Hello everybody! Welcome to my website! Since you are here, you were probably searching for ways to manage and progress your life. On this page, I want to tell you about my journey that brought me to build this site and why business leads me home.
I was born in Southern Illinois but with my father’s career, I’ve lived in many places in the US. As a little girl, I lived in California a couple of years but the majority of my childhood, I spent in Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. At 23, I moved to New Jersey. Then, about 11 years ago, I married a wonderful guy and we started a family here in the Poconos of NEPA.
In December 2005, I got a migraine that lasted & lasted & lasted…..for weeks. Migraines were not new to me. They started in my early 20′s. I had relief medication but this time, it did nothing. I took everything that I had available to me to no avail. I spent my days on the couch, doing everything that I could to not move my head….as my 2 and 4 year old were running around. Hmm, maybe I should go see a doctor….
Early 2006 is when they found my brain lesions. MRI, MRI, MRI, and lets throw in a lumbar puncture too, but my diagnosis. A few years past, as my symptoms (i.e. chronic fatigue, generalized pain, frequent sporadic twitching everywhere, weakness, headaches, depression, comprehension and brain fog, etc) got worse, I was continually told there was nothing wrong…here’s an antidepressant…yea, ok, like I haven’t tried these before.
I went to see a Internationally recognized MS/Lyme specialist at Stony Brook in Long Island, NY. There, I was told that although I have multiple lesions in the brain and positive neurological testing, I am not a candidate for MS or Lyme. That since I was tear-y eyed, I clearly have a depression issue that is clearly not under control. She recommended that I seek out psychiatric help… I told her that I do believe that everybody needs a little psychotherapy at times in their life and this has been a long road for me. Since I had the positive testing, I inquired what I should do that point. She told me to forgot that last several years and start over….getting frequent MRIs. Forgot the last several years??? Are you kidding me?
Fortunately for me, I met a Neurologist/Psychiatrist, who would soon become my friend, and in December of 2010, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
I started the interferon injections, 3 times a week…ugh. I did this for a couple months until I was so sick I could hardly lift a coffee cup. I had “the flu” everyday. I talked to my neuro about this. During this time, he was aggressively learning more and more about Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections. He told me that I could go off the injections and start a regimen of antibiotics but he was worried. With not being on the injections, what if something happened? But I was not worried. You see, although I had many symptoms and many brain lesions, I did not have a traditional medical history of an MS patient. I cannot recall specific periods in time when I had a recognizable exacerbation. I was at the end of my rope so I wanted to try.
At this juncture in my life, I was really good at ALL those games on Facebook. Because, that is all I could do. Getting off of the couch was painful and a lot of work. I worked, very part time. I did not have the energy to do much else. Showering was an endeavor and makeup, well, it just didn’t happen. I walked as though I was an 80 year old lady at the age of 36.
After about week of antibiotics, I felt like I was hit by a truck. Oh, that’s supposed to happen? I didn’t think that I could get that much worse. This lasted about 2 weeks then…a new person.
Slowly, I progressively got better and today, I am a new person. As of today, 14 months of rotating 3-4 types of antibiotics. You make thing that is just crazy but what I learned (from being employed in the field) and am still learning argues that opinion. Due to gastrointestinal discomfort and weight loss, I tried going off of them twice. Bad move, within a week, everything starting coming back. Part of my blog is dedicated to educating people about this and the controversy involving it.
I still have bad days, more than I want but I tend to forget what I used to be. I have to be reminded of this and I think that this blog will help with that too.
Due to my condition, working a full time job seems impossible. Most of my jobs were in the medical field but I have never really been a 9 to 5 kinda girl. Not to mention, as of the end of this month, my position is being dissolved. I work hard but I do not care much for monotony or busy work. Also, I have always been the kind of person that wants to work for me. Sometimes, those with leadership qualities have a difficult time working for someone else. My mind was always turning, trying to find that perfect something that I could build into my own empire. I have found it. A couple months ago, friends of mine introduced me to an amazing lucrative company with other leaders and support. Now my condition won’t be such an issue for me to create and income and now I can keep my children at home to home school them. I have very little trust in the public school systems in this country and I do not want to jeopardize their potential over political issues that go in the schools. So, the other part of my blog is dedicated to showing other how they too can work for themselves, on their time; regardless of what they choose to do.
So, check back often and take what you can. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message on my “Contact Me” page. Don’t waste your time and energy building someone else’s empire.
Also, if you are sick and no one is helping, doctor after doctor to no end or if you are hearing “It’s in your head”, find a LLMD. Because it is in my head…and in my joints, and in my heart, and in my muscles…..