Hi, I’m Becky, creator of Hope Essential, LLC. I have always believed knowledge is power. When I experienced serious health problems in my late 40’s, this belief served me well. In my dealings with doctors of American medicine to diagnose several issues (thyroid, allergies, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, muscle/joint pain, fibromyalgia) I was let down time and time again.
Unnecessary/inconclusive tests. Disregard of possible side effects of medications. Fatalistic attitudes (one endochronlogist—you’re going to be a diabetic, it’s just a matter of when—in 2 years or when you’re 80.) At one point I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and told to learn to live with the pain. In my research I uncovered details that made me question the diagnosis. Because of my persistence, I ended up meeting with a neurosurgeon who determined a bulging disc was causing the leg pain. Once the source of chronic pain was removed, 85% of my fibromyalgia symptoms disappeared! But it took 4 long years to get the right answer—at my initiative.
Fortunately, during this challenging time, I had an empowering, positive experience with a Dr. of Oriental Medicine. Throughout all the negative experiences listed above, she countered with a positive attitude and used accupunture, supplements and other treatments which led me to better health. No quick fixes, no treatment of the symptoms, but a determination to get to the root of the problem. She supported my decision to have the back surgery and helped with the recovery.
Of course surgery and supplements alone couldn’t provide optimal health. I had to do the hard work, too--healthier diet, stretching, manage stress better, etc. And alternative medicine wasn’t cheap, especially since her services weren’t covered by insurance. But it was worth every penny to really feel heard and know I had someone fighting for me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had wonderful experiences with several doctors of American medicine, and some disappointing encounters with alternative medicine practitioners, but through it all, my belief has only grown stronger that only treating symptoms is not the answer. My quest for better health has led me to discover so many other options, from essential oils to myofascial release massages, to a less well-known treatment such as the Amygdala Connection Technique (a healing sequence for releasing stuck fear patterns.)
Having choices is EMPOWERING. My mission with Hope Essential is to EDUCATE and ENRICHEN as many lives as possible.