Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Knee. Psoriatic Arthritis. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). Prothrombin Thrombophilia. Depression. Anxiety. Melanoma in Situ.
I do not and will not let these diagnoses define me. This took me awhile to grasp, and I’m still working to hold on to this through every day. I decided from the second I had the ‘aha’ moment I would not let myself surrender over to anything with a ‘chronic’ diagnosis.
Instead, I’ve decided to always define myself as the person I am on the inside. The person I was before the diagnosis, but with a little more experience, a lot more confidence, and determination like no other.
I’m a certified holistic health coach. I’m a yoga instructor. I’m a blogger and speaker. Who just so happens to have health issues. . .
I like to think of myself as a music, reality tv and fashion obsessed Mountain Mama, who loves yoga, technology, card making and football (WVU & Steelers!!). Singing is absolutely my favorite passion and I get such an adrenaline rush when I perform! I’m constantly making up new life plans and pretty much am obsessed with something new each week.
I can instantly be uplifted by Celine Dion and anything Christmasy – especially music! My favorite season for weather is Fall, but my most favorite time of the year is definitely Thanksgiving to New Years. The Holiday season is so amazing, I wish Christmas trees and lights could be up all year-long …. and I definitely still believe in Santa. 😉
I loooooooooooove to elongate words and I loveeeeeee social media! Follow me on pinterest and you’ll see I pin a million things! My posts mostly consist of fragmented sentences, bad grammar, a misspelled word here and there and emoticons 🙂
If I love something, I’m extremely passionate about it. I’m very expressive with my emotions and there isn’t much I leave unsaid. If I’m thinking it — you’ll know it.
Honestly. I know it sounds kinda crazy, but I look at my health challenges as the biggest blessings I’ve ever been given. They’ve truly altered my path in life- IN A GOOD WAY. They’ve helped redirect me to my true purpose.
I work for WEGO Health, am a Social Ambassador & writer for HealthCentral, a writer for Everyday Health, a writer for PsoStrong, a Psocial Blogger & Mentor for The National Psoriasis Foundation, an Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation and dabble in a million other things as well. I love traveling and speaking at conferences (like Stanford Medx, ePharma, ePatient Connections, and many others) and am so passionate about connecting with other patients and patient advocates.
If I didn’t have these health problems, I truly doubt I’d be doing ANY of this.
And for that, I’m so grateful.
Because my health story is a fairly lengthy one I’ve summarized the main points in this lovely timeline below. Throughout my blog, I’ve detailed most of these events in blog posts. To navigate to specific events, use the headings above and click the corresponding menu option.
If you’d like to start reading my back story, start with this post “The Beginning” and work your way through my story til 2012. I need to work on linking all the rest of the stories from that point forward up. I’ll get to it, eventually, I promise! 😉
And make sure to check out this Everyday Health Article ‘I Went Undiagnosed for 17 Years’: Julie’s Psoriatic Arthritis Story!
My intention is to help those going through similar situations and to bring hope and inspiration. If my blog can help touch one person’s life out there then my mission will be complete!!
Buckle your seat belts and hold on! It’s going to be one crazy ride!
You CAN live your best life. Don’t EVER forget that!