About Me

My interest in the field of holistic healing began a long time ago, but it wasn't until 2009 when a major shift in my perspective and understanding of my illness would really begin to unfold.  I had developed a rather severe skin condition that swept over my face...just my face.  It became difficult to recognize myself in the mirror and the reflection looking back was one I did not like at all.  I was diagnosed with possibly two types of dermatitis because I was not responding to the various rounds of antibiotics. My condition was painful, burning, unsightly, and I was scared.  My whole immune system began breaking down during these drug treatments which lasted about 8 months.  I developed photosensitivity and cowered from the sun. Leaving the house was something I rarely did because of my appearance.  I lived a reclusive existence for almost a year. 

 

  

I also developed other sensitivities to most scents, started experiencing major anxiety and panic attacks, heart palpitations, and the list grew.  I began to feel that I was losing my mind along with my body.  The world felt like a very dangerous place to be and I was living in a very dark place, literally and figuratively.  I had a lot of upheaval in my life the year prior to this "explosion" on my face, and during this time had begun questioning everything in my life.  I reflected on this and remembered asking the dermatologist if he thought it could be stress related.  He quickly dismissed my question and told me he believed that stress was overrated. I would come to understand otherwise.  The stress was more like the alarm system going off. A call to begin looking at something deeper going on within me.

The Road Back

When that familiar face no longer looks back at you in the mirror, it feels like a stripping away of one's identity, and indeed it was.  After every good cry of frustration and anger, I would find strength.  I began to connect with holistic practitioners.  Deep insights began shifting my fears. It was time to get honest with myself. I knew this illness came from somewhere inside me and not from an outside source, ie. a mysterious package left at my door.  I wasn't being true to myself, and fear had kept me in that place.  I realize now that my body was not only speaking to me, but it was yelling at me, "Be true to who you are and take the mask off....literally!" I finally began listening and trusting the messages of my body, my mind and my soul....and it has changed me profoundly forever!  I knew as I emerged from the darkness that I was here to share this understanding and wisdom that was gifted to me. A very wise and patient holistic practitioner said to me, "Dawn, chances are this isn't going to kill you, but it's going to change you."  And change me it did!  I began studying and training in various healing modalities that not only helped me but also spoke to me on a deep level.  What I offer comes straight from my heart ... and perhaps it will speak to your heart as well.  

 

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

                                                           

                                                                ~ Louisa May Alcott