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An Inspiring Survival Story of One Amazing, Badass Mama

Disclaimer:

Hey everyone, just a quick note before we get started. If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, Erin prefers not to share her story with you. She doesn't want to plant any fear or worry in your mind. Childbirth can and should be, and most of the time is, a beautiful and safe experience. What Erin went through was incredibly rare and thankfully, not the norm.

Welcome to The Mom-entum Podcast! I'm Tanya Valentine, and today I'm talking with my dear friend Erin Jones. She's here to share her incredible journey of surviving a traumatic childbirth and finding her way back to health.

 

Erin's Story

Erin opens up about the frightening moment when a doctor accidentally cut her uterine artery during childbirth, leading to massive blood loss.  She needed four units of blood and has since battled autoimmune diseases that were triggered by the trauma and blood transfusion.

Erin talks about the ups and downs of her recovery, both physically and emotionally.  She shares how a functional medicine doctor has been a game-changer for her, helping her heal through diet changes and the right medication via infusion.  Her story highlights the power of being resourceful and never giving up on finding the answers she needed.

 

Support System

Erin couldn't have done it alone. She talks about the incredible support from her family and how their love kept her going through the toughest times.  Erin says if you don't have a support system, find one. 

 

There is no reason to go it alone.  We all need help sometimes, and we have so many resources available to us these days.  You could seek support groups on facebook, ask your Doctor for referrals, or even do a google search for support groups in your area.  Start attending church, churches are excellent places to find support!  Turn to God, ask Him for help, surrender your worries and never give up faith or hope that it will all work out. 

 

The one thing that is certain in this life is that nothing ever stays the same.  This challenging time will pass.  Don't give up, and stay relentless in your pursuits!

 

Key Takeaways

-Erin’s story is all about hope and resilience. She wants everyone to know that even in the darkest times, there's always a way forward.

- She emphasizes the importance of advocating for your health and finding the right medical care.

As we wrap up, I want to send a huge thank you to Erin for bravely sharing her story with us.

 

Remember, you're not alone in your journey through motherhood. If you're facing a health crisis, keep pushing for answers and support.

Don't forget to subscribe to The Mom-entum Podcast for more inspiring stories and helpful insights.

 

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TRANSCRIPT

Tanya: Alright! Hi Erin thank you so much for coming on this show. I'm so happy that you're here.
Erin: Oh, I'm so excited.

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Erin: all right, so.

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Tanya: So we talked a little bit before we hit record about what we're going to be talking about today. But let's just go ahead and jump right in. So I wanted to have you on today, because

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Tanya: I think that you have a very

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Tanya: interesting story to share. And I want you to just share it from

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Tanya: the moment you became pregnant, and

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Tanya: why, that was even a miracle in itself

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Tanya: to the day you actually gave birth to your son Dominic, and what that was like navigating the postpartum period after what was a very traumatic experience. So go ahead.

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Erin: Yeah, alright. So I mean, should I kind of give a trigger wording that my 1st experience

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Erin: with not both.

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Tanya: Yeah.

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Erin: It was not great.

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Erin: So anybody who

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Erin: might not want to listen to this before giving birth.

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Erin: Just a fair warning.

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Tanya: Yeah.

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Erin: That's smart, thank you.

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Erin: So I guess they kind of

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Erin: started so my husband and I, Philly.

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Erin: we have been together for over 14 years, and

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Erin: you know

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Erin: I never wanted kids. I'll be up front and honest. I never wanted children.

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Erin: so I always wanted to be the fun, Aunt. You know he could be the fun, uncle.

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Erin: and

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Erin: he had some complications in which we were told

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Erin: he could actually never have children.

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Erin: So with that, said at the time he was self employed.

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Erin: So we were on.

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Erin: you know, health insurance through the State, which wasn't great, which drove up the cost of Birth control bill. So I said, Hey.

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Erin: if you can't have kids, I'm gonna stop birth control right?

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Erin: Well, 2 weeks 2 weeks later, after stopping it, found out. I was pregnant.

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Erin: So it happened very quickly.

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Erin: And it was right around Christmas time that we found out

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Erin: so kind of

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Erin: a nice little

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Erin: tell everybody at Christmas that we're having a baby that nobody ever expected.

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Erin: Tom.

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Erin: So it was fun. You know. It made some great Christmas gifts for both our parents. You know, we did a little fun thing. You're gonna be grandparents.

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Erin: So it was kind of fun.

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Erin: And then.

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Erin: just on both sides of the family. There have only ever been girls for the last 2 generations.

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Erin: so we were kind of excited to find out extremely early what we were having.

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Erin: So we went to a place in, I believe, Brookline.

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Erin: when I was

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Erin: 15 weeks for again, because I think at 14 weeks they can start it so at 15 weeks I found out we were having the boy.

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Erin: Everybody in the family was excited. That.

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Erin: hey? Finally, new girl, we're having a boy.

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Erin: Yeah.

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Erin: So of course Billy was screaming in the room that he was so excited that we're having a boy, 'cause we were both prepared for a girl.

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Erin: So that was

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Erin: a great shock. So from start to, you know, 3rd trimester, everything was

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Erin: great. You know. We found out we could have a kid

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Erin: found out. It was a boy. It was a great time.

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Erin: Then my 3rd trimester came, and it was a very hot summer. I ended up on bed rest.

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Erin: 2 months

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Erin: left to go, I think. 8 weeks

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Erin: And then it all just kind of started going downhill from there every time I had a check in. There was something wrong. I always had to go to the hospital to get checked out.

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Erin: So from

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Erin: urine test, not being

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Erin: where they needed to be, and then

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Erin: starting, swelling a lot in my feet right?

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Erin: Couldn't really walk.

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Erin: I just couldn't eat anything, so I was starting to lose weight.

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Erin: I couldn't tolerate.

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Tanya: And why were you

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Tanya: like? Were you throwing up, or.

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Erin: I wasn't I? All my inversions

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Erin: came in my 3rd trimester. So, like

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Erin: most people, can't stand stuff in their 1st or second trimester, mine came at my 3.rd I couldn't look at me.

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Erin: It made me

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Erin: just turned me off.

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Erin: So there was a lot of back and forth, you know, going to doctors, appointments going to the hospital to get hooked up to monitors.

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Erin: check everything out

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Erin: And then, by the time it came to

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Erin: my delivery, is where it all went downhill.

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Erin: So I went at.

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Erin: He was 3 days late.

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Erin: I that morning I had gone, and I said I couldn't feel him moving, you know. You know, 1 h. Did you not feel a move after drinking juice and all that?

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Erin: So I went in, and they took me off, and they're like, Nope, you're fine, like you're not ready. You're not, you know. Go home.

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Erin: About 5 h later my contractions were really bad.

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Erin: and they're like, okay, like. At this point they had already cancelled my appointment with my doctor that day. Anyways, they're supposed to see him for a follow up.

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Erin: They cancelled it because I had gone to the hospital, and then they couldn't see me for 3 more days. I'm like, okay, whatever.

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Erin: So we ended up. Going back to the hospital that night

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Erin: my mom came.

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Erin: My older sister came

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Erin: and from there they.

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Erin: you know, hooked me up to everything. It was so time

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Erin: and the unfortunate part.

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Erin: I had a resident doctor.

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Erin: so they were still

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Erin: under the care of

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Erin: the position that was overseeing them.

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Erin: So

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Erin: long. Story short.

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Erin: I tried to go natural. They decided Dominic

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Erin: was stuck.

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Erin: I went in for an emergency C section

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Erin: and she couldn't get the resin doctor couldn't get him out.

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Erin: which then led to the overseeing.

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Tanya: In the C section

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Tanya: doing a C section. Couldn't get him out.

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Tanya: Yep.

