"Life has a way of testing a persons will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once." - Paulo Coelho
(If you don’t read the entire post, make sure to at least read my special announcement at the bottom!)
It’s been a tough month.
For the last six years, I’ve run a small business from the comfort of my home. It never made me rich, but it provided a steady income and allowed me to work on my own terms.
It was perfect for someone with Meniere’s disease. I worked with amazing people, it was almost never stressful, and for the last two years it had become largely self-sustaining, only requiring a fraction of the time it once took to make it all run smoothly.
And I put that free time to good use, too. I got married, learned countless new skills, read nearly 150 books, created Mind Over Meniere’s, Rewiring Tinnitus, self-published a book and so much more. The last two years were some of the best of my entire life.
But after six years of success, regulatory changes have forced me to shut it all down.
And it’s thrown my life into turmoil.
I feel confident today, but my stress levels have been out of control and my health has taken a real blow at a time when I need it more than ever.
For the first time in my adult life, my professional career is a big question mark and it’s terrifying.
So for the last several weeks, I’ve had to force myself to slow down – to go back to the basics and reprioritize self-care. I’ve been meditating regularly, pushing myself to exercise more frequently and making sure to get extra sleep.
But it’s not enough. I’m still struggling and all of the stress has given rise to a new problem: grinding and clenching my teeth.
It’s a health condition known as bruxism, and typically it happens while you’re sleeping. But it can also occur while you’re awake as a neurological response to stress. For me, it’s been day and night.
The problem, however, is that bruxism, and its closely related cousin temporomandibular joint disorder/dysfunction (TMJ/D), can cause vestibular symptoms like dizziness, vertigo, and tinnitus.
It probably goes without saying that some people with TMJ/TMD/severe bruxism end up misdiagnosed with Meniere’s disease. And it’s more common than you think.
A Grinding Problem:
For the last week or two, I’ve been fighting a constant state of fatigue and disequilibrium. I’m not certain that it’s connected to the bruxism, but it seems likely.
My jaw has been pretty sore, the muscles are tight and knotted, and I constantly catch myself clenching. The dizziness I’ve experienced doesn’t feel like normal Meniere’s dizziness, either.
I have no ear pressure or fullness, as I normally would when Meniere’s strikes. My sensitivity to sound hasn’t changed either. It’s just this constant sense of unbalance.
If my professional life was in order, I know I would be able to cope much more effectively.
The stress load and health problems have made it tough, but I know I’ll bounce back eventually. And at the end of the day, I’m still playing the long game.
I also know that everything could be a lot worse.
I planned for the possibility of regulatory changes and built something of a financial safety net. I’ve also been working hard on two promising projects: A brainwave training meditation program called Zen Vitality, which I announced recently, and a second book that’s almost finished called Rewiring Tinnitus.
I don’t know if either will be able to support me financially, but I’m hopeful.
What I do know is that I want to continue helping people. For the last few years, I was comfortable in my routine. I rarely stopped to ask myself what I really wanted out of life. I suppose the one thing I’ve gained in this whole ordeal is clarity of purpose.
I want to put my energy into something that’s about more than money. I want to show people who are suffering, whether with Meniere’s disease, tinnitus, or otherwise, that there is hope – that this is not the end of their story.
And if there’s a way to do that and earn a living at the same time, I hope to find it, because I know in my heart that it’s what I want to do.
So in the meantime, I’m going to try something that I’ve never done before and reach out to the community to help me make a difference!
For my end of the bargain, I promise to keep creating - delivering new content, blog posts, videos, tools, and so much more, each and every week.
But I need your help.
Mind Over Meniere’s and Rewiring Tinnitus will always be free. But it unfortunately costs me a lot of money to maintain. Between hosting, my email list, and everything else I use to run the site, my monthly fees are increasing at a steady rate.
So here’s my proposition:
If you can make a donation to Mind Over Meniere’s of $5 or more today, when my new book - Rewiring Tinnitus: How I Finally Found Relief from the Ringing in My Ears - is finished, I’ll send you:
- An early access eBook copy of Rewiring Tinnitus before it becomes available on Amazon (I expect it to be ready sometime in November)
- An early access sampler of my forthcoming Tinnitus Relief Project - it’s a brainwave training audio program designed to help calm your tinnitus and dramatically speed up the process of habituation
Donations of $25 or more will receive everything above, plus a discount code for 50% off the upcoming Tinnitus Relief Project brainwave training audio program, as well as 50% off the Zen Vitality Meditation Program.
Donations of $50 or more will receive everything above, plus a pre-release manuscript copy of Rewiring Tinnitus (sent to you within the next 24 hours) as well as the full Tinnitus Relief Project program when it’s completed.
Donations of $100 or more will receive everything above, plus the full Zen Vitality Brainwave Meditation Program, and a 1-hour phone call with me (we can talk about anything you’d like!)
I’m not going to do this kind of thing all the time, but right now, I feel like I’m in a unique position to make it worth your while. So if you’ve benefitted from Mind Over Meniere’s over the years, even a little bit, I encourage you to make a donation today!
P.S. If you live in the US, make sure to bookmark the Mind Over Meniere’s Amazon Portal! If you shop on amazon through this link, Amazon sends me a small percentage of your order at no extra cost to you!