In 2009, I graduated high school and began my college career at a local community college. During my time earning my associates degree, I became diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. When this occurred in 2012, the adjustment from being a non-diabetic to a diabetic changed my life drastically. I would miss classes due to being too hypoglycemic to drive. I would walk from class to class on each end of the campus in the heat and become sick with low blood sugar. Diabetes made going to school nearly impossible.
It took quite a few months for me to adjust to this new disease, and when I did, I decided to move to Los Angeles, California to attend a State University to complete my bachelor’s degree. Even though my diabetes was under control by 2013, I began to have other strange symptoms and health problems. I was in and out of the hospital the entire seven months I lived in LA. It was truly difficult for me sitting in class when I felt very sick. It was hard to concentrate while I was trying not to pass out or vomit. I had to eventually move back home to San Diego to pursue my health mystery. It took from 2013-2014 for a doctor to finally diagnose me with Lyme Disease.
I began treatment and decided to take a year off from pursing my bachelors, as treatment made it nearly impossible to function as a normal human being. But because I need a purpose and goal to focus on during challenging times, I enrolled in an online integrative nutrition school for a health coach certification. I figured I could work at my own pace on something I was passionate about: learning how to heal my life through my diet and stress management. I knew once I got off treatment, I could then use my certification from this online school to help others change their diets and become knowledgeable about their own health.