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Erin: So she then, yeah. So then, myit action to actually happen to be

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Erin: my Ob, who was overseeing her, and he went in

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Erin: and while he was doing that he nicked my uterine artery.

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Tanya: Oh!

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Erin: No height.

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Erin: so I started to bleed out.

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Erin: Luckily they got Dominic out.

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Erin: They kind of rushed him and Billy out of the room because

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Erin: they had a bit of a disaster going on.

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Tanya: Yeah.

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Erin: And the whole time I could hear him and the

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Erin: residents arguing with each other over what just happened.

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Erin: No, I wouldn't wait.

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Erin: I could hear the yelling. I could hear all of it.

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Tanya: Were you panicking like what was going on in your brain?

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Erin: So I did.

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Erin: I because I could hear everything. I looked at the anesthesiologist. I hold my hand.

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Tanya: Oh, my God!

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Erin: If I'm gonna die like I want somebody here.

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Erin: Oh!

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Erin: And then, as they went on.

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Erin: So as they went on.

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Erin: but I was in and out of consciousness.

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Erin: My doctor looked me at the face head.

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Erin: You know I need to send you for testing, because, you know, we might have stitched your bladder in trying to sit you up with all the complications.

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Erin: So

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Erin: they have to go for. Yes. Pm, and then

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Erin: when they ran the blood test, that's they realized I had lost almost all my blood.

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Erin: and I guess, do emergency blood transfusion.

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Erin: you know. But.

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Tanya: Was out like when they told you that you needed a blood transfusion.

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Tanya: were you?

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Tanya: How did that? Were you scared? Were you.

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Erin: Petrified, but I was also

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Erin: in and out of consciousness, so I had no idea.

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Erin: of course.

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Erin: Billy being Billy

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Erin: freaking out, but he was the one who really, you know, he took care of Dom Cause. I was unable to.

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Erin: Yeah.

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Erin: At the time one of my sisters was living in Hawaii.

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Erin: My oldest sister was sitting there, and she was a huge advocate for me, like

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Tanya: Yeah.

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Erin: And

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Erin: I ended up that 1st day I had 4 bags of one.

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Tanya: Oh, my! Gosh!

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Erin: And I mean on the medical side, you could kind of attach to that.

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Erin: So my hemoglobin levels were down to a 2.6 or 8.

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Tanya: That's a miracle. You're even a alive today that is so low. That is, I've never seen a number that low ever.

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Erin: They had to watch me. I stayed in the hospital for about

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Erin: They wanted to do even more blood transfusions.

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Erin: but I refused, so that was on me. I wanted to go home.

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Tanya: Yeah.

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Erin: You know they sound comfortable, saying you can go home and replenish it yourself by a bunch of iron and

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Erin: And then Dominic was

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Tanya: Aw.

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Erin: Whenever we had to send him down.

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Erin: Because of all this.

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Erin: in October. I finally got there to drive, because that's when my team of global levels finally

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Tanya: Working.

421
00:25:34.600 --> 00:25:36.169
Erin: They are working amazing.

422
00:25:36.320 --> 00:25:37.400
Tanya: Oh, good!

423
00:25:37.550 --> 00:25:38.379
Tanya: Because I remember you'd be.

424
00:25:38.380 --> 00:25:38.790
Erin: In, the.

425
00:25:38.790 --> 00:25:40.840
Tanya: Shared when you 1st started.

426
00:25:41.420 --> 00:25:41.720
Tanya: but.

427
00:25:41.720 --> 00:25:42.070
Erin: I was.

428
00:25:42.070 --> 00:25:44.060
Tanya: Totally understandably, yeah.

429
00:25:44.440 --> 00:25:48.097
Erin: I mean, I had my meltdown to you in the middle of the parking lot before I went in.

430
00:25:51.520 --> 00:25:55.380
Erin: but yet, though they're working amazing. I feel

431
00:25:55.850 --> 00:26:00.509
Erin: great, you know. Obviously a few days actors the infusion.

432
00:26:01.172 --> 00:26:02.740
Erin: I don't feel awesome.

433
00:26:03.210 --> 00:26:06.579
Erin: but other than that, I am doing things that I could do

434
00:26:06.780 --> 00:26:08.550
Erin: be for all of my complications.

435
00:26:09.350 --> 00:26:10.710
Tanya: Oh, God!

436
00:26:11.700 --> 00:26:12.639
Erin: So

437
00:26:14.650 --> 00:26:16.160
Erin: And I still take

438
00:26:17.690 --> 00:26:19.750
Erin: every Sunday I do have to take

439
00:26:20.140 --> 00:26:21.340
Erin: I 7

440
00:26:21.720 --> 00:26:22.650
Erin: hills.

441
00:26:24.050 --> 00:26:25.578
Erin: I think it's devin

442
00:26:26.120 --> 00:26:28.209
Erin: 6 or 7. I can't remember what I think

443
00:26:28.390 --> 00:26:33.170
Erin: developers together. I still have to take weekly pills which

444
00:26:34.500 --> 00:26:35.780
Erin: those are unpleasant.

445
00:26:36.610 --> 00:26:37.870
Tanya: Wait, what pills.

446
00:26:39.226 --> 00:26:40.929
Erin: So I take Methotrexate.

447
00:26:41.460 --> 00:26:42.720
Tanya: Okay. Yeah.

448
00:26:43.970 --> 00:26:46.070
Erin: So they're one of the

449
00:26:47.460 --> 00:26:53.220
Erin: 1st line of recommendation of medication for anybody with room to arrive.

450
00:26:53.960 --> 00:26:56.110
Erin: Most people farewell on them.

451
00:26:58.050 --> 00:27:04.469
Erin: I can tolerate them. It's if I needed extra. So that's why I take these with the infusion.

452
00:27:07.150 --> 00:27:07.740
Erin: Okay.

453
00:27:07.740 --> 00:27:08.350
Tanya: Time.

454
00:27:09.560 --> 00:27:11.889
Tanya: Oh, my gosh! And this all.

455
00:27:13.100 --> 00:27:15.090
Erin: This is all there, and within

456
00:27:15.240 --> 00:27:17.679
Erin: 8 years, coming up on 8 years.

457
00:27:17.820 --> 00:27:19.220
Tanya: Oh, my! Gosh!

458
00:27:20.120 --> 00:27:23.460
Erin: So I started at 30 years old. With all of these applications.

459
00:27:25.630 --> 00:27:27.080
Tanya: Oh, my! Gosh!

460
00:27:28.430 --> 00:27:29.190
Erin: So

461
00:27:30.010 --> 00:27:30.740
Erin: yeah.

462
00:27:31.270 --> 00:27:32.690
Erin: a very long.

463
00:27:33.180 --> 00:27:35.410
Erin: very long, bumpy road for us.

464
00:27:36.750 --> 00:27:44.620
Tanya: It really has been, and but yet you still like you've not given up like I love, that you

465
00:27:45.280 --> 00:27:51.399
Tanya: don't give up hope, and that I feel like you're really resourceful in finding.

466
00:27:51.820 --> 00:27:52.790
Tanya: Yeah.

467
00:27:55.320 --> 00:27:56.640
Tanya: solutions.

468
00:27:57.670 --> 00:27:59.640
Erin: Yeah. So I actually off.

469
00:28:00.040 --> 00:28:02.287
Erin: I also started seeing,

470
00:28:05.360 --> 00:28:06.480
Erin: what is it?

471
00:28:06.890 --> 00:28:07.500
Erin: A holistic.

472
00:28:07.500 --> 00:28:09.180
Tanya: Social medicine. Yeah. Okay.

473
00:28:09.180 --> 00:28:12.209
Erin: That's what I was looking for function here a year ago.

474
00:28:12.590 --> 00:28:13.050
Tanya: Yeah.

475
00:28:13.050 --> 00:28:13.630
Erin: So? How.

