My family has been my greatest teacher. Helping me to solve the mystery of my own Brain Health and showing me my purpose.
Mental health challenges and learning disabilities were on both sides of my family growing up. Some of what my loved ones struggled with was epilepsy, Parkinson's, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Starting at an early age, I too, had sensory processing issues, ADHD, and depression and suicidal thoughts. Not understanding what was wrong with me, I kept these struggles hidden, feeling ashamed and developed unhealthy coping mechanisms. In my teenage years I mainly abused food, alcohol and cutting to cope with the pain, sensory overwhelm and in an effort to control my brain.
I was impacted by the medical intervention in my family. One grandmother was lobotomized for manic depression, leaving her in a childlike state, with more not less emotional outbursts. Another family member was prescribed a highly addictive drug for anxiety that led temporarily to greater addiction.
In the '70s, my father was given amphetamines and barbiturates to calm his grand mal epileptic seizures. At the tender age of 48, he died from a damaged heart.
These experiences broke my heart and influenced me deeply.
In the midst of these trials, several family members also taught me courage and perseverance. They were my earliest mentors and hero’s as they explored many alternative pathways that made a difference in some of their symptoms.
My own and my family’s experiences sparked a desire in me to alleviate suffering: physical, mental and emotional.
In my 20’s, I graduated from WCCMT, the top school in North America for massage and hydrotherapy, and became a Registered Massage Therapist. Now after 26 years, I am still practicing my craft, and am currently the Director of Education at the Rexburg College of Massage Therapy and teach several classes.
Over my 26 years since becoming a massage therapist, I sat on the Board of the B.C. Schizophrenic Society and taught with a team on mental health awareness and help.
In my 30’s I ran a catering company that made special meals for doctors and cancer patients going through chemotherapy.
In my 40’s recovered from a Pulmonary Embolism (Stroke), and nursed my husband through Pancreatitis and GI feeding tube.
It would take several blog articles to even discuss the food sensory and allergy issues of all my children.
Several more articles to go over our experiences with bowel movements and literally it is no laughing matter when it becomes life or death. Parents going through this will know what I am referring to.
Real knowledge and healing for me really came through my 5 children and their challenges.
All 5 of my children were born with either or a mix of Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD.
Thanks to them ( my greatest mentors), I am intimately acquainted with the following:
How to give an enema
Massage to calm the nervous system
Detox off medications
Rages and meltdowns
Sensory processing issues.
It is not just autism or sensory integration problems that are escalating, but all brain disorders are on the rise. As an educator, I have seen more students entering our programs diagnosed with panic/anxiety disorder, adhd, dyslexia, and PTSD.
On further research (2018-2019) I discovered that this phenomenon was being seen in all Universities, Colleges, and Technical Colleges. The average is high, 45% of students struggling with these issues.
My heart also breaks reading Facebook posts from parents and families that are desperate, even falling apart over these issues.
I felt I couldn’t be silent anymore, or just work within my small sphere of influence.
This has been a labor of love, research and experimentation for over 20+ years, inspired by my family and children.
My desire is to share with you the tools that go to the heart of the problem and not just Band-Aid the symptoms.
Me & Mom
My first hero
Powerful teachers and my reason why!
We like to dress-up
On the Lifetime Vibe Machine
Exercising the brain as well as the body!
We use the Lifetime Vibe machine for powerful stimulation for brain neural connections
Kids enjoying a treat
What did Mom really put in there??? lol
You can hide almost anything in a smoothie. Its an art form!
Breakfast in bed
Kids made me a fruit salad with zucchini, love their creativity
Can't eat, won't eat???
Get the kids to help make juices. They choose their own recipes. The vibration of pushing the food through the machine is also relaxing sensory wise
One of our favorite tools for strengthening the vagus nerve and overcoming anxiety. Calming :)
Can boost happy brain chemicals, sooth, calm the nervous system, help with sensory integration