Everyone had a two-word answer: Take this. "This" usually being a medication of some sort. I finally listened, took a medication that lowered my already low blood pressure, and soon after that, found myself staring at that embankment, bewildered and frustrated.
The months after that began a relentless pursuit of answers. I tackled nutrition first, trying to learn about the connections between food and my health. I became gluten-free, increased my protein, and ditched the Diet Cokes.
I studied Chinese medicine and learned how to naturally balance my hormones, using acupuncture and herbs. I studied Ayurveda, holistic medicine, and integrative medicine. I studied and studied and studied.
Within two years, I had healed myself. My hair was back, my weight was stable, and my skin was clear. I was married, happy, and healthy. Yet the journey of seeking answers, asking questions left me forever changed.
I couldn't practice medicine the way I had originally trained to. I had to expand it; I had to enlarge it to include all the information I had gathered over the previous eight years. With encouragement from my husband, I started a small practice and quickly tapped into a universal hunger from patients for information, connection, and compassion.
As my practice continues to expand, my mission remains the same. I now know that all these alternative systems of medicine were a means to return to the heart of medicine, bring hope to medicine, and connect ourselves to our food, our genetics, and our life. I'm thankful for my journey and look forward to whatever is next!