476
00:28:13.630 --> 00:28:15.170
Tanya: Yeah, tell us about that.

477
00:28:16.400 --> 00:28:17.240
Erin: So

478
00:28:17.900 --> 00:28:20.529
Erin: I started seeing her, because obviously

479
00:28:21.830 --> 00:28:27.209
Erin: my rheumatoid arthritis was so bad I actually started spontaneously rupturing tendon.

480
00:28:28.509 --> 00:28:33.180
Erin: Which is a whole nother story. I ended up having to have a

481
00:28:33.760 --> 00:28:39.509
Erin: my wrist, Redone. They had to do a pendant transfer from my index finger to my thumb.

482
00:28:39.880 --> 00:28:44.610
Erin: and it's because of all the inflammation due to my Mormon arthritis.

483
00:28:44.630 --> 00:28:47.929
Erin: So I started to see this functional medicine doctor.

484
00:28:49.270 --> 00:28:52.329
Erin: and we had a great game plan.

485
00:28:53.810 --> 00:28:55.150
Erin: Diet wise.

486
00:28:55.600 --> 00:28:57.940
Erin: you know. Mental.

487
00:28:58.510 --> 00:29:01.030
Erin: just stability.

488
00:29:02.360 --> 00:29:04.950
Erin: So I've been seeing her for over a year.

489
00:29:05.160 --> 00:29:07.370
Erin: and she has been great.

490
00:29:07.940 --> 00:29:11.410
Erin: The only problem is.

491
00:29:11.790 --> 00:29:18.240
Erin: we don't know if it's truly the diet that has worked for me, or if it's medication works.

492
00:29:18.240 --> 00:29:21.629
Tanya: Yeah, cause you still did both at the same time. Yeah.

493
00:29:21.630 --> 00:29:22.696
Erin: We did

494
00:29:24.260 --> 00:29:25.350
Erin: So

495
00:29:25.430 --> 00:29:28.350
Erin: I mean, I feel great after both.

496
00:29:28.440 --> 00:29:31.749
Erin: So you know, I'm just gonna continue on the course.

497
00:29:31.840 --> 00:29:33.140
Erin: My

498
00:29:34.360 --> 00:29:41.519
Erin: unfortunate part was so I have to every 4 months for this fusion, and I pushed it off 7 months

499
00:29:41.960 --> 00:29:45.249
Erin: for my last round, and my markers went through the roof

500
00:29:46.000 --> 00:29:47.739
Erin: my inflammation records.

501
00:29:47.750 --> 00:29:48.810
Erin: So

502
00:29:49.360 --> 00:29:51.820
Erin: at the time I had also had

503
00:29:51.960 --> 00:29:55.179
Erin: pneumonia and whoopin cough, so that was fine.

504
00:29:55.180 --> 00:29:56.539
Tanya: Oh, so that just.

505
00:29:56.540 --> 00:29:57.250
Erin: So I come.

506
00:29:57.610 --> 00:30:01.677
Erin: So I kind of had a lot going on kinda got off that.

507
00:30:01.990 --> 00:30:02.590
Tanya: Yeah, and.

508
00:30:02.590 --> 00:30:03.659
Erin: People, that they express.

509
00:30:03.660 --> 00:30:05.250
Tanya: From that could have

510
00:30:05.730 --> 00:30:06.740
Tanya: probably.

511
00:30:06.740 --> 00:30:08.840
Erin: So I ended up

512
00:30:09.030 --> 00:30:16.960
Erin: kind of getting off track from everything. So as of the beginning of April, I did. You know I had my infusion.

513
00:30:16.980 --> 00:30:18.840
Erin: and I started fresh again.

514
00:30:19.512 --> 00:30:25.340
Erin: So I mean again, I feel great. I'm doing things that I couldn't have done years ago.

515
00:30:25.800 --> 00:30:26.590
Erin: So

516
00:30:27.230 --> 00:30:28.620
Erin: it's huge, huge.

517
00:30:28.620 --> 00:30:36.719
Tanya: I hear that. So are you. Gonna have to do the infusions now, for the rest, is that every 4 months for the rest of your life, or what are they saying like? Is you.

518
00:30:36.720 --> 00:30:37.510
Erin: Yeah.

519
00:30:37.690 --> 00:30:39.190
Erin: So until

520
00:30:39.320 --> 00:30:41.570
Erin: you know this. So I've tried

521
00:30:41.990 --> 00:30:43.080
Erin: 4 different

522
00:30:43.220 --> 00:30:45.010
Erin: pill medication

523
00:30:45.170 --> 00:30:48.140
Erin: plus one at home injection

524
00:30:48.680 --> 00:30:50.030
Erin: and none of that work.

525
00:30:50.080 --> 00:30:56.011
Erin: So this is kind of our last line before I have to go on like February permanently.

526
00:30:56.410 --> 00:31:00.960
Erin: so I will be on this until it stops working, or hopefully.

527
00:31:01.340 --> 00:31:03.090
Tanya: Better comes along right.

528
00:31:03.090 --> 00:31:04.849
Erin: Exactly. So. Yeah.

529
00:31:05.260 --> 00:31:15.340
Erin: I think you know. Now, going back to that diet, I'll be able to judge if I can push everything out further, and if we can start going further with the infusion.

530
00:31:15.830 --> 00:31:17.950
Erin: then I do feel as though

531
00:31:18.200 --> 00:31:19.680
Erin: diet is

532
00:31:20.170 --> 00:31:21.479
Erin: one of the biggest

533
00:31:22.155 --> 00:31:24.090
Erin: factors. So yeah.

534
00:31:24.450 --> 00:31:26.069
Erin: it's just a little bit about that.

535
00:31:26.870 --> 00:31:29.809
Erin: Yeah. So a little bit about rheumatoid arthritis is

536
00:31:29.860 --> 00:31:34.639
Erin: in Europe and Australia. They believe it all starts in the gap.

537
00:31:35.050 --> 00:31:36.240
Tanya: Yeah, I've heard this.

538
00:31:36.240 --> 00:31:36.920
Erin: So

539
00:31:37.300 --> 00:31:38.949
Erin: so for gut health.

540
00:31:39.350 --> 00:31:42.659
Erin: Once you get that under control, it will

541
00:31:42.860 --> 00:31:48.939
Erin: control everything from there. So that's kind of what we're really working on right now to control that.

542
00:31:49.220 --> 00:31:50.613
Erin: The ciliac

543
00:31:51.940 --> 00:31:54.066
Erin: which is just a whole nother problem.

544
00:31:54.640 --> 00:31:55.900
Erin: Yeah. But Nope.

545
00:31:57.470 --> 00:31:58.090
Erin: yeah.

546
00:31:58.090 --> 00:32:05.400
Tanya: Because at the root of every all of these auto immune diseases, it's inflammation. So it's what is causing the inflammation.

547
00:32:06.558 --> 00:32:11.169
Tanya: So what kind of a diet. Did they have you on? Or.

548
00:32:11.980 --> 00:32:12.549
Tanya: yeah, like.

549
00:32:12.550 --> 00:32:13.400
Erin: So ha!

550
00:32:13.630 --> 00:32:15.440
Tanya: Things that you are eliminating

551
00:32:15.630 --> 00:32:16.130
Tanya: right?

552
00:32:16.130 --> 00:32:22.339
Erin: So it was a huge elimination diet. Pretty much. The only thing I could eat was

553
00:32:22.540 --> 00:32:23.530
Erin: plant-based.

554
00:32:23.830 --> 00:32:24.829
Erin: So you know.

555
00:32:24.830 --> 00:32:25.989
Tanya: Oh, great!

556
00:32:25.990 --> 00:32:26.925
Erin: Vegetables.

