Treasuring Mothers
Treasuring Mothers
Ep 57: Ill Health Survivor, and a Mother!

As a mother of toddlers, Catherine Sylvester, survived a season of ill health. How did she get through? By taking just one day at a time.

Catherine Sylvester, Surviving ill health
Catherine Sylvester is a well-known television presenter and radio announcer in New Zealand

Catherine lives in the beautiful New Zealand town of Papamoa.

She suffered set-back after set-back, starting with four miscarriages. Then complete adrenal fatigue, post and ante-natal depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) diagnosed at age 40. And more recently, she was really unwell with septic arthritis which required a 6-week stay in hospital.

They were long dark days, and she learnt to just keep hanging on, minute-by-minute and day-by-day.

GUEST: Catherine Sylvester, Instagram
HOST: Jenny Baxter

Show Notes: Surviving Ill Health

  • Being a mother, Catherine realized she had to get up and keep going. Other people were depending on her. Being sick was something she had to work on and recover from.
  • She decided she had to eat properly. And instead of self-medicating with sugar, it was important to get to nutrition at the cellular level.
  • Physical change came once she worked through the emotional and spiritual level of her life.
  • She realized she was treating food like she once treated alcohol, and worked to find a program to deal with that level of dependence.
  • She saw a counselor, and worked on the emotional overload she was experiencing. Her emotions were also contributing to her being sick.
  • Catherine worked on the spiritual side of her life – she has a faith in Jesus. Prayer, reading the Bible, and developing her relationship with Jesus were key aspects of her recovery.
  • She also learnt she needed so much more sleep than she was getting. To recover from her ill health, Catherine discovered she needed to get more rest.

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A Mother Surviving Ill Health – Catherine Sylvester