My Health Journey: It Takes a Village – Part 1

Early this year, I found myself on an unforeseen journey back to health. I knew something was ‘out of place’ but did not know what. My digestive system was unhappy and I felt fatigued. I had previously been diagnosed with IBS but didn’t know what to do about it. So, I booked an appointment with Dr. Willow Johnson ND. She had me do a SIBO test (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) and it tested positive. After 6 weeks of natural treatment, my SIBO symptoms were gone, but I still wasn’t feeling quite right.

It was then suggested that I get some general bloodwork done for baselines. It turned out that I was quite anemic. Dr. Willow ND prescribed a special iron formulation and I started to feel more energetic. 6 weeks later it was time to retest my blood. I forwarded the results to Dr. Willow ND. She immediately contacted me and advised me to investigate further with my physician because my blood results showed serious inconsistencies {I absolutely believe that her thoroughness may very well have saved my life!}.

Because of inconsistencies in my bloodwork, my doctor ordered more testing, which included an ultrasound and consult with gynecologist Dr. Lexy Regush. Based on those results, I opted to do a BSO (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy). Dr. Regush is familiar with the incredible Pelvic Floor work we do here at Lead and knew that I was in good hands to prep for the surgery.

To prepare, I do pelvic floor exercises daily – the same exercises we do in Mat Foundations class. I attend Restorative Pilates and Bock Therapy classes. You may know that Block Therapy provides fascial release, but it is a powerful tool that also promotes circulation, detoxification and brings a deep relaxation to the body and mind, which encourages a state of healing. I have visited Carly, a Lead RMT, for a new fascial release technique she uses called Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. I’ve also been to see Dr. Rikki for an adjustment and will see her one more time before the surgery. And, in my last appointment, Dr. Willow ND prescribed supplements for me to support post-op tissue healing.

I hoping for a speedy recovery, and I know that the team at Lead will be there to help and support me with my rehab. I plan to take private sessions with Desiree (who is currently certifying to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist) to keep my body moving. Nicole, our physiotherapist, will also be part of my recovery team as she helps me with exercise-based therapy. What more could I ask for?


Until next time…