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 started me on this path. 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 took this course was the day that I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.
I was 21 years old.
I was so, so sick.
I was even more 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 Ulcerative Colitis was a blessing; it was a doorway opening me up to so much knowledge and connecting me with my true self and those experiences have 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. Natural and holistic forms of medicine immediately resonated with me to my core. With the help of some amazing Natural Medicine practitioners I learned that I had several food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies that were preventing my body from healing. I bought in 100% to the diet changes they recommended. With these changes came almost immediate improvement in my symptoms and disease and I was finally able to taper off of my medications with out flaring again. This was certainly an a-ha 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. Although I continued to work hard at my diet, I began to realize that this was not the only thing that was impacting my health. I began to explore myself on a deeper level, discovering more about my emotions, my limiting beliefs, and understanding how stress impacted my health. I felt called to learn more so took a leave of absence from my teaching career and enrolled with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I also studied yoga and became a Certified Yoga Teacher. I explored many different forms of alternative health care including acupuncture, massage, Reiki, meditation, mindfulness and more.
The more that I learned, the more I dreamed of helping others, the was these natural modalities had helped me. I knew in some capacity that I would always be a teacher but I wasn't quite sure how. I eventually made the difficult decision to leave my teaching career but knew then that I would continue to teach, and I have!
At one point, I wasn't sure that I would ever physically be able to have children because I was so sick. This too however has become a reality for me. I have two amazing kids and am married to a supported and loving man who shares my values of family, healthy living and nature. I am so blessed.
Wellness has become my embodied passion. I have lived the transformation. I have studied the many diverse yet connected elements of wellness and I will forever be walking and further uncovering my own wellness path. Over the last 10 years I have made it my mission to step into my life's purpose of helping others to find what I have found. A life of joy. A life of abundance. A life of deep love and appreciation for myself, for others and for the earth. This work fills me up!
I see you. I feel you. I love you.
I have lived the physical illness and pain and I have come through the other side. I have harbored the self-defeating and self-loathing thoughts and I have transformed them. I have felt the overwhelm and the sadness take over my days and I have found joy again. You CAN do this! You are reading this for a reason. Trust your intuition and take the next step for your health and your life. The healthy and abundant life of your dreams is waiting for you once you take the first step towards it.
I would love to hear your story.
Copyright Diane Johnson Wellness Consulting 2019