I was a very
sick kid growing up. I had asthma that
was so severe that it sent me to the emergency room/hospital on many occasions. I also had severe allergies which made me
miserable most of the time. My mom was a
nurse so she was up on all the latest medications available and I went through
A LOT of them!
As the years
went by, I had so many health issues that I felt like I was in a bubble –in a
state of detachment because I couldn’t think clearly. I was in a fog because of the medications and
these health issues. As a result I struggled
in school both socially and academically.
As I became
a teenager it just got worse because I went where I was accepted – drugs,
alcohol and rock and roll. I was in my
own little world that drugs and so called friends temporally masked. My health of course suffered even more with
additional behavioral problems. I even
went into a rehab for a short while.
period of time of women, drugs, and the party life I started to really think
about where my life was going. I got fed
up with feeling the way I did, with the friends who were around for the party
but not really for me, masking the deeper issues of severe health and poor
period of time my mom recognized that the medications just weren’t cutting
it. She became disillusioned with the
nursing field seeing how so many people
were so over medicated, sometimes not getting well or even worse and little
education on prevention and nutrition.
doing a lot of research and discovered her own wonderful path in the
process. She pursued a career path in
Environmental Medicine and worked for a doctor that didn’t just prescribe drugs
but looked to see what the underlying cause was. She used to say “a headache isn’t a
deficiency of asprin”
testing kids for allergies but not just to pollen, pet hair, etc but foods and chemicals. She saw dramatic results in not only being
able to take away common symptoms of runny noses but dramatic positive results
in behavioral issues. She saw how
diagnoses of things like “ADD” were just an allergic reaction to a particular food
or chemical and that a change of diet was like giving the parent a new child!
Then the turning
point came for me. In my early 20’s, with
my mom’s encouragement and inspiration along with my desire to help myself, I
started to change my lifestyle and eating better. I started to work out regularly, grew
spiritually, quit drugs and drank only on occasion/socially. I went from a sickly young man to feeling and
looking like a different person! It was
like a light was turned on penetrating my previous dark world. I became a personal Fitness Trainer because I
wanted others to experience what I did.
I became less self-absorbed and started helping others.
As time went
on I got married and healthier but went through several jobs trying to find a
career. I made money but I just wasn’t
happy and fulfilled. I loved Personal
Fitness Training but it just didn’t pay the bills. I
stayed in jobs for years just to provide stability for myself and my family ( 2
step kids) but I was misable.
My marriage sadly
ended after 11 years together and I moved to South Carolina to start over. After a couple years of getting settled my
mom discovered she had cancer of the liver.
I took a leave of absence where I worked as a Collector for large
trucking companies to go back to Illinois and care for my mom. When she passed away I made a decision not to
go back to job I dreaded. I wanted to
make a difference so I choose the career in massage.
I love what I do, however my greatest
passion is to help people get back their birthright of health. Not just to have the absence of disease but
to feel great and alive so that poor health and vitality doesn’t keep us from
being our best. So, I decide to get trained as a Health Coach through the Intregrative Institutes cutting edge training program.
Like it did for me, I want that light bulb
to go off for you. It’s our opportunity to create a
paradigm shift from a health care system that often fails us. (we our one the richest
nations with the poorest of health) to self-care.
health and vigor it propels us to become even more than we ever imagined and we
become an inspiration to others that we care about and for. We start to realize that everything we eat or
drink really does matter both in the short run and especially over time. That our bodies matter more than our taste
buds but we can have both. When we call
this a great country, we can say it with faith and pride because we cared
enough to be self-aware and take others along with us in this new
I look so forward to taking this journey together.
love and gratitude!