Meghan’s journey began several years ago when the mainstream medical system failed to address the growing crisis of her son’s health. Over a short period of about six weeks, her seemingly healthy child quickly developed over twenty frightening multi-systemic symptoms. She took her son to doctor after doctor with no answers.
With growing feelings of fear, loneliness, helplessness, and heartbreak, Meghan was overwhelmed and stuck as she watched her son slip farther away from their family and deeper into illness. The caring doctors who did acknowledge her son’s complaints were unable to help, because, as she learned, they simply aren’t trained in how to reverse chronic disease. A few doctors were even dismissive and insulting, telling Meghan to stop labeling her son as sick as his “labs were normal.” Yet her son continued to fall deeper into illness.
It was like drowning. With no help from the conventional system she was familiar with, Meghan decided to begin research on her own. Through hours and hours of scouring the internet for answers, running on 2-3 hours of sleep, she was able to start to fit the puzzle pieces together of what might be happening to her son. Eventually, through persistence, she found that her son was struggling with neuro-immune issues in the world of PANS/PANDAS, Lyme, and Bartonella.
Having finally gotten on the right track, Meghan was able to get her son to the doctors who could actually begin working towards his healing. Yet through all of the research, the nights of sleeplessness, keeping track of all the labs and complex protocols, she began disconnecting from friends and family. Her health began to suffer, as is so common in mothers whose children are struggling with chronic disease. Past autoimmune symptoms began to resurface, some arthritis issues flared; she was in a constant state of stress, and this was showing in the decline of her own health.
She felt like Sisyphus from Greek mythology- constantly pushing the rock all the way up the mountain, only to have it tumble back down again. With the right team, she caught glimpses of her son coming back to her. There were moments of hope, though they continually seemed to be slapped back down again.
It was through this darkness that she began to learn the importance of self-care, not only for patients themselves, but for their caregivers. How can one act as a support system for a loved one, when they have no foundation to stand on themselves? This sparked a newfound passion for Meghan. She fell in love with functional medicine, with education, but also with the empowerment of both patients, practitioners, and their loved ones.
It was, and still is, a journey. Thanks to a functional medicine approach her son has experienced tremendous healing. They are not done yet, but Meghan has realized through her experiences that the road to healing is a marathon, not a sprint. Because of this realization, Meghan was not only able to see her son make steps towards living a normal life again, but she was able to recover her own health.
Meghan has now completed Chris Kresser’s ADAPT Functional Medicine Health Coach training program, and continuously stays up to date on the latest news and research in functional medicine by attending health conferences and staying in constant communication with practitioners. Meghan has learned that major improvements can come from patients and family members empowering themselves through education in order to not only be advocates for themselves in the doctor’s offices, but to truly collaborate with practitioners in order to find genuine healing.
Meghan believes that everyone has the capacity to experience healing and renewed vitality in their lives. She is extremely passionate about educating and empowering all of her clients through this process, and loves supporting them along the way.