It was September 2004 when I first began to notice changes, not within the seasons, but within myself. It was pre-autumn that I began to have non-stop UTI's and yeast infections, problems seeing, headaches, and the need to urinate more often. If only I had slowed down and learned lessons from the changing season I might have been able to keep IC from erupting in my body. But I was in a hurry. I had to meet that sales quota. I had to continue on with that full-time college load. My health was going to have to wait until I had: money, my degree, more time. Birth control pills were convenient. Taking vitamins and exercising were not. Slowly, slowly as the chlorophyll began to fade from the leaves all around me, my immune system began to fade away. I would spend the holidays of 2004 in complete misery with kidney stones, yeast infections, severe allergies, and the return of irritable bowel syndrome.
So five years later I would like to pay tribute to the fall season; and to the lessons that I have learned about my health since getting IC. All living things need nuturing, nutrients, and love in order to thrive. This is my wish for myself; and for you, the reader.