Hi, I'm Jenna, and I'm the younger sister!
I believe that health is all encompassing. Health is not just what we put in our bodies, but how we talk to ourselves, how we treat ourselves physically, the products we put on our bodies, etc. I hope this platform can be a place for people to find themselves, take control of their health and truly value the importance of putting themselves first in order to be a gift to the world.
Allow me to share my story...
I graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in business. In college, you could find me having a blast with my friends, going to football games and living the college dream. I think if you would have asked most of my friends to describe me in college, they would say that I was happy go lucky. I was always down to have fun, and I was a pretty positive person.
I’d like to preface with the fact that things could have been a lot worse, but that doesn’t take away from the various health issues I’ve experienced throughout my life. Most of my friends did not see that I struggled with behind closed doors as a majority of my life has been in and out of chiropractic offices, concussion treatments, therapy sessions, GI doctors...It wasn’t until I found holistic medicine that I truly found myself.
For starters, I have three curves in my spine. Dealing with scoliosis is a lot more than just back pain. There are many studies that show those who have scoliosis also struggle with nutrient absorption issues. I also had to wear a back brace while I was in high school. Let’s be real, high school can be pretty tough without adding a back brace to the mix.
Going through this may have been the best thing to happen to me
I was on the varsity soccer team in high school while also playing for one of the top club teams in the country. I loved soccer, but unfortunately, four concussions caused me to have to medically retire. It was difficult to see all my friends play at the next level, but once my doctor told my parents that he would stop me from playing if I were his daughter, my soccer career was over. I did get to play all four years for my high school team, and I still absolutely love the game today.
Stomach pain was something I dealt with starting in high school as well. Unlike my sister, who dealt with IBS, I experienced more sharp pains. What started with sharp paints developed over time into a chronic bloating problem. And we’re not talking the little bloat you feel after eating a big meal. We’re talking “bloat so much you can’t function normally” let alone carry out simple tasks due to being incredibly uncomfortable.
During my junior year of high school, I was diagnosed with anxiety and prescribed medication. I took the anti-anxiety medication through my senior year of college. Despite trying to get off of it on two separate occasions, I wasn’t capable of getting my anxiety under control. I couldn’t understand why I was struggling so much. I had a good life, with a great family and the best of friends. I didn’t realize that I would soon connect the dots and learn how all aspects of health are intertwined.
Once I went all in on my health journey, I decided to quit what I was doing to help others.
Fast forward to the present day and my life is very different. I graduated with a business degree from Virginia Tech. While working in the corporate world, I started sharing my health journey on social media. I never expected to receive the feedback that I did. I realized my true passion in life was to help people. I made the bold decision to quit my job in order to pursue a career as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I graduate in March of 2021, and I will then take on clients while keeping up with our social media platforms, hoping to inspire you to take control of your health!