557
00:32:28.960 --> 00:32:34.570
Erin: Anything lean so like I could eat chicken turkey. Lean

558
00:32:35.330 --> 00:32:38.098
Erin: read me if I wanted it.

559
00:32:38.800 --> 00:32:40.113
Erin: no dairy

560
00:32:40.960 --> 00:32:41.150
Tanya: Not.

561
00:32:41.150 --> 00:32:42.860
Erin: Obviously no gluten, which

562
00:32:43.270 --> 00:32:45.461
Erin: I'm just used to anyways.

563
00:32:46.620 --> 00:32:48.679
Erin: So I did that for 3 months.

564
00:32:51.630 --> 00:32:52.440
Erin: It then started.

565
00:32:52.440 --> 00:32:57.750
Tanya: Is that hard like planning for cause you've got a who's.

566
00:32:57.750 --> 00:32:58.529
Erin: I do

567
00:33:00.300 --> 00:33:04.270
Tanya: I mean, I don't know about your kids, but Mike, because they're so picky and.

568
00:33:04.270 --> 00:33:06.869
Erin: Yes, extremely. Extremely.

569
00:33:06.870 --> 00:33:12.850
Tanya: Are you just like making meals separately for yourself, or like would Billy eat that? The food that you.

570
00:33:12.850 --> 00:33:13.190
Erin: Huh!

571
00:33:13.510 --> 00:33:13.830
Tanya: Here.

572
00:33:14.730 --> 00:33:17.198
Erin: No, we did do separate meals.

573
00:33:17.780 --> 00:33:19.980
Erin: So him and Dominic would eat

574
00:33:20.940 --> 00:33:27.139
Erin: the meals that they made, I mean Dilly would make me my own meal, or I would make my own meal. So it's basically just really

575
00:33:27.240 --> 00:33:29.789
Erin: eating salad snacks.

576
00:33:31.137 --> 00:33:35.260
Erin: I'm not a big breakfast person, anyway. So I didn't really eat much

577
00:33:35.870 --> 00:33:37.236
Erin: for bracket.

578
00:33:38.070 --> 00:33:40.979
Erin: just a little snack here and there, but it was

579
00:33:41.390 --> 00:33:43.230
Erin: extremely difficult.

580
00:33:43.480 --> 00:33:45.070
Erin: Had to give up caffeine.

581
00:33:45.210 --> 00:33:47.050
Erin: giving up coffee with

582
00:33:47.150 --> 00:33:48.679
Erin: very difficult.

583
00:33:50.880 --> 00:33:55.800
Erin: especially with a kid who doesn't sleep. That means I don't sleep so.

584
00:33:55.800 --> 00:33:56.640
Tanya: Yeah.

585
00:33:57.190 --> 00:33:59.249
Erin: Copy is what I ran on.

586
00:33:59.730 --> 00:34:00.800
Erin: But

587
00:34:01.440 --> 00:34:02.984
Erin: yeah, so I felt

588
00:34:03.910 --> 00:34:07.899
Erin: It took a while, but after 3 months started reintroducing food.

589
00:34:08.630 --> 00:34:11.190
Erin: I definitely knew my limitations.

590
00:34:14.850 --> 00:34:16.620
Tanya: so did it.

591
00:34:17.250 --> 00:34:37.500
Tanya: So without the caffeine, though. But then you also on the other end of it. You're on this like strict diet. So did you notice that you got like it? But it will take some time, obviously. But after being on the diet like that for so long did you notice, like your energy come back from that? Even despite the fact that you were off caffeine?

592
00:34:37.650 --> 00:34:38.510
Tanya: Or was it.

593
00:34:38.510 --> 00:34:41.966
Erin: I did. No, I I felt great

594
00:34:43.060 --> 00:34:44.860
Erin: But again it was also

595
00:34:45.020 --> 00:34:48.400
Erin: hard to tell, because I had just had the infusion.

596
00:34:48.550 --> 00:34:50.649
Tanya: Oh, yeah. Yeah.

597
00:34:50.659 --> 00:34:54.449
Erin: So I I don't know if I feel a great mat or this diet, but

598
00:34:54.979 --> 00:34:56.799
Erin: I could do

599
00:34:56.839 --> 00:35:04.699
Erin: everything that I wanted to do like I was able to go for a walk, I was able to dress myself, which I wasn't able to do prior

600
00:35:05.690 --> 00:35:07.380
Tanya: Did you say? Dress yourself.

601
00:35:07.960 --> 00:35:08.570
Erin: Yeah.

602
00:35:09.310 --> 00:35:11.780
Tanya: No way. Oh, my gosh.

603
00:35:12.260 --> 00:35:16.784
Erin: So Billy would have to help me get dressed in the morning. He'd have to help me get down the stairs.

604
00:35:17.000 --> 00:35:18.389
Tanya: Oh, my! Gosh!

605
00:35:18.960 --> 00:35:19.780
Erin: So.

606
00:35:20.850 --> 00:35:22.719
Erin: but it's been a year.

607
00:35:22.730 --> 00:35:26.919
Erin: So I started last April, April of 2023, and.

608
00:35:26.920 --> 00:35:27.630
Tanya: Yeah.

609
00:35:28.160 --> 00:35:29.600
Erin: I have been

610
00:35:30.270 --> 00:35:31.520
Erin: great then.

611
00:35:32.260 --> 00:35:34.549
Tanya: Oh, my God! I'm so glad to hear that.

612
00:35:34.550 --> 00:35:36.730
Erin: I don't love going for the infusion.

613
00:35:38.050 --> 00:35:40.550
Erin: but if it's gonna help me until I can

614
00:35:41.540 --> 00:35:42.820
Erin: figure out

615
00:35:42.900 --> 00:35:44.430
Erin: other resources.

616
00:35:45.130 --> 00:35:45.830
Tanya: Yeah.

617
00:35:45.830 --> 00:35:48.999
Erin: You know, keep going for them. But I'm truly hoping that

618
00:35:49.500 --> 00:35:52.519
Erin: you know the diet is what helpful it makes

619
00:35:52.690 --> 00:35:54.929
Erin: most of the medications that I have to take.

620
00:35:55.630 --> 00:35:59.130
Tanya: Right? Well, plus yeah. And I'm sure

621
00:35:59.200 --> 00:36:00.240
Tanya: in all these

622
00:36:00.430 --> 00:36:02.479
Tanya: medications have side effects.

623
00:36:02.490 --> 00:36:04.190
Tanya: 2. Which.

624
00:36:04.720 --> 00:36:07.220
Tanya: I. And I'm guessing like a lot of them

625
00:36:08.410 --> 00:36:12.790
Tanya: can kind of like steal. Your energy, too, like a lot of the side effects can be

626
00:36:15.000 --> 00:36:16.660
Tanya: fatigue right.

627
00:36:16.660 --> 00:36:19.619
Erin: Yeah, yeah, that's 1 of the biggest ones.

628
00:36:21.180 --> 00:36:25.420
Erin: I am exhausted. Usually in the afternoons I lay down for a little bit

629
00:36:26.200 --> 00:36:31.530
Erin: kind of close my eyes, Dom, to the point that he can just watch a movie. If it's just him and I he'll just leave.

630
00:36:31.530 --> 00:36:32.320
Tanya: Yeah.

631
00:36:32.750 --> 00:36:33.335
Erin: Be

632
00:36:34.620 --> 00:36:35.470
Erin: I have.

633
00:36:36.310 --> 00:36:42.970
Erin: So my infusion is also used for certain cancers. So I my hair has been

634
00:36:43.230 --> 00:36:48.720
Erin: significantly I used to have really thick hair. And now it's super thin and

635
00:36:49.290 --> 00:36:51.580
Erin: it used to curls doesn't grow anymore.

636
00:36:55.380 --> 00:36:58.224
Erin: my, yeah, my exhaustion is the number one.

