Some of you know this depth of me, some will be surprised. Some will judge, some will feel it’s oversharing. Some will open their minds, and some will feel inspired….
But at the end of the day – no matter how you feel about it, I share this to give you more of a glimpse of who I am and why I am so passionate about #plantbased healing for your mind, body, and soul….
👉🏻 In 2006, I first found myself dependent on prescription medications, since that’s what the Navy doctors thought was best for me. 😱
👉🏻 In 2007, I used those prescriptions to attempt to end my life. I swore them all off after that, and began my first attempt of intentional self care, while drinking heavily. I remained active and showed up to duty, early/long hours, and higher education, so I felt drinking was acceptable “normal” behavior, and I’m only doing what “everyone else did” to let loose, and have some fun. It was acceptable, celebrated, and expected. Truth is – I probably had an alcohol problem my entire adult life until 4 years ago.
👉🏻 In 2012, following my time in service and plenty of alcohol abuse and questionable dependency, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. 🥺
👉🏻 In 2013, through surgeries, chemo, and radiation, I was dependent on pharmaceuticals again. This time twice as many. I could get whatever I wanted from my doctors because…. Well… I’m a cancer patient who just had half my womanhood removed at 30 years old. I was a mess – mentally and physically. But I made it to the other side – mostly battling silently because I didn’t want to be seen as weak or negative. But there were times I wished it had taken me.
👉🏻 In 2014, I got through it on the other side… grateful for life and ready to take on the world again. But not without my meds.
👉🏻 From 2015-2018, now as an incredibly grateful mother and professional who made it to six figures – I felt like I wanted to die again. No attempt, but the guilt I had as a mother even having those thoughts made my mental health and relationships suffer tremendously. Yet I couldn’t shake the dark clouds during quiet hours. I knew as long as I was showing up to work, and taking care of Bri, I was ok enough. Until I hit a bottom. Until I looked at all those pills one night, and said NOT TODAY SATAN. I had too much to live for, but I knew I had to get off the pills, and the booze.
👉🏻 In 2017, I was influenced and looked up other ways to cope and found this beautiful 🌿 illegal plant 🌿that I wasn’t allowed to use due to my profession and security clearance. Then I started using it anyway.
👉🏻 In 2019, I took a chance in entrepreneurship, left the Government and corporate America, and haven’t looked back.
👉🏻 In 2022, I’m free of all prescriptions and OTC medication thanks to plants, diet, mindset and lifestyle changes over the last 4 years. And I’m healthier than ever. I don’t judge others for what works for them, but I am here to show other options to those wanting to learn.
I advocate and work my passion in the natural wellness space, and although I still love a great party – I don’t want to be drunk to enjoy it. And yes, I think a plant buzz is WAY more safe and acceptable nowadays. Especially for your mental health. 💯🌿 #breakthesigma
Long story short – Overdose doesn’t just happen to the addict on the streets – it can happen to any person. Any parent. Any professional. With the doctors help.
My story and advocacy has helped change lives, and I’m reminded on days like today that I need to keep sharing it. I think 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐬 is as pretty as sunflowers, and others should too! Especially if it’s helped you get through your darkest times. #knowledgeispower
Thank you for supporting my story and journey. ❤️🙏🏼 🌿