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A little more about me...
Walking the labyRInth…
I know what it’s like to live in a state of chronic illness all too well. It has led me to the depths of my shadow work, yet healing myself and children has by far been the most empowering journey of my life. I spent most of my teenage years battling anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, gut issues… the whole gamut of modern chronic dis-ease. Never once did a doctor attempt to explore the root causes of my issues – beyond standard labs and procedures – instead I was bounced around from doctor to doctor receiving multiple symptomatic diagnoses such as CFS/MCS, IBS, hormonal imbalances, major depressive disorder – all of which offered minimal resolve of my symptoms. In my experience most of the doctors focused solely on my symptoms and were far too quick to pull out the prescription pad, feeling as if by writing another script they had done their duty. Yet far too tunnel visioned to notice that I was still a person, trying my best to stay functional, a person that had experienced life traumas and in turn unhealthy lifestyle habits and coping mechanisms. I needed so much more than what they were offering.
In my experience most of the doctors focused solely on my symptoms and were far too quick to pull out the prescription pad, feeling as if by writing another script they had done their duty.
I was a person that had experienced life traumas and in turn unhealthy lifestyle habits and coping mechanisms. I needed so much more than what they were offering. So I did what any ever-curious being would do and I became my own ambassador of health. I discovered an endless passion for researching natural approaches to my conditions, nutrition, various healing modalities, herbs, homeopathy, supplements… anything and everything to further understand myself. Somewhere in my years of dabbling, my path led me to acupuncture. Or more appropriately, it led me home. I’ll never forget my first session. After years of debilitating gut issues, I had months of relief after just two sessions!
My body knew how to heal itself, it just needed the energetic clearance and guidance to get there.
For me, Chinese medicine (which has been in practice for thousands of years) is healing at the highest vibration, leaving no facet untouched. I knew I had found my calling. It grounded my anxiety and depression, resolved my hormonal/gut imbalances, and supported me every step of the way during my pregnancy and delivery. I was in love.
I entered school with such vigor and enthusiasm.
My path was clear, I wanted to specialize in women’s health and the spiritual roots of psycho-emotional disorders, as I was deep in my studies and practices of Native American Shamanism at the time. But, the universe had other plans for me. (Well, kind of, I still get super excited treating women’s health, pregnancy, emotions, and all things within the spiritual realms!) I became pregnant with my second son midway through my Master’s program and was sick the entire pregnancy – major immune trigger for my body. From hyperemesis, multiple pregnancy scares, bedrest, gestational diabetes to prematurely delivering my son which resulted in a heart-wrenching month-long NICU stay – I was beyond depleted. Thankfully, today he’s a healthy and vivacious boy! In retrospect, during the pregnancy, I was absolutely living in a dissociated state of shock and survival. Much soul loss.
Five months postpartum and the (im)perfect storm arrived.
I was bitten by an infected tick and contracted neurological Lyme disease and multiple co-infections. And this is where my healing journey really began. I had no idea what Lyme was capable of, but for a long pause it stole my life away. I was a shell of who I was once – riddled with neurological dysfunction, memory lapses, heart problems, exhaustion, pain, depression and anxiety.
So, it became my life’s work to understand the complexities of Lyme and other environmental illnesses.
I began researching endlessly, gaining knowledge everywhere I could – traditional Chinese medicine, functional medicine, genetics, homeopathy, Shamanism, chemical-free living, nutrition, energetics – I delved into it all. I needed to understand every facet of my body and the pathogens that had invaded it, so that I could overcome them- Or a truth I later came to, understanding and acceptance for what is.
I have been so fortunate that my path led me to treat and learn alongside some of the most gifted and innovative practitioners in holistic medicine.
I have since returned to myself – and in many ways, a much healthier and grounded version of me. Do I still have the occasional relapse? Of course. Healing is a journey. Yet each dip gifts me with an even deeper understanding of the layers of this illness. And with that, I’m able to listen to my body, give it what it needs, and meet it with gratitude. So much wisdom and strength have been gained through my own healing journey and in turn, it is such an honor to hold space and help others navigate their own path to healing.