637
00:36:58.880 --> 00:37:00.149
Erin: trying to think of what else?

638
00:37:02.590 --> 00:37:04.790
Erin: Oh, my vision in my right eye

639
00:37:05.080 --> 00:37:05.880
Erin: is

640
00:37:06.500 --> 00:37:13.089
Erin: a side effect of rheumatoid arthritis. So I am starting to have vision issues in my right eye.

641
00:37:15.350 --> 00:37:22.680
Tanya: Oh, my gosh! So what are you doing for that? Is there anything that they could do for it? Or you're just kind of like dealing with it.

642
00:37:22.680 --> 00:37:23.330
Erin: Yeah, like.

643
00:37:23.330 --> 00:37:26.259
Tanya: Going to see an eye, doctor.

644
00:37:26.570 --> 00:37:35.928
Erin: Yup. So I see the eye, doctor. So that's why I now have classes, because it's only in my one eye that I have a prescription for not both.

645
00:37:36.750 --> 00:37:40.160
Erin: so it's just something that they're starting to monitor

646
00:37:42.010 --> 00:37:44.250
Erin: So I started my glasses and

647
00:37:44.910 --> 00:37:50.170
Erin: December of this year, so they'll just continue to watch the progress on that to see if it

648
00:37:51.730 --> 00:37:55.780
Erin: increases, or if I lose vision, let's see what happens.

649
00:37:56.370 --> 00:37:58.479
Tanya: Okay, so they're just monitoring it.

650
00:37:58.980 --> 00:38:01.819
Tanya: Oh, okay. So through all of this.

651
00:38:02.570 --> 00:38:03.970
Tanya: you know, like that.

652
00:38:04.510 --> 00:38:08.019
Tanya: you lost that birth experience, as I mean.

653
00:38:08.160 --> 00:38:16.109
Tanya: I'm guessing. Like most women like you have a vision of what that's gonna be. And it was.

654
00:38:17.110 --> 00:38:17.970
Erin: Not that.

655
00:38:18.860 --> 00:38:21.850
Tanya: Oh, shit show excuse my language, but.

656
00:38:21.850 --> 00:38:22.950
Erin: It was.

657
00:38:23.746 --> 00:38:24.579
Tanya: And then.

658
00:38:24.580 --> 00:38:25.750
Erin: You're unpleasant.

659
00:38:25.750 --> 00:38:32.849
Tanya: No, and then not only that, but you. Ha! I'm sure, had this vision of what it would be like afterwards, and

660
00:38:33.390 --> 00:38:34.490
Tanya: you couldn't

661
00:38:34.510 --> 00:38:40.100
Tanya: even hardly take care of yourself. And then you have this other little baby.

662
00:38:42.000 --> 00:38:46.369
Tanya: So you have that to kind of reconcile with.

663
00:38:46.680 --> 00:38:49.360
Tanya: So did you? My question is like, did you?

664
00:38:50.450 --> 00:38:54.439
Tanya: I mean, I'm sure. But if I'm just picturing myself

665
00:38:54.630 --> 00:38:59.130
Tanya: in your situation, and I know I would fall into a depression.

666
00:38:59.460 --> 00:39:00.760
Tanya: Did you

667
00:39:01.290 --> 00:39:02.120
Tanya: have you.

668
00:39:02.580 --> 00:39:03.460
Tanya: That at all.

669
00:39:04.920 --> 00:39:05.930
Erin: You know

670
00:39:06.850 --> 00:39:08.370
Erin: I don't think

671
00:39:09.000 --> 00:39:11.322
Erin: I never saw anybody for it.

672
00:39:12.200 --> 00:39:15.110
Erin: I never went on any medication for it. I think

673
00:39:15.290 --> 00:39:18.629
Erin: I had a really good support system around me.

674
00:39:19.000 --> 00:39:19.760
Tanya: Thank God!

675
00:39:19.760 --> 00:39:20.530
Erin: Dream.

676
00:39:21.180 --> 00:39:22.500
Erin: My parents.

677
00:39:22.770 --> 00:39:27.279
Erin: Billy's parents, you know. Billy, was amazing through all of it.

678
00:39:28.180 --> 00:39:31.769
Erin: so I think that it was just more family support than

679
00:39:32.120 --> 00:39:38.500
Erin: you know, speaking anything out. The only thing that I did do I never returned back to work.

680
00:39:40.210 --> 00:39:51.830
Tanya: Well, the job that you have before cause now. Well, now you're working, but you're doing something completely different. And it took you, I mean. And then but you did take what, how how many years off, before you went back.

681
00:39:52.620 --> 00:39:54.919
Erin: So I stopped working.

682
00:39:56.070 --> 00:40:00.499
Erin: So I so really quickly. I worked in retail for very long.

683
00:40:00.500 --> 00:40:01.150
Tanya: Yeah.

684
00:40:01.330 --> 00:40:09.909
Erin: And I had Dominic in August, and my maternity leave. I was expected to go back to work the week of Black Friday, Thanksgiving in November.

685
00:40:09.910 --> 00:40:11.726
Tanya: Oh, my God, yeah, right?

686
00:40:12.270 --> 00:40:12.900
Tanya: Oh, we go.

687
00:40:12.900 --> 00:40:13.330
Erin: Hello!

688
00:40:13.330 --> 00:40:14.330
Tanya: Friday, after you just

689
00:40:14.580 --> 00:40:16.020
Tanya: almost died.

690
00:40:16.630 --> 00:40:19.430
Erin: So I ended up working for about

691
00:40:19.760 --> 00:40:20.750
Erin: 4 weeks.

692
00:40:21.330 --> 00:40:29.226
Erin: I got through Christmas, and then came January when I was due, for when I was having the next surgery. I was done.

693
00:40:29.570 --> 00:40:30.010
Tanya: Yeah.

694
00:40:30.010 --> 00:40:32.490
Erin: I just couldn't do it anymore because I was working

695
00:40:32.680 --> 00:40:36.597
Erin: away from home. I wasn't local, so it was even harder.

696
00:40:37.750 --> 00:40:40.420
Erin: So I then stayed home.

697
00:40:40.660 --> 00:40:43.914
Erin: Billy had his own business, so I helped run that

698
00:40:44.700 --> 00:40:49.060
Erin: and then I went back to work part time in

699
00:40:49.530 --> 00:40:51.390
Erin: 2,018.

700
00:40:51.730 --> 00:40:53.880
Erin: So I took almost a year and a half off

701
00:40:54.240 --> 00:40:58.319
Erin: from working full time, and then I went back part time.

702
00:40:59.670 --> 00:41:02.379
Erin: And I'm still just working kind of part time.

703
00:41:02.680 --> 00:41:06.420
Erin: I work about 25 to 30 HA week where I am

704
00:41:06.700 --> 00:41:08.319
Erin: I still take.

705
00:41:08.460 --> 00:41:16.490
Erin: You know my boss is amazing. I can take any time off that I need for my infusions, or anything for Dominic.

706
00:41:17.350 --> 00:41:20.319
Erin: So this past year I helped out a lot at the school.

707
00:41:20.684 --> 00:41:23.970
Erin: So I took a bunch of days off. Yeah. So I got to be

708
00:41:24.150 --> 00:41:26.001
Erin: a part of all of that.

709
00:41:26.350 --> 00:41:28.520
Erin: I feel like I'd miss so much when he was in

710
00:41:28.780 --> 00:41:33.130
Erin: baby and infant that now I get to participate in all of these. And

711
00:41:33.870 --> 00:41:39.140
Erin: again, my boss is supportive. Billy is great if I need to, you know.

712
00:41:39.500 --> 00:41:41.559
Erin: Go to the school for a

713
00:41:42.450 --> 00:41:47.370
Erin: work of events at night, or anything like that. So it's been great.

