I was troubled with severe asthma throughout childhood and adulthood, with recurrent chest infections requiring innumerable steroids, antibiotics, inhalers and on a few occasions emergency treatment for status asthmaticus (epinephrine injection, oxygen and more steroids).
From age 12 to 30 I had chronic hip pain due to bone and cartilage necrosis following delayed diagnosis of an acute slipped epiphysis and underwent four major surgeries, the last of which was a total hip replacement. During these 18-years, I became quite depressed due to pain, lack of mobility and poor food choices and put on five stone in weight. Although I had an interest in nutrition and read many books, I lacked the focus and in-depth knowledge to change. After the birth of my son, I decided it was time to stop procrastinating and start changing my life. I found the learning process of completing my degree a self-healing experience as it covered many areas of nutrition, from composition of food to biochemistry and pharmacology. It took a few years, but I am now asthma free. I enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, particularly cycling and tending our allotment.
Prior to Nutritional Therapy, I worked for many years in care, supporting people of various ages with dementia, sensory loss, learning disabilities and other progressive and debilitating diseases. I spent 10 years as a Registered Care Home Manager after completing initially a City and Guilds in Advanced Care Management 3250-03, then an NVQ4 Registered Home Manager. I enjoy care work, listening to peoples stories and helping people and I find Nutritional Therapy gives me the opportunity to CARE, but also the chance to positively effect and motivate others to improve their life with good nutrition….and this I absolutely LOVE.
I look forward to meeting and working with you towards good health.