I love to write and teach, and I am a certified yoga teacher and qigong instructor, as well as a trained life coach. I am currently studying to be an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist with Yoga Veda Institute.
In August of 2017, I was struck by a sudden illness, which I initially thought was food poisoning. The hospital thought it was a stomach virus. Whatever happened, my nerves got fried that first night, and I developed benign (but scary, uncomfortable, and annoying) small fiber neuropathy and POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome).
I could barely eat for six months.
Both the small fiber neuropathy and POTS were “idiopathic,” meaning, my neurologist had no clue what caused them. He suspected a virus, and all the other testing (for cancer, diabetes, autoimmune, Celiac’s, HIV, Lyme disease, etc.) were negative. I did have an electrolyte imbalance (due to my stomach issues, likely) that the hospital treated, so that may have caused some of the nerve damage. Other than that, I was a medical mystery.
It took more than a year of terrifying symptoms and a slow recovery to get an official, lab-tested diagnosis of reactivated Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and mycotoxin (mold) poisoning. Was that what initially hit me so hard that one night in August? I will never know.
However, before I had those diagnoses, I couldn’t treat anything or fully heal. I also had to move out of my Austin apartment of many years and stay with family to recover. (That apartment, by the way, had a recurring leak in the ceiling that supposedly was treated for mold. That was undoubtedly a huge part of the problem.)
Thankfully, I am being treated now with the help of a fantastic integrative doctor and holistic remedies such as acupuncture, and slowly improving.
However, due to the erratic bouts of tachycardia and dizziness from the POTS, EBV, and mycotoxins, I have stopped teaching in-person group yoga and qigong classes until I am more stable. Now, in 2019, I am starting to teach online again and offer private coaching part-time. As the dizzy spells have lessened dramatically, I am hoping to start teaching in-person again soon.
I am also a freelance writer, and you can find my latest articles here.