I’m Katie Joy, a twenty-something woman with a passion for others. I’m married to the most wonderful man, Neal, who supports every crazy dream I have. We have 2 dogs, Ellie Bear and Sparrow, and a cat named Xander. We love our zoo and the insanity that comes with it!
I’m on a journey from hot-mess to healthy. However, let’s be real, I’ll settle for healthy hot-mess.
I had my first panic attack at the age of 11, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at 12, put on antidepressants at 13, and lived an incredibly numb, confused, life on my search for purpose. Hell, I was searching for the ability to function. When I was 23, I graduated college with my project “My Anxious Heart”, which focused on my battle with anxiety and mental illness. I found so many people that were like minded through that project going viral. I was so happy that we were fighting to end the stigma and band together. In the meantime, I was in consistent therapy, I did all the breathing exercises, I coped, I self-cared, but I was still getting worse and worse.
December 30th, 2016, I was on my 8th or 9th rolling panic attack of the last two days and I went into the ER for the first time. After being poked and prodded, told to just “calm down and breathe”, and being loaded up with Ativan, I was defeated, numb, and done. I had enough.
I decided that this isn’t how we were meant to live. I convinced myself that there is no way anxiety and depression were just mental illnesses that I was meant to deal with. This couldn’t just be genetic. I knew too many people that functioned on a daily basis for this to be my life!
This is where my journey to healing through Functional Medicine began. I found a doctor who not only believed me, but built a practice on healing through functional wellness instead of conventional practices. She identified my deficiencies, located the source of my gut issues, and created a plan for me that literally changed my life.
Within a week of following her protocol, I began to physically feel myself healing. I went from a constant state of anxiety and 3-4 panic attacks per day, to zero panic in the last 9 months. Functional medicine was just the beginning for me. I’ve learned all kinds of ways to bring balance into my life. I’ve found emotional healing on top of physical healing. I’ve explored foods, drinks, oils, soaps, skin care, and cleaning products that support this life. I feel like I found this way of healing so that I could share it with others. It’s not easy, it’s not a diet, it’s not overnight, but it is WORTH IT.
I don't think there is only one solution. I also don't believe everyone is wired the same way. What works for me may not work for you. I'm not even saying I'm completely cured! I'm still on an anti-depressant, I still have down days. I still get anxious. However, my life, mood, mind, and body have changed in ways I never thought possible. I've learned so much in the last year and I believe I'm supposed to share this with you.
I can't wait!
A big part of launching this project comes from a desire to connect with others on this journey to health and wellness. So please, if you are in need of a life line or a friend or just someone to understand, get in touch!