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For a long time, I lived a lie. Now I’m living the truth.

First, a confession. Though I was never a dog person, at least as a child and young adult, I fell in love with a Golden Retriever, named Buddy, who changed my life by ‘gifting’ me with giardia. Okay, I’m being sarcastic. I wouldn’t exactly call the five year battle with bloating and extreme fatigue, which threatened to put my family into bankruptcy, end my marriage and render me an incapacitated mother of twin daughters a “gift,” as in a special spa-day gift, but I would say it was the greatest opportunity to change a lot of things that had contributed to my dis-ease.

I grew up in Long Island with loving and supportive parents who provided my sister and me with a nearly idyllic childhood. I was used to life going the way I always thought it should: college, marriage, motherhood with a healthy social life and a few ribbons to prove I’d actually run marathons once. Then one summer everything came to a crashing halt. My picture perfect life was crumbling faster than a dog biscuit under a heavy heel. I looked horrible, felt horrible and had no idea why.

For five years, I battled an undiagnosed sickness and an internal war of false beliefs and character flaws that contributed to my ‘dis-ease.’ My soul awakened thanks to Buddy, my compromised immune system and a microscopic parasite called, giardia, which contributed to the perfect storm. The masks I wore were being torn off by the severe winds of change, leaving me vulnerable, terrified, and headed on a collision course with my soul’s true purpose: to help those suffering from chronic giardiasis. 

I hope you find solace and inspiration here. It’s easy to ride the good waves of life, but our disappointments are also inevitable.  Let’s find the joy together and break through the facades and get real…. because picture perfect is highly overrated!


Buddy as a baby


The dog of the hour!

girls and dog

Abby, Jolie & Buddy









Cuddle pup


Sweet, silly face


It’s been a long journey