I often forget to give myself credit for being a badass. I think about the countless women I’ve seen in my practice, all struggling with serious health issues, and they’re badasses too! They remind me to give myself and my body credit for doing so well.
I started my healing journey by getting acupuncture and weekly massages. I was incredibly lucky to marry one of the best qigong teachers in the country, and started practicing meditation and tai chi, which have been a critical part of my healing. I later added on chiropractic, and in particular began using Neuro Emotional Technique (NET, my favorite tool in practice). I took herbs and supplements. I started playing around with food, including low glycemic index-based diets, the Weston A. Price-recommended diet, Slow-Carb, Primal, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), and Paleo.
I was getting better a little bit at a time. Every once in awhile, I would suddenly backslide. I was so tired by 6 p.m., I would fall asleep on the drive home. Weeping episodes hit me without warning. I was scared. I reached out to functional medicine specialists who helped further diagnose and treat my conditions. I started counseling and decided to learn to love myself unconditionally (this is still the hardest one for me).
Looking back, I realize I was so focused on being successful and helping people that I was ignoring critical parts of the healing journey. I’m not all the way healed. Not by any means. But I have made immense strides in my health and my ability to embody my true self.
I’m baring myself here because I want you to know that I’ve been there. I’ve had perplexing medical problems and have seen what feels like every type of practitioner out there. I’ve tried all the diets, taken all the supplements, and cried alone in the closet when nothing worked.
As I finish writing this, I’ve celebrated 11 years of being given a new chance at life. Ten years of more than survival. It’s been 10 years of dedicated and passionate work in my practice as well. My purpose is to facilitate your own personal realization.
May your suffering be decreased, and your joy increase a thousand fold. Thank you for letting me be a part of your healing team - from the deepest, sassiest, joyous depths of my heart.