Yes, I even felt sorry for myself. Thinking of everything that I couldn’t do anymore, all the things I was missing out on – Is this really how life was supposed to be?
My dream job of the past 8 years was gone because I could not be accommodated with my condition in the job role I had. I was sleeping 14-16 hours a day. I had trouble concentrating, focusing on tasks… I was even in and out of a wheelchair for about a year due to debilitating “pains” that had no answers. I finished my degree during this time – in a field I knew I would never work in, because it’s hard to be a police officer on patrol when you’re not sure if you can walk on any given day.
I was FINALLY sick and tired of being sick and tired, and took action.
After a proper diagnosis in 2012, things started to change. I was getting my energy back. I went back to work. I was feeling like I did when I was a teenager! I even started competing in amateur ballroom dancing. I have surpassed all my doctor’s expectations, many of whom are still astounded that my life has changed so much and how much I have been able to change for myself and my family.
And you know what? I want this FOR YOU. I know it’s overwhelming. You get a lifelong diagnosis and you start to wonder, “Well, what now?” I WISH I had found myself a health coach when I was diagnosed, who could walk me through the ups and downs, but I ended up having to figure it out for myself. I want you to know you are WORTH IT. You are not your diagnosis.
Hi, I’m Michelle
I’m a health and wellness coach helping busy individuals get healthy and ditch the toxins in their life, so they can feel better, do better and be better.
Why is this my passion? Because for the last several years I’ve been on my own journey, going through the same things you go through. Health issues, overwhelming research, conflicting news stories that one day wine is good for you, the next day it’s bad for you. I felt like I was never going to get answers. And then, I tried something different. And I FINALLY felt “normal”. And you can too.
My goal is through nutritional education and research, to help you realize that you’re not alone in this – there are so many of us who have been there, and tried just about everything.
For 8 years, I was misdiagnosed. Even after second opinions from other doctors, we still did not have answers. “This is just something you will need to deal with” was the common sentiment. I KNEW something else was going on. But after spending hundreds of dollars on fad diets, medical tests that were always negative, and no change in my condition, I started to give up hope.
In 18 months – After debilitating pain, partial paralysis, unable to get out of bed, sleeping 14-16 hours a day… I now:
- Compete in amateur ballroom dancing
- Run a successful Health Coaching Business from my laptop
- Lost excess weight and have kept it off
- With my doctors permission decreased my medications by 50% over 12 months due to lack of symptoms
- Ditched the majority of toxins in our household and went natural – both in nutrition and personal care products
Before coaching, I had spent 8 years working in emergency medical. I LOVED being able to help others in their time of need. When I was diagnosed in 2012, at the young age of 26 with Fibromyalgia, I thought my days of working in Health and Wellness were over. I had never even considered coaching until several friends started asking me for my help with their family members – aunts, grandmothers, cousins – all diagnosed with the same fate that was handed to me years before – “This is just something you will need to deal with”.
I’m telling you right now – this is not just “something you need to deal with”.
YOU can overcome this.