I have struggled with various symptoms since my late 20’s. It started with severe panic attacks and anxiety. I’ve never experienced or felt anything like it. Most days I thought I was dying of some horrible disease. I remember not wanting to go to the doctor because I would have to face some scary diagnosis. The panic attacks and anxiety got SO bad, we had to hire a live-in nanny to help with the kids and run errands with me. I couldn't go anywhere alone because I was afraid I would die in the car driving. I felt paralyzed. I finally got the courage and went to a doctor, hoping he would help me. To my absolute amazement, he had nothing for me. He said: “ 90% of people suffer from anxiety. Learn to live with it.” He gave me a prescription for Xanax and sent me home. I was so disappointed as I was hoping to have my anxiety mystery solved. My prescription was hanging on my fridge for weeks. I never filled it. I was determined to find an answer myself.
As the weeks and months went I kept collecting more and more symptoms. I suffered from severe fatigue. Some days I could barely get out of bed. I was waking up with headaches daily. I had muscle twitches all over the body (and still do to some degree to this day). My brain was foggy and could’t concentrate for a long period of time anymore. I couldn't remember things.
My fingers would randomly twitch as well. I was never able to take a full breath anymore. I developed digestive issues. I had constant twitching in my stomach. I felt like something was living inside of me. I went from diarrhea to being constipated all the time. I became extremely sensitive to light and even more sensitive to noise. If the kids banged the door I could just jump out of my skin. It was that painful. (I am still noise sensitive today but not bad at all). When I laid in the bed at night, I felt electric shocks going through my entire body. I had heart palpitations. My hair was falling out at a crazy rate, I developed an itchy rash on my ankles and legs. My vision was blurry and my eyes were dry all the time. I had eye floaters. My nails were so brittle. I was constantly clearing my throat, I always had a mucus lump. Something happened with my ability to swallow and I felt like I would choke when I ate. I was afraid to eat, because I worried I would choke on my food. I became sensitive to alcohol. I could barely have a glass of wine without feeling wasted. I was sleeping like it was my job and when I finally got up in the morning I was so groggy. My hands and feet were severely swollen. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and Lupus.
I felt too young for all of this, yet so old getting out of bed every morning.
I tried to self navigate the healing journey. I tried every supplement, every diet, I read every book, I was doing yoga, meditation and I prayed. I was desperate.
I decided to get help from a holistic practitioner. At my first appointment she performed NRT (Nutrition Response Testing). If you’ve ever had it done, you know how strange it is. I wasn’t feeling very confident in her ability to heal me. She gave me an eating plan, along with an herbal colon cleanse and a ton of other supplements. I followed the program religiously and after only a week my anxiety & panic attacks disappeared.
For the next many years I would make 2 steps forward, 3 steps back.
Fast forward 11 years, I came to the conclusion that I had a breast implant illness. I was convinced that was my problem and it was the foreign objects in my body causing all these symptoms. I had an explant surgery in April 2018.
I thought I would wake up from the surgery and suddenly all my health issues would disappear.
It wasn't the case. It wasn't the immediate answer to all my health problems, but little did I know that this was only the beginning of my amazing journey as a practitioner. I learned all about the different body systems and what's truly necessary for a body to heal as a whole. I healed from mold, candida, bacteria, heavy metal toxicity, parasites and BII and today I feel so fortunate I get to pass my experiences and knowledge to you. I have been through trenches with health issues, left no stone unturned and no avenue unexplored. I believe that makes me a great integrative practitioner, and I can help you achieve the same great level of health.