From Katherine with love;
Waterfalls..calm and powerful. Their beauty often hidden, only to be reached after walking some distance. The sound of the water calms me, while the energy behind it encourages me. In recent years I’ve been on waterfall hunts. Not to find the biggest or most beautiful, but rather, just to experience the awe of each individually.
Tulips..soft and strong. While the stems are sturdy, the petals are soft and surprising on the inside.
You will find images of waterfalls and tulips on my website, because they are part of my story. Hearts too, because I love connections with people and being a holistic health coach. While all these are important, what really defines me is being a mom. I have boy/girl twins and one in heaven. My children demonstrate unconditional love and kindness every day and are the source of my strength.
Then there was cancer. In 2015 my annual check up resulted in further testing, and then a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer. After recovering from a double mastectomy, I received 5 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. I celebrated and thought I would put the cancer world behind me, but as I began rebuilding myself, physically and emotionally, I realized the universe had other plans for me.
In 2017 I was drawn to studying with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I not only learned dietary theories, but the importance of incorporating lifestyle practices as a holistic approach to health. In 2018 I graduated from IIN and founded Inspired Vitality. I now know I could have incorporated better choices into my life while being treated for cancer and I’m passionate about helping those who are in a similar position. In fact, I can see now how my life could have been improved prior to cancer with healthier practices, and although I specialize in assisting those in treatment or post-cancer, I’m happy to work with people looking to prevent it.
Cancer doesn’t define me, but it has shaped me. It has created new beliefs in me, while maintaining some of the old me. I am sassy and sarcastic at times, but mostly I am sincere. I am honest, always honest. I am passionate…about chocolate (It’s now dark, organic, fair trade, but it’s still in my life). Okay, I have other passions too. I persevere and I believe in trying new things. I believe people can change, if they have the desire and drive to do so. I believe that having healthy relationships, meditation, laughter, exercise and eating nourishing, colorful food all contribute to a healthy life.
I look forward to hearing your story and being a part of your transformation.