Many people ask why I went into acupuncture and natural medicine. Well, it didn’t start that way. I grew up in a family where my parents both worked at hospitals. My mom was a registered nurse on the Mother/Baby and High-Risk Maternity Unit and my dad, was a Financial Analyst at another hospital in Madison, WI. You should have heard the conversations at our dinner table. I was always asking what my mom helped with and what she got to treat each day. She inspired me and I knew I wanted to get into healthcare!
Shortly after my youngest son was born, I experienced an event that changed my life. I found myself constantly fatigued, and experience a concussion while skiing due to this fatigue. I ended up in the Emergency Room where my lab tests showed a thyroid disorder called Hashimotos Thyroiditis. When diagnosed, the doctor said to me, “we’ll check your labs every month, because you’re in a state of hyperthyroidism and your body will continue to kill off your thyroid (autoimmune), and then you will go into hypothyroidism and be on a thyroid pill the rest of your life”. It was the only solution any of the doctors had. Not being satisfied with only one option I thought to myself, where is Plan B?
I decided I was going to get into western medicine. I enrolled get my Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Wilderness EMT license. I was working double shifts, going to school at night, and frankly not taking care of myself. I got extremely sick with a kidney infection and was near septic shock. I was admitted to the hospital for five days where I was diagnosed with an acute kidney infection. I asked why this did not become a Urinary Track Infection (UTI) first, but went right to my infected kidneys. The doctor’s response was to put me on antibiotics, and have a surgeon come in to talk to me about taking out my gallbladder. I couldn’t believe how this was snowballing downhill. Antibiotics, thyroid issues, lifelong medication, and gallbladder removal… what was next?
Enter Plan B… I went back to the drawing board to discover what I wanted to do with my life. My intuition was telling me to switch gears, to look at natural ways to heal my body, and to avoid antibiotics and surgery. I chose acupuncture, and natural medicine found me.
Within the first week of attending classes at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I knew I had found my path. Everything the instructors were saying made so much sense. The more sense it made the more I wanted, and needed to learn.
Acupuncture naturally balances the body, and then herbs treat internal issues. When practiced together they solved problems western medicine would simply medicate to mask the symptoms, or perform surgery to cut out problems, and then more medicine to mask the pain the surgery had removed.