes I can!