I have a special person in my life and his name is Jim. We have been together for 45 years and counting and during that time we created four amazingly kind, wonderful daughters. Each of those girls fell in love and have created eight children who are filled with potential.
18 years ago I experienced a major stroke due to a rare brain disease. I was told I had lost a 1/3 of my brain. I was not expected to live and if I did it would be in a nursing home. The real challenge was that there was no treatment at all!
A problem was that I was unable to remember chunks of my life, like those amazing daughters growing up, but the gift was that I did remember my hero Viktor Frankl who said everything can be taken from you except your attitude. And I remembered that every thought sends a chemical through my body that was going to help or hurt my body. I knew deep in my heart that it was all okay. I would either find a way to heal or my journey would take me to God. The cosmic plan was for me to heal.
We are all part of what Joseph Campbell calls the “hero’s journey”, each of us have challenges. We each face our dragons and in the end it is our duty to share what we have learned on our path.
At the time that I faced the dragon called Stroke, I had been a coach/hypnotist for 18 years. To heal I used the skills I had and faith. I became passionate about the brain/body connection. I have written a a book called Faith, Love and Hypnosis about my healing.
Continuing to study, I became Board Certified as a hypnotist and an Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists and the International Hypnosis Federation. I am certified in Clinical and Medical Hypnosis, Pain Management, Advanced Pain Management, Master Techniques, Pediatric Hypnosis, Past Life Regression, Stroke Recovery, Sports Performance, Stage Hypnosis, Forensic Hypnosis, Neuro-linguistic Programming, and as a Stress Management Specialist.
I am a yoga instructor. I also teach about essential oils. I find joy teaching classes, speaking to groups, or writing.
I am a member of the National Wellness Institute, National Guild of Hypnotists, Mid-America Institute of Hypnosis, and the International Hypnosis Federation.