What does it mean to be an autoimmune warrior? It means you fight hard to overcome your symptoms and live the life you dream. It means that there are battles and sometimes your fail but you get back up and do it again. But most of all it means that once you finally succeed, it is time to share your story and help others accomplish the same.
There were many times that I wanted to give up and eat junk food. There were many times I wasn’t motivated to exercise. There were plenty of hard days. There were plenty of horrible days.
It wasn’t an easy journey. It was filled with obstacles and challenges. It took me 7 years to perfect my process. There were tons of rock bottom failures. But we all learn from our mistakes. That is when you find a way out, dust yourself off, and do it again. There were many times that I wanted to give up and eat junk food. There were many times I wasn’t motivated to exercise. There were plenty of hard days. There were plenty of horrible days. But every challenge I faced only made me stronger. I have autoimmune leaky gut and a genetic syndrome called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. The combination can be pretty debilitating and overwhelming. If I wouldn’t have chosen to make my health a priority my life would be very different right now. It wasn’t an easy decision to put myself before others. After all, I am a mom, wife, and nurse. All those amazing things means you put everyone else before you. And I absolutely love doing that but when my health started to fail and it impacted my children’s joy, I stopped to reflect. If I didn’t find a way out they would be faced with the hardships of having a chronically ill mom to care for and they didn’t deserve that fate.
Leaky gut is a condition that allows particles of food to travel throughout your body. These particles begin to wreak havoc everywhere. Then your immune system begins to attack the food particles and your own body in the process. Leaky gut and autoimmune disease are a backfiring of your own immune system. Your body attacks itself creating physical symptoms and pain. I suffered from symptoms since childhood. But I had no idea what or why it was happening until my 30s.
I’ve learned a lot on this journey to find wellness. My journey took me through an educational journey to find answers for others that ended up helping me. My career evolved from a Special Education teacher to a Registered nurse in hopes of helping children with special needs overcome their health battles. And the amazing gift that unveiled was the very answered I needed for myself. In the process, my health eventually failed and crisis struck. I desperately searched for a solution to my horrible digestive issues. Slowly my body began to heal and transform.
The journey helped me develop an incredible technique that I have used to support my clients and children. I reduced and practically eliminated all my symptoms in my body. And boy were those symptoms extensive. I used to experience all of these symptoms almost daily: reflux, bloating, cramping, anxiety, fatigue, chronic pain, frequent illness, migraines, headaches, etc. The symptoms became overwhelming and my life seemed to be falling apart. I knew that there had to be a better way to live. And I knew my children deserved better. And I am so thankful and grateful for the journey that brought me here. But to truly understand the hardship, it is time to take you into a journey about genetics.
I went to countless specialists and as my research evolved I knew there was a genetic condition behind all my extensive medical diagnosis and symptoms. But it wasn’t easy to find. I went to rheumatologists, Gastroenterologists, neurologists, and then finally a geneticist. And that was finally when I got the answer I was looking for, I was diagnosed with EDS III. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a debilitating condition that impacts every organ, muscle, and tissue of your body. Most people with this condition have tons of surgeries and need assistive devices. The pain and frequent injuries leave you feeling ashamed and useless.
Thankfully I was able to overcome that dreadful time in my life. It has been amazing to see that I was able to develop a routine that has helped me become more active and energized.
It has been a long journey. But I learned a lot along the way. And the most valuable gift was that all genetic conditions, illnesses, and diseases have a root cause that needs to be addressed synergistically for true success. Trust me I was skeptical. I didn’t believe myself for years. I didn’t truly accept that there were 2 root causes of my illness. And then suddenly in 2019, as I wrote my book, “The Truth about IBS and Anxiety,” everything became crystal clear. As I helped people heal, I truly began to see the transformations that were possible with my process and the gifts they experienced. You see the truth about what I teach, is that it doesn’t only help mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa; it helps the kids and grandkids too.
Think about it this way. Reflect on your week or your month. Was there a day that you were super stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? Did it change the way you behaved? Did it change the way you felt? Did it change the way you spoke to others? Did it change their reaction? I bet if you truly think about it, you will say, YES, YES, YES.
I will give you an example. My client, Demi, suffered from chronic illness, reflux, chronic pain, and fatigue. She felt hopeless and alone when we began working together. She was sure she was doomed to fail and hopeless. As we worked together to create a supportive routine for her, she began to transform easily. Her weight seemed to melt away. Her symptoms seemed to disappear. Her energy and motivation increased. And her life completely changed.
But it didn’t stop with her, it extended to the entire family. Her husband and children began to eat healthier. The more energetic and happy she became, the more fun and exciting their relationship became. And her children began to change too. When we started working together her youngest had anxiety and trouble sleeping. He often complained of stomach aches and headaches. As she began to improve the way she felt, their health began to change too. She began to really see that her own health impacted the entire family. She began to notice that the days she was stressed and overwhelmed, everyone was stressed and overwhelmed. She noticed that when she screamed and lost her temper, her kids suddenly had symptoms arise. She noticed that when she wasn’t following her routine, it affected the world around her too.
The beautiful gift she thanked me for her compassion and courage
The funny thing is that I didn’t realize I gave her that gift until now. I actually created that audio about courage and compassion for myself. Because getting on camera, writing my book, and sharing my story has been a difficult journey. It has tested my resilience and perseverance. It has tested my patience and kindness. It has tested me in all facets of my life.
But Demi reminded me that my journey is not only to help women. She reminded me by helping one person, I help everyone around them heal as well. Because if one person can make a difference to transform the world around them, imagine the possibilities if more people do the same. We all deserve to feel happy, energized, and vibrant. We all deserve to thrive in life. We all deserve to reach our ultimate potential. And it all starts by working on yourself first.
I never thought I could overcome my chronic debilitating pain. I thought I was destined to live a life of pain and fatigue. I thought that surgery and physical therapy was the only way to reduce my symptoms.
But now I surpassed all my physical limitations. I went from a girl that never exercised or played sports because her pain was so intense. To a girl that rock climbs, dances, and repels down waterfalls. And it all began with a decision to work on me first. And the same magical transformations happen when my clients unveil their own healing powers.