I can relate to your health challenges because I’ve been there myself. At the age of 18, I was rushed to the hospital with sharp, shooting abdominal pain. After many tests, I was immediately taken into the operating room to have a cyst removed from one of my ovaries. My doctor at the time described this cyst to be the size of a grapefruit which had turned into a torsion which was blocking blood supply. The formation of many cysts on my ovaries didn’t allow for a normal menstrual cycle every 28 days. I never understood why I would get my menstrual period every 6-8 months. This all made sense when I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.” – Hippocrates
I lived with my PCOS diagnosis for years, relying on birth control pills to regulate my cycle, but PCOS really started to take over my life. I was unable to function normally and would often find myself struggling with mental fog, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, chronic exhaustion and lack of motivation. Resting my exhausted body didn’t help either because I could rarely sleep soundly and would often wake up just as tired as I was when I went to sleep.
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” – Rumi
My body was communicating with me through these symptoms. As I continued to ignore these signals, my health challenges compounded, first with a thyroid auto-immune disease and then with thyroid cancer and infertility. It was time for me to take control of my health and happiness. My first step was to explore the science supporting alternative modalities and then to formally enroll in graduate education in functional medicine and holistic nutrition. By taking action to nourish and stimulate my interconnected bodily systems through food and alternative medicine such as acupuncture, targeted supplementation and herbs, I activated my body’s self-healing processes.
“The cure is the same as the prevention. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
My personal journey with so many ups and downs has made me eager to share my knowledge to support others so they are not forced to live with so many compounding health challenges as I did. I’m confident in the power of my personal and clinical experience, combined with diagnostic tools and personalized holistic treatment to help me help you rewrite your own health story.