Like many others in the wellness profession, it was issues with my own health that led me to begin working in nutrition.
When my first child was nine months old, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis.
Although my journey of poor health spans much further back than that.
A diagnosis of the autoimmune condition Graves Disease when I was just 17 years old (which mysteriously “went away on its own”) was never again mentioned by any health professional I saw for the next two decades. Even though years of acne, IBS, weight fluctuations, fatigue, brain fog, polycystic ovaries and fertility struggles dominated my life.
Our current medical system treats the body in individual parts with a pill for each individual symptom.
But functional medicine looks at the body as a whole and works to trace back step by step what can lead one to ill health, so that real healing can occur.
It sounds strange, but the day I found out I had Hashimotos, I felt a huge weight lifted. A further understanding of iron deficiency added one more big piece of the puzzle.
I resolved to learn as much as I could and finally began the process of true healing, which my body had been begging me for for two decades.
Our bodies are always trying to tell us something. Once we learn to quiet the noise of life and listen, it reveals so much about our mental, physical, emotional and even our spiritual health.