Like most great lessons in life, my biggest awakening arose from my most challenging experience. Picture this: My husband and I were living our dream, traveling the world, working remotely, and exploring indigenous cultures and breathtaking environments from the jungles of Costa Rica to the beaches of Bali. But, as we made our way from Guatemala to Thailand, I suddenly became incapacitated with severe nausea, an extremely distended stomach, brain fog, and overall fatigue.
And so began a six-month nightmare as I lay sick in bed, unable to do much more than see a never-ending stream of specialists who eventually diagnosed me with Entamoeba histolytica, an intestinal parasite common in tropical environments with poor sanitary conditions. But even with a diagnosis and a clearer path to treatment, I still didn’t know if I would ever recover the level of health I had once enjoyed. It was a very dark, difficult time in my life.
I fought my way back to health with every ounce of energy I had, and as I gained knowledge, empathy, and compassion, I found my life’s purpose—to help others achieve the level of health I believe we are all meant to experience. To say that one tiny microorganism changed me as a person is a massive understatement; it forever altered the course of my life.