There were two pivotal “ah-ha” moments in my life that made me realise there was a missing piece of the healthcare puzzle. I wanted to solve the problems I saw around me.
Here they are:
1. Realising that, at any one given month, during my time as a clinical physiotherapist, I was rehabilitating more than 10 type II diabetic amputees. Seeing my patients experiencing (preventable) disability, lethargy and a way of eating that perpetuated their insulin resistance, and left them feeling hungry, demotivated and unable to lose weight, was heart breaking. Here I was, helping as much as I could at this stage of the disease. Except, I wanted to be there when they first received their diagnosis and prevent the cascade of complications that were coming their way.
2. A loved one was diagnosed with a chronic inflammatory disorder. I was told this is a condition that we had to “manage” and would be with him lifelong. I saw him experience pain, stress, anxiety, confusion and fear. I quickly noticed the benefits of making simple lifestyle changes: his energy improved, he was able to exercise without pain, his insomnia disappeared and, finally, felt refreshed each morning. Fast forward 4 years, he is now in remission, off his chronic meds and completing trail marathons.