I knew that I could not continue like this anymore, and so I began my pursuit to better health. My immediate concern was a panic disorder that made me feel like I was on the verge of having a heart attack multiple times a day. A friend posted on social media about having her own anxiety issues and that she had found a great therapist so, I scheduled my first therapy session. During a few months of sessions, I learned some tools and techniques for managing my anxiety and she also helped me work through my grief, but I was still feeling terrible. It was during one of my sessions though that she thought that some of my symptoms may be health related, and she referred me to Dr. Jorge with Companion Health.
I reached out to Companion Health the very next day and set up a consultation. In that first appointment and exam with Dr. Jorge he took the time to listen to my concerns and discuss all the things that may be contributing to my symptoms. Many of which I knew like poor diet, lack of exercise, to much work, and lack of sleep; but there were other things too that I did not realize, and he explained it all in such a way that clarified my paths and gave me confidence that I could set course in the right direction.
Dr. Jorge ran several tests and panels that revealed, poor gut health, poorly timed and very high cortisol spikes, and the presence of high levels of mold in my system from my 17 years as a home inspector crawling in some very nasty attics and crawlspaces. He made a specific plan for me that involved, better sleep habits, exercise and dietary changes, mediation, targeted supplements, and a plan to extract the mold from my system. After feeling so terrible over the past two years I decided that I was going to follow the plan and give it my all.
Dr. Jorge also set me up with my amazing health coach who was (and still is) there for me every step along the way. Big changes like this are never easy, but I am excited to say that as of this moment I am on day #164 of my health journey and I am 40 lbs. lighter, exercising and eating right every day, still working at managing my workload and stress, and am taking the time to find and collect moments of joy along the way.
My health coach asked me to set some goals early in the process, and one of my aspirations was to run a 5k without stopping. This to me was a very lofty goal, but today I just completed my third 5k of 2023 and finished in 6th place out of 300+ participants. I am averaging just over a 7 minute miles and am ready to work towards my first 10k.
As I run now, I am filled with intense gratitude for everyone at Companion Health. I never new that taking that first step would lead me to where I am today. Companion Health is unlike any doctor experience that I have ever had. They listen to you and establish a proactive plan, but they are also easy to schedule well visits, and are literally there for me if I need them. Joining Companion Health was the best thing that I have ever done for myself, and my wellness has never felt so sustainable before. Companion Health is what health care should really look like.”