Hi! Welcome to Just Naturally Living, I am so glad you stopped by. My name is Amber, I love penguins, hot tea and over sized sweaters. I dislike mornings, winter and scary movies. I live in Alberta with my love and our adorable puppy,Denali.
In February of 2015 I was diagnosed with Mastocytosis, a rare disease. I remember walking into the doctor’s office that day, so nervous, with my sister by my side, ready for and hoping for an answer. An answer is just what I got, my doctor walked in, said the test was positive, handed me a piece of paper with “Mastocytosis” written on it and told me to “google it.”
Prior to becoming sick and receiving my diagnosis I lived what you would call a normal life. I went to university, worked, hung out with friends and ate whatever I wanted. While Masto is not life threatening per se (if symptoms get out of hand it can lead to serious consequences, including death) it definitely was a game changer. My life went from being that of a normal twenty something year old girl to adjusting to a life with a strict diet, taking a handful of medication day and night and lugging around an epi pen (to name just a few changes).
One day I found myself looking at my handful of medication wondering what I was putting in my body, wishing I could have some control back. I guess you could say this is where it changed, the moment when I decided I wanted to go from surviving to thriving. I decided to change my diet to mainly plant based dishes and other whole nutritional foods (which has been more difficult than expected and something I have failed at countless times and I am sure will continue to struggle with). I also decided to change my cleaning and beauty products from those full of chemicals to ones deemed “green” and “toxin free”. Everything that was once important to me and what I considered my “norm” slowly shifted and thus came this shop and blog.
I hope you will join me in my journey to fight for a better, healthier and hopefully stronger life because if there is one thing I have learned from all of this, you have to love yourself enough to be the difference.