Our daughter's medical journey

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Holistic Health Coach, shares advice for parents who have a child with a disease or illness on how she and her family were able to overcome obstacles during her daughter's medical journey
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Our daughter's medical journey

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The biggest obstacle I've had to overcome during my daughter's medical journey from being her nurse, to being her mom. It's also been one of the most rewarding parts. When she was a baby, her care was mostly physical. As she grew up and was able to communicate her feelings, I had to learn how to care for her emotional body as well. I had to learn to straddle the line between being her nurse and being her mother. When she was a baby, I think I immersed myself in her care, so that I wouldn't feel sorry for myself. I was comfortable being a nurse. I wasn't as comfortable being a mother. Looking back it made me sad that we didn't get to bond as mother and daughter when she was an infant, but I think being her medical advocate for the last eight years has made up for that. We've developed a really strong bond of trust that I don't think most parents will ever experience with their child. For that, I'm grateful.

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Holistic Health Coach, shares advice for parents who have a child with a disease or illness on how she and her family were able to overcome obstacles during her daughter's medical journey

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Shelley Hurguy, RN, MSN, CRNA, CHHC

Certified Holistic Health Counselor

I am holistic health coach with a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and worked as a Nurse Anesthetist for over a decade. I have been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and found my passion for the power of healing through food when I read Paul Pitchford’s Healing With Whole Foods in response to my daughter’s medical challenges.

My daughter was born with a congenital bowel defect and endured several surgeries before her first birthday. After a highly specialized surgery to render her continent at age eight, my daughter was sent home with a list of medications that were intended for use unendingly. The medications contained chemicals and food dyes meant to alter the passage of food through her gastrointestinal tract, and I couldn’t find a natural supplemental alternative. I began to research dietary solutions to her body’s response to food, digestion and elimination.

During this time of navigating my daughter’s medical condition, professionally, I was administering anesthesia to patients undergoing bariatric surgery; a process of shrinking the stomach so the patient is forced to eat less food. I knew there had to be a better way to solve the issue of obesity, and that there was more to being overweight than just eating too much.

I have learned that what we eat and what we don't eat can profoundly affect and heal our bodies. I offer personalized “roadmaps to health,” created to suit each individual’s body, lifestyle, preferences and goals.

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