I became a Certified Personal Medicine Coach because I believe firmly in assisting everyone in their journey to recovery from whatever mental health challenge they may experience by sharing experiences and tools. After hearing Pat speak at our annual conference, I knew this was something I wanted to do for myself and the peer community.
I am the proud mother of three wonderful boys, 28, 24, and 15. My middle son is engaged to be married to wonderful woman that I also consider my daughter. Rounding out our family is my 6 year old pitbull Axel. He is a 120 pound ball of cuddles who thinks he is a lap dog.
I struggle with depression, anxiety and PTSD. I also identify as an affected other in the substance use community as I lost my fiancé to suicide when he could no longer fight his battles with addiction. It's taken a lot of hard work, but for the first time in my life I feel like I am building a life with true happiness in it. I spend a great deal of time outdoors, hiking, swimming, walking, enjoying sunshine.
I currently supervise our Peer Recovery Center so I practice peer support there, although I feel like most of our relationships start to look different when we start to apply the principle to our daily lives. Personal Medicine has helped me tremendously by adding additional tools to my toolbox.