Well, hello there, stranger! It’s been a long time!
Here’s the short version of where I’ve been: my blog was the victim of a very well orchestrated attack. Stinks. It took us several months to even figure out what on earth happened… then several more attempting to salvage what we could… but no such luck. I pretty much lost everything from the past 5 years. (Nothing *important*, per say… all things considered!)
Yes, we had back-ups, wise guy! Those were ‘contaminated’ as well. Poof. Gone! Who knew just running regular back-ups wasn’t good enough?! Lesson learned.
The same thing happened to every other website we own for our practice and the various books and products we’ve created over the years. I think the very worst part of this has been losing our contact lists… all the people we’ve met online and in person over the years. That part makes me sad. I hope our paths will cross again somehow.
(Speaking of which, please be sure to sign up for my email updates so we can keep in touch… since there’s a pretty good chance I no longer have your contact info you may have previously sent!)
So, this has been a rather stressful, icky experience. I don’t exactly understand all the technical reasons why it happened, nor do I care to focus on the “why” too much, other than to correct what can be corrected as I move forward. It’s just time to move on… to re-create… and re-build. Thankfully, I have a few rough drafts of my favorite articles saved in a totally different place than my ‘official back-up’, so you’ll see those resurface at some point.
(So there, hacker dudes.)
The site won’t look overly lovely for a little while yet – it’s still under construction. However, I didn’t want to wait ’til it’s “perfect” to start sharing again… perfect isn’t on my agenda anyhow!
Like I’ve said a hundred times to myself over the past few months, “Oh, well. What else am I gonna’ do?!”
So, what have I been up to for the past several months, you may or may not be wondering? I think I can quickly sum it up with “going a little bit crazy!” Yes, that seems about right!
It seems like we had some months of condensed stress:
- first my husband’s dad passed away quite suddenly right before the holidays – of course, that created major emotional distress and heartache that seemed to set the tone for the weeks and months to follow
- then our only assistant in the practice gave her notice that she was moving right after the holidays… so we hired a new person ASAP… waited a few weeks for her to start… she never showed up… so we started the hiring process all over again
- in the meantime, I started back in the practice VERY full time… every day for quite awhile… along with the kids… trying to home school at work, around work, while being the doctor AND the assistant … crazy.
- thankfully, we have a new assistant who has eased the burden… and my poor kids are only there 5 or 6 days a week now, rather than 7!! If they’re lucky, it might only be 4 days some weeks! They have been little troopers!
- my dad’s health has been up and down. He sold his house that he has lived in for 48 years, mostly due to the financial strain it was causing him. That opened up a whole new can of worms… the stressful kind. Stressful worms are clearly not good for health… and especially not good for cancer. So, we’re working through that process…
Thankfully, there are always blessings. Always – no matter how mucky things can get.
On the very positive side, the last several months have been jam-packed with massive amounts of studying and learning, learning, learning. That’s definitely the part I love the most about what I do!
My hubby and I have continued with daily study in the area of “Neuro-Metabolic” care – or, metabolic recovery and brain based therapy, primarily as they relate to chronic illness. It’s quite similar to “functional medicine”, in case that rings a bell.
There are so many conditions and pathways for recovery we’ve been studying – thyroid conditions, digestive issues and “leaky gut”, liver detoxification pathways, (true) root causes of cardiovascular conditions, hormonal imbalances, fertility issues, depression & anxiety disorders, autoimmune conditions (grossly misdiagnosed or missed altogether!), and many, many more.
A couple areas we’ve dived head first into with advanced training are Integrative Cancer Recovery as well as becoming Certified Gluten Practitioners.You will flip your lid when you hear the depth and breadth of the gluten issue and food sensitivity in general – it goes so far beyond “wheat” and grains, it’s not even funny!
Of course, the topic of cancer is near and dear to my heart. I’m extremely proud of the training we’ve accomplished recently, as well as the very thorough Integrative Recovery program we’ve spear-headed in our practice, with the help and input of a couple hundred of the smartest docs you could imagine.
I’ll definitely be filling you in on some of the phenomenal information I’ve been studying, and more importantly, how to reduce your risk for these chronic conditions… or how to manage and/or reverse them if you’ve already been diagnosed. With the advanced diagnostic testing we now perform, we even offer “distance programs” for people all around the world… helping them properly identify the root causes of their health problems, and helping them regain health and function through a strategic recovery program. Exciting times!
As far as home school is concerned, we’re on a roll now. We’re late bloomers this year… but we are finishing strong! Each child has really blossomed in their own way – I’m proud of each of them for who they’ve become this school year, and for the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired.
I’m also a mighty bit relieved that there’s significantly less whining about school from the shortest of the short ones! Makes my life as teacher (and mom) a whole lot more peaceful!
So, that kinda’ sorta’ brings us up to speed here.
Let me know if there are certain health topics you’d like more information about… if you have any questions… or any suggestions regarding how to improve this blog as it gets going again. I’d love your input!
Also, please play nicely and share with others! My mission, both in our practice and with this blog, has always been to reach out to as many people as possible and offer help in any way I can. I appreciate your help in spreading the word!