It had to go wrong before it could go right
After four years, we returned to Canada and settled in Calgary where I happily opened a family practice.
And then, it happened.
One evening in March 2008 I was stopped in my tracks: crushing chest pain, shortness of breath, and absolute panic. My fatigue had been accelerating for years. Anxiety appear upon waking and only settled when I laid down to sleep. My body couldn’t handle it silently anymore.
At the age of 40, by most expectations, I should have been the picture of health. However, my achievements couldn’t outweigh the strain had I put on my body and mind over the years. My memory began to resemble one far beyond its years. Recalling details started to become a challenge.
After a string of appointments with my GP, a cardiologist, and a psychiatrist, my blood work was evaluated, my brain was scanned, and my IQ was tested. Yet, I still didn’t have answers. What was wrong with me? The question lingered, filling my thoughts with worry.
At that point, I did something I’d never done before. I closed my family practice, dropped the emergency room night shifts, and stopped delivering precious babies. I retreated from the outside world and only told a few close friends. My body was failing me and I was determined to find out why. Over the next three years, I embarked on a quest to find the answers that I hoped would heal me. It wasn’t easy, but I found something that would heal not only myself but also my patients in a far more meaningful way than I’d dreamed of in medical school.
That life changing 'something' was Functional Medicine and the 7 Core Nodes of Healing. It has healed me and it will heal you.