Growing up, I was a relatively healthy child (or so we thought) with this ever-persistent thread of ear infections, allergies and illness. Nothing really stopped me, but I had my share of PE tubes, allergy injections, medications, and missed days of school. I went through college, my first teaching job, my first child, and then it happened. About 8 months after my second daughter was born I became hypersensitive, meaning allergic, to everything and I mean EVERYTHING! I tested reactive to almost all foods, detergents, clothing, soaps, vitamins…everything.
There were several instances where I almost died and my husband literally jabbed with me with an Epi Pen to keep me alive. In fact, if he had not been home one particular time, who knows where I’d be. I literally passed out on my floor and was not breathing.
My journey has been educational to say the least, but what really got to me after battling migraines, stomach problems, joint pain, fatigue, allergies, asthma, thyroid issues, etc. was watching my 2 young girls suffer. My husband and I noticed patterns and realized that our girls had inherited my immune problems. One daughter had extreme reactions and needed repeated IVs. By the age of 2, my other daughter had chronic pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, sinus infections, was pooping blood in her stool, and always had red cheeks. Those cheeks! I wish every parent knew red cheeks can be a sign of an unhealthy immune system, and that there is so much you can do to improve the immune system.
In order to get better I bounced from doctor to doctor in multiple states… was actually studied by many and did what I could. I read constantly, lived on amino acid baby formula, and rebuilt my system piece by piece. I was fortunate to finally be treated by a brilliant, compassionate holistic, MD who helped me get back on the road to wellness. Raymond Francis, the author of Never Be Sick Again, also profoundly impacted me. These 2 men, plus my family and others gave me the tools to choose health.
There were obviously problems with my children’s health. We had them tested and practiced serious environmental controls in our home. We changed their diet and products in our home. What we noticed was astounding! My 2 babes with known primary immune deficiencies were not getting sick. Both girls who used to be on constant antibiotics no longer needed them. Both girls who were told they would need multiple surgeries no longer needed them. My girls were healthy and I was on a mission!
I had more than 10 years of experience in education, was passionate about my children’s health and the health of all children and our planet. I wanted to make a difference. I founded the non-profit organization, greenschools, to give back by providing this much needed education. In less than 2 years greenschools worked directly with 45 schools and has collaborated with others. We believe we can make The Green Difference!