Hello and thanks for stopping by. I wanted to share a little about my story.
I came to this place in my journey, as so many of us do, through my own health challenges and those
of my children. It’s been such an crazy journey that I’d like to share what I’ve learned so far with you.
My memories of childhood and into my early 20’s are mostly about debilitating migraines (which
started when I was quite young), urinary infections, “spastic colon”, terrible acne and irregular periods,
and in my early 20’s I was told I wouldn’t be able to have children. I didn’t do much to change my
circumstances because quite frankly I didn’t think there was anything I could do. I assumed this was
just happening to me and I would have to learn how to live with it.
Then I moved to Montana after graduate school at the age of 23 and met an acupuncturist that
changed my life and more importantly, my outlook on life! Within 3 months, we had my migraines
under control and I had a plan I was implementing to begin healing my gut. I’ll be honest, I didn’t stick to my plan all that well – but I did find an extraordinary acupuncturist when I moved back to North Carolina. What she and I were doing must have been working because, quite by surprise, I became pregnant a couple of years later! That pregnancy was fraught with challenges almost from day 1 and after a month in the hospital during my second trimester, I delivered my little boy at 27 weeks gestation. He weighed 1lb 12oz and was about 12in long and spent 3 long months in the NICU before coming home. He’s 21 now. As terrible as all of that was…and I’ll spare you the details….my body was very different afterwards (better in lots of ways) and now I had an even more important reason to get healthy. Not only that, I had to try to keep him healthy and that was a learning curve I didn’t think I’d be able to conquer.
3 years later, I got pregnant again. Apparently, healing my gut balanced my hormones too! I was given all the horror stories about another pre-term birth and put on bed rest for 28 weeks but managed to persevere through 4 pre-term labor scares. At 40 weeks and 1 day, I gave birth to my baby girl. Her health, however, was far from ideal and, coupled with the illnesses her brother kept contracting, as well as my own health challenges that resurfaced in the midst of the stress I was under, I sought out the experts and went back to school. I was told by a prominent Pediatric Gastroenterologist that “the doctor I needed for my daughter didn’t exist”, so I decided it was up to me….and have been practicing and learning ever since.
I will also tell you that both children (21 and 18 at this writing) are smart, amazingly talented, independent and healthy. They have been and continue to be my greatest teachers and source of inspiration! I continue to explore this thing called healing with curiosity and I hope you’ll join me!