When I was at the beginning of a my journey with a vestibular condition, what I really wanted was someone to walk by my side with an energy of hope and inspiration. I desperately wanted even just a glimpse of understanding into what was happening to me. [my full story: here // article: shattering my glass window]
The more I connected with other vestibular warriors, the more I realized that so many of our stories have the same chapters: the story of how it started, trying to get a diagnosis, attempting to find a doctor that gets it, handling the intense anxiety, coping with the fact that most people won't understand what it's like, battling the all-consuming symptoms, figuring out what helps and what hurts, uncovering strength we didn't know existed, finding gratitude that only comes with climbing tough mountains... the list goes on.
I wanted to talk to someone who had navigated life with a vestibular condition and could share their experience, so I knew where to start and where I could land. I connected with many incredible people also struggling with a vestibular condition and just knowing I wasn't alone helped me so much. The stories I did stumble across of people who had been to hell and back were everything to me. I listened closely and I took their advice to heart, and along the way I learned so much through my own desire to uncover what was consuming my mind + body.
Climbing to the top of my mountain has given me the opportunity to look back on everything I did that supported my wellness, and continues to. The truth is that there's certainly a variety with vestibular disorders. At the same time there's a string running through it all, so even if my experience isn't identical to yours, there's certainly a resemblance.
I want you to know that I will not pretend that our stories are the same, only that we've probably walked on some of the same paths. I want you to feel confident when it comes to your wellness as you navigate the twists and turns of your beautiful life- with a vestibular something and beyond.
I know that by thoughtfully eating foods that nourished my wellbeing and having a holistic support system was a huge step in a beautiful direction. Like I was walking along the trail for days with rain pouring down and someone walked up next to me with an umbrella... and a muffin.
That's why I feel driven to mentor others. I'm just passing out umbrellas, muffins and maps along the trail. You get me, right?
I wanted to heal on a deep holistic level. Regardless of the label of my vestibular condition (vestibular neuritis + vestibular migraines), I believe that the mind + body can heal. We are meant to thrive in this life and feel that bliss within our soul. Even though I felt so off kilter, disconnected from the body I was standing in, anxiety coursing my system like fire and brain fog that was thick and heavy, I still believed in the power of healing from the inside out. I knew it would take lifestyle shifts as well as time and resilience, but I was willing to put in the work.
And so I started on my journey of walking through life with a vestibular condition and taking back my life.
Our food choices have the power to make huge shifts in our bodies + our world. Eliminating the junk, gives the body the opportunity to free itself of that weight, both emotionally and physically, and as a result, it can heal and flourish.
Food is freaking fantastic. It fuels us and quite literally provides us with the sustenance of our being. It is the nourishment and first line of defense against disease. It plays a role in our physical and emotional quality of life and is essential to our wellness. I am an inspired advocate of a plant-based diet; however, the basis for that is whole, from the earth, foods. I will immediately credit a large part of my ability to heal through this disorder to the way I was eating. In my mind, there’s no doubt about it. I know in my soul that it pulled me up and out and gave me the energy to push forward.
Also, I take supplements to promote overall wellness and address person health issues (hello, vestibular migraines). I want to know that I am doing everything I can to nourish my body. Because this is my body – the only one I got – and I deserve to feel better than just ok, I deserve to glow.
And, my friend, so do you.
Wherever you are with your vestibular condition, I hope that you’ve discovered that you are certainly not powerless. You are magnificent, radiant and relentlessly fighting back. I know this because just the fact that we're connecting means you care big time, and you’re striving to feel better... to feel like you.
I believe that you can and will find you...and this journey will open your heart and uncover all that makes up vibrant you.
I truly believe a very important step is making really kind choices when it comes to our health and that starts with our nourishment.
Guess what's so great about that? You have complete power to make shifts in your diet.
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This experience has taught me that I have to be my own advocate and I have to take control of my health.
The month after I was hit with all of the vestibular stuff, a wonderful friend introduced me to pure essential oils. I was desperate for something to help my body heal. I was in need of a holistic support system.
