When I was 32 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I wasn't prepared for that, and I buried my head in the sand and pretended it wasn't happening....and I NEVER told people (beside my close circle) about it.
I was terrified people would see me as "the girl with MS". I didn't want to be defined by a disease that I had no control over! I was lucky to not have any progression or even symptoms for the most part, so that helped me hide in the shadows of acceptance.
Fast forward to a few years ago, when my symptoms began to become more noticeable and was impacting my day to day living. Layer in some early 40's hormonal changes and my body seemed to have a mind of its own and not in a positive way!
I am a "doer" I do not like to feel helpless, so I focused my panic into gaining knowledge!
I really wanted to keep treating my health naturally so I educated myself (got certifications) in general nutrition and fitness nutrition to better understand how I could make necessary changes to my lifestyle habits.
I also realized that if I was having these challenges, others were too!
My desire to help others was so much stronger than my fear of admitting that I have MS, that I began sharing my story and others started connecting to share theirs with me as well.
Over the past few years I have had the absolute pleasure of connecting and helping some incredible people looking to improve their health and wellness.
I truly believe the most important relationship you have is with yourself. Self care should not be an option, but rather a priority. Whether it's your nutrition, fitness, stress, balance, or any other area of your life, you need to take time to give yourself what you need before you can take care of others.
You don't have to know everything. You can and should ask for help in the areas you need it.
Knowledge is power! I know it sounds cliche, but it's true. The education and knowledge I have gained in nutrition and wellness as well as the partnerships I have created in fitness and overall health has empowered me to successfully manage my health with a holistic approach as well as help others do the same.
If you are looking to learn more about how you can improve your health and wellbeing, let's talk about where you are now, where you want to be, and how to get you there.
Thanks for stopping by, Jess xo