More than twenty years ago I found myself in a hopeless situation...
I spent my entire childhood being sick from one degree to another. I guess you could say that it all started at birth. I was a forceps baby and the doctor accidentally fractured my skull. Imagine the headache I probably had after that?! My screaming was non-stop. Was it from my massive birth trauma or severe colic (because I had that too)? Who knows. But it definitely made for a lot of sleepless and stressful nights for my parents!
At six weeks, my problems continued and so, under the advice of a good-intentioned doctor, my mom quit breast-feeding me and put me on cow's milk (which I actually was allergic to and caused me additional health problems). At three months old I nearly died in my mom's arms.
Could my life circumstances get any worse?
By the time I was in the middle of elementary school I had lived on antibiotics for nine years, weighed no more than 60 lbs, had a digestive system that was totally dysfunctional, suffered a bad reaction to one of my childhood vaccines, and my spine had a slight curve in it (scoliosis). My ability to learn suffered significantly- my bad health was having a physiological influence on my brain and mental capacity. In spite of that, it was my self-esteem that suffered most, especially when my public school teachers removed me from my regular class and placed me in a special needs learning program.
This downward spiral continued until I hit rock bottom in 1996. It was then that I was diagnosed with a severe case of scoliosis and deteriorating organs. Every one of my doctors told me that there was no hope of recovery. The only solution I was prescribed was a body brace and surgery on my spine. As we (my family and I) investigated the "success" of this type of surgery we were horrified to find out the results of other people's experiences. One girl we spoke to shared her story of how her spinal cord was accidentally cut and severed during surgery and was now confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Another woman we met showed us the holes in her back from where the metal rods that had been once screwed to her spine broke away and pushed out through the skin of her back. Can you imagine? And this was just the beginning.
There were no two ways about it- my family and I opted for something different. We chose to figure out how to have total health and vitality, even if it meant doing it on our own. We dared to go beyond the condemnation of my diagnosis and invest ourselves completely in finding our own solution.
1996 - My x-rays indicated I had three spinal curves (cervical, thoracic, lumbar)
Overcoming a debilitating disease is no easy task. The truth of the matter is it is absolutely devastating in every possible way - physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, financially, relationally...
It was crazy and it was dramatic with countless ups and downs.
On top of it all, some people in our closest circles were relentless in criticism because they could not get what we were really doing. They said or acted as though we were overboard with health, but what they were really saying was “I truly don't understand the value of what you're doing and I don't believe it's necessary for me to go to that extent with my own health.” That was painful and frustrating, because honestly it's not always easy standing alone with little to no respect or support from those you thought you could count on. But no matter what, we always chose to chase hope! And we always found it!
Everything we did brought a certain level of success. No matter how hard things got at times, we had a firm sense of knowing that I would achieve success no matter what. We were completely committed to doing whatever it took to heal.
Little by little, my spine started to straighten. I was able to ditch my body brace forever in the year 2000 and from that point on I would never again need to worry that I would need surgery for my spine. Over the years, the health of my organs were completely revitalized. My ability to learn improved and I went from being a special needs student who couldn't learn to becoming the "teacher". I hit my stride and my family and I have not looked back since! We had truly cracked our own code for real and long-lasting health and vitality.
I went from barely surviving to thriving. Each passing year brings a whole new level of vitality and stamina. I have recovered my chronic health conditions and the best is yet to be. I am happy, healthy, and driven to share real health and vitality to the world.
Since 2001, I have gone on to train with the Upledger Institute, Chikly Institute, Barral Institute, Michael Shea (Biodynamic Craniosacral) teaching team, Makami College of Massage, Athabasca University, have been trained in Fitness Instruction, Holistic Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Nutritional Cooking & Fermentation, regularly participate in live, hands-on training of Biodynamic Craniosacral in the USA, and became certified as a John C. Maxwell International Coach, Speaker and trainer and more.
And this is just the beginning. As my very dear friend of mine who is a cancer pathologist once said, "I want to be the Oprah of real health!" Guess what? Me too! It is my greatest aspiration to be credited among the world's top teachers and practitioners who continue the science, development, and teachings of Biodynamic Craniosacral.
It's hard not to get passionate about health, healing, and being the best you can be with a background like mine. As Jordan Ruban (The Maker's Diet) says, "I can speak with authority on nutrition, disease, and health not because I have "paid my dues" academically (though I have), but because I have personally survived the torturous walk through the valley of disease and death and emerged triumphant!" By successfully unlocking my greatest potential for life, I am in a position to help others to do the same.
I have worked with all ages of people and with all levels of vitality. I have worked with babies as young as ten minutes old and seniors as old as 101 years of age. I have worked with moms concerned about the well-being of their families and hardworking men, trying to get out of pain just to get back to work. I have worked with athletes trying to recover from sports injuries or maximize their game and doctors, surgeons, and other health practitioners who already a deep understanding of health and vitality and choose to take extra steps necessary to live their best quality of life. I have worked with business owners who understand that the maximum sustainable success of their business directly relates to their ability to maintain good health and seniors who are trying to recover or maintain their vitality during their golden years. And the list goes on.
Since 2004, when I opened my first health and wellness business, and after working with people from across Canada, the USA, and more recently Mexico, I can say there is one thing that every single person I have ever worked with shares in common: if you are truly willing to maximize your life, no matter what, regardless of your circumstances, you absolutely can.
Daily life is filled with choices and it is those choices that mold the world around you. Great health, vitality and performance is a choice. Choose it. Commit to it. Maximize it.
It is my mission in life since my recovery to inspire and empower people to maximize their overall health and potential so that they can experience a life of unlimited possibilities.
I truly have an unwavering passion and belief that everyone can live their greatest capacity for life.
So what are you waiting for? Go chase your health, live your dreams, and experience life unlimited!
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