Which came first, The Garden Girl or the health coach? That’s a trick question — they really happened at the same time. But my story really begins with the Sick Girl.
When I was 5 years old, I was diagnosed with an inflammatory disease called Kawasaki that attacks the heart. After recovering, I was regularly sick with things like allergic reactions (hives, itchy hands and feet, which led to severe abdominal pain and eventually two separate anaphylactic reactions), a Hashimoto’s diagnosis, sinus infections, and strep throat which led to countless antibiotics. The more I got sick, the more allergic reactions I started to have to the antibiotics I was given.
“Get more medications and keep moving”
I continued to battle with annoyingly persistent health issues into my adult life, just accepting it was the hand I was dealt. “Get more medications and keep moving” — that was my motto!
I never questioned my doctors. I assumed they were always right.