Kerry has an extensive background as a care giver, seasoned swim coach for club, middle school, and high school swim, and is a retired home educator. It was her own battle with Hashimoto’s that started her on her quest to get to the root cause of why this happened, and how to feel better again.
“I spent so many years going from doctor to doctor trying to find out what was wrong with me. I had a migraine from the moment I woke up in the morning until I went to bed at night. Nothing helped the pain. One doctor actually suggested that it was because I was a stay at home mom of 3 that I was sick!! Every time they tested my thyroid my numbers, they would come back normal. What they weren’t testing for was TPO Antibodies and Thyroglobulin Antibodies. It wasn’t until my thyroid was barely functioning that the endocrinologist finally looked to see if it could be Hashimoto’s. Once diagnosed, I was prescribed thyroid hormone, and told, ‘This just happens. Take these pills for the rest of your life. There is nothing more that we can do’.”
That didn’t sit well with Kerry at all! She knew there must be a reason, and something more that she could do to get healthier. Eventually this brought her to the amazing world of Functional Medicine. Looking at possible root causes, helped to change the course of her illness. She learned that she was allergic to mold, and was living in a very old, moldy house. This combined with massive stress from a 5 year long custody battle, and a diet full of processed foods and gluten created the perfect storm in her body. After a 20 year journey of learning self care, seeking out a functional medicine doctor, applying functional nutrition principles to her diet, eliminating chemicals from her body products & home, she realized how much she wanted to help others on their journey to wellness, so they wouldn’t have to go this road alone.
In addition to Kerry’s own health issues, eight years ago her oldest son suffered 2 heat strokes that left him with a traumatic brain injury, and chronic complex migraines. Three years into that journey, he had an adverse reaction to a vaccine which caused hemiplegic migraines, and left him entirely disabled. Kerry became his caregiver during those years, and a new quest had begun. By God’s amazing grace they found a doctor that was able to detox the aluminum from his brain from the vaccine, and the hemis stopped. He still has residual effects from the original TBI, and from the partial paralysis for 3 years, but he has regained much more than they ever could have dreamed possible.
“My son and I have had the great privilege to come alongside those suffering from TBI’s and migraines, and have been able to help them during their sometimes very scary, and depressing journeys. It makes all the difference in someone’s life knowing that there is someone else that has gone through this, and gets it. Having an invisible disease is a huge, daily challenge. It has given us such joy to know that we can take what was such a traumatic season of our lives, and now use those experiences to help others.”
These major health crisis revealed to her that we don’t have to be victims & we are not our diagnosis. There is ALWAYS something we can do! We have the power, everyday, to make choices that can improve our health, or make choices that make us feel worse. Unfortunately, many don’t even know this is a possibility. That’s when Kerry decided to become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, so she could help others discover their path to sustainable health. She has a profound desire to come alongside suffering people who don’t even know where to begin. She was there, and doesn’t ever want another person to feel alone on their journey to find health & healing.