My Story

My story began In 1998, when I noticed strange scars on my body. At first it seemed like the scars left white patches on my skin, but when they began to spread and change colors, I went to see a dermatologist. I was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, one of several autoimmune diseases with symptoms in the connective tissue. The autoimmune scarring of the skin is irreversible and typically spreads with skin trauma or for other unknown reasons.

Unfortunately, I probably had other autoimmune issues at this time, but I went home with an ineffective cream for the scars. The underlying issue was not addressed and I was not treated holistically. Wouldn’t it be great to be part of a holistic community that teaches autonomy and sustainable healing from the inside out; a community where we all believe that you have the potential and inner knowledge to be YOUR OWN holistic healer? I ONLY WISH, I had found MY HEALING TRIBE, in 1998! 

The following year, I began losing a large amount of weight and having heart palpitations, in addition to other issues. When I consulted several different doctors, they dismissed me because I was, “so healthy.” After two years of symptoms, I finally received a diagnosis of Graves’ disease from an endocrinologist. In 2001, my Graves’ went into remission after two years of medication, many lifestyle changes and consistent stress management. 

Can you relate? Does my story sound similar to yours? Are you tired of medical professionals dismissing your symptoms or giving you prescriptions for drugs that have worse side effects than your symptoms or do not work at all? Are the medications making you feel worse, rather than better, or are they immunosuppressants that may not be sustainable long-term? Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that makes you feel ​LOST and ALONE with your diagnosis, not knowing where to begin? Are you fed up with people telling you that you look healthy, but you know inside that SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG? I’VE BEEN THERE!

My Healing Journey

Fast forward through several years of pretty good health (or I was just too busy to notice). In 2008 I became pregnant with my daughter. I experienced a near- perfect pregnancy and all-natural birth, which I attribute to my holistic training and the practice I had used for years to manage my past conditions. A year-and-a-half later, I started to notice some very serious new health issues cropping up. I was unable to get out of bed and walk because my feet hurt so badly; I experienced daily fevers and my fingers swelled so much, I couldn’t bend them around the steering wheel to drive. I was worried at one point that I would have to go on disability. I also had a dry pasty mouth and could barely swallow anything but liquids, and my eyes were constantly bloodshot and felt as though there were sand grains in them. I was having a horrible time sleeping and was having neuropathy and tingling, followed by a loss of feeling in my extremities. After a month of thinking I had a horrible virus that would just go away on its own, I realized something else was going on. I had to take my health into my own hands. I did a complete renovation of my diet and my relaxation routine; I learned the practice of Ayurveda and made many other changes. I’m so excited to share all of these life changes with you, so you can also heal! 

After a six-month wait to see a rheumatologist, I was tested for a variety of issues, and I was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome and Raynaud’s disease. Despite the diagnoses, the physicians decided that I wasn’t a good candidate for traditional autoimmune medications, because my symptoms were not ‘bad enough’ for the meds they typically prescribe. Again, I left feeling as if something was VERY WRONG with me. Even with the tests and the top specialists at the University of Iowa Department of Rheumatology, I was turned away and they could do NOTHING about it. Once again, I took healing into my own hands with my knowledge of a variety of nutritional plans and healing arts. I learned the process of working through autoimmune (AI) reactions to all kinds of triggers. I’m guessing, you too have experienced strange symptoms of AI and would like help figuring out how to manage these symptoms. Well, I can help you! I’ve been there and spent two decades doing the research on self-healing autoimmune disease, so you don’t have to.

Here’s what helped me heal and feel like myself again: I l​earned how to recognise my triggers early and how to respond, before they flared up, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing! Now, I fully recognise all of my triggers and I know exactly what causes my flares! I can help you learn your triggers so you can enjoy your life and be healthy and active, sustainably!