My story began as a child suffering with chronic seasonal allergies that actually lasted all year long and a “sensitive”
stomach. Fast forward to early adulthood and I began struggling with adult acne, the allergies progressed into chronic sinus infections, and at age thirty my sensitive stomach lead to surgery to have my gall bladder removed. During that same year I had two miscarriages and a laparoscopic surgery to remove damage from endometriosis. Between the sinus infections, adult acne and progressing digestive issues, I was always on antibiotics, for years. At the age of 39 I had a complete hysterectomy, including ovaries. Two years after my hysterectomy I was diagnosed with anxiety. I was referred to a therapist for a couple of months and given a prescription for Lorazepam. At this time, I still had three kids at home that I was responsible for, the youngest was ten years old. Have you ever read the side effects sheet for Lorazepam?...let’s just say that gave me serious anxiety! Fortunately, it also gave me the motivation to look for other alternatives to managing my hormone imbalances from the removal of my ovaries. I found it disconcerting how freely I was prescribed a controlled substance, and it was even expected to be part of my life-time care. During this period, I had also put on 25 pounds in just a few months, up to 30 by the end of the year. I had never in my life been overweight, in fact most of my life I was very thin.
Reclaiming my health began with finding some balance in my hormones using bioidentical hormones and laboratory blood work. Losing my ovaries didn’t just deplete estradiol but also progesterone and testosterone. Your ovaries are responsible for producing 60% of your hormone production. Balancing my hormones made my anxiety more manageable with exercise and breathing exercises, no more Lorazepam! I was still packing around the extra 30 pounds, still the acne flare ups, chronic sinus infections, back and shoulder pain and digestive issues. My next stop was to the Gastroenterologist, they suspected Crohn’s Disease. It left me evaluating; how many more organs can I lose, what other medications will they recommend I be on with side effects that have to be interacting and contributing to the likelihood of adverse reactions, and if I’m suffering with these health struggles now, how will my health be in the future as I age?
Finally, at the age of 46 I found the courage to make a change. I enlisted the help of a local Exercise Physiologist who was running a program that not only focused on the exercise component but had a strong emphasis on eating clean. This made a drastic change, my husband and I both lost quite a bit of weight. More importantly we learned the difference between a diet and a lifestyle change. Through the success of her program and the questions that resulted from my experience, I gained a passion to learn how to expand on my health journey. I knew I still had a long way to go but also the motivation to seek further knowledge.
In 2015 I enrolled in the Energetic Health Institute to learn how to heal myself with Holistic Nutrition, supplementation, a healthy lifestyle and other healing modalities. While in the program I have learned that our body has its’ own innate system to heal itself, we just have to support it and get out of the way. My time at EHI has given me an incredible foundational knowledge on how the individual systems of our body work, and how they work together. They say life is a marathon not a sprint. Using that same analogy demonstrates why a diet doesn’t work and why we need to educate ourselves on the life long journey of healthy living. I am still on my journey and look forward to the privilege of walking beside you on yours.
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Specialization in Medical Technology
from Central Washington University.
Board Certified in Medical Technology from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Certified Holistic Nutritionist from the Energetic Health Institute, 2 year program.