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What happened to you?

What Happened to You?

I have been asked this question many times during the last few years. People used to ask me that in a negative connotation once. Eight years ago, I was a “normal’ healthy 20 something girl ready to take on the world. Then, I started having pain. I went to school to be an EMT and could not pass the test. I would fail by one point each time. I started having migraine headaches and stiff neck. I went to the doctor, fixed that pain. Check. Then the pain would move. By the time I got through seeing the doctor every day for a week, I had 18 out of the 18 pain trigger points for Fibromyalgia. I would spend the next 6 years trying to find the right medication to restore some sort of comfort and normalcy. I’ve often been asked “What happened to you?” I used to take that very negatively but now I know it is a compliment. So…..How do you go from this…… 2005 To this……2008 This is me 3 years after Fibro. What started changing was my medication. I got put on Topamax for migraines. It worked great but it made me gain 50 lbs in one month. It has taken me since 2011 to really work and start to lose the weight. I have lost 53 lbs. What contributed to this weight loss? I can tell you it is not eating like I should. I have days I eat sweets, I still drink coke but I am getting fairly healthy again. I struggled for a long time to lose weight. It’s hard. My son Isaac used to pat my tummy and call me fat mommy. That really hurt. It sure was true and sometimes the truth hurts very badly before it heals. I started going to Zumba classes with my friends and having fun. I still couldn’t lose weight like I wanted. A friend of mine introduced me to the catalyst that would change my weight life forever. I tried Advocare’s Spark drink and really did fall in love with it. I had energy like a kid again. It was great. I could move, I drank my water. I had a clearer mind. (I need to start ordering this again btw). I also took their 24 day challenge to see how much weight I could lose then and see how well I could feel. It was the best money I ever spent. I lost 15 lbs of fat all in the waist area in 24 days. The weight just fell right off. I stopped using the products but still have continued to lose weight and feel good. I also started taking Diotamous Earth or D.E. (fossil shell fish flour). D.E. keeps you regular and flushes out your system. It also helps you absorb your vitamins better. It has made a great difference in my life. The biggest secret I have is I rely on God’s word daily. He is the true source of my change. Applying Bible principles has helped make me a better person. I learn daily and apply to my life and see the blessings. Now for the big reveal…..this is what I look like now…… 2012 And….. I hope that by the baggy pants in the pic you can see how much weight I have dropped. It will be time to get new pants very soon again. 🙂 I am at -53 lbs. If you would like to know more about the 24 day challenge, you can check out my Advocare site at http://www.advocare.com/12025884. I hope you enjoyed this journey. I know I have. More healing to come. I am truly happy. 🙂


Where are you coming from?

Where are You coming From?



I feel honored and privileged to be writing this blog post today. It is gonna be a little bit long but it is necessary for people to really know me. I want you to know the heart of this coach. Prior to meeting Jesus Christ (No, I am NOT one of those religious fan-natics), I was a messed up mess. I was promiscuous and mental. Seriously, I had a mental break down. I tried to die several times and was totally convinced I could NOT succeed at anything not even dying. Now, I realize God protected me from worse things than physical abuse, mental abuse, and other abuses we need not go there. I am very familiar with trauma and the after maths it leaves behind. It made me sick. I wish I could say that on November 18, 2002 the trials stopped but they amped up. I was warned about the destroyer coming after me so I prepared myself. I would not know that I had to contend for my healing for over 10 years. I think I suffered in silence needlessly and I am writing to tell my story to help YOU not suffer at ALL. It started with a left arterial bleed to my kidney. I was told that I would not live to see 30, make out a will and leave my two children at the time in the care of someone else. I was angry! Noone else was gonna raise my kids and I just got saved, it was not time to die. I told some family members and we went then,to war. On Sunday of that week the day before I was to start dialysis, I was healed by God. My pastor called out the issue, laid hands on me and instantly the pain was gone. I was so happy! God was REAL. The health crisis was far from over. The next scare came when I got engaged to Derrick (most awesome hubby in da world). I had a female organ cancer scare. I had a growth on the back side of my left ovary. Don’t know what’s up with the left side. The devil likes that side I guess. I was healed after surgery from that. Derrick and I got engaged, things went quite for a bit. I thought okay, it’s all over with. A month before my wedding, the bomb dropped. I was getting migraines. They were so bad I had to be put on medications daily to prevent them. We got that fixed, and the pain moved down into my neck and shoulder areas. I carry stress; I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders literally. We got that solved, and then it moved into my back, arms and legs. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I have taken every medicine out there for it. If you wanna know something, just ask me. I have wisdom in both alternative medicine and pharmaceutical medicine. I prefer alternative medicine just to be clear. I had 18 tender spots out of 18. I was put on pain meds and we would adjust them constantly. I lived on my couch for the last 6 years. I was not able to work or play with my kids until this year. My kids are angels. They are my health monitors. After I had Isaac 6 years ago, my body has never been the same. The pain was horrible, I started getting hot flashes, and night sweats. I’m like I am 35, I cannot be going through menopause already. Yes, you can!!! This week I got some answers. I think a lot of us moms suffer in silence, isolated and alone for no reason. This week, things came to a head. I have been PMS monster lady for 6 months straight. Can my hubby get a purple heart for putting up with me? I could not take it anymore this week. I also passed a clot the size of a grapefruit. No kidding. The doc told me I may not be making any hormones in my body any more. It made sense to me. We will have confirmation of this next week. I got desperate and got me some Remifemin. It has been a God send to me. I am back to my old self again. No pain, no mood swings, just feeling good. I am so excited. No pain meds for two days now. I think it is OVER!!!! I know it is. Slowly but surely, I am weaning off of the medication. Some tags that I wore were Bipolar and Fibromyalgia. Looking back, I think my body had hormonal issues my whole life since I was a little girl. I wrote this blog to get some feedback. How many marriages fail because of these issues? How many give up? How many women die? Ladies, we need to rally together and support one another.  If you have weird symptoms, get them checked out. Pronto! Listen to your body. God made them very smart. They know what they need. Feed it great nutrition. Rest, Relax. I have no more anxiety and no longer worry as well. Wellll…..that is my story and I am sticking to it. Now you can see why I am a little odd. I’ll write my odd advice on dealing with these issues in blogs to come.


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Health and Wellness Coach/Advocate


Who is this Coach? What makes her an expert in Fibromyalgia?

Who is Coach Crystal Dunn aka The Voice of Fibromyalgia?

I am a fun loving, free spirited, freak fly waving, funny, spiritual Christian who loves the universal laws that the world operates on. I love to encourage others, read books, do research on various topics, do a radio show, and am a cohost on Winning Life Through Pain at Blog Talk Radio. I believe it is every person’s right to choose a happy life no matter the circumstances or not. I am a Certified Life Coach through Express Coaching and the Certified Coaches Training Alliance. I am constantly growing and expanding my services. I am a full time college student at Argosy University. I have three beautiful children and one great husband. My children are Dylan-14, Anabella-10 (almost 11) and Isaac-5. I am a healing minister and prayer warrior at Champion’s Church in Abilene Texas. http://www.champschurch.com. Oh yeah, did I mention I have Fibromyalgia and Bipolar Disorder? I practice what I teach and it has been life changing for me. I want to change YOUR life today.