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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.- Soren Kierkegaard

Someone asked me not long ago, what was the one moment that changed the course of my life. I pondered this for some time as there are undoubtedly many markers in my life that make me, me.

But for the sake of keeping this short, the day that my life changed course was the day that I was diangosed with Ulcerative Colitis.

I was 21 years old. 

I was so sick.

I was so scared. 

When I look back at the 11 years that I lived with this disease, I can certainly remember all the challenges, but in truth UC was a blessing and all that it has taught me has moved my life forward in a way that I am most grateful for. 

 Ulcerative Colitis introduced me to both traditional and more natural or holistic forms of health care. When it became evident that medication I was taking really only addressed my symptoms, and that I wasn't  actually getting better, I sought out a Naturopathic doctor. She helped me understand  that I had several food sensitivities that were making me sick. These were things I had been eating for my entire life and had no idea I was sensitive to them. She also suggested several specific nutrients in supplement form to address my nutrient deficiencies.  With these changes came almost immediate improvement in my symptoms and disease. After more than a year of heavy doses of prednisone, I was finally able to taper off of it without flaring. This was certainly an aha moment for me and I wondered why something as foundational as diet was never mentioned to me during my initial diagnosis. 

 

In 2006, I started my teaching career, teaching High School Physical Education and coaching volleyball.  Diet and stress management continued to be key factors for me in maintaining my health however it seemed that as my stress load at work increased, so did the frequency of my flares. When I made the choice to leave my teaching career I was flaring about every 5 months and each flare required time off work and use heavy medication. I did not understand how I could continue to live my life like this. After 5 years of teaching, I made the difficult decision to leave my teaching career to try and 'figure out' my health. 

Holistic modalities had resonated with me to my core and so I continued to dive in. I took a yoga teacher training program and started teaching yoga part time. As diet and nutrition had been pivitol in managing my disease, I wanted more information and so also 

enrolled with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to study Holistic Nutrition. Even since my health has stabilized, and as my life and family evolved I continued to look for more information and dove into the world of essential oils as powerful natural solutions and supports for health and wellness. 

I see so many people who are frustrated with their ailments and symptoms and the side effects of their medications. I see so many people who are feeling hopeless. I was there once too.  There is however, much that we can do to support our healing on multiple levels of our existence. Consuming good quality whole foods and pure water, using natural products and essential oils to support ailments and emotional health, moving our bodies and managing stress are all have extremely powerful impacts on our health. When these lifestyle changes are embraced, great gains can be made. 

It is clear to me that this is the work that I am supposed to be doing. I feel so grateful now to be able to pay it forward and to continue to offer education and service to those who are looking for answers to their health ailments and conditions and/or who need support reaching a goal.  I would be most honored to work with you on your path to wellness as well. 

Copyright Diane Johnson Wellness Consulting 2019

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