I never dreamed that the anguish of having a sick child would lead me to my life’s work, but that’s exactly what happened. Nearly a decade ago, my second daughter, Caroline, developed a mysterious skin rash shortly after birth. Over time, the rash spread to cover her entire body, and her skin became raw and bloody from the constant itching. It was heart breaking. My baby girl cried inconsolably for hours at a time – and I did, too! She was suffering, and I felt helpless. I was exhausted, frustrated and desperate for help.
Although I was well-versed in health and nutrition and tried every “natural” remedy under the sun, I was unable to help my sick child. I frantically searched the Internet for answers and spent thousands of dollars consulting with highly-regarded alternative healthcare practitioners, only to come up empty handed.
As Caroline’s condition worsened, she was diagnosed with severe atopic dermatitis – a condition she would suffer with for the rest of her life. Her doctor recommended medication that was linked to lymphoma (yes, that’s cancer!) and assured my husband and I that her condition had absolutely nothing to do with her diet. I knew in my gut they were wrong. We refused the prescription drugs, and I hardened my resolve to find a holistic approach to heal my daughter.
After several more desperate attempts to find a practitioner to help Caroline, I was referred to a bright and compassionate doctor of Oriental medicine who accurately identified the root cause of my daughter’s condition and initiated the healing process.
While Oriental medicine helped tremendously, it wasn’t a magic bullet. Caroline also suffered from several food allergies, which I knew were a symptom of a deeper imbalance in her body. She seemed to have an allergic reaction to everything she ate!
I was at rock bottom, yet I knew intuitively that there was an answer. One day, this deep-seated drive inside me to find a solution literally picked me up off of the couch, shook me by the arms and shouted at me to take matters into my own hands! That’s exactly what I did.
Being the typical “Type A” personality, “taking things into my own hands,” meant enrolling in a rigorous two-year nutrition certification program and putting a tremendous amount of pressure on myself to earn top grades. At the same time, I was stressed out of my mind trying to heal my daughter, manage a busy household, volunteer at my daughter’s elementary school, start a business, etc. Sound familiar?