Andrea's Story

Andrea Phillips

November 12, 2018, is the day “my brain broke”.

Truth be told my brain and body had been breaking for a long time. I have been diagnosed with thyroid disease, migraines, GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus, chronic sinusitis, anxiety, fibromyalgia, traumatic brain injury, vertigo, and a myriad of others. I couldn’t find a pill holder big enough to hold the prescription medicines and supplements I took daily, so I carried them around, ironically, in a Lululemon bag. 

Look, I must be healthy, I shop at Lululemon, I wear the cute clothes at the gym, at the hot-yoga studio, at the Pilates studio, to the chiropractor, to the massage therapist, to the acupuncturist, to energy healers, to the mental health therapist, and to Barnes & Noble to buy the right book to help me shop for the right foods at Whole Foods. Look, I must be healthy because I also have an important job as a Psychotherapist and Program Manager helping soldiers and families with the hardships of military life. I successfully raised my son. My marriage of 14 years is healthy. I attend church and bible studies. My friends and family love me. See, I must be healthy. 

All of that is true but the other side of the truth is that I had to take a nap the second I got home from work. I would spend hours on the weekends managing headaches and migraines. I missed countless activities and events because I didn’t have the strength. Quitting was never an option. I just needed to rest so I could gear up to try again to live a “normal” life. 

By November 18, 2018, when I was infused with a “bad” dose of medicine at a hospital to help irretractable pain in my abdomen, my brain and body had had enough. It gave up. It said to me, “no more, we are done.” I felt myself slipping away and I had no more fight. Once I regained consciousness several hours later I realized that everything in my brain and body was broken and all my “fixers” from years and money gone by would not work this time. 

This time I had to heal. 

Heal is what I have done and it is what I continue to do. 

My brain is healed. My body is healed. Healing is lifestyle not a one and done. I choose to heal every day. I choose to heal with every choice I make from the food that I put into my body to people I surround myself with to the activities in which I engage. 

As a Psychotherapist and a Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach my experience and knowledge can help take your healing journey to the next level. Our brains live in our body. We are one being, not separate and should not be treated that way. 

Please allow me to guide you on your journey to create healthy brain and body habits through nutrition and lifestyle changes. 

Contact me today for your free 30 minute health and wellness consultation. 

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