A little bit about me
My first big health scare happened in my late teens when my right ovary was surgically removed due to an ovarian cyst torsion. I knew I wanted kids someday, so I was concerned how this was going to affect my fertility. This ignited an interest in my personal health, in hopes to stay healthy so I’d have the best chance of getting pregnant naturally.
Fast forward to my mid twenties when I had a severe kidney infection. Ever since the infection, I had recurring urinary tract infections, chronic vaginosis and developed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). After multiple failed attempts to relieve my symptoms with conventional medicine, I became discouraged and this led me to naturopathic medicine.
I fell in love.
I loved how they took the whole person into consideration, how they believed the body would heal if you removed obstacles to cure, and used the least invasive treatments like nutrition, botanical medicine, and homeopathy.
Most importantly, it worked.
My UTIs cleared, the vaginitis was gone, and I had more energy. So I decided to pursue a career as a naturopathic doctor.
A lot of “ah ha” moments happened during medical school. I learned about the microbiome and knew mine was totally out of balance (I was still dealing with IBS). I also discovered I had MTHFR homozygous C677T (I’m a slow detoxifier), leaky gut, and I developed Hashimoto’s, a thyroid autoimmune condition.
So clearly, I still had a lot of healing to do.
Luckily, I was in the perfect place. I started to open methylation pathways, detoxify, balance my thyroid and adrenals, found the right supplements, and improved my diet, sleep and exercise. I was definitely on the right track and feeling better!
But with the stress of medical school, board exams, and starting a new career, I found it more difficult to recover completely from my chronic gut issues. I found I had SIBO — small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. I did several rounds treatments, including the elemental diet.
Soon after, my solo ovary must have been cranking away, because I was so surprised to find out I was pregnant!
I’m grateful to say the pregnancy was a healthy one. Although, she struggled to get out of my belly the way I hoped, and she was born emergency C-section. Another abdominal surgery and round of antibiotics for me.
The SIBO and all it’s associated symptoms returned with a vengeance. So in late 2018, I finished another round of the elemental diet. The healing continues today through nutrition, lifestyle, and supplements.
I have a passion for fertility, gut healing, and balancing hormones, because I’ve been there.