My name is Stacielynn, and this is my journey. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at 10 months of age. And if you don’t know what that is, CF is a genetic disease that primarily affects two organs: the pancreas and the lungs. In my case, my pancreas couldn’t produce its own enzymes to digest food and absorb the nutrients it needed. It also affects my lungs, which produce thick, sticky mucous caused by bacteria. I have a constant cough and when I was younger (and living in super-humid Delaware) I was forever getting bronchitis, sinus infections, tonsillitis, lung infections, walking pneumonia, the list goes on…
So, I spent 30 years on the 'hospital program' to maintain my health (or so I thought), until I was introduced to the world of Wholistic Kinesiology in December 2005. It was the opportunity that would change my life forever. Mark was in Wholistic Kinesiologist Practitioner school and on our first date, he noticed my weird cough. He said that he had a friend “that had the same cough as me, but she has CF.” “So do I!” WOW – not only did someone know what CF actually was, they knew someone who had that! He went on to tell me that this Kinesiology program he was in could ‘fix my CF.” WHAT!?!?! Really, Mark, how are YOU going to fix a genetic disease?? He was so confident that I could get off most of my prescriptions (15 to be exact - and at one point I was on antibiotics for 2 straight years.) that he offered to pay for my practitioner visits and supplements. I had NOTHING to lose (well, except all those meds!) He was right - within 5 weeks, I was off of all of my prescriptions except for 3 (one for sleeping, one for birth control, and one was high potency Vitamin D – none were really CF related). Everyone was amazed, including myself. My parents were stunned. The 'hospital people' had no explanation. How could this be? In the past, every time I would get sick, it was off to the Doctor and I got some kind of prescription, and went home to get ‘better.’ No one really cared why I was sick with (insert ailment of the week here) or how I got it. I just got some drug to cover up the current symptom.
Believe it or not, having a genetic disease can really do a number to your emotions. Imagine your age following the national 'life expectancy' of this disease? I remember when I was 16, the life expectancy of kids with Cystic Fibrosis WAS....16! I thought for sure I was checking out sometime around my 16th birthday. Imagine living every day of your life with a big black cloud hanging over your head. I never made any long term plans, no pets, no husband, no kids, not even a 401K, nothing concrete because I didn't want to die and leave things unfinished. Don't get me wrong, I had a great life (and even pretty 'normal') thanks to my parents, but I was still the kid with CF. I had a lot to work through, both health-wise and emotionally. And I did it all with the help of my Wholistic Kinesiologist.
Where am I now? I am now 5 ½ years off the prescriptions and I am feeling better than ever. I still go to hospital to monitor my progress. Some say I’m “non-compliant” but I prefer to think of myself as a little pioneer. The 'hospital people' can’t believe I’m doing so well WITH NONE OF THEIR MEDS! The last check-up I had, my lung volume went up, and the Dr. said she had nothing to yell at me for, she even gave me a HUG, and proverbial 'gold star.' I am on no inhalers, no antibiotics, no digestive enzymes, and all of this with no hospital stays! My body has been taught to make its own enzymes, and I have learned several different ways to keep the bacteria at a low level in my lungs by taking a combination of supplements.
Last year, I had hit a plateau with my health and decided “Why should I keep GOING to a Kinesiologist? I should just become one!” Well, I did just that. I am now a Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist. I am also my own guinea pig and will try anything that could potentially help me, or others. I would love the opportunity to help you too!
What I am doing is so totally cutting-edge from what I grew up with. I want options. I didn't want to be on prescriptions for the rest of my life. With Wholistic Kinesiology, I HAVE options - we all can! I took my health into my own hands...and you can too.