714
00:41:48.700 --> 00:41:53.449
Tanya: Oh, that's good. And then I wanted to. So what would you say? I kind of have

715
00:41:54.160 --> 00:42:02.249
Tanya: an idea of like what your answer is gonna be. But so like, through all of this, like, what do you think has been able to? What? What's like? The

716
00:42:02.270 --> 00:42:05.240
Tanya: one, or maybe multiple, maybe like 3

717
00:42:06.207 --> 00:42:09.280
Tanya: one to 3 biggest things that you

718
00:42:10.100 --> 00:42:19.289
Tanya: give credit to you getting through all of these health issues that have been going on since that traumatic experience.

719
00:42:19.290 --> 00:42:19.990
Erin: Yes, like.

720
00:42:19.990 --> 00:42:21.099
Tanya: For me. My.

721
00:42:21.240 --> 00:42:25.730
Tanya: what I'm taking out of it is number one. So your support system.

722
00:42:26.230 --> 00:42:26.640
Erin: Yeah.

723
00:42:26.640 --> 00:42:27.110
Tanya: But what.

724
00:42:27.110 --> 00:42:27.870
Erin: So

725
00:42:28.070 --> 00:42:31.099
Erin: silly has been huge through all of it

726
00:42:33.300 --> 00:42:34.160
Erin: again.

727
00:42:34.440 --> 00:42:36.759
Erin: I'm sure it was not easy for him.

728
00:42:37.338 --> 00:42:41.519
Erin: Those of you who don't know me. My husband is a firefighter.

729
00:42:41.610 --> 00:42:46.590
Erin: so that makes things also complicated. When he's gone for 24 h.

730
00:42:46.590 --> 00:42:48.069
Tanya: Yeah, yeah.

731
00:42:48.070 --> 00:42:48.790
Erin: So

732
00:42:49.230 --> 00:42:50.090
Erin: he was.

733
00:42:51.340 --> 00:42:53.690
Erin: you know. It was the learning curve, for both of us

734
00:42:53.860 --> 00:42:59.301
Erin: had a baby. He was working as a firefighter. I was unable to function.

735
00:43:00.030 --> 00:43:02.249
Erin: So he has been my rock.

736
00:43:03.640 --> 00:43:05.520
Erin: I have to say, you know.

737
00:43:06.640 --> 00:43:08.459
Erin: when he's not home.

738
00:43:09.380 --> 00:43:13.700
Erin: My anxiety through the room like if something gonna happen to me while he's at work.

739
00:43:15.000 --> 00:43:15.580
Erin: So

740
00:43:15.890 --> 00:43:18.249
Erin: that's still in the back of my head. But

741
00:43:19.400 --> 00:43:22.956
Erin: you know he's just the biggest support supporter that I have.

742
00:43:23.700 --> 00:43:24.250
Tanya: Oh!

743
00:43:24.250 --> 00:43:24.620
Erin: Dominic.

744
00:43:24.620 --> 00:43:25.380
Tanya: Dominic.

745
00:43:25.380 --> 00:43:32.110
Erin: He's been huge like. I want to be able to do everything for him and be at everything for him. So

746
00:43:33.560 --> 00:43:35.109
Erin: you know it has to get better.

747
00:43:35.500 --> 00:43:37.000
Erin: It's not fair for him.

748
00:43:37.930 --> 00:43:38.870
Erin: -

749
00:43:39.780 --> 00:43:42.049
Erin: And then, obviously, my family family

750
00:43:43.030 --> 00:43:43.810
Erin: huge.

751
00:43:45.120 --> 00:43:47.030
Erin: I am fortunate enough that

752
00:43:47.560 --> 00:43:51.089
Erin: where we live both of our parents live

753
00:43:51.450 --> 00:43:55.410
Erin: maybe a mile to a mile and a half each direction, so we have both.

754
00:43:55.410 --> 00:43:57.320
Tanya: So awesome! Oh.

755
00:43:57.320 --> 00:43:57.760
Erin: And then.

756
00:43:57.760 --> 00:43:58.940
Tanya: Thank God!

757
00:43:59.470 --> 00:44:03.035
Erin: Both my sisters are currently woe

758
00:44:04.210 --> 00:44:10.830
Erin: So they're around to, you know, from my cousin, my aunt. I literally have such a huge family

759
00:44:10.880 --> 00:44:12.520
Erin: that everybody's around.

760
00:44:13.780 --> 00:44:15.690
Erin: We ever needed anything so.

761
00:44:17.900 --> 00:44:27.329
Tanya: That's awesome. And then what would you say to those who don't have a support system that might be going through something like this, or

762
00:44:28.140 --> 00:44:35.150
Tanya: they have gone through something like this, or if they, if something like this ever happens in their future, like, what would you say to

763
00:44:35.520 --> 00:44:36.100
Tanya: people.

764
00:44:36.100 --> 00:44:43.559
Erin: It's not easy. It's not easy. I would definitely, you know, if you don't have a support system, you need to find one. If that.

765
00:44:43.560 --> 00:44:44.470
Tanya: Yeah.

766
00:44:44.670 --> 00:44:48.056
Erin: You know, finding somebody to talk to.

767
00:44:49.400 --> 00:44:51.060
Erin: I don't love

768
00:44:51.230 --> 00:44:52.900
Erin: taking medication.

769
00:44:53.170 --> 00:44:53.970
Erin: but

770
00:44:54.330 --> 00:45:00.174
Erin: if you need to do it for yourself and for your family. Then you need to do what you need to do.

771
00:45:00.440 --> 00:45:03.163
Tanya: Yeah, just to get you through to like to bring you to.

772
00:45:03.390 --> 00:45:04.200
Erin: Captioning.

773
00:45:04.200 --> 00:45:05.700
Tanya: Right, yeah.

774
00:45:05.700 --> 00:45:09.529
Erin: Yeah. And then, once you're in a good space.

775
00:45:10.310 --> 00:45:12.220
Erin: then you can find alternatives.

776
00:45:13.180 --> 00:45:13.540
Tanya: Yeah.

777
00:45:13.540 --> 00:45:15.630
Erin: I am a huge

778
00:45:16.130 --> 00:45:18.260
Erin: functional medicine disorder.

779
00:45:18.970 --> 00:45:21.479
Tanya: Me, too. Yeah, I agree.

780
00:45:21.480 --> 00:45:27.964
Erin: If you can find one year, you unfortunately, the ones around here don't accept insurances.

781
00:45:28.380 --> 00:45:29.040
Tanya: Yeah.

782
00:45:29.040 --> 00:45:32.899
Erin: So it is costly to pay out of pocket. However.

783
00:45:33.000 --> 00:45:34.840
Erin: I think it's well worth every penny.

784
00:45:35.710 --> 00:45:36.410
Tanya: Yeah.

785
00:45:38.680 --> 00:45:56.019
Erin: and it's just an outsider's perspective. An outsider who hasn't been treating you so. You know your regular doctor, that you're talking to. This is a completely, you know. 3rd party. They don't know you, but they want to help you, and they listen to your true problems and really want to help from the root cause.

786
00:45:57.130 --> 00:45:59.930
Tanya: Yeah, and they really do. They take a holistic.

787
00:46:00.660 --> 00:46:00.979
Erin: On, the.

788
00:46:00.980 --> 00:46:03.489
Tanya: At you like right like, whereas.

789
00:46:03.490 --> 00:46:03.979
Erin: Yup, and.

790
00:46:03.980 --> 00:46:09.410
Tanya: Compare it to like the medical doctors would, and God bless the medical all the like, you know Western

791
00:46:09.800 --> 00:46:25.139
Tanya: trained medical doctors out there, but they're so busy and just the way that they were trained. And just the way that the system is designed is they have it. They're so overworked. They have way too many patients, and they just they don't have

792
00:46:25.310 --> 00:46:27.429
Tanya: the time to spend.