I had read that pure essential oils could help with vertigo, dizziness, mental fatigue, and many of the other symptoms I was coping with. I purchased a starter kit and the day the beautiful box of oils arrived I smiled knowing this was something my heart needed.
Incorporating pure essential oils into my wellness routine is one of the best decisions that I have made for my wellbeing. When I first was hit with the vestibular stuff, I felt like it took so much away from me, but embracing a holistic support system gave me the opportunity to support my body and take my life back. What started as me rubbing oregano essential oil on my feet, created a blissful shift in the way I approached my health. A few months in, I started teaching classes, both in person and online. It felt so damn good to create a wellness empowered movement and focus on something other than the disorder. It also gave me the opportunity to continuously learn while connecting with others wanting to make a shift in their lives.
When you get started with your essential oils, you will be part of a global movement of people incorporating oils into their wellness routine + home to create a higher level of wellness. It’s an empowering movement and I can’t wait to have you be a part of it.
There are other things we can talk about too (yoga, meditation, foam rolling, etc.) when it comes to holistic support and these items were a gamechanger along my path.
I created an oils routine for Vestibular Warriors to thrive: here. We can always develop a wellness plan to cater to you, too.
The most common question I get asked is: how did you get through it?
I can assure you that confidence does not happen overnight.
I had to get incredibly uncomfortable every moment of every day for days, weeks and months to uncover a whole lot of courage and determination. It started by showing up in my life again, but this time with a vestibular disorder. My youngest child was three months old and my older son was two years old when the vestibular stuff hit. They needed me. I still was up half the night to feed my baby, and to be honest it’s all a crazy blur. I was getting by only by focusing on life moment-to-moment. I relentlessly moved through each day regardless of how I felt and fighting every moment somehow knowing I could do it no matter what.
M short answer is: I showed up.
In my mind, I separated myself from the vestibular stuff. It was a part of me, but not all of me, and it certainly couldn’t define me (unless I let it).
My mindset towards my vestibular disorder was one of the strongest elements that I had going for me. I’m not bragging as I’m sure you understand that vestibular stuff has the ability to make you feel powerless, so I was grasping for whatever I could hang onto. I was in pure survival mode. I wouldn’t have left my house if it wasn’t for the persistent determination to be a part of life. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have terrible days, because the symptoms were dreadful for a long while., but, my mindset carried me through those difficult moments and forced me to look beyond the hell I was drowning in. I was always working to stay afloat and to do that I had to fight every moment. It’s exhausting, right? It weighed on my heart + soul so heavily, but I’m telling you that my mindset had power over that weight.
You are incredible. Look in the mirror and say that. I mean it. I say Vestibular Warrior to you because there’s a magnificent strength and resilience behind it and that is exactly what you are.
I believe that gaining a soulful perspective on how I wanted to feel was my guiding light. I know in the beginning my main thought was "I want to feel how I used to", but over time that evolved into, "I just want to feel grounded in this body that's fought like hell for me". I didn't want to go back to before, because I believe I became more "me" having gone through this experience. I had walked an incredibly bumpy trail and gotten to the other side of mountain... No way I was going back to the start.
I am a Wellness Mentor and our work together is meant to compliment your medical and/or mental health treatment. I'm a huge proponent of a holistic approach, but I also believe that western medicine is a beautiful thing when used appropriately, and finding a doctor that better understood my condition (18 months in by the way) was a wonderful thing. My mission is to provide you with the toolkit to support you every step of the way.
This vestibular stuff is complicated and messy, and it’s often not easy to figure out what the underlying factors are. I encourage you to stay true to yourself, journal your symptoms if you find that helpful, and connect with others if it brings you peace.
Here's how I can help: Join the Vestibular Warrior group on Facebook and start learning and putting your health first today. Ask questions, share your story, and connect with others who understand.
Another route (or addition to the group) is scheduling a free call (through Facebook or Skype) with me. As your Wellness Mentor, we'll talk through your experience and how we can implement a holistic support system to level up your wellness routine. If e-mail is more your style, we can talk that way as well. I'd love to hear your story and provide you a guiding light to elevate your wellness.
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