I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) when I was two years old, swallowing a cocktail of pills as long as I can remember. Growing up, my inability to cope with my disease led into depression and social anxiety throughout my life.
I live right outside Nashville, TN with my husband, Tom, and two boys. In 2010, I became unbelievably lucky when I got a call from Vanderbilt CF clinic to participate in a clinical trial for a drug that specifically targeted my rare CF mutation. The drug was so successful that it was soon FDA approved in 2012. My depression seemed to subside after that, but I still struggled with social anxiety. I still had that glass of wine before going out to social gatherings, I avoided social events during the day, and I felt most comfortable being alone.
Life went on until the summer of 2015 when my older sister, Ellie, passed away suddenly. From that moment my world moved at an unwelcoming speed of sadness, fear and isolation. Ellie had a nine-year-old son, Jake, who also lost his biological dad one-year prior. Tom and I instantly became Jake’s new parents, and I remember feeling so blindsided staring at a little boy who was lost and unable to process his parent’s sudden death within a years’ time.
I began meeting other moms that were ready to help us heal and guide us with Jake. It was the power of the mom tribe that made me feel supported and not alone. When I once asked God why I was dealt such a harsh deck of cards, I realized everyone is dealt with their own struggles and burdens. We swapped ideas and products of what we love while helping to support each other. I started to sell and educate on a natural product that has helped me mentally and physically get my old self back. The HempWorx CBD products have allowed me to become more positive, calmer, and mentally balanced. I have been able to reconnect with friends from all stages of my life, and hearing them share how HempWorx has helped them is a powerful feeling.