When I was eight years old I was getting very sick all the time. Every month or so my mom would take me to the doctor to get my fingers pricked and have some tests done. The doctors would always say something like “Oh, it’s probably a virus – she’s just going to have to wait it out.” And,”It might get worse before it gets better.” Some of them would put me on antibiotics just in case it was bacterial. This went on for about 10 month or so. Until one day my temperature had gotten very high. It was 106 to be exact which is very dangerous for anybody especially a child. This happened on a Saturday which meant I had to get a emergency appointment with a doctor out of town. That particular doctor said, “Something isn’t right, I think this is more than a virus.” She did some tests including a urine sample. In that test she found bacteria in my urine. She then took a ultrasound of my urinary tract and kidneys.
This is where the devastation set in.
After the results from my scan came back she told my parents that they found a large tumor on one of my kidneys. My parents were devastated. I can remember them being upset but wouldn’t tell me details. I knew something was wrong with me by the way they reacted. Because of my paranoia I wondered If I had cancer and they didn’t want to tell me. For anyone, that’s scary, but in my eight year old mind it was terrifying. They ended up taking me to a nephrologist (kidney doctor) in a big city three hours from home. That doctor ran some test and confirmed “I did not have a tumor on my kidney” and in fact that kidney that was thought to have a huge tumor was actually completely normal. It was the other kidney with the problems. My other kidney was actually damaged from scar tissue due to repeated bacterial infection after bacterial infection. A valve to that kidney was not functioning properly and it was causing me to get infections in my kidney (nephritis).
THANK GOD FOR THE DOCTORS DO CARE AND DO THE RESEARCH TO HELP YOU.
That doctor told us that valve “should fix its self as I get older” but that we needed to get a hold on these constant infections.
I was on an antibiotic for one year.
During that time, I peed in a cup more times than I can count and had my finger pricked for blood more times than I wanted, amongst other very uncomfortable procedures they had to do (like me being monitored while laying down peeing on a table and tubes being shoved in places they don’t belong).
ONE YEAR LATER
The infections had stopped I got off the antibiotics and I was feeling better. The doctor told us that one day when I get older I might have to have that kidney removed if I start to get high blood pressure (or something like that). Fifteen years passed. I’m twenty four years old and married now. Like many sexually active women I got a urinary tract infection but what happened next was even worse: since I have a scarred (weak) kidney, that bacteria quickly made its way to my kidney which resulted in a infection in my kidney – again. This caused a whirlwind of emotions and bad memories that I didn’t realized I held onto. Not knowing for sure that it was a kidney infection (meaning I hadn’t had any tests done – just going by instinct and was pretty in tune with my body), I was trying several things like cranberry juice (even buying my own organic cranberries and juicing them), doing herbs and drinking lots of water. I was very health conscious at this point and knew a lot about my body, food/nutrients and was going full throttle on my journey to better health.
But this was beating me down physically and emotionally. I was having bad pain in my sides, “brain fog”, it hurt to have intercourse, besides that my sex drive was non existent and I was also becoming depressed.
I kept insisting on taking care of it myself because with all my experience with doctors and tests, I was done with that. Until one day I was having crippling, intense pain that put me on the ground. My husband rushed me a to an emergency doctor. They gave me a pain shot, and took a urine sample and said it was a UTI. I told them I had kidney problems when I was young and that I thought it was more kidney related. They said that they couldn’t do anything about that and all they can do is write a prescription for a antibiotic.
I cried and whined on the drive home. I DID NOT want to take yet another anti-biotic. Call me crazy, but I knew there had to be a better more natural way. Not only did I not like the thought of taking it because of the negative side effects it would have on my body but because the emotional trauma and memories that went along with that time in my life as a child.
My friends and family naturally were concerned, some of them warned me “this could get in your blood stream and you could die”. So, two days later out of fear I ended up taking that anti-biotic for one week. The pain I was having in my sides did seem to go away but the antibiotics brought along all its side affects – crawling/sensitive skin, insomnia and my mind felt like it was always racing (ugh). BUT my pain and infection felt like it went away, then when I was done with the round of antibiotic the infection came right back. So back to the doctor I went. A different antibiotic prescribed and another antibiotic I took. Same thing happened and back to the doctor again. They said, “It must be a really bad one. I’m going to give you strong anti-biotic that should really take care of it.”
