WHEN I WAS 24 YEARS OLD, MY MUM WAS DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE IV COLORECTAL ADENOCARCINOMA. THE PROGNOSIS WAS NOT GOOD.
I remember the day she was diagnosed so clearly. I had taken the day off work to pick her up after a colonoscopy that she had been on a waiting list for quite some time. When I arrived at the hospital, instead of asking me to be seated in the waiting room they sent me into the recovery room where she was awake but still under the effects of the anaesthetic. The physician joined us in the room, and I knew in my heart it was going to be bad news, as she had been ill for a long time. When the physician gave the diagnosis, I collapsed to the floor. He said she needed immediate surgery, chemotherapy and radiation or there was no way she was going to survive. The tumour was 10cm at the time of diagnosis.
She made the decision to walk out of that hospital the next day, and go down the road of ‘alternative’ medicine. That year was a heart wrenching, long and rough journey with a few hospital admissions in between. Without going into to much detail, I can tell you that after having surgery to have the tumour itself removed (which had shrunk a few cm at the time of removal) and being told that she would have metastasis, full hysterectomy and permanent stoma and desperately needed further conventional interventions – the outcome was nothing but positive and 5 years down the track she is cancer free.
My mums diagnosis is what sparked my journey into the world of naturopathic medicine. During her recovery I spent much of my free time researching and became increasingly drawn to complementary and alternative medicine. I went from not exercising, binge drinking every weekend and eating takeaways and junk food to completely overhauling my lifestyle. I became a qualified personal trainer and did that for a year but quickly realised that I had an incessant need to know a lot more and do a lot more. So I enrolled into an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and thats where it all began!
I am completely fascinated by nutritional and herbal medicine and its ability to bring the body back into balance. From asthma to autoimmune disease, sleep issues, depression and anxiety, hormonal imbalance, cancer and everything in between, naturopathy is my passion and I want to help your health to bloom!