Hi, my name is Kris. I’m happy you decided to drop by for my life lessons for your body, mind and soul!
My mother and I started putting pen to paper for our book, Maze of Thorns in January of 2015. It took us a full two years for my mother and I to write our book published February 1, 2017. The book, my faith and my approach to healthy living are all a celebration of life and the gift of faith. I decided to blog not only to share our story of a family’s love, hope and faith, but also to share the life lessons I’ve learned and continue to learn about nourishing your body, mind and soul.
In 1997, Kris was a successful, healthy, 26- year-old woman with a nearly perfect life. Recently graduated from University of St Thomas with honors, she had begun her career at a large corporation. Everything was going her way until suddenly her world came crashing down. Kris woke up one morning unable to speak, eat or even write her name. She was in the grip of a mysterious illness that began with disorientation and nausea then quickly escalated to grand mal seizures. This is our family’s story, our journey through a very real maze of fear, tragedy and stubborn faith.
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My Healthy Angel is about having a healthy mind, body and spirit. It’s about all the things I love and what I could possibly share to help or inspire you. It’s about creating a balance and self-awareness and having the tools to regain your sense of self when life gets too crazy, which is mostly all the time! My Healthy Angel will touch on lifestyle, food, exercise, faith and provide updates on book events.
In 1997, I was diagnosed with CNS Vasculitis. CNS (Central Nervous System) Vasculitis is an illness caused by an auto-immune response that results in inflammation in the vessels of the brain and spinal cord. In my case, it was restricted to my brain, which is rare. Within just a few weeks, my short term memory was all but gone leaving me unable to read even short paragraphs. Less than a month and I was having grand mal seizures. It took months to diagnose and left me battling for my life and my family seeking every answer they could find. After a brain biopsy, which by God’s hand revealed the inflammation, I was diagnosed and treated. Even after this the illness had run me down to 80 pounds and the inability to speak or communicate. Even then, suspecting it was too far gone, my doctors had told my parents to have our family come to say goodbye. I am beyond blessed to be here today to tell my story in our book Maze of Thorns. My prayer and my mom’s is that our story and I pray this blog will somehow serve God’s plan for saving my life.
My Approach to Healthy Living
It’s all about balance and being self aware of what makes your heart, mind, body and spirit feel happy and whole.
Does that change through-out your life? Yes, absolutely it does!
Today, I am all about doing what makes me feel good and whole. Even right after this illness shook our world, I went back to what I knew, self-love that was success-based. For me that meant, constant competition with the world’s standards. I rebuilt my professional career and got busy competing in anything physical from marathons to 10 years of fitness competitions including two pro cards, the last one a Masters Bikini Pro card when I was 42.
I am proud of the strength it took to come back but the process of writing the book taught me what real strength is. It is having the courage to stand in the face of what happened to me and deal with my Vasculitis instead of sweep it under the rug. Today, I’m a thousand times more proud of being at this place where my faith and family come first.
Now I’m more in tune to what will feel good for my body that day when I exercise. Now, I do yoga daily, outside if I can, lift weights a couple times a week, and walk my dog every day. Balance and life have happened. My self-love is influenced by the world, but I push to focus more on what is good for me and the path I am here to serve.
Let your decisions shape your destiny and your imperfections show you the path to your greatest light! – Kris Kelbrants
Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist or dietitian or a personal trainer. All opinions shared are my own. Please consult a physician before making any changes in your diet or fitness regimen.