Jordan Dunin, Canada
Summary: I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease just after I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in the summer of 2016. It felt as though my life had been derailed and all of my hopes and dreams had come to an abrupt halt. Not only was I dealing with tremendous neurological and physical pain, but I was also suffering from depression, guilt, and chronic negative thinking. I was seeing “the best” doctors all over North America, who put me on antidepressants and antibiotics. I had multiple surgeries and my illness had become a full time job. My schedule was packed with doctors appointments which only led to more stress, which in turn led to more illness.
Prior to becoming ill, I had always been an avid gym goer and athlete, mainly playing high level hockey throughout high school and university. I played for the Newmarket Hurricanes Jr. A Hockey team from ages 15-17 prior to going to Queen’s University to obtain my undergraduate degree in business. I was forced to withdraw in my fourth and final year of university due to my intense levels of pain from my injury and I would later discover that I had Chronic Lyme Disease. I am proud to say that I have now completed my degree.
I now feel 100% healthy and helping others do the same!
I know firsthand about the struggle of living with Chronic Lyme Disease and the toll that it takes on you and your family. I also understand what it is like to be fully recovered, living a vibrant and fulfilling life. It makes me happy to know that my past struggles have a purpose and that is to help other people reach their full health potential. I am now a Chronic Lyme Disease Coach and I have created a coaching program to help people to understand their limiting beliefs, create amazing goals for themselves, gain control of their autonomic nervous systems, and simplify the recovery process.
First Gamechanger: Acceptance
The best tip that I received was to learn acceptance. Not to accept that I was going to be sick forever, but that there were certain things in the moment that I couldn’t change. Acceptance was one of the hardest things for me to learn because it is very counterintuitive. We are taught all of our lives that in order to get what we want we have to work hard and be productive. But, working hard every single day at trying to solve my disease was only making me worse through the consistent compounding of stress, anxiety, and pain. Acceptance allowed me to rest and heal while not giving up on the bigger picture which was to be 100% healthy.
Second Gamechanger: Believing in myself:
To be completely honest, the turning point for me was actually believing in myself and my ability to heal. Through learning to acknowledge and accept how I was feeling and that there was nothing I could do to change the past, I was able to eliminate harmful negative thinking patterns and allow my body to rest and heal.
The little things that make all the difference:
Those going through chronic conditions have probably received many professional opinions that may or may not conflict with each other. The process of finding the right treatment or practitioner is stressful enough without having the burden of not allowing your body the proper rest it needs.
Rest = productivity for those who need it most.
Self compassion: I now make self-love my top priority and always make sure to start my day journaling and meditating. I believe that our thoughts have an enormous effect on our bodies, and if we can switch our thinking from negative to positive, we can help ourselves heal.
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Jordan is a personal trainer and Chronic Lyme Disease Coach. Using his own personal insights Jordan is very focused on helping you develop a clear path towards your goals.
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Currently, Jordan offers a range of mind/muscle programs which combine video assessments, training programs and supportive checkins to help keep you on track. Jordan also runs a blog where he covers a range of nutritional, mindset and training articles. To learn more about Jordan’s work please Click Here