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Member AFDNP, and Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
Founder of Beyond Thyroid Cancer, LLC
Who am I?
I am a Thyroid Cancer survivor since 2002. I am a certified Holistic Health Counselor, and I am extremely proud to be a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner. I specialize in drug-free diagnostic methods that successfully uncover hidden stressors in the body. These stressors may be preventing you from reaching vitality after you have had your thyroid surgically removed, or partially removed, due to cancer or other reasons. This loss (or lessened viability) of your all-important thyroid gland results in (or could be caused by) numerous malfunctions within the Hormone, Immune, Digestive and Detoxification systems in the body. You may have heard the saying “Food is Medicine.” Well, at Beyond Thyroid Cancer, LLC we use a natural holistic approach to the motto “Food is Information“! I work with clients like you to find your missing links to health. I do this by delving into your individual dietary and lifestyle needs, and working like a “laboratory health detective” to uncover important clues in your lab results that can be the key to your vitality.
I created Beyond Thyroid Cancer, LLC to honor and to advocate for those who feel they have been written off by the traditional, mainstream medical system. If you have been to multiple practitioners but have been unable to achieve lasting results in your health journey, book a Free Introductory Session with me, where I will answer your questions, and we can determine if we would be a good fit to work together.
If so, we will form a friendly, nurturing partnership that will last for a minimum of 90 days, during which time we will have regularly scheduled sessions and ongoing communication, so that you can feel truly supported on your journey to reaching greater health and vitality. Be assured, I will continue to advocate for you as you struggle through the tangled and confusing post surgery-related medical appointments you will be continuing with for years to come.
Our goal for you is to be empowered, and for you to realize that you are the director of your health care and of your individual journey to vitality. The choices are yours.
What are My Skills?
After being disappointed, discouraged, and frustrated about the lack of resources available to thyroid cancer survivors like myself, I set out to gain access to those resources. I started studying nutrition with a local clinical nutritionist, and I became a certified Holistic Health Counselor. Since enhancing my knowledge further with Digestive Intensive training at the Holistic Nutrition Lab, learning about brain improvement from Dr. Karrazhian, Autoimmunity recovery from Dr. Amy Myers, becoming educated in Hormone Balancing with real food, and Therapeutic Nutrition and Supplementation in Clinical Practice, plus training in Clinical Nutrition and Functional Nutrition. . . . it all started to come together.
I am overjoyed to have found the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® program, and very proud to be a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, which gives me the tools needed to identify specific malfunctions in the body, and find the healing opportunities within your Hormonal, Immune, Digestive, and Detoxification pathways.
- I work with clients and their doctors in an indirect way, in order to empower each client and give them the information and direction needed in order to achieve successful doctor-patient outcomes.
- I run state of the art testing, and use effective, strategically targeted supplementation only when necessary.
- I consider your unique biochemistry when it comes to your diet. This technique creates the most positive clinical outcomes.
- I address your level of chronic stress, and your lifestyle quality.
- I have a great deal of information on ways to avoid cancer recurrence with selective food and lifestyle choices.
- I work with you on the theories of “Food as information”!
- I spend time with each client, knowing you have a unique biochemistry and a need for an individualized food plan.
What Does a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner Do?
As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, I use functional lab testing (blood, saliva, urine and stool) and clinical correlation of your symptoms to identify malfunctions that need to be corrected in order for you to build health. I don’t diagnose or treat any specific condition or focus on symptoms; I help you work on the underlying causes instead, and teach you a model of self-care so that you can take care of yourself and stay healthy for the rest of your life.”
State of the art, functional lab tests can uncover “hidden stressors” in the body which, once addressed, will allow the body to finally, truly heal.
There is hope, and there is a way to uncover these malfunctions you are still experiencing. The aftermath of thyroid surgery removal (or partial removal) doesn’t have to be the end – it should be a beginning. A new road to ultimate wellness. . . balance. . . energy. . . weight management. . . digestive health. . . better sleep. . .
After compiling your detailed client history, we will work together to create a personalized, individualized, drug-free protocol for healing. You will discover the root cause of your issues, and work to achieve success by addressing the protocols of Diet, Rest, Exercise, and Stress Reduction. This proven and successful system has been developed through work with thousands of individuals.
Please know that your “Symptoms are common, but they are not normal!!”
What is My Thyroid Cancer Story?
I started having hypothyroid symptoms 1993 after a lot of emotional stress. I was diagnosed hypothyroid in 1996, which started the thyroid medication roller coaster.
I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in April 2002. I subsequently had several lymph nodes removed and a left Lobectomy ( a partial thyroidectomy) because the surgeon felt there was too much inflammation causing a risk with my vocal cord to remove the entire organ, so my right lobe remains. This means a lifetime of bi-annual ultrasounds, and random biopsies when needed.
Hashimoto’s was finally diagnosed during the surgery (lots of scarring from years of unchecked inflammation!)
As is so often the case, I actually felt worse starting after the surgery, my thyroid levels were erratic, and I experienced continued and worsened fatigue, and incessant struggles with weight gain.
I spent the next 8 years in limbo — unwell, overweight, with awful peri-menopause and menopause symptoms. I felt that I barely existed, with intestinal issues, tingling hands and feet, food and chemical sensitivities, alcohol intolerance, awful reactions to sulfites, constant fatigue and signs of liver distress. I had a couple of close calls with food sensitivities, which alerted me to the danger I was beginning to be in. The endocrinologists always told me “your numbers are fine” or they tweaked the medication so the numbers looked good on paper. I was always instructed to “exercise more and cut out some calories.”
“It’s not your thyroid”. That is a statement I heard over and over again. I agreed it could be something else, but when I suggested something like adrenals, I got a blank stare or some vague discussion on not having any diagnosed disease for them to treat. No answers from any medical doctors. I was searching for the wellness I had prior to my surgery, but I would have settled for just having the energy to get through the day.
Those were my “Lost years”. (I don’t ever want you, or anyone, to have “Lost Years”!)
I was that woman 14 years ago, and I wish I had information back then to help me.
After my own diagnosis, surgery, and recovery, I foolishly just moved on, after “recovering”, without considering why I had developed thyroid cancer in the first place. I had a young family to care for, a job, and I wanted to get back to my life. It wasn’t until 10 years later, and many additional health problems, that I began to make the connection, and asked myself questions, and started researching. I have a lot of tools now, with information and protocols to avoid cancer recurrence, balance hormones, regain energy and vitality.
Are you committed to working towards a life with greater vitality?
YOU WILL BE HEARD
Are you “sick” of getting tossed aside when you know your issues are real?
SOMEONE TO TRUST
Are you searching for a trusted someone who is skilled enough and compassionate towards your unique situation?
Do you wish for someone to advocate for you as you seek help from your doctors?
GET THE THE ROOT OF IT
Are you ready to stop the guesswork, stop chasing symptoms, and get to the root cause of your health issues?