As a kid I developed negative thought patterns, a distorted self-image, and maladaptive coping strategies as a result of experiencing repeated and sustained trauma. After more than two decades of being in a state of chronic, acute stress (fight-or-flight), the quality of my physical health began to mirror that of my thoughts.
In 2013, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Even though I adhered to a gluten-free diet, my health continued to deteriorate. I experienced brain fog, chronic fatigue, IBS, and joint pain. My depression and anxiety had become so debilitating that I would rarely leave my home. Conventional medicine provided me with a handful of pills, a lot of debt, and no answers.
In 2018, I began rewriting my story and living a life of purpose. After five years of tirelessly researching and seeking a variety of treatment modalities to help relieve my symptoms, I was able to regain my health through an integrative, whole-person approach that included functional medicine and trauma-informed therapy. Through this process I discovered that the answers I sought didn’t exist outside of me—they were in me all along, yearning to be witnessed.