In 2012, when I was 41 and my children were five and two, I felt a tumor in my right breast that four months later was diagnosed as breast cancer. Of course I'll never know exactly the reason for the cancerous cells invading my body, and why my immune system failed at throwing out the rogue cells before they proliferated into an orange sized tumor. But the minute I received the diagnosis I knew deep down that I was not taking care of my body. I was not exercising adequately. I was not sleeping enough. I was not eating appropriate quantities of nutritious foods. And, my life had plenty of stressors. I immediately began to research components of a healthy lifestyle, from foods to sleep, acupuncture to qi gong. I got my butt in gear and shifted gears with my parenting and self care. I began to put myself first, which as anyone who flies in airplanes knows - always secure your own oxygen mask before you secure your child's.
Along with the western medicine prescription for my particular type and stage of cancer (Stage 3 Lobular, ER+, Her2 -) which included mastectomy surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, I engaged in eastern modalities such as qi gong, acupuncture, and drinking copious amounts of earthy tasting herbal formulas. I increased my vegetable uptake (phytonutrients are the bomb), decreased my calorie intake, and got educated regarding appropriate ratios of the macronutrients -- proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. I learned how to care for my liver and other vital organs, improve my digestion, support a healthy immune system, get my lymphatic fluids flowing, and thus live more cleanly and vibrantly so that I can be here, on the planet, with my loved ones....for the long haul.
In 2014 I attended Bauman College's Nutrition Consultant program and formalized my expertise in holistic living and eating a healthful diet. Currently, I am working as a nutrition consultant and health coach, inspired by a Functional Medicine approach and philosophies (getting to the root of illness instead of solely treating the symptoms, and seeing/treating the whole person as interconnected rather than focusing on parts). Shifting Gears Nutrition programs and consultations are for you if you are interested in prevention of or recovery from any of the multitude of chronic diseases that are so prevalent at this time on our planet.