I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for all the suffering I had endured for so long and endless failures to find relief.
Countless visits to physicians, psychiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists and orthopedic doctors never resulted in long term relief.
I reached a point where I thought that maybe I was just supposed to live my life in constant physical and mental pain. Here's just a glimpse of what I lived with every single day.
Getting to sleep at a decent hour seemed impossible for me my entire life.
I went an entire 4 years in which I was unable to fall asleep without a pharmaceutical aid. No matter how tired I was or little sleep I got the night before, I'd lay in bed for hours and hours, unable to quiet my mind.
Every single night I faced the choice between using varying combos of Benedryl, Lunesta, Xanax and Melatonin or hours of agonizing tossing and turning.
Not to mention, getting out of bed every morning was ALWAYS a huge battle.
It used to take me over 5 minutes to get through a single page of text in a novel (unless I was on Adderall). As I read, I also battled songs playing in my head along with completely irrelevant thoughts, forcing me to reread sentences over and over.
Everyday I'd get distracted from doing one task and start another, and forget why I had just walked into a specific room. Simply paying attention in my classes at school felt impossible for me, even when I wanted to learn the information!
I suffered from chronic lower back pain for over a decade, shin splints, and severe pain in both my elbows and wrists.
Doctors and physical therapists were always quick to put me on anti-inflammatories and have me take 3 week breaks from tennis, however the pain always returned.
Many times the pain was so bad in my right elbow I would avoid using my right arm to eat or and drive altogether!
In addition to that, I had a chronic sore throat that needed water every 30 minutes to an hour to stay appeased, and I'd get diagnosed with strep throat about twice a year.
Did you know depression is the world's leading cause of disability?
I remember days when it was hard for me to find motivation for anything - from getting out of bed, making it to the gym, getting around to school work or even just cleaning up the kitchen and doing laundry.
I had an extremely pessimistic view of the future and deep down didn't see myself ever being truly happy. I also carried a strong victim mentality and thought the world just wasn't fair to me. I truly felt I had a dark cloud over my head that followed me everywhere.
Despite working out in the gym a lot and seeing great strength and muscle gains (and eventually becoming a personal trainer), I just couldn't seem to get rid of extra fat around my waist.
I always felt like I looked bloated and puffy and was so frustrated about it. And this was despite countless hours of reading and studying fitness nutrition and counting my carbs, fats and proteins!
Imagine, going through life every single day with major bloating, stomach “gurgling,” offensive gas, painful constipation or diarrhea.
That was me for a good 4 years and the only diagnosis I was ever able to get from the doctors was “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”
Many days I dreaded eating because I never knew when my stomach would bloat several inches or if I’d be forced to choose between enduring great abdominal pain to withhold my gas or deeply embarrassing myself (and offending others around me).
It may seem funny to talk about it now, but this was a real, daily struggle that no one should have to live with!
After bouncing around to countless doctors and practitioners, I decided I had to stop relying on doctors to hopefully find the magic problem that could be fixed with a pill...
I was finally blessed to come across a chiropractor that wanted to run a functional lab test on me, that didn't diagnose a disease, but pointed to imbalances and hidden stressors in my body! (This was after 7 weeks of 3 visits per week gave me no results).
Once we began to address those, I finally started to feel some relief and knew I was headed in the right direction for the first time.
I also decided I wanted to stop personal training and help other people in this same way.
I started reading as many books as I could with roots in Functional Medicine and eventually was ready to go through two major formal training programs.
My own health improved so much, that my old struggles often seem like they were from a past life.
Now I have a mission to empower as many people as I can to overcome their chronic pains and feel great the rest of their lives.
I remember how I felt and I know that so many others don't feel their best and I want to show them IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. I can relate to many problems and cases and love seeing my clients feel and look better than they have in years or even decades.