Living through a child's illness

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, shares advice from personal experience for parents with a seriously ill child on how to overcome the challenges in life
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Living through a child's illness

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I do not believe that having a child with a medical condition has really effected my life. This is my life and I am just living it. But i have to admit that when she was a baby, and we were in the thick of it, I would find myself resenting other mothers with normal babies. Because my daughter wasn't normal. But I eventually moved through that phase of morning and developed a sense of acceptance. My daughter is 8 years old now and as I hear myself describe our journey it is surreal. It almost seems as if I am hearing some one else's story. As I relive this journey on paper I see how profound it all has been. But when you are living it, you are doing just that, you are living it. In the end, it has made me not only a better mother but I believe a better person.

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, shares advice from personal experience for parents with a seriously ill child on how to overcome the challenges in life

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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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