I don’t even know where to begin! So much has transpired over the past year. 2014 wound up being the hardest year in my entire life.
As you all know, I started this blog as a way to document my “Faith Project”—what would happen if I let go of control and rely on faith to get me where I need to be. It began three months after my job loss when I was trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do next with my life. That was May 2013. In September 2013 I started school to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. In October I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer! This was obviously a huge wrench in my plans and a serious shocker. The good news was that it was stage 0 and non-invasive. The bad news is that there was quite a bit in my breast even though it was contained. So, in January 2014 I had a mastectomy. The remaining of January, February and March were my healing months and things were looking up, but then my mom passed away suddenly at the end of March, just 9 days after her birthday. This was another blow that I was not emotionally prepared for. Top that off with my start of radiation the week of her funeral. I had to go to radiation every weekday for 6 weeks. By the second week of radiation my body gave out. I was in excruciating pain. Everything hurt and I mean everything. My toenails, my muscles, my joints, my hair follicles. If I was touched, it hurt. I had the same exact symptoms as someone with fibromyalgia. I went from doctor to doctor and no one could figure out what was wrong with me. On Easter Day I was in the emergency room practically crying from the pain. I was finally referred to a pain management clinic in May 2014 and finally found some relief with nerve medication. I have post radiation brachial plexopathy. My whole body symptoms went away, but I still have lingering pain in my left arm and hand. I was non-functional from April – June. I took that time to just rest and take care of myself.
Fast forward to today, I did graduate and am now a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I started my own business and I’m working for myself as a full-fledged entrepreneur. I still have some pain in my hands and am still taking medication for it, but it has gotten a lot better. I’m told that by one-year after last radiation treatment, this pain should be gone. That means by May 12, 2015 I should see a light at the end of the tunnel. Needless to say, working my business has been a slow process because I was not 100%. I don’t know if I’ll ever be back the way I was because part of my problem previously was trying to take on too much and do too much and holding in too much until my body couldn’t take it anymore. So, even when this nerve pain goes away I will still be a changed woman. I think that is just par for the course anyway for a breast cancer survivor. We all have “new normals”.
I am excited about my future. This experiment did not turn out the way I expected, but that is how life works. We can never control it fully. Just when you think you have everything under control, BAM, here comes life throwing you a curve ball. But adversity does build stronger people and boy am I stronger. As a result, I have a platform for my business that I have personally experienced. My overarching goal is to help busy, professional women take better care of themselves. We don’t do that enough. We take care of everyone else and only think to take care of ourselves after something goes wrong. At a granular level, I’m helping those busy moms lose weight, gain energy and achieve an overall balance in their lives. Being a busy mom who also worked in Corporate America, I know all too well how difficult it can be to lose that weight when you’re older. Gained weight and lack of energy are the two biggest complaints I hear and I’m here to help!
I wanted to wrap up this blog for all of you that were following me. I really appreciate the interest and I’m grateful for this experience. I will be focusing all of my efforts now on my business, Whole Life Wellness, LLC. Please visit, sign up for my newsletter and tell a friend, or two. We all know that superwoman who needs to take a breather and take time out for herself. It may even be you! I would love to help you. I can also be reached if you need a health and wellness professional to present a workshop or speak at your event. Just fill out the form on my site http://www.wholelifewellness.info/contact.
Thanks again for following along on my journey! I hope to see you on my new journey.