About

MY JOURNEY

IMG_0158All I heard was “Wheelchair and Blind

I was a successful fashion designer, martial artist, a dedicated yogi, athletic, healthy and just weeks away from marrying the love of my life.

When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995, several neurologists told me that “Statistically” I would be in a wheelchair within ten years.

And, because one of my symptoms was optic neuritis, there was also the probability of permanent loss of vision. Therefore, I should refrain from any strenuous exercise, excessive heat or cold and avoid stress…indefinitely.

Shocked, angry and terrified, the cacophony of those words assaulted every fiber of my existence. As I felt all my hopes and dreams disappear into an abyss of despair, a small voice from within the very depth of my soul kept saying “Not So.”

I followed the advise of the doctors. I began injectable treatments that showed promise in keeping my MS at bay. I gave up my martial arts practice of 10 years, my hot yoga and just about every form of exercise except walking my dogs.

Within 4 months I began losing mobility in my right leg, I must have fallen at least half a dozen times severely spraining my ankle over and over again. I kept dropping things and had difficulty writing. My short term memory was waning, I found myself repeatedly asking the same questions as my brain felt clouded and “foggy.”

But my soul kept saying “Not So.”

I trusted that small voice within. The strength within my fragility catapulted me into action.

Armed with the support of my fiancé and a couple of my closest friends, we dove into the world of the Internet, researching everything MS related-it was mind-boggling! But, the more I read, the more I needed to know. Knowledge opened the window to possibilities, subsiding the fear that had rendered me hopeless.

Still…the statistics were not encouraging. Then one day, a dear friend who was a doctor of oriental medicine asked, “Do you have any idea how much of the population statistics are based on?”

“No” I whimpered.

“About 1/4 of the 7 billion people on this planet! So, you have a choice…you can either choose to be a statistic or you can choose to heal” she said.

That moment was so profoundly powerful that it has held my attention and solidified my intentions to this day.

In that moment, I realized that if MS was to be my companion for the rest of my life, I needed to be 100% committed to being pro-active in my self-care.

In my quest to defy the statistics, I have explored many treatments, both alternative and traditional and have utilized both. I have come to understand that the true meaning of healing is multi-dimensional. Change your thoughts ~ Change your life ~ Fuel your body ~ Feed your brain ~ Trust in the power of your inner voice with purpose.

                              This is the Alchemy of Healing

_DSC0915And based on my last MRI’s…and much to the surprise of my medical community…I’m living proof that You have the power to heal, stop and possibly reverse chronic illness.

Having “lived” with a degenerative “dis-ease” for which there is currently no known “medical” cure has changed my life in many ways. I have learned to embrace the challenges, take nothing for granted and live life fully in gratitude.

In 2002, I decided to retire from my career of 23 years as a fashion designer to pursue my studies in health and wellness full time.

I’m a Wellness Life Coach, Master Core Energy Leadership Coach, motivational speaker and co-author. I am also a fully certified Pilates instructor and certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Cellular Release practitioner, a life long student of yoga and nutritional consultant. I’ve had the priviledge of partnering with some of the most brilliant “Out-of-the-box” thinkers in Neurosciences, physical therapy, kiniseology and OMD’s to help me help You!  Simply put…I take a “Whole Person, Wholistic” approach in helping you achieve optimal health! 

Fast forward 18 years later. My closest relationship with two wheels and a seat is my bicycle!

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I have journeyed well over 4000 miles raising funds for various causes including my yearly 160 mile BIKE MS Ride.

It is my way of “paying it forward” in honor of my family, friends, clients and those I meet along the way whose courage, love and indomitable spirit continue to inspire me beyond words.

With love and Gratitude,

            Sónia