Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.                     ~ Polly B. Berrends

 

It's hard to be your own healthcare advocate.

I know first-hand the frustrations and challenges of overcoming chronic illness while trying to navigate the health care system. About a decade ago, I became sick with an illness that went undiagnosed for several years. 

In that time, I learned that the traditional trajectory through our medical system can be disheartening and frustrating. Visits with amazing practitioners were offset by horrendous experiences with a handful of doctors and specialists I’d rather forget. As I got sicker and sicker, nobody could fully explain why. 

By necessity, I started making changes to adapt to the increasing sensitivity and deterioration of my body. I changed how I ate. I changed my cleaning products. I changed my relationships. I taught myself to make toxin-free, natural skincare products. In doing so, I became fascinated with the healing properties of each ingredient: lavender for itching; comfrey to speed up cellular repair, borage to soothe dryness. I was intrigued to say the least. Little did I know I’d only scratched the surface of a vast and wondrous universe. 

Eventually, I went back to school and discovered that a career in plant medicine would both heal me, and become my life’s work. 

After five years of being sick, I was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It took another three years to get better, but eventually I emerged a healthier, more balanced person – physically, spiritually, and emotionally. 

 Now that I'm well, I'm on a mission to help others understand how plant medicines can support them in their quest for health.