Hi! I’m Jessica Marie, and I’m a newlywed based in San Diego, CA. I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, moved to San Diego 8 years ago, and haven’t left since. As a self-professed Cali girl who loves her city more than anywhere else in the world, I’m not afraid to admit I live a very blessed life. It wasn’t until 2014 when I was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called Dysautonomia (after a day hiking on my honeymoon of all places!) that my outlook on life changed. After coming to terms with the fact that I would be living with this syndrome for the rest of my life, I began to meet others who were suffering, too, and decided to launch this blog to bring awareness to this life-altering illness.
On this blog, I plan to share how I’m getting through this difficult time with the help of a new diet, new daily routine, and a new outlook on the future. Nothing is going to stop me from living.
In a nutshell:
My hubby is my best friend & my partner in crime.
I would do anything for my family & friends.
I am extremely over-protective of my sister.
My dream is to be a country music superstar.
If I could eat Sushi every day I would.
Fitness is my therapy.
Pink is my favorite color.
I’m a go-getter and love success.
Seeing others happy brings me happiness.
I still get homesick and miss my mom & dad. (Even though they only live 3 hours away).
I can sit on pinterest or houzz alllll day long.
I love to cook.
I am an aunt to my brother and sister-in-law’s beautiful baby girl.
I’m convinced my “Plan A” is to win the lotto!
I believe in being a positive person.
I wish I could spend my days working out and volunteering.
I’m a bit sarcastic.
I love wine! & happy hour…
I am a loyal and honest person.
I try not to yell to get my point across.
I love making people laugh.
My hangovers last for 3 days!
I’m sensitive and sometimes cry over commercials.
I’d rather stay in on a Friday night then go out.
I am stubborn, although I hate to admit it!
I ran a FULL marathon and still get the marathon bug.
I’ve never slept more than 8 hours at one time.
I am super persistent!
I am a fighter.
This horrible illness directly affects the autonomic nervous system and is believed by experts to be majorly under-diagnosed (doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me for months!). Symptoms vary by person to person, but the most common indicator is difficulty maintaining a steady heart rate when sitting or standing upright. Other symptoms include: heart palpitations, chest pain, fatigue, dizziness, lightheartedness, blackouts, constant headaches, severe digestive problems, nausea, cramps, and food intolerances.
Dysautonomia mainly affects women and usually develops in your late teens and early twenties. While there are many medications helpful in controlling symptoms, there is no cure. The worst part? Most doctors haven’t even heard of the syndrome since it gets so little attention in the medical community. Because of this, even experts do not fully understand it, simply saying that 50% of patients will recover from the illness over time, and 50% will live with it for life.
Want to know more about Dysautonomia? Click here.