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About Me

Why Coaching?

Hashimoto’s

A few years ago my GP reluctantly tested me for hypothyroidism as a result of my feeling generally unwell. When I say unwell I wasn’t in pain, but I was exhausted. I would wake up tired. If I sat down in the evening to watch tv I’d fall asleep while still sitting up. My hair would be shedding whenever I washed it, and I would always have fallen hairs on my shoulders. I was prescribed levothyroxine.

I felt a little better, but all of the issues above persisted. Over a year later I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. This is an auto-immune condition where your immune system attacks the thyroid. I came upon this diagnosis accidentally when I was taking my son to his first appointment with a Functional Medicine doctor. That meeting with Dr Sarah Davies was incredible! It was the first time that I felt like a doctor was really listening to me. I took a blood test to see if this was actually the case. No surprise, my illness was caused by autoimmunity and my GP hadn’t even mentioned it!

This was incredibly frustrating as there are many life-style interventions that you can make for autoimmune disease. Subsequently I have been able to put Hashimoto’s into remission, again confirmed by blood tests. I have my energy back, my hair has stopped shedding. Each morning when I wake up I no longer feel like a zombie!

Alopecia

Before
During
After

My son first lost his hair in 2016. It started as alopecia areata and quickly progressed to alopecia totalis. We visited a GP, dermatologist x 2, immunologist, pediatric allergist, trichologist and finally a Functional Medicine Doctor. While visiting these medical professionals I continued my own research. After trying a new strategy that I'd heard about in an online webinar my son started to experience regrowth for the first time since losing his hair. I undertook a group health coaching course in mid-2019 which was just information rather than coaching around the topic. Information by itself does not support change, but for some people (like me who are brilliant at making changes) it's enough.
Using a functional medicine approach and making lifestyle changes has enabled my son’s hair to regrow. His eyebrows and eyelashes have returned. His scalp hair is growing in thick, just like it used to be. It’s not 100% back yet, but we’re confident that the remaining hair will come back in the same way.

Now...

Becoming a Functional Health Coach has helped me to get in excellent shape myself. A couple of years ago I would not have thought that my current lifestyle was possible for me. Making incremental changes has resulted in weight training, playing hockey on my daughter’s team (after a 30 year gap), running 5ks, walking my dogs and eating food which follows ancestral diet principles. My sleep used to be terrible and now it's up to 8 hours a night. While the term 'holistic' is really over-used I've found that making changes is soooo much easier when you start with your mental health. To this end I offer a mental fitness program where you can bring your own goals. I don't recommend anything that I haven't tried (and had success with) myself.

ADAPT CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL HEALTH COACH
National Board Certified