Why I Go All Natural

Modern medicine saved my life. Had I been born 25 or 30 years sooner, I may not have had the same results.

Back in 1982, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I have been taking insulin injections every day, for a long time. If it weren’t for that insulin, I wouldn’t be around today.

But even as a diabetic, I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, healthy attitude and do things as natural as I can. One of the best things that a person with diabetes can do for themselves is to stay on top of the disease and test themselves often enough so they know what can trigger drops in blood sugar or spikes. So many different things can affect a diabetic, and the complications of uncontrolled blood sugar can be devastating, even deadly.

Having my own personal health in front of me my whole life, I felt the need to help others take better care of themselves. I started my journey by owning and operating a small health food store here in downtown Conway. Unfortunately, I closed the shop after about a year and a half and I knew that in order to really reach people, I had to do so on a larger scale. I started The Wellness Expo of Myrtle Beach in 2003, which ran at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for 5 years. Eventually that business turned into the nonprofit that I run today.

I keep a very close eye on my diabetes and my health. I listen to what my body tells me, so I know what I can and cannot handle. That is especially true with chemical based medications. I do take insulin injections daily and I am grateful for that medication. When it comes to other illnesses, I tend to stay on the more natural side of things, unless it’s an emergency situation. I take great delight in proving my doctors wrong and leaving them confused when they can’t explain how an illness was resolved without medication. My doctor has been so impressed with how well I manage myself, he, as well as my husband, encouraged me to start teaching others how to do the same.

That is what I am doing now, as Executive Director of The Wellness Council for SC. I teach workshops and do personal coaching to help hold people accountable for their own health and really help them understand the disease that has been a part of my life for 34 years.

I really love what I do and I know that it is helping people.

Besides dealing with diabetes, I have had other illnesses to deal with throughout my life. Again, I reach for the natural remedies and again, confuse my doctors. I use dietary changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese herbal medicine to reverse problems. Because I listen to my body I know what I can and can’t handle. This is one of the things that I am most passionate about teaching to others. When you listen to your body, when you do a little research, you are able to make better informed decisions about your health. I don’t blindly take medications; I look everything up.

I am very passionate about natural healing, true wellness and educating people so they can make better decisions, no matter what the illness.

That is really who I am, what I am all about. Thank you for reading.

(Originally published 6/20/17 on WellnessCouncilSC.org)

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