Stacy's Story

When I was about 17 years old I had my first outbreak of Eczema. The doctors at the time treated me for poison ivy because I was covered head to toe in it. About three weeks later, I still had it.
Every fall and spring, I would have outbreaks. It wasn't until I went away to college and met my roommate, who also experienced it, that I knew what it was.

I went through all of the conventional treatments. Antihistamines, cortisone creams, steroid shots, antibiotics. My condition continued to get worse and worse. It would clear up a little, and then go back to worse two steps forward, three steps back.

When I started my new career as a hair stylist, it localized to my hands (specifically my left hand) and never went away. I continued with conventional treatments and my condition continued to worsen. About eight years ago my skin got so bad that my hands and skin just wept all the time. I was a mess stressed, frustrated, and fatigued. The doctors at this time threw their hands up, not knowing what else to do, and suggested that I consider changing professions. Because I loved what I did so much and because it was mostly on my left hand, I didn't believe my profession was the only cause. I am a bit of an optimist, and believed that there had to be another solution! This sent me on my search for other answers and my holistic journey was initiated.

I began at Wellness Works in Brandon where they performed all kinds of tests on me that I never have been given before. We found out I had all kinds of food allergies, my good bacteria were completely depleted, and my bad bacterias were having a party! My tin level was off of the charts (literally), and my Candida was five times what was considered acceptable range. I had adrenal fatigue. I wasn't breaking down or hardly absorbing any of my nutrients, and I was dehydrated. even though I drank a gallon of water a day!

They began showing me the things that I needed to do to get rid of the cause, not just cover up the symptom. Overtime, I learned that my body knows how to heal itself, if I take care of it. I learned that when symptoms show up, its my body communicating to me and letting me know something isn't right! I also learned that most agencies out there that we think are there to protect us are just a business and are there to make a profit.

This guided me to clean up my diet. By most peoples standards, my diet was already healthy. It also led me to acupuncture, colonics, and live blood analysis. I began doing cleanses to clean my body from the inside out and to Tony Robbins events where I began my emotional cleanse. All of them were an integral piece of a puzzle to my healing.

It didn't happen overnight, but slowly my skin began to heal without medication and without prescriptions. I am not saying that doctors and prescriptions do not have a place. What I am saying though, is that there may be another alternative. Before taking a prescription, you need to be educated on what the side effects are, and decide for yourself if it is right for you. You are in control of your health, and no one else.

I have run into a lot of opposition along this journey. You may too if you decide to venture in a different direction than everyone else. The road less traveled, is really, truly the road less traveled! In my opinion, if you want to settle for average, and then do what everyone else is doing, and you will get what everyone else is getting.

What I was doing in the beginning, wasn't giving me the results that I wanted. When people started to give me critiques or second-guess my methods of healing, I learned to stand back and see if they were getting the outcomes that I wanted; in this case, to see if they were healthy. Most of the time, they were not, so I learned to let them keep their own opinion. I also learned that everyone is on his or her own path, and to accepts people and love them where they are. It is their journey, and my journey, is my journey to follow. In the end, you have to decide what is best for you.

After all these changes, I had come a very long way and I was still not completely healed. I was still using ammonia-based, Redken color, along with many chemical filled hair products.
A few years ago, I was assisting with a Robbins Life Mastery event focused around health and cleansing. By talking with friends who lived in Australia I discovered that there was such a thing as organic color! While waiting in the airport, I began searching organic colors and found Organic Color Systems. [Not so] coincidentally it was distributed right out of Clearwater in my own backyard! Switching to OCS was the final step to my healing process. Since using it, I have had hardly any irritation. Today, my skin is completely healed.

Soon after, I set a goal to open my own organic salon, and three months later, the opportunity came. I am really excited to be able to give people another alternative. Most do not even know that there are other options available. Most do not even know that what they are putting on their bodies may be harmful in the first place. Worst of all, most do not know what little regulation does on in the beauty industry as far as what ingredients are used. I believe I had to go throguh this to help share with others another way and maybe keep them from going through what I went through. It is not necessary to put so many chemicals onto our bodies. And your body will thank you for it!
I learned so many things from this experience, and I thank God that it happened. I had to go through what I did to be where I am today. Even though it has been one of the most painful and difficult things I have ever endured, it was also one of the best things that I have ever had happened to me. It is so true that your darkest night can also be your brightest day if you choose. I have learned what it truly means to have faith, and gratitude, and to step beyond fear. I have learned a whole lot of patience and that I am always exactly where I need to bem at exactly the right time. I now know that things happen exactly as they should, even if you can't understand why at the time. I have learned that our bodies are beyond amazing and the if God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.

We have become a disease focused rather than health focused society. If we would just begin to focus on what is right and what it is that our hearts truly desire, rather than what is wrong, we might begin to find more of what is right.

There is always another choice, another option. ALWAYS. It just may not be the one that you want to see, or the one you want to take, but it is probably the one that you need. It may not be easily done and isn't it the things that we work hardest for in life that we appreciate  the most? It may not always be easy, but it is always rewarding.

Thus ask yourselves, whatever you are going through right now, what is the gift in this? Furthermore, know that after every dark night, there is always a dawn, and a new beginning. I am evidence of that. Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you!


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