I had no idea 9 years ago that not getting pregnant would take me on the wellness journey that I am on today.
I wanted to have a baby. I was 23 years old and had been married for a year. We were both in college and working part to full time. Everyone else was doing it and I wanted to join in. A year later nothing happened, and friends all around me were popping out babies left and right. Hmm, maybe we should see a doctor. There were no fertility specialists in the small town where we lived at the time. We had a few tests done and they seemed to think it was just due to stress or maybe it just wasn't "the right time" (oh one of my favorite phrases!) I cried a lot and wondered what was wrong with me. I was sad and felt very lost.
Fast forward a few years and we were living in Southern California. My husband had wonderful medical insurance coverage through his work, so we took full advantage and saw a reproductive endocrinologist at a clinic that was touted as one of the "10 best in the country".
After several months of IUI (intra-uterine insemination) and no apparent "reason" for me not being pregnant, I was miserable. The hormones, pills and injections I had to take were a nightmare. I had no idea what to do with myself and neither did my husband. He tried to help as much as he could, but my hormones were so chaotic that I was a wreck. There has to be a better way! This was not the way I wanted to have a baby, but I was so desperate that I didn't know what else to do.
Then came the turning point. I was on the phone with my doctor in the parking lot of Trader Joes in Valencia, CA. I was there on my lunch break and returned his call. I will never forget this moment. It was December 2009 and he was talking to me about "other" options since 5 rounds of IUI did not result in a pregnancy. He said we should move on straight to IVF, and since they had all my recent blood work, etc, we could move on to it with my next cycle. My head was spinning as I wasn't ready to hear this. Going back to that office, taking one more pill, injecting my belly one more time, inserting one more suppository, was the LAST thing on earth I wanted to do. I told him I needed some time to think about it and maybe to take a break through the holidays. He said, "I don't understand, don't you want a baby. Aren't you desperate to be pregnant?" I was horrified beyond belief that a doctor would speak to me that way. I was speechless, wanting to scream at him but having no clue what to say. So I hung up the phone and never called back. A few months after that I began looking in to vegetarianism and veganism, but not as a way to cure my infertility. I just began to have a high interest in holistic health and wellness. I felt like I was done with Western medicine. What has it done for me?? Absolutely nothing, so I'm done with it!! Little did I know a new passion and lifestyle was blossoming.
Years later, we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and I discovered a treatment called FootZonology. I loved it so much that I saw my FootZonologist a few times a month, and with her help and coaching, I improved my health immensely. I had initially sought out this treatment as a way to help me possible get pregnant through holistic, natural methods. However, I did not realize what was actually going to happen instead!
I lost those few extra pounds I had put on and I switched to eating a plant based, whole foods diet. I omitted gluten, dairy and soy from my diet and began to undue the damage that had been done to my endocrine system by taking all those fertility drugs. But the truly AMAZING MIRACLE that occurred, because of the diet changes, and because I was having my body rejuvenated on an almost weekly basis, is that I was able to stop taking asthma and allergy medication that I took for 18 years!!! I was always that kid in PE class sucking back on my inhaler. I even wore it around my neck, I was that attached to it. I never thought I would like a life without it. And now it's been over 2 years and I'm medication free and healthier than ever. I even ran a 1/2 marathon without my medication. Yes, it's true!! I would have never imagined that I could have a life so free and breathe so easily. It's completely possible, and you CAN do it. It's easier than you think, and anyone can have success with it, anyone!
I AM NOW LIVING MY PASSION AND I WANT TO HELP YOU!
I want to be your ally, advocate and partner in leading to a life of health and wellness. Breathing has been difficult for you your whole life. They say that asthma feels like breathing through a straw, but that cannot possible encompass what it feels like to not even be able to go up a flight of stairs without getting dizzy, lightheaded and gasping for air. Or running, just once, around the track and it hurts so bad in your lungs that it burns. It's more than uncomfortable, it's debilitating. It hinders you from doing what you actually want to do in life. And allergy season? Worst time ever. Four months of watery eyes, scratchy throat, dry coughing, and overall misery. I have been there, I have suffered, and I want to you know that you don't have to suffer anymore! You deserve to enjoy life without an inhaler, steroids, hourly eye drops, and pills. I am here to help! I have been through it, I know what it's like, and together we can take you to a place of vitality, wellness, energy, and happiness.