My autoimmune story started when I was 16 and diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Within a year I was diagnosed with Rhupus (Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus). I spent many years having flare ups of symptoms despite the long list of medications I was on.
My biggest motivation for reaching out to Helen was when I started losing my hair in sections of my head last year. My doctors diagnosed me with Alopecia, told me they weren’t certain if it would or could grow back, and gave me steroid injections. In addition, I often had a sore stomach, poor skin, continued flare up of rashes all over my body and an overall lack of energy. I had a feeling that gluten and sugar didn’t seem to like me much as they often made me bloated and fatigued, but I craved sugar after every meal. I didn’t eat many vegetables and even fewer greens.
I did wonder what impact twelve years of long-term medications was having on my long-term health and fertility. I felt my lack of energy and wellbeing was starting to impact my career as a lawyer. My conditions were controlling my life and I wanted to turn this around.
Working with Helen was amazing and really enjoyable. Her own health journey was an inspiration to me. She was able to put together all the pieces of the puzzle to help me make changes that impacted my overall health. She encouraged me to make small changes to my diet and also set me up with great Apps for me to track how the changes we made impacted my symptoms, my sleep and my blood sugar balance.
I started to understand that the decisions I made on a daily basis around nutrition and lifestyle had a direct impact on my health. Helen taught me how to use these tools as powerful healers to turn my health around and explained the science in an easy to understand way. She also empowered me to take a more active role in my health management with my doctors and specialists by asking questions about what they were noticing and why they were recommending specific medication regimes.
Over the last year with Helen, Health Engineering my health, I have improved in all aspects of my life. I haven’t lost any further hair, and the sections that had fallen out have started to grow back. I have a new appreciation for vegetables and even grow my own in my vegetable garden. I especially enjoy Helen’s liver-loving green smoothie recipe in the mornings, and I love making keto bread every weekend. I think about the right balance of fats, carbohydrates and proteins to fuel my body and help me heal every meal. My skin is so much calmer, my stomach so much happier and I enjoy restful sleep. My improved health has meant my doctors could prescribe a decrease to some of my medications.
I think of all the changes I have made over the last year and I am amazed at the transformations I have made to my life. I am so grateful for Helen’s wisdom, experience and coaching. Health Engineering with her has been a wonderful journey, and one I would recommend to anyone who wants to thrive in life and take control of their own health.