Hi, I'm Kelly and so grateful you're here to learn more about Renew Holistic Wellness. I have a deep passion for the work I do and love working with each of my clients to help them feel better. I retired from the corporate world so that I could help people NOT suffer the way I did when I got sick. My story is below....
Everything is harder when you don't feel well. I know this because, well, I was sick. Not many people knew I was sick and I wasn’t even sure I was willing to admit it myself. I still got up every day, I still went to work, but sometimes I could barely get it together. A type-A go-getter, I felt like I was aging, fast, and I was only 40.
Eventually, I worked with a doctor who told me I had to accept that I was sick and acknowledged people wouldn’t look at me and know I was sick but I needed to know I was and treat myself that way. Wow.
I knew something was wrong months, maybe even a year, before I figured out what was wrong. I went to countless doctor’s appointments and no one could tell me what was wrong with me. It began with chronic dizziness and I was more tired than normal. Then, I was gaining weight uncontrollably – eating “better” than I ever had and working out twice a day. Sometimes I couldn’t stay awake during the day. I felt drained after a workout, emptied after yoga. I felt drop down tired even after a full night’s sleep -- if I could sleep. My entire body hurt all the time– especially my joints. My knees made a grinding noise, my hips ached and I didn’t even look like myself. And none of it made sense. I had spent so much time "taking care of myself" -- I couldn't understand why I felt this way. And it was frustrating.
Some of my friends blamed getting “older” and I refused to accept it. In fact, before getting sick, I was in the best shape of my life, but possibly (very likely!) too skinny. I was shuffled from appointment to appointment no one could quite pinpoint why I felt the way I did.
In the past, I was always what I considered to be “balanced healthy”. I worked out a lot (maybe too much!), I ate what I wanted with balance (mostly healthy foods but I certainly didn't shy away from the occasional treat). I thought I took great care of myself.
I realize now I was so busy "taking care of myself" that in doing so I was always busy. Running myself ragged. Working two jobs. Always on the go. My relationships weren’t great. I commuted two-hours door-to-door (yes, each way) and had long, stressful days in a crazy, deadline driven career. I began to just make it through the day going through the motions -- merely (or barely) surviving.
Despite a healthy diet, I knew my issues had to be related to food because I felt horrible after I ate and I just wasn't digesting right anymore. I haven’t mentioned yet, but I think we know each other well enough now ... I went 6 weeks without pooping. Yup, I said it -- I went 6 weeks without any relief. Most of us feel terrible when we don’t poop for a day or two – but 6 weeks?! I still wonder at what point that’s toxic. Thankfully, I never found out.
Ultimately, I had to recover from adrenal fatigue, digestion issues (leaky gut), hypothyroidism and hormone imbalance.
Today, I feel like a different person. What did I do? I learned about inflammation, how the body holistically functions, how the gut works and why it is paramount to our health, how one thing affects another and how EVERYTHING is connected. I learned these issues had been developing within my system for years, likely even since childhood.
As I look back, I realize I was subjected to surgeries and procedures offering to "fix" some potentially early signs of these problems. Tonsils removed at age 6 -forever changed my immune system. A LEEP procedure to remove part of my cervix when I was 27. A hysterectomy to remove what was ultimately a non-cancerous uterus - forever altering my ability to bear children. All of this, due to inflammation.
I always say ... the universe whispers and then it screams.
These symptoms were the warning signs of more to come. Now I know these problems were actually signs from my body, which was suffering from chronic inflammation. These procedures altered my future in ways that can't be brought back. And I had been none-the-wiser.
But now I am wiser. I live and love fully.
I am a recovering victim of inflammation and have turned my life and health around. I have found some really amazing self-care and natural treatment modalities. AND, I see other great benefits:
My skin is better.
My hair is thicker.
I’ve lost weight -- and am a healthy weight!
I feel much more like the "me" I had lost to the fog of just getting through the day.
My energy is back.
I think clearer.
I really truly take care of me.
I'm in a happier relationship than I've ever had.
My priorities are straighter than ever.
I might even feel better than I have ever before at any age.
I share this with you to tell you that life can be different. You can turn things around for yourself. I tell everyone I burned to the ground like a phoenix and now I rise. And now, I want to help others. Help everyone live the life they dream could be true. To live a life that’s full and rewarding. To feel their best every day and wake up from the numbing we do to block out that we feel like crap, are living like crap and treating ourselves like crap.
I believe everyone can do this and I want to help. All of the modalities I offer to my clients have helped me on my journey and I can't wait to share them with you.
You can be your best you. You can feel great. In fact, you deserve to feel great! I believe disease can be reversed, headaches can be a thing of the past, heartburn can be gone and aging can be graceful. It can be done.
Just like the phoenix that ignites into a magnificent fire and reemerges from its own ashes, reborn and very much alive, you too can renew and live again.
It's time you start your own magical journey. It's your turn. You have the power inside you to live a vibrant life that is full and sweet. You deserve to genuinely smile. You deserve to feel present and calm and embrace this life.
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" —Mary Oliver
Check out my interview on the fabulous Healthy View Radio where I got to share my story with the amazing
Andrea Beaman and Michelle Pfennighaus.