When DarleeAnn first heard Corey Deacon speak at an event, she was blown away that someone was finally describing how she had been feeling for so long. Discover how we were able to help her not only get her life back, but truly begin to enjoy it again.
My name is DarleeAnn, I am a registered sports massage therapist and I’ve been in the profession for the past 26 years. I take pride in looking after my clients and giving them the best of myself that I can.
My inspiration for being healthy extends beyond my profession itself and extends into my lifestyle as well.
When did you start not feeling well?
I’ve had a thyroid issue since I was a kid, in grade three of all things. I think I was one of the first in Alberta to be diagnosed with a thyroid disease in such a young child!
Then, about five years ago, I started developing an abdominal issue that eventually made me hospitalized for a period of time. There was no real diagnosis at that time.
I got checked for cancer. I got checked for all types of things. The beginning of my health journey was a cascade of a number of problems.
I developed this pattern of adrenal fatigue, I was having problems with my thyroid, I was having problems with my digestion—a number of things.
What was your turning point?
About three years ago, all of a sudden out of the blue, I experienced this sort of disconnect—it was rapid and sudden—where I’d be in a beautiful place, a beautiful country, and not being able to look at these beautiful sites and being able to take it all in.
It was like I was sort of disconnected from my body and it was quite frightening and very troubling, because I couldn’t really understand what was going on.
Where to turn and what to do were the next questions I had.
Who did you work with before coming to Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine?
I did start with Naturopathic medicine to address my thyroid issue. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis about two and a half years ago. So, that was sort of the start of my journey, as well as dealing with the acupuncturist who diagnosed me with adrenal fatigue.
Alternative medicine has always been in my scope of my health practice.
Not to say that my own Western medicine doctor does not have its merits for the medical testing that needs to be done but, I have found that most Western medicine looks at things as approaches, as opposed to a broad scope of what I was dealing with.
I just knew walking into my doctor, he would get the deer-in-the headlights look and I thought, “I’m not gonna go anywhere with this.”
Alternate forms of therapy have always been sort of my go-to to get to the root of the problem and not address just symptoms, but try and get to the root.
What parts of your life were most affected?
It’s quite the personal struggle. And when it’s a 24/7 issue, it’s very tiring and you don’t get a break from it.
It dominates your life. I even went so far as to send in my symptoms for Mayo Clinic!
I thought, “I have to try and do something.”
What turning point led you to work with us?
Depression for sure, to be completely honest with you.
I had a couple of very short, maybe minute-long episodes of suicidal thoughts that didn’t last too long.
That scared the heck out of me.
There was this zombie going through day-to-day, just trying to exist. I think I knew as soon as I had that episode when I was overseas, looking at the Eiffel Tower and thinking “I am not experiencing emotionally what I need to be.”
“This is a whole other realm of health that I have no clue about.”
I knew there had to be a psychological factor or imbalance or something going on with that, because I was not my happy, joyful self.
What led you directly to Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine?
What led me to Neurvana was another friend of mine that was diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately he has passed on, but I saw in my friend how he thrived and how he got an extra year and a half of life from seeing Corey Deacon.
So, I saw Corey at a presentation and he said the word brain fog and I bolted straight up in my chair and I said, “I need to talk to this man.”
I just wanted to stop and grab him and say, “You’re speaking my language!”
Thank God somebody is finally A, listening to me and B, finally gets what I’m talking about. It’s life changing.
What about our team made you want to work with us?
When I had my initial console with Corey, he right away made me feel at ease. He didn’t make false promises or anything, but he knew based on my symptoms that he could launch right in.
He told me, “You know we can design a personalized program for you. These are the steps that we would take.”
He was very quietly competent and knowledgeable, and aware of not just the science behind what was going on with me, but taking into account the full body: With my brain, with my emotional issues, and the complete picture.
Not just symptoms, but looking at me as a person and saying and acknowledging:
“Yes, you’ve been struggling. Yes, I have dealt with some of these issues and yes, I can be part of your team to help you through this.”
And it was life-changing.
When you heard how much you would need to invest in your health, what made you decide it was worth it?
So many dismiss other forms of therapy and tell you, “Well, you shouldn’t get that extra blood test because it costs the healthcare system money.”
And I’m going, “Are you kidding me?”
This is my health and I have to do it, because nobody else is going to do it! You can’t put a price on your own health care.
Now, there is the monetary factor that can be very, very daunting.
But you might be spending on clothes or half-truths or throwing ideas at the wall and not sticking. Here, there is science-based analysis.
There is help, and there is hope, and concrete evidence.
What major wins have you received from working with us?
Major wins is working with Corey and Liz at Neurvana Health every single day.
Corey and team were my first glimmer of hope of crawling out of this health abyss. And it’s hard to explain to people that have never been in it. They just sort of look at you.
And the cool thing about collaborating with Corey and Liz is that you don’t have to explain yourself. They just know, and that just takes the pressure and the edge off you to explain everything all the time and just get to work on your body.
Last December, I really started noticing—and actually noticing, not just me telling myself that I’m experiencing something—actual mental changes! Actual concrete results where I do notice a difference in the work that we are putting in is working.
Are you a happier person than when you first started working with us?
I have a daily life back. I’m not focused on my health and just getting through the next hour or the next day or what’s happening tomorrow.
A big weight has been lifted and I feel like I am re-engaging with life again.
I enjoy the simple pleasures of going for a walk. Rediscovering that I have my personality back, laughing, and having fun and those kinds of things.
And that’s everything. Without question.
Focus on my health has given me that control back and that power back.
What advice do you have for someone experiencing something similar to what you were?
If you can, find Neurvana Health.
If you are willing to put in 110% you will get 120 or 200% back from Neurvana. Cory and Liz will be on your team. They will be there for you no matter what.
They will be empathetic, compassionate and be there for you every step of the way.
And without question, do not hesitate.
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