I never could imagine the worst thing that ever happened to me would become my passion, my purpose, my mission
19 years old was a defining year for me; I transferred to a new college, I was independent for the first time, and I had my first symptoms of Crohns/Colitis. Even though I wasn’t diagnosed for another 4 years; I knew my life would never be the same…
At a young age I learned first hand what could happen when I took action everyday towards a goal no matter the circumstances. That drive pushed me to excel but now looking back, I think it was also a trigger of self inflicted stress that pushed me over the edge. Once Crohns Disease & Ulcerative Colitis came into the picture – it seemed there was no going back. The doctors said I was going to have this auto-immune disease for the rest of my life.
23 years old was when I was finally diagnosed; it was also the year I moved to LA to pursue my career in modeling & acting. I was too enamored by my new found success to slow down. “Out of sight out of mind” was my philosophy.
I couldn’t take in what the doctors were saying – I seemingly shrugged it off and went about my life. Being a sick person was an utter surprise to me and I didn’t believe it at first. I looked good, I was making money on my terms, and I was young… nothing to worry about as far as I was concerned! Fate soon had it’s way with my aloof philosophy. I wasn’t ready in the slightest and I had no idea what I was dealing with.
I lost 25 lbs in 3 weeks, I became extremely anemic, I couldn’t sleep, I was in immense pain, exhausted and of course depressed. I was living out a dream in the entertainment industry and hardly being able to stand all at the same time; that was the irony of my life. It was like winning the lottery and being imprisoned all at the same time. Slowly but surely the reality of this disease swept into my life eventually consuming every single part of it.
Over the past 7 years I’ve had two life crippling episodes. One of those episodes nearly killed me leaving me at 125 lbs unable to walk or be without care of another person. I was not strong enough to tie my shoes or hold myself up in the shower. I’d think back to the time when I could do 27 pull ups in a row or bench press 300 lbs...how in the world did this happen? Right in front of my eyes, I was losing my life. I didn’t want to be on chronic prescription drugs;I had no options and the next step was surgery to remove my colon and part of my large intestine.
Throughout the years I was put on many prescription drugs such as – 6mp, Lialda, Entyvio, Remicaid, Prednisone, Asacole, Methotrexate, and others. I had no luck with any of them, sometimes they would make me even more sick and I knew deep down it wasn’t the solution for me. I wanted my life back but I didn’t know how – I was desperate.
In Hospital on Chemotherapy, and many other drugs
1 week out of hospital
I finally put together the pieces of the puzzle that empowered my body to heal.
I took it upon myself to learn everything I could about my conditions and what others were doing about it. I became inspired by many stories of natural healing but couldn’t duplicate their results. At first I felt all the stories of natural healing were a sham, I was having no success with “Crohns Friendly” diets or spending thousands on supplements. I soon became embarrassed to leave the house, to let people see me, to tell people why i was so skinny or why I couldn’t spend time with friends. I coped by bottling myself up in my house with the few people I trusted. The world accepted my defeat with open arms because at surface level my disease was incurable and chronic. I wanted to quit but deep down I knew that meant quitting on my dreams, my family, quitting on me.
I didn’t want to be angry anymore. I didn’t want to blame the world, god, my family, myself, no one…. All I wanted was to get better, all i wanted was a solution that didn’t involve surgery or anymore prescription medications. I wanted my life back no matter what it took. I decided my health would absolutely number 1, nothing else mattered more – not my career, not my ego, not my money, nothing.
Then it happened…
I finally had the courage to create my own personal healing program and deeply believed I could control my fate. In my heart, I finally became ok with taking full “response-ability” for my situation. I was no longer a victim but a rising warrior who had been pushed off a cliff, left for dead by life… As my spirit rose to the occasion, I felt empowered to get in the ring with Crohn’s disease once again – only this time I was ready for war and I would do whatever it took. In that moment I finally found the key to natural healing.
Before – taking medications
7 months later – off medications
At the gym in Bangkok, Thailand
I never could of imagined the worst thing that happened to me would become my business, my passion, my purpose.
Once I experienced the power of natural healing I craved to take my understanding to a new level, I decided to attend natural medicine school at Energetic Health Institute to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. The professors helped me take my understanding of natural medicine and personal healing to new heights, it has been one of the best decision of my life. Now looking back, I never could of imagined the worst thing that ever happened to me would become my business, my passion, my purpose.
I founded CCLifestyle to be a place of hope, a place of alternative options. A place I needed so desperately during my time of despair. A place where natural solutions can meet your personal needs to health working with conventional medicine when needed. I believe we can all have similar healing responses when we create an environment that allows are body do what it does best. No matter the hardships we face, we must remember, we are human beings – we are divine.