I am sitting here in the wee hours of the morning finally getting my blog out to the world. I had this fear of it needing to be perfect before I could launch it. And someday it will be. I have an amazing photographer in mind to take a beautiful head shot with and two awesome experts in branding and websites that want to sit with me and pretty things up. That too shall happen. But for now, I need to start communication with ya’ll. Why? Because tonight was a reminder that I have data that might help someone. And THAT is more important than things looking perfect.
I was “glutened” tonight. Anyone who has gluten issues know EXACTLY what that means. For me it sends me into “POTS”. You can google that one and I will explain more later in another post. In brief, it has landed me in the ER twice with tachycardia for which they essentially ran tests to tell me they had no real answers. A crazy racing heart that lasted 24 hours in most cases when it hits bad, which I happen to have right this minute. That is why my family is sleeping and I am blogging like a maniac. Having a racing heart makes it tough to sleep but I can write! This all sounds quite strange right? It has taken me some time to unravel my own health issues and that is one reason why I am always striving to help others. I am sure my young server tonight thinks I am just some picky diet chick. Which is why she didn’t regard my asking about the gluten free pizza crust and reinforcing it as a big deal as important. Thankfully, the manager caught wind of me saying “WOW! This is amazing for a gluten free crust!” She looked into the computer to double check the order, low and behold it was not gluten free at all. She came to our table with a very serious apology, waived the bill and gave us a gift certificate and a GF pizza to take home to try. I wanted to just cry. I still kind of do. But that won’t help anything. I have worked so hard to feel good. And it has taken me years. I was finally getting to a somewhat stable place being that my toddler hasn’t really slept through the night much in 2 years and I work a part time/ full time job depending on the week. I felt like I was turning a corner, then this. SO I found myself reading blogs, on what others have done for this. I texted a friend who is a big deal in the Paleo field and knows her stuff after years with Crohn’s. I texted another Clinical Nutrition guru. I wanted to avoid-THIS, being up all night, feeling stressed. I have gotten a few ideas and it is a tad better so far this time! It is less fast than usual, but I still can’t sleep. So thanks to the random bloggers and my friends, I too am learning constantly and humbled by how much there is to know in this world.
The following story is my deeper”why” I do what I do.
I have wanted to help people since I can remember thinking my first thoughts. I knew I wanted to make the world a better place and basically settled on a career path that would allow me to do so. I started the journey with a B.S. undergraduate degree in Psychology at Cal Poly State University SLO. What I wanted to know the most about was how to help people THRIVE!!!! Happy, healthy and successful people is what I wanted to create in this world. I was seeing problems all around me that were wasting peoples time and I just wanted to make the problems disappear and help people live a better life! I know it may sound vague, but really it was kind of a broad area of life I wanted to improve, health relating to mental, physical and spiritual improvement was the realm I was studying at school and in my spare time.
After a brief time working in the fashion industry post undergraduate completion, I decided that health was still my focus and ended up in Chiropractic school. My focus became more specific as I was in school and went toward a speciality in Pediatrics. I wanted to learn how to communicate with children and to find out what they needed to grow up stronger, faster and smarter! I reflected back on my own childhood and even into the teen years and realized I was a pretty ill child. One of my earliest memories was of a surgery to remove my adenoids. This was not a fun memory and the result was not even very impressive or helpful. In general I had constant ear infections, ear tubes, asthma, bronchitis and constant digestive distress. During my teen years I was riddled with horrible cramps that kept me in bed every month and caused me to miss lots of school. I had migraine headaches, fatigue and muscle aches. I was often so tired that I used coffee to keep myself going while studying. I often experienced colds and other sicknesses. At seventeen I ended up with an emergency exploratory surgery in which they found Endometriosis and an infected Appendix. I ended that summer with a second surgery to remove more Endometriosis.
Fast forward to the past few years when I have watched the ailments that I had been collecting over the years start to reverse and or disappear. I had started to study applied clinical nutrition and how targeted whole food vitamins and herbs could help your body heal. I started with myself. In 2007 I had started with a “21 day purification program” that I modified and did for 6 whole months and went on from there. Basically it was kind of like whole 30 but stricter with supplements to support detoxification organs. The doctor I worked with used the method I do now and found that sugar and dairy were destroying my spleen. This made sense because my whole body went into a tail spin before my cycle and I would feel very sick. I started to see benefits, less body aches, less brain fog, I lost extra weight I had picked up, my energy started to come back and less migraines. I started to do this work he did with me. I had to! I wanted to help others!
Fast forward to my wedding in 2014 I decided to see if even after years of struggle with Endometriosis we could get pregnant. We did IMMEDIATELY! Abigail was born the following August after a wonderful pregnancy and a natural birth for this mother of “advanced maternal age”. She is my reminder of miracles and to never let a diagnosis pigeon hole you into expectations. I keep the belief that anything is possible and I can say after over a decade in practice that really is true.