793
00:46:27.770 --> 00:46:31.619
Tanya: Whereas, yeah, functional medicine, they they

794
00:46:31.970 --> 00:46:42.270
Tanya: I mean, you can speak to this, but they spend a lot more time with you, right? And looking at the whole picture and understanding like your history.

795
00:46:43.421 --> 00:46:45.980
Erin: Yes. And I, I mean

796
00:46:46.130 --> 00:46:48.549
Erin: fair wording for the one that I saw.

797
00:46:48.857 --> 00:46:50.679
Erin: there was a lot of blood work involved.

798
00:46:50.880 --> 00:46:52.290
Erin: But it was a lot of

799
00:46:52.870 --> 00:46:55.269
Erin: testing that your normal

800
00:46:55.320 --> 00:46:57.890
Erin: Tcp. Or specialist

801
00:46:57.930 --> 00:46:59.479
Erin: is not looking for.

802
00:46:59.750 --> 00:47:02.720
Erin: So I think that was a huge.

803
00:47:04.250 --> 00:47:09.019
Erin: you know. Advantage is they're looking from a different perspective.

804
00:47:09.080 --> 00:47:12.539
Erin: They're looking to help you in a different way.

805
00:47:15.020 --> 00:47:18.510
Erin: and that's how I mean, when we did a lot of my

806
00:47:19.400 --> 00:47:20.420
Erin: lab.

807
00:47:21.150 --> 00:47:27.350
Erin: you know there was random things like, Hey your vitamin d, which everybody is vitamin d deficient?

808
00:47:28.780 --> 00:47:35.469
Erin: you know. I want to get you on a supplement for that, and you know my vitamin B. 12 was

809
00:47:36.440 --> 00:47:41.750
Erin: horrendous. So just the things that you don't think of. They're small.

810
00:47:42.530 --> 00:47:43.200
Erin: but they can.

811
00:47:43.200 --> 00:47:43.850
Tanya: But it could make a big.

812
00:47:43.850 --> 00:47:44.610
Erin: You can brand.

813
00:47:44.610 --> 00:47:50.380
Tanya: Once, yeah, with your energy levels. And just how you feel overall. Right?

814
00:47:50.530 --> 00:47:58.059
Erin: Yup exactly. And again, it is costly around here, because they're not covered by insurance. You get to pay for these vitamins out of pocket.

815
00:47:58.410 --> 00:47:58.970
Tanya: Yeah.

816
00:47:58.970 --> 00:48:00.449
Erin: But if it's gonna help.

817
00:48:01.490 --> 00:48:02.910
Erin: then I fully support it.

818
00:48:03.210 --> 00:48:09.110
Tanya: Yeah, like, what's yeah, what's you feeling good worth to you? And like.

819
00:48:09.464 --> 00:48:16.149
Tanya: how is? And like thinking of the ripple effect of that like, how is you're feeling good? How's that gonna

820
00:48:17.010 --> 00:48:23.799
Tanya: affect like how you show up for both yourself, for your family, for your kids?

821
00:48:23.960 --> 00:48:25.060
Tanya: And yep.

822
00:48:25.060 --> 00:48:25.880
Erin: Exactly.

823
00:48:26.160 --> 00:48:34.699
Tanya: Yeah. And then, like, what is the end result of that? Gonna be like, it's gonna foster a better relationship with your kids. And that's gonna affect their future. Even.

824
00:48:34.700 --> 00:48:35.780
Erin: Exactly. Yeah.

825
00:48:35.780 --> 00:48:39.220
Tanya: Long term relationships and bonds that you're gonna have with your kids?

826
00:48:40.529 --> 00:48:41.210
Tanya: Yeah.

827
00:48:41.680 --> 00:48:48.389
Tanya: So one more thing, do you? So how did you find your functional medicine, doctor.

828
00:48:49.060 --> 00:48:51.089
Tanya: Was it just word of mouth or.

829
00:48:52.000 --> 00:48:56.800
Erin: So actually one of the chiropractors that I was seeing

830
00:48:56.900 --> 00:48:59.909
Erin: recommended cause she started me out on just

831
00:48:59.970 --> 00:49:07.410
Erin: basic vitamins like, Oh, I think you should try this like, just start adding it in. She's like, but I think in the future you should.

832
00:49:07.480 --> 00:49:09.759
Erin: you know. Go I partner with her.

833
00:49:09.800 --> 00:49:11.390
Erin: I think you should go and see

834
00:49:11.960 --> 00:49:13.929
Erin: this doctor. I'm like, Okay.

835
00:49:13.930 --> 00:49:14.680
Tanya: So kai.

836
00:49:14.680 --> 00:49:15.300
Erin: So

837
00:49:15.490 --> 00:49:17.209
Erin: I finally did.

838
00:49:17.790 --> 00:49:19.440
Erin: and I'm very happy that I.

839
00:49:20.210 --> 00:49:21.400
Tanya: Oh, good.

840
00:49:21.920 --> 00:49:24.586
Tanya: yeah. And maybe I can even look up

841
00:49:25.290 --> 00:49:32.300
Tanya: like, how like some sort of functional medicine directory and link that and the show on it, so I'll try. I'll

842
00:49:32.500 --> 00:49:35.722
Tanya: put that on my list of things to do.

843
00:49:36.080 --> 00:49:36.760
Erin: Yeah.

844
00:49:36.940 --> 00:49:43.939
Tanya: Alright. Well, we're gonna start to wrap this up Erin and I just wanna before you go. I wanna ask you to like.

845
00:49:43.950 --> 00:49:54.759
Tanya: how has this experience shaped your life, and like what is the biggest lesson that you've taken from it? What have you come away.

846
00:49:58.150 --> 00:49:59.570
Erin: That's a loaded question.

847
00:50:00.940 --> 00:50:01.580
Tanya: Oh.

848
00:50:02.930 --> 00:50:07.759
Tanya: oh, whoops! Sorry! That's my mom. Let me decline that, mom. Come on.

849
00:50:08.438 --> 00:50:10.481
Erin: We haven't talked to mom.

850
00:50:12.760 --> 00:50:13.310
Erin: right?

851
00:50:13.310 --> 00:50:16.877
Tanya: Oh, I gotta have to edit that out later, or maybe I'll just leave it in.

852
00:50:17.570 --> 00:50:18.959
Erin: That's fine. We love mom.

853
00:50:20.990 --> 00:50:25.170
Erin: I mean not to be cliche, but I mean don't take anything for granted.

854
00:50:25.260 --> 00:50:29.850
Erin: I think we had for us. I mean, it was a miracle. We even

855
00:50:30.140 --> 00:50:31.169
Erin: can see you.

856
00:50:31.997 --> 00:50:37.902
Erin: I didn't have any complications until the end, and then it was almost like, Hey, here's Karma.

857
00:50:40.500 --> 00:50:43.169
Erin: i i i'd say that was the biggest thing.

858
00:50:44.130 --> 00:50:46.300
Tanya: Yeah, for granted.

859
00:50:47.026 --> 00:50:48.460
Erin: I, personally

860
00:50:48.880 --> 00:50:51.609
Erin: don't like to tell my story.

861
00:50:51.900 --> 00:50:54.240
Erin: Do people who are.

862
00:50:54.710 --> 00:51:03.420
Erin: you know, currently pregnant or trying to get pregnant because I don't want my story to discourage anybody. I don't. Wanna you know.

863
00:51:03.420 --> 00:51:03.820
Tanya: Yeah.

864
00:51:03.820 --> 00:51:09.989
Erin: Them. I do tell a lot of people. I won't tell you my story until that

865
00:51:11.460 --> 00:51:12.180
Tanya: Yeah.

866
00:51:13.370 --> 00:51:18.300
Erin: Just because it's a very uncommon experience.

