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Wife, Mom, Nana, Physician Assistant, cancer survivor, Certified Cannabis Coach & Educator

 
I am a wife, Mom, Nana to 5 grandsons, a Physician Assistant and now an expert in Cannabis!  I initially wanted to help women who have experienced early onset menopause who struggle with the negative symptoms of that but soon realized that as a medical educator, I can't stick to just one health topic!! 
 
I have never been one to take a lot of medications, but the older I got, I found myself turning to pharmaceuticals to address the many obstacles I was starting to face. After all, it's all we know right? One big overwhelming obstacle that was all consuming was the rollercoaster of peri-menopause or that period of time before menopause. That started for me at age 36!  Darn the hot flashes, insomnia, increasing muscle aches and pains and fatigue! Add in some crazy mood swings for good measure. What's a girl to do?

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was totally caught off guard. To be honest, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the whole thing – the diagnosis, the treatment plan, and all of the side effects that came along with it. But perhaps even worse than all of that was the onslaught of menopause symptoms that followed. With raging hot flashes and insomnia plaguing me, it felt like there was no end in sight.

That is, until I discovered essential oils. Those oils, which God gave me 2 months before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, helped me get through that season.  Those oils helped with getting me off of ambien (an addicting sleep aid) and antidepressants and helped with the emotional roller coaster of surgery and radiation and fatigue.  

The menopause symptoms that have affected me the most are insomnia and hot flashes.   I had heard about cannabis for menopause relief but being from the generation that grew up hearing cannabis was bad, bad, bad - I was hesitant. I had used cannabis when I was younger but had walked away from that for many reasons. However, after doing some research and talking to some friends who were using it, I decided to give it a try. Low and behold - it worked like a charm! Not only did it help with the hot flashes but also with the insomnia and anxiety that comes along with menopause. 

Today, as a breast cancer survivor and advocate for cannabis use I can confidently say that it truly is an essential tool in navigating the challenges presented by menopause alone or during treatment. In fact, since my experience has been so positive with this plant-I decided to pursue certification as coach & educator so you'll have access too!

As a physician assistant who has experienced menopause first-hand, I wanted to help women struggling with this confusing and difficult time in their lives. By combining my knowledge of alternative medicine with my experience in conventional medicine, I can offer relief that is truly holistic!  I can't just stop with hormones though.  I am focusing on all the positive attributes of the cannabis plant to help with all health issues!  If you would like to work with me you can book an appointment for a coaching session.  


 

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