25 years of chronic stress, emotional turbulence, depression and chronic fatigue lead to me decades of inflammation and autoimmune conditions
Who am I, and what’s my story?
I’m a dedicated mom of 6 adult children, grammie to 4 grandsons, 12 grand fur babies and our dog Louie, whom my husband and I adopted in November 2021!
My story begins when I left my midwestern home at 19 and moved to Long Island, N.Y. My journey begins there where I began to accumulate significant relationship stress.
Have you ever ignored “red flags” or that still small voice within, known as your “gut” feeling?
The good times in my relationships were very good….but it unfortunately didn’t outweigh the bad times. Choose your life partner wisely!
Here is a truth that took me a long time to understand…..unresolved negative emotions hide somewhere within your body, and will eventually lead to exhaustion and health problems.
The picture below is me at age 43: chronically stressed, health declining and on the edge of breaking down
This picture below is me at age 53: after 10 years of self care and a healing journey, which continues even to today at age 70!
Another truth that took me awhile to understand is how emotionally traumatic events and experiences can lead to a lifetime of self limiting beliefs about yourself and the world around you.
All that time, my body had been keeping the score! As a result of years of psychological stress, my physical health declined, and I was experiencing widespread inflammation and several auto-immune conditions.
The struggle to keep everything together was real. I kept telling myself that I could do it, but I burned out trying to. I let my cup run empty, not knowing yet about the importance of self care.
This is how I felt at that time in my life:
- Not good enough
- Low Self Worth
- Fearful of change and the unknown
Can anyone relate? If so… I “get you”!
I started making simple changes to get my health on track.
Dietary changes: getting rid of sugar and slashing my carb intake. Good bye endless plates of pasta and pizza and hello to more veggies!
Exercise changes: Good bye long gym workouts, hello YOGA and lots of walking! My body needed more kindness and time to heal in a more gentle way.
My health was improving, but there was still a lot of emotional work to do.
Taking personal growth seriously, was the step that was needed to reclaim my power and vitality. So…..the journey began!
At 53, even though I was widowed, lost our home, and in financial ruin with four kids at home yet to support and raise… I was healthier and happier than in my 30’s and 40’s!
Beyond diet and exercise, there is so much more that you need for a happy, well balanced life. Teaching healthy lifestyle practices, stress management and tending to past trauma through a process that involves retraining brain, and neutralizing subconscious blocks, is my specialty as a Transformation Coach.
At age 54, I met Ron (Lee), who would become my forever partner and companion for the next 16 years. At 55, I learned how to forgive myself, the people in my past, and eventually heal the emotions, memories and beliefs that disabled me most of my adult life.
Life is full of surprises. I’ve come to accept the unexpected for the lessons that it offers. We learned two years ago, that my husband has Alzheimer’s Dementia. As a result, I’m in Dr. Daniel Amen’s program learning about brain health, so that I can teach my community how to minimize their risks for this awful disease. I’m also learning how to be a caregiver and help my husband in his journey. In the Spring of 2023, we made the decision for Long Term Care due to the progression of his illness.
Its important to your long term good health to accept life on life’s terms. There are things you won’t be able to control or change, learning acceptance is crucial and will save you so much suffering. Do the best you can with everything you have, and love, love, love !
Truly you can make anything become possible, and change the direction of your life at any age!
- Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
- Certified Yoga Teacher with additional training in the Neuroscience of Yoga
- Certified Stress Management Specialist
- Certified MAP Practitioner which partners with the Subconscious mind for positive change
- Currently working on my fifth Certification to become a Brain Health Coach Professional.
I LOVE: Learning about the brain, neuroscience and all things body|mind & spirit related, visiting with family and friends, spending quality time with my grandkids, the ritual of making coffee, cozy cafe meet ups with friends, an occasional all day rain, creating, painting, meditation, long walks, movies and Netflix.
Favorite scriptures that have supported my journey:
All things will work together for the good,
With faith all things are possible
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to that mountain….MOVE