I LOVE what I do. I can't say that was always the case but it is now. About a year and a half ago, I retired from my day job and I have loved my life nearly every day since then.
I am the founder of Your Power Your Health, Nutritional Consulting and Holistic Health Coaching and I am a Health and Nutrition Coach. As a coach, I work with people, mostly women, who want to regain their youthful vitality, avoid or reverse lifestyle related diseases and conditions like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. When they work with me, I give them the tools to regain the power and control they yearn for over their lives and health.
I'm also a WomenHeart Champion Community Educator. As a WomenHeart Champion, I go into the community to speak to people, again mostly women, about women and heart disease. Often what they hear from me surprises them. They learn about how cardiac events show up in women and what they may look like. They learn some facts and figures about how prevalent heart disease is among women and most importantly they learn where to go for support if they find themselves with or at risk for heart disease. WomenHeart is the only organization strictly in support of women and their cardiac health.
As an almost ten year breast cancer survivor and an almost two year survivor of a cardiac event called a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD), I have been called to change my life and to help others do the same for themselves. When I recovered from cancer, I decided I never wanted to deal with that again so I changed everything about my life. I lost 135 pounds, removed processed sugar from my diet and over a period of about two years, became a non-dairy gluten-free pescatarian. And I never felt better.
Although I changed everything about my lifestyle after the cancer experience, I still had a SCAD. My arteries are clear, my blood pressure is good, my cholesterol is low. And yet, my coronary artery still dissected. Why? Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of information about this condition but it is getting more attention these days. What they know is it affects many more women than men and there may be a connection between SCAD and a condition called Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD). FMD increases your risk of aneurysm and possibly stroke, depending on which arteries are affected. I happen to have that condition.
Prior to my SCAD, I had no knowledge of FMD as you are typically asymptomatic when you have it where I do. I know someone who has it in her carotid arteries and she hears the sound of rushing water in her ears constantly. I'm fortunate not to have that issue.
I feel like I have dodged two gigantic bullets in my life but the lessons of those events have not been lost on me. I feel like I've been given multiple chances to do things better and want to use the remainder of my life to fulfill my mission to make this planet healthy, one human being at a time.
As I said, I love what I do. I hope you find something you love to do if you haven't already. It changes everything.
As a health coach, I work with women who are facing serious health challenges like heart disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes or who have been diagnosed as having a precursor to a serious health issue such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar. I help them make food and lifestyle changes so they can get healthy, live longer and enjoy a fuller, happier, more energetic life. If you would like to have a free consultation about the health challenges you have and the improvements you would like to see in your health, click here to schedule a no strings attached call.