You may have read my bio but there’s so much more tell. I grew up wanting to be a nurse. I would make my dog, Mr. Beasley, a patient. I would listen to his lungs, apply fake bandages, and give him fake medication. Needless to say, he was the best dog ever and the best patient ever! I like to give him credit for helping me pursue my nursing education. He was with me until the end. He passed away shortly after I graduated college and started my nursing career.
As a child, I struggled with digestive issues until my mid-twenties when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Removing gluten from my diet gave my body a chance to heal. Within six weeks I was off all my digestive medication and within three months I had lost 50 pounds. This is when I decided to become a health coach through Integrative School of Nutrition. This journey sparked a passion in me for preventive health and wellness. I loved talking to anyone about the possibility of healing their body with food. I wanted to scream this new-found knowledge to the world in hopes to save others from the downward spiral of debilitating disease and illness. The world of integrative nutrition was new to me. It was not something I learned in nursing school. I finally understood what Hippocrates meant when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” So, this blog was created to share my passion for preventive health and wellness, but something happened they prevented me from launching my blog.
My health began declining no matter what I tried to do to stop it. At this time, my husband and I were renting a very old house that was unknowingly filled with toxins. We did not realize this problem until we both started having constant headaches and chronic sinus congestion. We soon moved, but unfortunately it did not stop the process of my declining health. I started developing frequent urinary tract infections and chronic cystitis, along with fatigue, hair thinning, and rapid weight gain. In search of answers, I began to visit many physicians and specialists. Little did I know that I would be spending the next year of my life going through tests, scans, antibiotics, and constant blood work, all while working full time as a nurse. I had a new-found respect and understanding for my patients and what they were going through. Focusing on them helped me cope during this time but eventually seeing so much illness around me created fear and worry. Especially, while awaiting my own test results to confirm or not confirm a cancer diagnosis. I began to constantly worry and wonder what was wrong with me. I was embarrassed that I did not know how to help myself. I eventually came across a provider who ordered a full thyroid panel, not just TSH. When the results where back, I was met with the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition where the thyroid attacks itself, but it can be placed in remission. I’m on a journey to gain my health again, but this time I do not have all the answers. I do not have new-found knowledge to scream to the world. The only thing I know is that I can’t look back and prevent or change what happened. I have to keep moving forward and share what I learn in hopes it may help someone one day. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis