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Healthy eating, essential oils and pictures of my disease – Hidradenitis suppurativa

Many of you know that our family has been on a health journey this year. I already shared that I have lost 65 pounds and my husband Trevor has lost 35 pounds.

The one thing I have not shared yet is my ugly diagnosis of Hidradenitis suppurativa.

Hidradenitis suppurativa is an autoimmune disease – one that many people suffer with for their whole life. It is a painful disease, and truthfully, an embarrassing one. The sores are very painful, they look awful and they create sinus’ that leak and smell. Many people have surgery or spend their lives on antibiotics trying to fight this beast of a disease – sadly there is no cure. Many people go into isolation because of the disease.

I decided to use my diagnosis as a wake up call. The weight loss has been a bonus, but truly, feeling healthier is the best part. I eat well, I do not have “cheat days” and I use my essential oils faithfully. My disease no longer defines me.

The before picture below was not at the worst stage, I wish I would have taken a photo when it was at it’s worst, but truthfully I hates the way it looked and did not think of taking a picture at that time.


I am not saying that everyone who eats healthy and uses essential oils will cure all their diseases, and I am not saying I am cured. I am just sharing my story, my experiences.  My story is long from over – this is just my journey so far.

You can follow along with my food journey on Instagram and if you are interested in joining a private Facebook group that my husband and I have, you are welcome! “Essential Oils with Trevor and Jody
If you are interested in purchasing certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils, the link has the information on that.

This post is in NO WAY sponsored – it is my personal journey and story.




  1. nikki robak says:

    I am so sorry for your disease but it looks like you have come so far and I wish you luck in the future

    • Thanks Nikki. I am feeling very good and the disease helped me realize that I needed to take better care of my body. Eating real food and using essential oils has done wonders for me. Thanks for your comment.

  2. You are living marvellously, and it shows 😀

  3. It’s brave of you to share this with us. Many people would not feel that they could. So glad that to hear that your health is benefiting from the changes that you have made. The recipes that you post are delicious! Hope you continue to feel better. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. You are brave jodi for sharing your story and your weight loss is an inspiration to say the least. I wish you continued success in fighting this awful disease!

  5. 65 pounds! That is amazing!! I love your photos of the healthy, FUN and tasty foods. Keep up the amazing work!

  6. Jacqueline Sampson says:

    Thanks for sharing Jody! I too want to start eating “healthy” but feeling so overwhelmed and stuck at how to adjust not only myself but hubby and son too. How did you start? I’m going to go surf your site now 😉

  7. Courtney Liske says:

    What are your MUST HAVE essential oils? My son has a cold we just can’t kick, and of course no medications at 1 year!

  8. Jody,
    I am having this same issue and I was wondering if you put the Melaleuca directly on your bumps or where you did put it? Also how often. Basically, just instructions on how you did it to get your great results! Please!!!

    • Lynn,

      I switched to eating an autoimmune paleo diet – and I put the melaleuca on my sores – I also diffused essential oils to help with my anxiety because making life changes is very difficult. Good luck on your journey, I’m 16 months into my journey and I’m so happy to be in remission.

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