About

My Journey

I think it is important to start by saying that as humans we feel many things in our lives define who we are. I choose not to be defined by Lyme Disease and believe that no one should allow a disease to define them. I prefer to say that I am “managing Lyme Disease” rather than “I have Lyme Disease”.

In the spring of 2014 I woke up and found an insect bite on my shoulder. My husband sent me up to the clinic to have it looked and at the time it was thought to be a spider bite, I was given ointment and sent on my way.

Over the next couple of months symptoms started slow and were easily ignored:
I was tired because I kept myself busy,
I had a sore throat so I must be fighting off a virus,
My knees hurt because I was sitting on the floor throughout my yoga teacher training.

And then three months later I couldn’t lift my arm without extreme pain. The myriad of symptoms that surfaced as time went on is unimaginable. When the pain in my joints became too much and affected my ability to work and do simple daily tasks I knew I had to take some of this into my own hands. I started digging into the research and realizing I had a lot of power to make positive changes because two things were clear: my body was in a state of severe inflammation and my immune system was attacking me. These were both things that can be impacted by what we eat.

Time went on and I was still a medical mystery. My symptoms continued to worsen as new ones appeared. By January 2016 I had started to lose the ability to sit up or stand up. I wasn’t able to walk more than a couple of steps. I was in unbelievable pain. There were days that it was physically impossible for me to brush my own teeth.

A few months later in March we finally received a diagnosis: it was Lyme Disease. While doing my best to manage symptoms and assist my body through the uncertainty I had unknowingly been preparing my body to start treatment. Midway through 2016 I began intensive IV antibiotic treatment and other than some expected Jarisch-Herxheimer reactions, my tolerance to treatment has been well, beyond what has been expected. As I continue to treat myself and move through this journey I am not only passionate about Lyme Disease advocacy and awareness, but also as a Registered Dietitian I am passionate about educating others about food and healthy eating.

As an expert in nutrition, my goal is to help people achieve better health by giving them the tools and support necessary using the knowledge and first hand experience I have in
how food and nutrition play a significant role in Lyme and chronic disease. For me personally,
food and nutrition have been vital in the management and recovery from this disease. Lyme causes inflammation in the body and down-regulates the immune system, our food choices can directly affect both and I want help to others through this complex, overwhelming and scary journey.

As you read through my site, you’ll notice that I don’t only focus on food. I teach about vitamins, supplements, how to make the most of your time in the kitchen, including recipes and handy-kitchen tools that allow you to make healthy meals when your ill. As a yoga teacher, I believe strongly in the mind-body connection, basic yoga practices have greatly influenced my physical and emotional health through such a traumatic health journey and I am here to help you through yours.

If you look hard enough there is always a silver lining. Becoming ill has forced me to stop what I was doing. Life had to slow down and my focus had to shift. I believe it was a wake up call to shake me from the path of living a routine life with less self awareness, and forcing me to ask myself “what do you really want from life?”. I’ve gained a great appreciation for this illness. It has come with many lessons and because of it I know I’ll live a more fulfilling life doing things that I am passionate about, and one of those things is helping others through this journey.

Lyme. Laugh. Love.

“In sickness and in health, ‘till death due us part.” The all-so-famous line in many people’s wedding vows … including ours. When you’re in your 20’s or 30’s would you ever imagine having these ten words transpire into reality? Like most people, we surely didn’t...

Lyme Disease: A Six Month Update

Its been a while since I’ve written anything or uploaded any videos to my YouTube channel.  I’m now more than half way into month 6 of treatment for Lyme Disease.  I’ve been asked by a lot of people if I’m feeling better. That is a really hard question to answer....

A Cocktail of Emotions with a Twist of Lyme

First, I have been struggling to get this post ‘just right’ before finally putting it on the blog.  And then something happened. Today I woke and followed my usual routine: coffee and quiet time with my iPad while I slowly come out of my post-sleep-zombie-trance. When...

Lyme Disease Treatment: Cycle Two Ends in Panic and Silence

Month two ended with a bang. Or maybe I should say in silence, at least on my part as I was unconscious and even when I started to wake up I still could not speak, even if my life was depending on it. That's where Stephen came in. He spoke for both of us, first...

The First Four Weeks of Treatment: An Update

What does it feel like to have the first month of treatment in the books? Bittersweet.  Although I’ve actually felt better than expected; having days where physically speaking, I feel better than I have since 2015.  This post really isn’t about the physical symptoms...

The Most Common Questions I’ve Received About Lyme Disease

Since speaking out about my diagnosis of Lyme Disease (and the other associated infections) I have had a lot of emails, messages and phone calls from people looking for help and/or more information. I do my best to answer these questions but my health isn’t great...

An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada This is the letter I’ve written to Mr. Trudeau.  I invite you to share this, sent to a newspaper, news channel, tweet it, #hashtag it, and use whatever other form of social media you prefer to help me get this message...

My First Visit to The Jemsek Specialty Clinic

On the morning of March 16th Stephen and I made our way to the Jemsek Clinic in Washington DC for my first visit.  Everyone we saw was incredibly kind and the best part of going to a clinic where they specialize in Lyme Disease is that they really know how this...

How to Help

Help, is not such a simple word when you really think about it.  Often Stephen and I are asked by people if there is anything they can do to help.  For us, we can benefit from help in a lot of ways –to answer the question of what you can do to help I’ve made a list...

Challenge # 7: Avoid guilt ~ Why indulgences are O.K.

Let’s get right into this lesson! Here's The Scenario: It's Thursday. You've had a number of cookies and treats at work the last couple of days - they just keep appearing in the staff room. You had a Christmas luncheon yesterday, complete with cheesy, creamy...

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