867
00:51:19.040 --> 00:51:19.440
Tanya: Extraordinary.

868
00:51:19.740 --> 00:51:20.040
Erin: Land.

869
00:51:20.412 --> 00:51:21.529
Tanya: In thank goodness.

870
00:51:21.530 --> 00:51:21.880
Erin: Hi.

871
00:51:21.880 --> 00:51:23.899
Tanya: So sorry that it happened to you.

872
00:51:24.470 --> 00:51:25.830
Erin: Yeah, I mean.

873
00:51:26.220 --> 00:51:31.790
Erin: things happen at this point. I'm just not surprised. I think. Also, you know, I'm not surprised by anything at this point.

874
00:51:32.090 --> 00:51:36.310
Erin: So with all of my medical issues and history.

875
00:51:36.400 --> 00:51:38.230
Erin: if something new comes about.

876
00:51:39.620 --> 00:51:42.460
Erin: you know it, it's not a surprise to me anymore.

877
00:51:42.490 --> 00:51:45.599
Erin: like, I feel like anything and everything that's done at me.

878
00:51:46.850 --> 00:51:49.199
Erin: It comes to me, and I'll get over it.

879
00:51:49.950 --> 00:51:53.595
Tanya: Yeah. But don't you think to do? You have, like

880
00:51:54.950 --> 00:51:57.080
Tanya: like a new found

881
00:51:57.280 --> 00:51:58.000
Tanya: like

882
00:51:58.230 --> 00:52:03.380
Tanya: trust in yourself and your ability, though with all that you've been through like.

883
00:52:03.570 --> 00:52:11.209
Tanya: because I feel like with everything that you've been through like it just shows you what you're capable of like. Can you believe

884
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Tanya: everything that you've gone through, and you're still here standing. And not to mention, like, you're a great friend, an amazing wife, an awesome mom like you guys. Her son is the sweetest little boy like I can remember. I can't remember when it was. It was a few years ago.

885
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Tanya: and we were I was home visiting like in the Boston area, and we were sitting at my dad's pool. And I wanna say Dominic was the only kid that was there, and it was just us, and like a few of our friends, and we're talking for Don only knows how long it was, and I was just so taken back and impressed at how patient

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00:52:55.570 --> 00:53:15.059
Tanya: he was. And now even more, that my kids are older, and probably now they're the age that he was now, but like just how Pete, like he never once was like mommy come like, and you would think like he must have been bored to tears like we're just sitting around talking.

887
00:53:15.220 --> 00:53:20.690
Tanya: and there's no other kids around. Not once was he like mommy, can we go, or just

888
00:53:21.180 --> 00:53:23.410
Tanya: completely content, just sitting on your lap.

889
00:53:24.110 --> 00:53:28.299
Tanya: But he's just such a sweet little boy. So.

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Erin: Renewing.891
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Tanya: A great job, and I just I know in my heart that, like you, are here for a reason clearly.

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Erin: Yeah.

893
00:53:37.832 --> 00:53:41.819
Tanya: And he is definitely here for a reason. I mean it.

894
00:53:41.870 --> 00:53:43.400
Tanya: It's a miracle

895
00:53:43.440 --> 00:53:56.800
Tanya: that we were able to to conceive. He's you guys are both just meant to be here, and that's why I wanted to have you on. I just think that your story it's meant to be shared like you didn't. Just

896
00:53:56.850 --> 00:53:59.200
Tanya: you haven't gone through all of this

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00:53:59.330 --> 00:54:00.870
Tanya: for nothing. Yeah.

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00:54:00.980 --> 00:54:01.460
Tanya: yeah.

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Erin: I mean, we're definitely getting to the age that he's affecting my patients.

900
00:54:04.670 --> 00:54:10.367
Erin: However, he he is. He is amazing.

901
00:54:11.320 --> 00:54:14.900
Erin: you know. Everybody says that about their kids. He truly

902
00:54:15.160 --> 00:54:16.450
Erin: is patient.

903
00:54:16.670 --> 00:54:17.760
Erin: I mean.

904
00:54:18.834 --> 00:54:25.390
Erin: being an only child is difficult. Having to entertain him consistently is.

905
00:54:25.540 --> 00:54:26.790
Erin: you know, a challenge.

906
00:54:26.880 --> 00:54:27.930
Erin: But

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00:54:28.480 --> 00:54:31.960
Erin: I I mean he's getting to the age where we're more involved in

908
00:54:32.010 --> 00:54:35.730
Erin: 4.th And you know we'll start having those

909
00:54:36.610 --> 00:54:40.010
Erin: friends over. We go to friends' houses, so

910
00:54:41.020 --> 00:54:42.780
Erin: everything's on the upswing.

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Tanya: Yeah. Oh, I'm so glad you're on the other side of it.

912
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Tanya: And then one last thing before you go what do you want to say to anyone listening who's

913
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Tanya: currently experiencing a health struggle or just going through a hard time right now.

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Erin: I would say.

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Erin: One, you know, find the right person to talk to whether it's a functional medicine doctor, or you know you need to talk to your Pcp.

916
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Erin: And just don't stop if they give you an answer. You don't like.

917
00:55:20.070 --> 00:55:23.360
Erin: Asked to go to somebody else I have seen.

918
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Erin: I have gone through

919
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Erin: 4 different

920
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Erin: rheumatologist.

921
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Erin: and I finally found one who, you know, listens to me who has made decisions and said, This is what we have to do.

922
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Erin: and it's been the best course of treatment. So you just need that you're your advocate. Just if.

923
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Tanya: You're the.

924
00:55:46.900 --> 00:55:48.780
Erin: You don't like the answer.

925
00:55:49.990 --> 00:55:51.350
Erin: Just keep looking.

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Tanya: I love that.

927
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Tanya: and what

928
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Tanya: the word that shines through to describe you like the this like quality that you have, that I think has got you

929
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Tanya: the results that you have today. Like you are, you are getting better like you. You're so much better than you were a year ago. The quality that I used to describe you is relentless.

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Tanya: and I think that that's the quality that everybody should strive to have when you're going through a health struggle. It doesn't matter like whatever, or if there's like a goal that you're that you want to go after. And you just like you're not. You feel like you're not making any progress like you need to just be relentless about it.

931
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Erin: You have to be. And

932
00:56:36.450 --> 00:56:39.580
Erin: again, I have found that

933
00:56:40.700 --> 00:56:45.619
Erin: a functional medicine doctor is that 3rd party unbiased.

934
00:56:45.640 --> 00:56:48.330
Erin: I'm listening to you because I want to help you.

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Tanya: Yeah.

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Tanya: I love that.

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Erin: That was.

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Tanya: Alright. Thank you.

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Erin: My biggest one.

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Tanya: Awesome. Thank you so much for taking the time today, Erin, on the show and share your story. I know it's not really

941
00:57:06.320 --> 00:57:16.310
Tanya: easy to talk about. And it's like you have to go through the experience all over again. So I really do appreciate you

942
00:57:16.470 --> 00:57:18.000
Tanya: doing that today. All.

943
00:57:18.236 --> 00:57:18.710
Erin: Because they.

944
00:57:18.710 --> 00:57:23.370
Tanya: Of hopefully helping somebody else out there

945
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Tanya: thinning

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00:57:25.510 --> 00:57:26.260
Erin: Absolutely.

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Tanya: Oh, thank you so much, and I can't wait to see you next week when I come home to visit.

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Erin: I know it'll be so fun.

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Tanya: Awesome. Alright! Well, thank you for your time, and thank you for just being so vulnerable today, and I love you so much. Thank you for being such a good friend
Tanya: Appreciate you.
Erin: I love you girl.
Tanya: I love you more. I love you more. I'm trying to find the video alright. I'll talk to you later

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