You've happened upon this blog for a reason. Perhaps the reason is that you are a friend of acquaintance of mine who has watched my life's journey and is excited to see me take this next step in my life. Perhaps you read my book and we are forever connected in that way. Either way you know me, my story, my struggles and triumphs - both of which have been many. There's also a good chance that you have landed on this blog because you are in search of support for your health, your life, your wellness. Whoever you are, welcome to the Chronic Wellness Experts blog.
As you may have already gathered from my bio, I am an author, a writer, and a lover of the written word. And so, sometimes in this blog you will find straightforward health tips and recipes, other times you may find me tripping over some of my own ideas in my head. Through the years I have written two very successful and widely read blogs and I have found that my best work is always that which comes naturally from my fingertips with little editing - for these are the words which are spoken from the heart.
So here we are - I'm now a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach and you are either working with me as a client, interested in what I am up to, or curious as to how I can support you on your own road to wellness. If that is the case, please know that the reason I offer a free full-length consultation appointment is so that you can get an idea of how I work, what I may be able to do for you and if you should commit to yourself to work with me for a few months.
So, how did I end up here? Well, to put it simply - I have been THROUGH it. Life has thrown me some daggers of curveballs and while I have certainly seen the darkest of times, I have somehow always come out on top. I completely understand what it feels like to be hopelessly chronically ill, but I also know what it's like to turn the tables on that illness and become "chronically well". And it is in that spirit that I founded Chronic Wellness Experts.
There is literally a book about what I have been through, so I won't get into all of that here. If you're interested, click on the "book" tab. A Twist of Lyme: Battling a Disease That "Doesn't Exist" was written for myself, my family, and for other patients and caregivers of invisible illnesses, especially neurological Lyme Disease. But it doesn't stop there. My life's story is one full of love and broken hearts; a struggle to become a parent; the realities (good and bad) of being a single mom for years; the search for true love and success in finding it after kissing many toads; financial ups and downs, career changes, self-exploration; weight struggles... the list goes on.
Many of my book readers will be thrilled the learn what happened AFTER the book was published. I credit my Lyme specialist, Dr. Joseph G. Jemsek in Washington, DC with successfully treating me into the maintenance phase (one step before remission) after five rough years of treatment. This man saved my life. Full stop. I have learned, however, to give myself credit where credit is due. I STUCK with him, didn't stray from his treatment program even though at times I wondered if I would EVER get better. But I did. And I added people and education to my "team". I took the bull by the horns to find the missing piece to the puzzle and I believe that nutrition played an absolutely instrumental role in my final stages of healing. Here I am. Healthy, happy, in love, with an exciting new job and exploring my spirituality on a level that I haven't in a long time. But here's the thing - my story and process continues. It does for all of us. And so here we meet, perhaps for the first time, perhaps again. Whichever it is, I look forward to walking this path with you.
The best part of this whole nutritional component is that the last thing you will ever do with me is count calories, or go on a low-fat or low-carb diet from outdated flawed research. What happens when you join forces with me is I learn about you and in turn create a program specifically tailored to your needs, goals, AND tastes.
While starting to compile a plan for a new client the other day, she begged me not to take away her beloved smoothie. She looks forward to it, enjoys it and it's really a must for her. So why on EARTH would I start by taking that away from her? No way. that's not my style. Instead we'll start with other parts of her day and diet and leave that smoothie as it is and when she is ready, she will keep that smoothie and perhaps make some very minor tweaks to it that she won't even notice - except in the results!
When I embarked on my own nutritional journey, I had a VERY healthy diet. The thing is, while I was eating very healthy food on paper, it wasn't all healthy for me as an individual. With some guidance from my own health coach and from my education with the Insitute for Integrative Nutrition™ piggy-backed by a long history in the naturopathic medical field working intimately with an ND and with an even more detailed history as a patient, I ran laps around my old ways of thinking and relearned how to eat. It starts with food. I'm not going to be selling you shakes or drinks or a bunch of stuff - this is about making simple changes in the kitchen and at the grocery store over time. I lost thirty stubborn pounds in three months (of er the holidays!) that I just couldn't shed until I figured out what my body did and did not agree with. These pounds stayed off and while I look forward to losing more weight, I am happier than I have been during most of my adult life because my body is healthy now and I know how to nourish it - nutritionally, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
If you have a chronic or invisible illness, suffer from sluggish energy, sleep disturbances, a desire to gain or lose weight, aches and pains, women's issues or just want to learn about how you can be healthier - talk to me! Fill out the contact tab and let me know you would like to take advantage of my free consultation with no obligations. I look forward to hearing from you and exploring the possibility of us working together for a few months to facilitate the change or transformation you desire. Welcome to Chronic Wellness Experts. This is all about YOU.