I sat up in bed and wiped the tears from my face.

It was 2 a.m. and I was awake after 3 hours of sleep. Again. I tried to cry quietly, while my husband slept next to me and the dogs stared at me in the dark from their crates.

“What is going on!”, I screamed inside.  How long can one person feel so bad?

It felt like the end of everything. I had spent 20 years being told I had a “chemical imbalance” but instead of a cure, I was given a band-aid. And when that didn’t work anymore, I was given a bigger band-aid, and then more band-aids.

All the while suffering weight gain, low energy and SURPRISE, depression. And then I had months without a period, and grinding fatigue, brain fog, and constant, generalized aches and pains.

All. The. Time.

My diet wasn’t that bad – I had earned a Master of Science degree in Nutrition decades ago. I didn’t eat junk…  or overeat…  or drink alcohol.

I wasn’t sedentary – have you ever watched a bedside nurse on a busy cardiac unit?!? Three or four, 12-hour shifts a week does not equal SEDENTARY!

But I still had 60 pounds of extra weight! I didn’t even recognize myself anymore!

And what did the doctors say?

“You need to exercise more”. (Sure, if I could drag myself out of bed.)

“Your thyroid is fine – that’s just an excuse!”

“You need to take a higher dose of Zoloft.”

More tears.

More screaming inside.

What was I going to do?

I’ll tell you what I did.

I researched alternatives. I studied medicine and nursing with an integrative, functional approach.

I learned how to drill down to the root causes of illness, inflammation, and immunity.

I earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Nurses have always been strong advocates for patients in the trenches – now I can advocate as a provider!

Now, let’s talk about you.

Are you resting when you sleep? Without alcohol or prescription drugs?

Are you well and energetic enough to do the things you want after you’re done at work?

Are you strong and flexible?

Is your chronic disease (diabetes or hypertension) controlled?

Are you focused and able to concentrate long enough to complete complicated tasks?

Would you say your memory is good?

Are you generally happy and maintaining close relationships with family and friends?

If not, then we need to talk!

I know how you feel, and more importantly, I know how to help.

I sat up in bed and wiped the tears from my face.

It was 2 a.m. and I was awake after 3 hours of sleep. Again.

I tried to cry quietly, while my husband slept next to me.

I had spent 20 years being told I had a “chemical imbalance”

but instead of a cure, I was given a band-aid.

And when that didn’t work anymore, I was given a bigger band-aid,

and then more band-aids.

​All the while suffering the side effects of weight gain, low energy and ... SURPRISE, depression.

And then I had months without a period, and grinding fatigue,

brain fog, and constant, general aches and pains.

All. The. Time.

My diet wasn’t that bad –  I didn’t eat junk…  or overeat…  or drink alcohol.

I wasn’t sedentary – I worked on a busy cardiac unit!

But I still had 60 pounds of extra weight!

I didn’t even recognize myself anymore!

And what did the doctors say?

“You need to exercise more”. (Sure, if I could drag myself out of bed.)

“Your thyroid is fine – that’s just an excuse!”

“You need to take a higher dose of Zoloft.”

More tears. More screaming inside.

What was I going to do?

I’ll tell you what I did.

I researched alternatives.

I studied an integrative, functional approach to health.

I learned how to drill down to the root causes

of illness, inflammation, and immunity.

Now, let’s talk about you.

Are you resting when you sleep? Without alcohol or prescription drugs?

Are you energetic enough to do things after work?

​Are you strong and flexible?

​Are you focused and able to concentrate?

​Are you generally happy and maintaining close relationships with

family and friends?

If not, then we need to talk!

I know how you feel,

and more importantly, I know how to help.

I sat up in bed and wiped the tears from my face.

It was 2 a.m. and I was awake after 3 hours of sleep. Again. I tried to cry quietly, while my husband slept next to me and the dogs stared at me in the dark from their crates.

“What is going on!”, I screamed inside.  How long can one person feel so bad?

It felt like the end of everything. I had spent 20 years being told I had a “chemical imbalance” but instead of a cure, I was given a band-aid. And when that didn’t work anymore, I was given a bigger band-aid, and then more band-aids.

All the while suffering weight gain, low energy and SURPRISE, depression. And then I had months without a period, and grinding fatigue, brain fog, and constant, generalized aches and pains.

All. The. Time.

My diet wasn’t that bad – I had earned a Master of Science degree in Nutrition decades ago. I didn’t eat junk…  or overeat…  or drink alcohol.

I wasn’t sedentary – have you ever watched a bedside nurse on a busy cardiac unit?!? Three or four, 12-hour shifts a week does not equal SEDENTARY!

But I still had 60 pounds of extra weight! I didn’t even recognize myself anymore!

And what did the doctors say?

“You need to exercise more”. (Sure, if I could drag myself out of bed.)

“Your thyroid is fine – that’s just an excuse!”

“You need to take a higher dose of Zoloft.”

More tears.

More screaming inside.

What was I going to do?

I’ll tell you what I did.

I researched alternatives. I studied medicine and nursing with an integrative, functional approach.

I learned how to drill down to the root causes of illness, inflammation, and immunity.

I earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Nurses have always been strong advocates for patients in the trenches – now I can advocate as a provider!

Now, let’s talk about you.

Are you resting when you sleep? Without alcohol or prescription drugs?

Are you well and energetic enough to do the things you want after you’re done at work?

Are you strong and flexible?

Is your chronic disease (diabetes or hypertension) controlled?

Are you focused and able to concentrate long enough to complete complicated tasks?

Would you say your memory is good?

Are you generally happy and maintaining close relationships with family and friends?

If not, then we need to talk!

I know how you feel, and more importantly, I know how to help.