Here I am “Taking a Bite Out of Lyme,” which is one of my passions and missions, because Tick Diseases were a big part of my personal illness puzzle.
*All with a focus on Mind-Body Medicine Techniques
Sharon Leggio Falchuk, FMCHC
If I had a dime for every time I have been told that I am “too sensitive” I would have bought my own island a long time ago and would be relaxing there right now! I spent my entire life with seemingly “random” ailments (mostly digestive in nature), but the times I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the doctor I was told I must have caught something going around. When I started getting more insistent I would usually be tossed a prescription, and I would be the 1% who had a reaction…only to be told my reaction was either “not possible” or had never been seen before. Usually I was completely dismissed, doctors washed their hands of me, or worse, told me that what I was feeling and experiencing was a fabrication. I started to think maybe they were right and began to doubt myself and the messages my body was desperately trying to send me.
This was my life off and on for many years, then, in 2011 I found myself so ill that I ended up bed-ridden, unable to care for my toddler son, and only barely able to get myself back and forth to the bathroom. I saw more than fifteen doctors, and only 2 believed that I was truly sick. The rest were fine with sending me home, with nothing more than a prescription for anxiety medication, telling me in their own way, “There’s nothing wrong with you, it’s all in your head.” This sent me on the journey of my life, to save my life…because at one point I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. It has been the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done. I feel like it has been an education unto itself, and those who forge their own healing path have earned a unique kind of degree. Every second I was awake I was researching. I was able to work backwards, untangle each knot, and connect all of the mysterious dots. I learned how to find and assemble a team of practitioners who listened and worked WITH me. One diagnosed me primarily with Chronic Lyme Disease (& Co-Infections), Candida Overgrowth, and food sensitivities (among some of the other typical health challenges that end up in the mix).
Through this journey I got back in touch with myself and my needs, and figured out how to optimize the gentlest and least invasive treatments, honoring my sensitive nature. I have healed through diet, herbs, vitamins/supplements, lifestyle choices, detoxing all of the products I use, exercise (mostly yoga, dance, and rebounding), and many Mind-Body techniques. I have worked with and learned meditation, hypnosis, and guided imagery. I have also tried acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, craniosacral therapy, somatic work, massage, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Emotional Freedom Technique(E.F.T.), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.), and even found a Holistic Dentist, an Integrative Dermatologist, and a Myofunctional Therapist to help me along the way. Through it all my desire was not only to heal myself, but also to figure out how to help others when I got to “the other side” of illness to wellness.
I am so happy and grateful to be able to say, “Here I am!” I have arrived on the other side, and I am eager to help you find vitality, too. From my endless research I gathered so much information that I started blogging a few years ago, sharing wellness tips and product reviews, but I continued to be driven to do so much more. I began casually consulting for family and friends, and then their family members and friends. It was growing organically. I was getting amazing feedback, but I wanted to make it official. I wanted a solid foundation and credentials to back the knowledge I had gained on my own. In life’s typical, synergistic fashion I soon received an e-mail about the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA). Once I read the description of the program I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for to help me reach my ultimate goal of being a wellness warrior! I feel so blessed that each time I was willing to take a step, the next step revealed itself to me.
Along the way I have found that there are many sensitive and unwell people out there who are being left to fend for themselves, which is a crime in my eyes! I am passionate about easing what can be a lonely, overwhelming, and scary burden. Whether you are just burned out and low energy, or you are in a full-blown dis-ease state, I know I can help you. In my heart I know there is a better way, and I am determined to help you find it.
I want you to know that how you feel is valid, you are not “too sensitive” (or too anything else), you make sense, and there are very real root causes behind your struggles…but even more importantly, there are solutions!