Beating the Odds of Hyperthyroidism – Jane Montoya


I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism during a difficult time in my life and with limited means to research the condition it just made it all the harder for me to come to terms with. My weight when diagnosed was 110lbs and when I was finally treated one year later with a radioactive capsule it rose to 145lbs- added to which I began losing my hair which left me feeling devastated and depressed. In addition to this I had Graves’s disease and endured three eye surgeries to normalize the appearance of my eyes to the point where my eyeballs no longer look so protruded. The vanity I admit to … [Read more...]

Portrait of a true survivor…The Missy Jenkins Story


On December 1st 1997, Freshman Michael Carneal walked into the lobby of Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky and began shooting. Three students were killed and five were injured. Missy Jenkins was one of those injured students. At the age of fifteen she was left paralyzed from the chest down. Now given the circumstances she could be granted the right to be bitter, resentful even, however this was not her choice and her story is not one of self pity but self empowerment. The events of that day were certainly life changing but in a positive and inspiring way. Read on and discover how … [Read more...]

Holly Stanbrough…I Came To Win!


“I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise To fly….” Opening lines from a Nicki Minaj song that cling to the life journey of Holly Stanbrough like a perfectly tailored suit. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002, Holly has risen phoenix like from this devastating news and turned her life around in so many ways that you cannot fail to be inspired by her story. So take a moment out of your day to enter her world and discover once again the power of the human spirit…. What was your life like before you were diagnosed with … [Read more...]

Yoga and Meditation for Holiday Stress Relief


The holiday season is supposed to bring a feeling of light-heartedness and good cheer, but many of us fall prey to extra stress and tension brought on by this time of year. Family gatherings, buying gifts, cooking, decorating and a whole host of other things that can cause us to get stressed out, which can make us fall into unhealthy habits such as overeating, drinking, and lack of exercise. Taking time for yourself in the midst of the chaos for a yoga class or some “you” time can make all the difference in the world. Yoga allows us to stop, focus on our breath and our bodies, and … [Read more...]