About Dani

It’s totally interesting how chronic illness can change a person. Five years ago, if you had told me that I would get acupuncture and be a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I would have seriously doubted you. In a sense, it was my illness that has brought me to this place in my journey, and I would love to take you along.

When I was in college, I fell seriously ill. I grew very thin and slept for hours. Sometimes I would only wake to eat something, and then I would fall asleep again. Although after half a year, I was more functional, I still never fully recovered. Fast forward to when my son was in first grade. I flared big time. My legs tingled. I would only get out of bed to take care of the barebones. My doctor ran numerous tests…MRIs, neurological tests, on and on,…He thought it could be MS or Lupus or some other autoimmune disorder. This was a very shaky and very scary time for me. I remember talking to a neighbor whose husband had MS, and she told me my symptoms were the same. It was completely jarring. Who doesn’t want to be completely healthy?? The MRIs, however, told a different story, and MS was not the adversary. Then the neurologist strongly suspected Lupus. So I went and read books on Lupus. That was another jarring moment.

Yet when I went to the rheumatologist, she said fibromyaglia, and that is what the other doctors agreed on as the diagnosis. From then on, it’s been a lot of work, a lot of asking for God’s grace, and a lot of new beginnings. I read books to understand better how to handle this illness–it’s limitations–and worked towards improving my life.

On of my instructors at IIN told a story that I think fits with where I’m at right now. Once there was a lake full of healing waters, but the waters would only heal if an angel stood near. People would come whenever the angel arrived and were healed. There was a doctor who had a very serious disease, and he went to the lake while the angle visited. The angel, however, barred the doctor from the lake. The doctor, of course, was surprised, and the angel explained that it was this doctor’s illness that helps him to be such a good doctor. He would never be allowed into the lake, and the doctor became known throughout the land as a very compassionate and dedicated doctor. I think that my illness has brought me to a place where I can care and support people in similar situations.

I have a wellness coach who graduated from the school I now attend. Her name is Katie Den Ouden, and she is the best dear ever! Five years ago, I thought I would have to give up digging and gardening because these activities would cause me to flare. Yesterday, I dug a hole to plant a Purple Ash, and I’m so excited to say, I haven’t flared. Nope. Where the doctors were able to get me going again through drugs and mild exercise, Katie fine tuned my diet because “food is medicine.” I would like to help people too so that I can see healing in people because I’ve experienced that it is possible.

I would love to work with you to achieve your wellness goals, and I feel that I understand every person’s wellness path is different.  For a free consultation, click here:contact Dani  I really look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you and your health goals.

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