In the winter of 1998, three days after giving birth to my daughter, I was hit by a drunk driver at a high rate of speed.
The result? A cervical spinal injury and a broken vertebra in my neck.
What should have been a joyous time in my life became a debilitating nightmare. I had no health insurance and
sadly I was brushed off by traditional doctors, received virtually no care, and no physical therapy.
Eight months after being hit, I was in another car wreck on the very same stretch of highway. This time I was hit head on by a driver who ran a red light.
That year was unbearably painful and I felt like a spectator in my own life. Narcotics didn't touch the pain, they just made it harder to cope. Every moment of every day, I experience agonizing, burning, aching pain in my neck, shoulder, and arm. I eventually lost the use of my left arm. I was not even able to hold the child I had just given birth to.
Over the years the pain mostly subsided. Most days I didn't even think about it.
Then in 2018, that screaming pain reappeared with a vengeance. I toughed it out for about 6 months while I prayed for answers and for hope. I finally conceded and went to see an orthopedic surgeon. I knew over the years my condition had been silently degenerating-until it was no longer silent. I could not do this again.
In July of 2019, I had a cervical fusion using bone from my hip. The bone from my hip was replaced with coral (I like to tell people I am part mermaid now)!
Weeks after the surgery, I contracted E-Coli poisoning. My immune system was shot and my gut
health was in dire straits. I was very ill, I couldn't eat, and I was losing a lot of weight. My body needed nutrients to heal from the fusion but my body was incapable of utilizing the nutrients, and besides, the E Coli poisoning made it difficult to eat.
Some of the culprits--
• Toxicity from the anesthesia
• 21 days of high dose antibiotic therapy
• Environmental toxins
• A less than stellar diet
I realized at that point that rebuilding my gut health was critical.
I was on a mission to become the healthiest version of myself that I could be.
"ALL DISEASE BEGINS IN THE GUT"
All healing begins there as well :-)
Food changed my life. I could probably even say that food saved my life. But it would be
more accurate to say that food gave me back my life and I am passionate about using my life
to educate others about the power of food.
Prioritizing health is hard. I get it. There were so many times I wanted to give up. Trying to nurture myself
when I was recovering from a complicated, life changing surgery was no walk in the park.
Some of us approach our health from a very preventative, proactive stance. Some of us approach it from fear or desperation. Either way, just know that it's OK to start wherever you are.
I began to see my daily choices as opportunities to heal.
I wanted so desperately to feel good again.
It didn't happen overnight, but little by little those daily choices began to effect big change in my health.
One of the first choices I made was to my diet of course, but that spilled over into nourishing all areas of
my life. I ate simple, highly nourishing foods. I was mindful about what I was putting into my
body. After just a few short days I could already tell my health was improving.
The damage to our bodies doesn't happen overnight and it doesn't get fixed overnight. It takes time, patience, determination, and COMMITMENT!
This experience has shaped me into the person I am today. Because of this, I’m wildly committed to taking care of myself– mind, body, and spirit.
I know how badly it can crumble if I don’t make my health a priority. This is why I’m so passionate about sharing the importance of taking care of yourself!
Healing is based on the Four Pillars:
3. Stress Management/Pain Management
For a lot of people, holistic healing is where the search stops. It’s where I found my answers. My biggest hope is for anyone who’s suffering to find that relief too.
Lisa is a Registered Holistic Nutritional Health Coach and a Registered Holistic Nutritional Practitioner.
She received her education from Nutraphoria School of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, British Columbia and is registered with The Canadian Health Coach Alliance.