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2012 – A Roller-Coaster Year

2012 – A Roller-Coaster Year

This year has been a roller coaster year. We have experienced many highs, and many lows. I cannot even begin to give you a detailed explanation of everything that has happened, so I won’t even try. I will, however, give you some highlights.

It’s been months since my newsletter subscribers received one of my newsletters. Since then, my family has become larger. We welcomed a new daughter-in-law with open hearts and open arms. Our son, David, married his sweetheart, Amy. The wedding, and all of the festivities leading up to the wedding, was amazing. We not only acquired a new daughter, we joined a wonderful family. I am humbled and grateful beyond belief.

Click to watch a short video recap of the wedding highlights

Unfortunately, about a week after our return from Colorado Springs, where the wedding was held, my darling husband, Dennis (a.k.a. Gushin), became critically ill. He was admitted to the hospital with acute pancreatitis as a result of a dislodged gallstone that decided to block the pancreatic duct. You can read more about his journey on his blog post. I learned many things during his hospital visit:

  1. Every hospital patient requires a full-time advocate.
  2. Doctors don’t usually have a clue about nutrition.
  3. There are human angels.
  4. Hospital nutritionists (registered dieticians) don’t like it when a patient’s advocate gets directly involved in planning the patient’s meals according to the principle of nourishment vs. caloric intake.

Since Dennis’ release from the hospital, my life has been consumed in getting back to basics.

I’ve devoted much of my time and effort on the DFW Health Coaches. We have held workshops, events, provided health coaching at corporate health fairs, and have started to develop the necessary paperwork to become a non-profit organization. The mission of the DFW Health Coaches is to collaborate on efforts of regional significance in order to promote and create health and wellness in the DFW area, as well as to support the work of the health coaches in our region.

I participated in advanced training in the art of spiritual phyto-essencing, and was even honored with the opportunity to lead my second case-study class as a group leader. My teacher and mentor, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky, is inspiring me to yet deeper and deeper levels of knowledge and understanding.

I have volunteered on several local committees of significance to my community, including a business-networking group that is open to the entire community. Please contact me if you would like to connect. If you are a business owner in the DFW area, we are hosting a business expo in February.  We are here to support each other. We are here to support our local economy. Please consider supporting local vendors and local farmers whenever possible.

I am also becoming involved in an effort that supports the work of an organization called Mazon. Our goal is to eliminate hunger. We have so much for which to be grateful. There are so many children and elderly who don’t have enough food to eat. This is unacceptable. We have the means. We have the ability, and yes, we have the money to make sure that nobody is hungry in our community, in our County, in our State, and in our Country. If you want to be involved, please let me know.

As you know, our health care system is in shambles.

  • Heart disease kills 7.1 million people worldwide per year.
  • In 2009, 7.9 million people died from cancer and that number is expected to increase to 11 million lives per year by 2030.
  • The number of people expected to develop diabetes by 2030 is approximately 336 million.

We can do better. We must do better. As many of you know, last year I became certified as a First Line Therapy Lifestyle Educator. This program, which provides an amazing diabetes prevention and reversal system and has the backing of numerous clinical research studies, was developed by Metagenics.  Please let me know if you would like additional information on the First Line Therapy Program or any of the available Metagenics supplements. I have personally witnessed the positive results of selective supplementation based on individual client requirements.

Although I have personally witnessed the positive effects of the Metagenics protocol, I feel very strongly about reversing the trend of diabetes can be accomplished without supplements. I have also felt extremely uncomfortable about associating the diabetes prevention and reversal education with supplementation. Therefore, I was thrilled beyond belief to find out about a program called Diabetes Free America. I was so impressed with the CEO of the company and the program that was developed by his father, Dr. Ted Chandler, MD, FACP, that I am now a licensed provider. Yes, blood sugar can be reversed in as little at 21 days. My colleague and business partner Deneice Scott and I will be launching our weekly workshops starting in January. If you have diabetes, are at risk for developing diabetes, or know someone who is at risk, please contact me.

I must admit that time management is one of my greatest challenges. My darling Gushin often tells me that I always try to cram too many projects into one day. I have often stated that I dislike the fact that I have to stop working to sleep. OY!

As I write this post, I have many projects on my to-do list. Although our finances have suffered tremendously this past year, my abundance is clear and plentiful in everything that really matters. My heart is full. I love. I laugh. I smile. I am available to support those that need my assistance in whatever realm I can be of service.

I will (without promise) try to write more often.


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