I turned to alternative healthcare nine years ago after being diagnosed with a hepatic portal vein thrombosis – a blood clot in the portal vein of my liver. After spending days in the hospital, months receiving coumadin injections in my stomach, and a battery of tests that came back “inconclusive,” my most disheartening moment was when the internal medicine specialist said, “This condition is so rare. It just doesn’t ever happen to people.”
Suddenly, I was seeing one medical specialist after another. All were reporting the same thing – there was nothing that they could find that would explain how this had happened inside my body. Once it was confirmed that I did not have a blood clotting disorder, conventional medicine’s response was this, “Understand that this life-threatening condition has happened once, and it could happen again.”
Feeling overwhelmed and lacking clarity on what caused my body to respond this way, I couldn’t accept the explanation that there wasn’t anything more I could do.
We all agreed; my body was malfunctioning. I learned that it would be up to me to get to the root of the problem.
I left knowing that I was going to have to take a more assertive role in my own health if my real aim was to age well, prevent disease, and feel good in my own body.
Since then, I have dedicated myself, hundreds of hours, and thousands in resources to the ongoing study of nutrition, botanical therapies, holistic healthcare, and drug-free mind-body medicine.
I completed my first study of Nutrition at Cornell University, became a Functional Medicine Health Coach (FMCHC), Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P), and a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). The changes I made alleviated the stress on my liver, and the function was restored.
It wasn’t until I witnessed up close the rapid decline of the human body as a business partner lost his life to stage four pancreatic cancer, and my “healthy” younger husband was facing his own cancer diagnosis that my desire to align my passion and profession was propelled to the forefront of what it is today.
My mission revealed itself – facilitate a process that equips people to navigate their own healing journey effectively, bring life back into balance, and reclaim the vitality we are inherently designed to achieve.
EmergeWell + Co. is an emergent space where people, practitioners, and products of the healing kind come together, embracing a multi-dimensional approach for healing.