Here is a letter I received recently from one of my clients:
I have struggled with “invisible” health issues for a good portion of my life. I was diagnosed with Primary Raynaud’s during early childhood and suffered from a great deal of environmental stress and bouts of depression. In my early 20s, I started suffering from what my doctor thought were frequent UTIs until I was finally diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis. As my 20s progressed, I began suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (to include anxiety and panic attacks), weight gain, bloating, constipation, facial hair, cystic acne, oily skin, tension headaches, non-allergic rhinitis, allergy-induced asthma, chronic sinus issues and post nasal drip, chronically dry skin, benign skin growths, rashes, restless leg and most recently reproductive and GI health issues. Through these years, I was seemingly healthy, so when I would go to the doctor and say that something was wrong, I felt as though I was brushed aside and told there was either nothing wrong or that it was just my anxiety. I slowly began turning more towards alternative medicine; seeking balance through acupuncture, exercise, and massage. While these things helped me tremendously, they were not enough; I wanted my life back. I frequently thought, “If this is how I feel at 30, how is 40, 50, 60 going to feel?”. I sought the assistance of a functional medicine practitioner and through him, was diagnosed with a severe Vitamin D deficiency, a MTHFR deficiency, estrogen-dominant hormonal imbalance, endometriosis, and gluten intolerance; most of which, could be contributed to most, if not all, of the ailments I was suffering from, but after months of taking vitamin supplements and only feeling some amazing, but minimal improvements I knew I needed to seek additional help. Through my own personal research, it became abundantly clear to me that I needed to get my gut health in check.
Enter Alicia and Shore Nutrition and Wellness. It was my intuition that brought me to her, versus utilizing the nutritional support provided by my doctor’s office and I cannot express how thankful I am for listening to myself. Alicia is kind, caring, compassionate, understanding, honest, beyond supportive, completely non-judgmental, knowledgeable, and extremely hard-working. It is abundantly clear that she is passionate about her job and helping as many people as possible on their journeys of health and wellness. Her program is easy to follow and does not feel restricting in any way. It’s all about nourishing your body with real, nutrient-dense, delicious food without feeling deprived. With her support and guidance, I have developed the tools I need to ensure that I am not only physically balanced, but emotionally balanced as well. While I have had some set-backs; most recently being diagnosed with GERD, candida-caused monilial esophagitis, hiatal hernia, acute gastritis and further reproductive health issues, Alicia has helped me take all of this is stride. She is supporting me through natural supplementation to eradicate the candida and continued improvement in my gut health. Despite these set-backs, I am extremely happy to report that I have removed harmful toxins and inflammation that were contributing to my weight gain, bloating, and constipation; my skin is not as oily and the cystic acne is clearing; my allergies have greatly improved (I can actually clean my house without having to wear a dust mask or love on my dog without experiencing an asthma attack – this is huge!); the endometrioma on my ovary is stable without the use of birth control pills; and most importantly, my hormones are almost completely balanced! It has been through her love, support, and guidance that I have gotten this far and not been derailed as I have been so many times in the past and while I still have a long way to go, I know I have the tools I need to continue pushing forward on my wellness journey. Words cannot express how thankful I am to Alicia for that, along with her continued support moving forward. – R.M.D.
This means everything to me.
There is so much power in sharing your story, reaching out for help and finding others to join you in your healing process. Listen to your gut. I promise, the time will go by much faster when you have a solid support system cheering you on.
Imagine if we all ask ourselves: "What can I do today to be kind and spread more love?"
To Hope & Healing,