My Stepping Stones…

My journey begins in 2011 when I was diagnosed with prenatal depression, post partum depression, and generalized anxiety after the birth of my second daughter.  My eating was so erratic, my mental state was far from sound and my body was in unbearable state.

 

In 2012 when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and at 31 years of age I was on a cocktail of medications.  After a year of feeling older than my age mentally, physically and spiritually I decided to take my life back and began the journey of wellness.

 

I slowly changed my diet from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to a clean whole foods approach and my lifestyle from predominately sedentary to reigniting my passion for competitive swimming. I had successfully (and  under advisement of my doctor) weaned off all my medications for depression and anxiety and hypothyroidism.

 

 

 

However, in the fall of 2013 I suffered a silent stroke, which left me with residual symptoms that affected my daily life.  The doctors and specialists could not find a logical reason why someone with my health and age would suffer such a thing.  And thus began a second journey to wellness. I overcame many of the challenges from a stroke and maintained my swimming ambitions, however, not all of me was healing.  I began to have difficulty speaking, and swallowing and my neck would twist involuntarily, my face would twitch and pull at random, and I was in immense pain.

 

 

 

After a year of seeing countless specialists, in the spring of 2014 I was diagnosed with heme-facial spasms and in the fall of 2014 I was diagnosed with cervical dystonia. Dystonia is a neuromuscular movement disorder that causes muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily.  I was devastated with this diagnosis.

 

Despite the news, I was determined that I would be able to have a long, beautiful, healthful life raising my two daughters and swimming to my hearts content.  I began my online distance education with the University of Natural Medicine and enrolled in the Bachelor of Natural Science degree.

 

In the midst of this educational pursuit and diagnoses, I was also going through a separation after 8 years of marriage.  It was in this time when I had my awakening, and realized that my path to wellness was incomplete. I had adjusted my mind, I had adjusted my body but the one adjustment I had not made was my spirit.  While enduring the third most excruciating challenge of my life, I began to explore my spiritual side.  I began to practice mindfulness and meditation; forgiveness and prayer; setting intentions and being observant to my thoughts and my breath.  Six months into my spiritual journey everything clicked into place. Mind, body and soul all connected and I was able to trust and discern whatever came in front of me.

 

After two years, I found new love and rebuilt my family and pursued my nutritional education with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition where I obtained my designation of R.H.N. and that is how WholeHearted Holistics was born.