Throughout my life I have faced many health challenges including Irritable Bowel Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Hypothyroidsm, Adrenal Fatigue, Acne and Anxiety and I understand what it feels like to have ill health rule your life. For years, my ill health dictated my relationship, my social life, my food intake and even the clothes I wore. However, with countless hours spent researching, a lot of trial and error and years formalising and expanding my knowledge I now know what works for me and what has helped me heal and I now look forward to working with you too!
We all have a story that is apart of our own journey - so here is mine in more detail <3
At about the age of 8, I began to suffer from severe gastrointestinal issues including excessive bloating, constipation that would last for weeks on end and chronic pain. After several doctor visits and even hospitalisation, I was continually misdiagnosed and given irrelevant treatment. It was not until the age of 10, when I was chronically sick and was admitted to a different hospital and was soon diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease- an Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD). My colonoscopy showed that my entire bowel and small intestines was aggressively inflamed and was soon pumped full of medications. I went from an active energetic child to a kid that never wanted to leave the house. In addition to the change in my energy levels, my appearance also changed. As I was on corticosteroids and number of other drugs, I gained a lot of fluid and also the not so attractive "moon face" - and we all know kids are mean, especially when we are young. The drugs also seemed to exacerbate my symptoms and the side effects were not just short term but also long term. Unfortunately, there was very little support or education in the medical system and both my mum and I struggled to understand both the disease and the treatment.
Several years following my original diagnosis, I suffered severe flare-ups and differential diagnosis between Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. I was not getting better nor was I being educated, and I knew there had to be a way I could get better. Although doctors and specialists at that time insisted that diet or lifestyle choices had nothing to do with the disease and that medication was the only way I could feel better, deep down I believed otherwise and I took things into my own hands and began researching natural therapies, herbal medicines and nutrition. I was about 14 when I started my own research –I read herbal books that I found on my dads bookshelf and searched the Internet for hours for information. That year I remember telling my mum that I couldn’t take the drugs any more and I wanted to find a natural approach to treatment, lucky for me she understood and supported my decision.
After several "threats" from my specialist that if I continued to avoid medication I would end up having to have my whole bowel removed before my 18th birthday, I can now confidently sit here today and say that my bowel is completely still in tact and the inflammation has now reduced to only 12cm of my bowel.
It is important to understand that health is never black and white. There was no magic "one" session, diet, nutritional supplement or herbal formula that helped me overnight – it has taken hard work, a lot of research and study, commitment and time to get my health to where it is today. And like most people with chronic disease I experience set backs, however, I have now found an amazing network of specialists, doctors and other natural practitioners that I work with to get be back to better health and also refer to in my own practice. So although I still face challenges and may always continue to, I now however have a spring in my step, my skin has cleared up, my digestive symptoms have reduced, my anxiety declined, my head is less foggy and the extra weight I had been carrying has dropped off – and more importantly my love for life, others and myself has returned.
On a final note, I am also super appreciative of all the self-learning and self-love I have experienced on the way, which ultimately led me to formalise my knowledge in the field of natural medicine and pursue my passion to educate, empower and help others who are facing their own health issues.