When I was 15, I was told my chances of getting cancer were extremely high, and that infertility could, most likely, be a part of my life, and that having a hysterectomy at a very young age was not something that would be unusual with my history. All this (and a host of other health challenges) because of an FDA-approved drug that was administered to my beautiful and innocent mother and millions of other pregnant women, sometimes unbeknownst to them, while she, and other mom’s were pregnant. The drug was Diethylstilbestrol or DES, a man-made synthetic form of estrogen.
Not an easy message to receive as a teenager just beginning her young adult life. Yet, a pivotal moment for my journey, for sure.
DES is an artificial hormone that was administered to mothers during pregnancy until 1971, most commonly to prevent miscarriage. It was also a common practice to stimulate the fattening up of beef cattle and chickens by mixing DES into feed or implanting pellets of DES under their skin. It’s obvious to assume here that it was meant to plump up anything it was given to… with drugs… artificially… and hormonally. By consuming these animals, millions were innocently consuming this hormone-disrupting-drug that had proven statistics of causing multiple health problems, including cancer.
It was routine to give the drug to expecting mothers for half their pregnancy. My mother was given injections of the drug for 3 1/2 months and then received an oral daily dose for the rest of the 5 months she was pregnant with me.
This set my small system up for a host of health challenges. DES destroyed any chance of my parents having a healthy, thriving baby girl upon birth. I was born with a weakened immune system, and was susceptible and prone to illness right away. My gut never had a chance to become a healthy environment ready to take on the billions of bacteria that required a very delicate and detailed balance for wellness. It was a little busy trying to deal with the load of toxins that had been dumped in my system.
Pneumonia at 3 months of age, gut imbalances, candida, bacterial infections like strep throat, Epstein Bar and Mononucleosis, flu’s that lasted weeks, among the multiple food allergies that were showing up, plagued my young life.
Later I experienced hormonal imbalances, abnormal GYN exams and a host of other hormonal problems my system was trying to handle.
I had symptoms that at times scared me, a lot. When I started investigating more and more about why I wasn’t feeling well, and keeping track of when I did, I started learning about the empowerment I had based on what I was eating. Those moments ultimately led me to dig even deeper into the human experience of having a body and dealing with it’s very intricate and delicate state of keeping homeostasis.
I was determined not to become a statistic or to be a victim. I was sure that if something like this was causing those it was administered to, to have a higher chance of cancer, among the other host of ailments, then there must be a way to come at this from another point of view and stop that sometimes fatal event of listening to what a doctor says will be your destiny.
I began to ask the question: How can a delicate body that craves homeostasis ever begin to undo the confusion that was caused on a cellular level?
I was determined not to let the medical field get away with just saying “Hey by the way… we gave this to drug to your mom, and now you have to deal with the consequences. Have a nice life.”
This is when I said yes to empowering myself and my future life.
I dug deep, researching how I could approach my life in order to not end up as a statistic.
And that is what I have done.
Ultimately, and through many years of searching my self, my heart, my emotions, and my mind and body experiences, this is what placed me on the path I am on today.
It takes determination, it takes will, and it takes listening to the signs the body gives, and really hearing what it’s communicating.
The path is delicate, and it’s personal, and it’s become my passion. I look at many angles of health challenges- from the basic level of nutrition, to the very sensitive matter of mental and emotional pains.
I share my journey because it matters. It matters that I’ve been through some very dark moments with my own body. It’s scared me, empowered me, and ultimately given me the greatest gifts of my life.
No one could have ever told me how – it was all about my experience and my own choices to allow it to be something different than what it appeared. I am constantly looking for that state of balance, and I now I dedicate my life’s work to supporting others in finding their own.