I was so mad. “Why didn’t they give this to me in the first place?” I thought, instead of having me pay for and take the other antibiotics first. That confirmed to me that either they didn’t truly care about my well being or that all they knew how to do was write a prescriptions.
This is where I reached the end of my rope. I went out to my car, written prescription in hand put my head on the wheel and I said, “God, I can’t do this again.” I was worried and scared but I knew I couldn’t take another antibiotic. I felt comforted and sheepish with His response. “You need to stop. You have got to stop worrying and stressing. You are making yourself more sick. Don’t you know that I’m taking care of you? Trust Me.”
Talk about a wake up call, talk about a loving Father. I might not of had a doctor that cared but I was reminded in that moment that I had a physician who cared greatly. He cared about my physical heath, my emotional health, my mind and my spirit. I felt such a peace to not have that prescription filled. I knew I needed to just relax, stop worrying and just stop thinking about it for the next few days. I decided that I would not focus on the negative and “what ifs’ and started focusing on the truth. God’s love for me and His power.
A few days passed with that mind set and guess what? I was feeling better. I wasn’t all better but my mind was where it needed to be which made a difference in the way I felt physically. After that a question came into my head that I hadn’t thought before “What if I tried these essential oils to get rid of my infection?” I had been using Young Living Essential Oils for a year or so at that time but only for more mild things like headaches, sore throats, 2nd degree burns, relaxation, etc. But never for something more serious like an infection. So I grabbed my Essential Oils Pocket Reference (which is basically a handbook for essential oils) and started researching. One of the recommendations was an oil blend called “Thieves” which I didn’t have at that time. I also was calling around my mentors and asking for testimonies with oils and kidney infections, searching on the internet, etc., although I had already placed my oils order before this so it was to late to add anything to that.
And then something really cool happened.
My oil order came in and guess what? There was a bottle of Thieves in the box that I DID NOT ORDER! It wasn’t on the receipt or anything. It was not a promotion it just “accidentally” got put in there. It was so exciting. I had faith that even if those oils wasn’t going to work God had used them to reassure me of His very real presence in my situation and in my life. That bottle of Thieves might as well have read on the bottle, “I’ve got this, I’m taking care of you. -God”. After a little more research, I gave these essential oils a shot using frankincense, lemon, Thieves and oregano. Four days in and not only was I feeling better, but I was experiencing a crazy amount of energy and zest – and I had forgotten about my kidney problem all together. A friend asked “Hey, Rachelle, hows your kidney thing going?” I said “Oh yeah, that. I guess it’s good.”
And it has been good from there on out. It’s now a year and half later and there have been a maybe two times I have felt bit of discomfort in my sides but all it took was a drop of frankincense under the tongue to bring things back into balance.
WHAT I KNOW NOW:
1. A HUGE part of being physically well is found in being mentally and emotionally well. What a man thinks (or believes) so is he. I didn’t realize that I had a lot of trauma set in from that experience as a child that I never got over which I believe has caused worry and fear in other areas of my life. God wants to heal those broken places in you, that hurt, that trauma that maybe even happened when you were a child and it made a mark on you and spoke lies to you. He wants to speak the truth about you. That you are loved, that you matter, and that He sees you and wants to heal your brokenness. Let Him.
2. There are amazing benefits in these essential oils that I believe He made for this exact purpose.
I quit my job as a Cosmetologist and now share Young Living Essential Oils full time along side my husband who is looking to quit his job as well because he too wants to share the amazing benefits of Young Living. Our dreams are to help people with our story along with these products. We love being active, staying fit and having a healthy eating lifestyle. Young Living products have been a beautiful fit in our lives and are helping us achieve our goals. We are thankful.
My name is Rachelle. I’m 25 years old. Thanks for listening to my story I hoped you are blessed. I want you to find healing in every area of your life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Please share this with those who need it and connect with us at Essential Zest for Life!