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While witnessing my husband, Klink, suffer for what would be over 10 years with multiple cancers and their complications, I had a huge wake-up call about how I looked at health. Not just his, but mine as well. Frustrated by the lack of information and resources available by his health care providers to help support his body during treatments—such as nutritional and lifestyle changes—I searched out alternative methods on my own.
As you can imagine, this decade of chaos and uncertainty inevitably changed my life. I struggled with being a caregiver to my husband and helping him to stay healthy—while also trying to take care of myself. In a way, you could say my life flashed in front of my eyes. I could see my own future unfolding in a way that made me afraid. I was overwhelmed, anxious, and felt completely out of control.
Always self-help curious, I began to fully immerse myself in new habits and techniques that supported me inside and out. I learned how to listen to my own needs and not the next fad diet, TV doctor, or best-selling cookbook. I learned that wellness is not a one-size-fits-all approach and when I connected the dots between my mind, my body, and my spirit I found I could live a satisfied and happy life amidst all the chaos that engulfed me. I learned it would benefit me to be proactive about my health, rather than be behind a prognosis and fighting for my life — like my husband Klink was. In a relatively short time, my anxiety started to fade and my outlook improved.
Besides the chronic stress of coping with his disease(s), I also ran two businesses and suffered from IBS, SIBO, Celiac disease, FODMAP intolerance, early menopause, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, and the reality of becoming a widow at a young age. I eliminated and managed many of my issues in a holistic manner through meditation and mindfulness, healthy foods, toxin-free living, juicing, movement, and yoga, and I never looked back. These tools helped me get through the hardest of days and would serve me for years to come. I wouldn’t fully understand their effects until many years later when I found myself to be calm and present during the last few years of Klink’s life.
Klink died on Thanksgiving Day, 2016 after suffering for far too many years than he should have. Two months before his death, I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and trained to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Little would I know that this decision would not only help pull me through my grief but also give me hope for a life I had always imagined for myself. After decompressing from the cancer chaos and loss, I found myself at a turning point with newfound freedom. I was young, healthy, active, curious, and I no longer wanted to live in the house we once shared—yet I had no strong desire to live anywhere else.
I set off on the road in the spring of 2019 having just secured a gig working for Natural Mental Health. I soon found out that my focus changed to wanting to help folks cultivate more joy and satisfaction in their lives. NMH was growing quickly and because of that, my role grew into being their Operational Strategist and partner. This gives me the opportunity to continue to explore this great country and allows me the time to write my memoir—a dream I’ve had for decades.
My time now is spent over at Natural Mental Health, supporting folks on their path to resilience and utilizing all of the practices that helped me through my own wellness journey. As I’ve grown with the company, I have also healed myself even more; understanding the resilience of my mind and body through the Joy Lab podcast (wherever you get your pods), and connecting with the wisest, most authentic part of myself with the Joy Lab program. And now I am fortunate to coach in the new Resilient Community.
If you’re looking for a more natural approach to chronic stress, anxiety, and depression and want to feel better and cultivate more joy in your life. Join me here.
Breathe Deep & Live Well,
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