Many years ago I was so weak and overweight that I couldn’t lift a coffee cup. I had to drink beverages through a straw. The combination of my weight and lung damage I sustained during a botched surgery when I was a child left me dependent on multiple asthma medications as well.
I was unsatisfied with state of my health and believed there was room for improvement. Western Medicine failed me though by blaming my diagnosis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) for everything. When I expressed concerns about my weight and lack of vitality to my Doctors, they would only offer more medicines and surgeries to “fix” the parts of me that don’t need to be fixed.
I am not delusional about my physicality. There are things that my body will never be able to do and that’s ok. I am a whole person though…not a diagnosis. My frustration with traditional medicine pushed me down the Naturopathic path, where I finally found the answers I was looking for.
Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of "natural" modalities, including homeopathy, herbalism, and acupuncture, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling.
By employing Naturopathic-healing modalities, I have been able to lose a significant amount of weight, overcome addiction, and improve my overall well being. I can even lift a coffee cup (unless it’s a really big one)!
The success of my lifestyle makeover captured the attention of those around me. They were memorized by watching me throw out my medications, nebulizer, and transform from 55 pounds to 38 pounds. This inspired me to start taking classes in Naturopathy so that I could help others and continue to make self-improvements.
It is now ten years after my journey began and I find myself several classes into the Naturopathic Doctor program at Trinity School of Natural Health. The reasons I chose this school is that 1) it allows three years for students to complete the program at their own pace 2) it will provide what I need to reach my career goals, which are as follows:
- To share my personal journey with everyone who could benefit from my experiences
- To empower students with information so they can make the best choices for themselves
- To be a credible support in the Osteogenesis Imperfecta community by providing alternative choices to the established treatment protocols
My choices are not intended to offend or discredit traditional healing modalities or to disrespect those who work in the medical field. I strongly believe that there is a time and a place for every type of medicine. All the nutritional counseling in the world will not reattach a severed limb.
The reason I have shared this little slice of my story with you is because I need your help in reaching my goal of becoming a Naturopathic Doctor.
I looked forward to the passage of the ‘A Better LifeExperience Act’ (ABLE Act) because it allows people with disabilities the option to save money for educational and disability related expenses, without jeopardizing the home care services we require to live independently in our own homes.
Where the ABLE Act falls short though, is that it does not allow us to earn the money. It has to be gifted to us. I am on multiple committees that are working to get the ABLE Act amended to allow us to earn income but it’s going to be a long road…and I’m not getting any younger.
I just celebrated my 42nd Birthday and I am tired of putting my goals on hold because of legislative barriers. With your financial contributions to my STABLE Account (that’s what Ohio calls their ABLE Accounts because it is handled by the State Treasurer’s office) I will be enrolling in the Trinity School of Natural Health’s Doctor of Naturopathy program. The financial breakdown is as follows:
- Paid in full - $3,490
- Paid in 22 installments - $159.00 each plus a $300 down payment which equals out to $3,798
- Estimated at $850
- School supplies
- Estimated at $100 (External hard drive for saving my work)
- Estimated at $2,000 (I’ll need to go to the campus in Indiana, or other designated location, for my final exam.)
- Fundraising Goal
- $7,000 should be a sufficient amount to cover tuition, books, supplies, and any required travel
I appreciate your support and will include frequent updates of my progress on this blog and in my Jane’s Hashtag e-newsletter. To make a donation, follow this link to my STABLE Account.