Hi, y’all! I’m Krystal, the founder of Three Arrows 😀
Before I dive into sharing the goodies I have planned for you on this blog, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself, share a bit about my story, and how Three Arrows came to exist.
I am passionate about helping women who are struggling with their health to regain control of their lives. My goal is to help you on your journey, whether it’s through arming you with the power of knowledge and education or through the supplements I’ve created…because I have faced the same struggles!
(We have so much important stuff to talk about! )
I certainly never set out to spend years researching nutrition or start a supplement company…this is a path that I was undoubtedly called to step into (despite my initial efforts to pretend otherwise😉 ).
Mama x 👶👶👶👶👶👶
First and foremost, I’m a Wife and Mama. I’ve been married to my husband for 18 years (!!), and we have three pretty fabulous kiddos. I am blessed to have been a stay at home Mom as my kids were growing.
Once our family was complete, I chose to be a surrogate for dear friends of ours. I had twins the first time and a single baby the second surrogate pregnancy. (So, if you do the math…I’ve been pregnant 5 times and had 6 babies! )
The Struggle is Real…🤦
Pregnancy and babies are wonderful…but they require a lot from our bodies! I struggled with iron deficiency during my own pregnancies, but the physical demands of twins was the tipping point and my body could not keep up. My doctor warned me repeatedly during the pregnancy, “Your iron is low, get it up”, so I took supplements…again, “Your iron is low, get it up”, so I took supplements…but nothing helped! I was sooo tired, craved ice like crazy, and honestly wondered if I would survive the pregnancy.
When I delivered the twins via c-section my anemia caused me to hemorrhage, they transfused 9 units of blood to save my life, and I wound up in the ICU!
I’ll quickly fast forward through time now…Throughout the last surrogate pregnancy, I was still terribly anemic.
Once done with having babies, I chose to have bariatric surgery and had VSG done in 2014. Bariatric surgery helped me get to my goal weight (hallelujah 🙌), but certainly didn’t help improve the nutritional deficiencies I was already dealing with.
In 2015, I had reconstructive surgery (tummy tuck) to remove all the extra skin from having so many BIG babies. To be eligible for the surgery, my surgeon required me to have a ‘normal’ healthy hemoglobin level. I worked so hard to try and get my levels up, taking multiple iron supplements 5+ times a day (which I don’t recommend!); pills, liquids, nasty shots of Geritol…yuck. After three months of putting myself through those horrible supplements, I barely qualified to have the surgery!
For years I dealt with the struggles iron deficiency brings; extreme fatigue, depression, hair loss, heart palpitations, headaches, night sweats, etc. I had no choice but to push though it, there’s no time for Mama to be out of commission!
I actually quit taking iron supplements for a while, because they made me feel so terrible and didn’t do any good! As a last resort, I wound up doing months of dangerous and invasive IV iron infusions.
I felt like I was slowly dying…Something. Had. To Change.
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