I started out wanting to be a nurse and so I applied to a school and was accepted. I started out in the program and as I got into it, I wasn’t so sure that I wanted to be a nurse but I did enjoy teaching and spending time with people. I was assured that there would be a place for me. My instructors said that everyone can find a place in nursing. As I progressed in the program, I continued feeling like nursing just wasn’t for me and I ended up dropping out of nursing school but graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Professional studies with the majority of my classes being related to nursing. I decided to make a change and pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling with the intent to be a school counselor. I graduated and my husband accepted his first job located in Kansas.
When we moved down, I discovered that I couldn’t be a counselor in the schools in the state of Kansas because I didn’t have a Bachelor’s degree in Education. After wondering what I was going to do, I decided to finish my nursing degree. I went back to school and graduated with Honors as a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing. After about 13 years working as an RN in a clinic, I started noticing that the people I was caring for weren’t getting much healthier. Also around that time, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and was told that I would not be able to decrease the cholesterol just by myself so I would need to go on medication. Dr. Lara Salyer was the only person besides my husband and family who gave me a chance to fix the problem on my own. Every other “professional” told me that I wouldn’t be able to change it on my own. I didn’t want to believe the “professionals” and so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I studied up on nutrition and diet and exercise and I made some major changes in my life. I remember praying to God and feeling him say, “you do your best and I will take care of the rest.”
So I did my best. I got books; I started learning and immersing myself in everything related to health, healing and nutrition. I realized part way through that I just loved what I was learning and became fascinated by what the body does and how it naturally wants to heal itself. Our body is so amazing. This revelation led to new foods, new ways of cooking, new ways of shopping, reading and understanding food labels, being knowledgeable about what I was putting into my body and on my body. I just wanted to share what I was learning with everyone. Through educating myself and making those changes, the health problem disappeared. God and I did it together. We both made good on our promises. Something inside me changed though. I saw how by taking care of my body, feeding it good things, taking away the bad and dealing with stress in positive ways changed what could have potentially been a lifelong problem with lifelong treatment in the form of medication.
I know sometimes medication is important but I also now know how there are so many other ways of treating a person and improving their health: body, mind and spirit. This revelation set me on a journey that led to many conversations with Dr. Lara Salyer, whom I was working with at the time. She was feeling the same way and contemplating going a new direction. We encouraged each other and I also decided to pursue a different direction. I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and fell in love with what I was learning. I graduated and took a step of faith.
About that same time, I went to a weekend course on Nutrition Response Testing® in Milwaukee and loved it. I had found a technique that treated everyone as an individual and produced amazing results. I wanted to get the training immediately but my husband very wisely suggested that I should start seeing a practitioner to help with other health symptoms that I had to get a success story for myself first.
You can find my success story under this tab also. Please read it and take it for yourself. The word testimony means “do it again” and I know that you can experience healing in your body because I have and so many others have as well.