I’m sure my birth story explains why I’ve had such a sensitive body all my life. Breathing problems were followed by sensitivity to dust, mold, certain foods, allergy shots and mono. I became a nurse and got married. In my 20’s I birthed 5 babies in less than 8 years. I was tired all the time, but I pushed myself to be responsible and productive.
When I went back to Nursing after having kids I worked on a Respiratory floor and noticed the same patients kept coming back to the hospital; they weren’t getting any better. I studied Natural Healing options, connected with like-minded health professionals and discovered the burgeoning field of Functional Medicine. I was hooked, and just in time, because my own health crisis came soon after.
I had been diagnosed with (Chronic) Adrenal Fatigue and tested positive for heavy metals. The “antidote” for removing Mercury and Lead proved to be wrong for me. I wasn’t ready for the detox. It was too intense and my (leaky) gut complicated matters. Inflammation climbed to more than 10x what it should have been. And I was hurting. I woke up and was forced to honor this sensitive body. I had to slow down. I did a LOT of research and got some help.
Functional Medicine helped heal my gut and I felt better. But the traveling pain in various joints, the ongoing fatigue and brain fog didn’t go away completely. It was complicated with a resurgence of Epstein Barr virus and mold in our home. At times I felt like that person – alone in a cave, without a flashlight – not knowing what would help me. I felt scared, not knowing if my condition could improve.
I found a good doctor who understood the importance of making sure all my “drainage pathways” (paths of elimination) were open and working properly. She suggested the ‘traveling pain’ was a sign of tick-borne illness and started me on a gentle detox, much more suitable for my sensitivity. My healing journey continues today.
My experience lit a fire in me to help others with Autoimmune issues. Combined with my experience as a Nurse (watching the failures of Conventional Medicine over and over) I want people with chronic disease to know that healing is possible. I found that flashlight in my cave. I have clarity about the best ways to heal when your immune system starts to attack healthy cells. What I know for sure is that treating symptoms does not bring healing. The temporary band-aids of NSAIDS, antibiotics, steroids and other medications are not as helpful as eliminating what caused the initial inflammation and triggers.
I’ve combined 25 years as a Registered Nurse and certification as a Professional Coach to teach common sense education and respect for individual body types. Using Functional Medicine principles I coach clients in opening drainage pathways for detoxification as we address a healthy diet and embark on gut healing. I save clients years of confusion, self-doubt and isolation as they describe improved digestion, more energy and less pain at the same time they feel deeply listened to as we work together.