I am honored and humbled to be invited to speak at the doterra Healthy Habits Tour that is coming to Las Vegas on May 23rd.
I wasn't always so "healthy". I have come SO FAR!
Where Did I Start???
I ate whatever I wanted! In high school, my lunch was a ham and processed cheese sandwich, Fritos, Hostess Ding Dong and a can of Pepsi. McDonalds was my favorite with a complete meal of chicken nuggets and a Dr Pepper.
In 20’s, my diet consisted of Marie Calendars chicken pot pies, Pop Tarts, Spahettios, Mac n Cheese, Breads, Sugared Cereals, Pies, Cakes, More Sugar, TONS of dairy and my favorite dinner of all time?? Chicken Fried Steak with greasy gravy all over the top!!
This gives you a pretty good glimpse of my food choices.
I was skinny and thought, “I don’t have to eat healthy!” To be totally honest, I’m not even sure what “healthy” meant!
I never ate any fruits or veggies. If I did, it was canned corn and frozen peas and we never had salads or fresh fruit. The first time I saw someone cut up a pineapple was when I visited the Cayman Islands in my early 20s and our friend made Piña Coladas from scratch. I watched as he sliced off the top, cut off the outside and cut it into little chunks. I seriously thought that they came from a can with the perfectly cut circles and hole in the middle.
Bless my poor, sweet, innocent and naive self.
When my first son, Jeffrey was born, I gave him anything Gerber and tons of sugary snacks and cereal too! When he was 3, I went to a friend’s house and watched her slice apples and hand them to her kids. I asked.. “Do they really eat apples?” They did... and so did my kid.... For the VERY FIRST TIME in his little life.
So when did I truly start making Healthier Choices?
Photo taken 2008 at Disneyland with My Dad, Mom our 3 kids Jeffrey, Julia and Eddie
She was rushed into surgery and they opened her up realizing they could not remove the tumor as it was in a tricky place. They gave her 8 months to live. She said, "I will beat this, watch me." She then did chemotherapy and once the tumor shrank to “nothing” she underwent another surgery called the “Whipple”. This removed the surrounding areas of where the tumor once was. She was "Cancer Free" WOO HOO. The recovery was miserable but she finally got back to her old self! Thank GOD for the doctors, surgeons, nurses and medicine that helped her. So many loved and cared for my mom and I am forever grateful for this! Especially her sister, my Aunt Genene! I don’t know if she truly knows the gratitude I have for her.
Then… 5 years later… Cancer came back and everything went downhill from there…. Dr. visits, chemo, tests, tons of meds.. her hair fell out, she was sick… really sick. She lost so much weight and had so many different treatments. A port was surgically placed in her chest so chemo would be easy to administer. She would vomit, have diarrhea and would cry. It BROKE MY HEART. I am actually crying just thinking of all the pain she went through while typing this. She told me that she felt like a lab rat but that she trusted her Dr. with her life.
I was there when the administered the “cocktail” that truly changed everything. This chemo was new as her Dr. said they were going to “change it up”. I remember it like it was yesterday. The liquid was bright pink in a huge syringe. The nurse injected it through her port. While watching the medicine go into her chest, I had a horrible, sinking feeling…. You know that GUT feeling where you know something does not truly FEEL right?
Photo taken in 2012. Just a few weeks after her 6oth birthday, Denise Swartzman went to heaven shortly after the "new cocktail". She was 87 pounds when she died. No hair, so frail, so weak and completely down to skin and bones. My eyes are filling with tears just thinking of it now….. It was one of the saddest days of my entire life. My heart was broken that day and life has never been the same since.
My mom always told me that “Everything happens for a reason, for the BEST.”… After she passed I was thinking that this saying was total BULLSHIT!!! WHY ME??
What GOOD could possibly come out of something that killed my joy, best friend and mentor??? I mean, COME ON GOD!! WHAT THE HECK??? From the time my mom died in 2012 until 2016 I felt bitter, mad, pissed, frustrated and truly tried to make sense out of this gigantic LOSS in my life. I no longer had a mom and my kids missed their Nana Niece!!
But then in 2017, I had an AH HA moment…… “WHO HAVE I BECOME in the midst of this tragedy?"
The woman I am today has forever been altered because of what I have been through. Is it possible that she saved my life? Through my her illness, it has made me look at my health, my thoughts and what I am doing to my body.
What I have learned that,
One of the BEST WAYS to prevent Cancer is by reducing our toxic load!
As Chris Warrick from www.chrisbeatcancer.com says,
"Our Genetics might load the gun, but our lifestyle choices pull the trigger."
I started reading ingredients, eating healthy, working out and reducing my toxic load. I started working on ME, forgiving others, loving my journey and being present with my friends, family and children. I started sharing wellness with others, using essential oils to help my body and emotions to heal while promoting wellness within. I started getting closer to God, praying and reflecting more. I started believing that I am here for a reason… that I have been through the unimaginable so that I can grow, learn and shine a light for others.
Is it possible that “Everything Happens for a Reason”?
I think so...If I can inspire just one person to change their health, use positive thoughts, natural solutions and give their magnificent body to tools to heal itself then maybe my mom did go through hell to inspire me to teach others to be well.
My question to you... What tools are you giving your body to thrive?
With every choice we make, we are either moving towards disease or away from it.
Since reflecting on my own life after loosing my mom to cancer,
I am healthier.
I am a better mother and wife!
I am working through my “shit cake” and releasing what no longer serves me.
I am growing a business teaching others to use natural wellness, serve others and love this earth!
I am creating time and money freedom!
I am inspiring others to be healthy and free!
I am making an impact in the lives of those I meet.
I am awakening!
I am loving this journey!
I am filled with gratitude.
I now know "WHY ME!!!"
I am here to inspire YOU!
I am the woman I am today because of my mom. She has taught me to stay well and through her guidance from heaven, I am becoming the woman I am meant to be..... healthy, filled with LOVE and FREE!!
My wish for you is that you stay well and continue to grow in love and peace every day.
Remember that you are exactly where you are meant to be and your journey is happening in
perfect timing. You were born to Radiate from Within and SHINE your light for the world to see!
And you know what else??? I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!
Sending you love, blessings and light today and always.
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