Peeling the Onion

(my story)​

This is my story about healing from life-threatening digestive issues. Each bite-size “chapter” contains a significant piece of the puzzle, including some of the tools that have helped me the most. I hope you find something in these pages that helps you feel better too.””


How it All Began

I remember the moment I got sick. It was a snowy Maine night in December of 1991, halfway through my senior year in high school....

October 22, 2021

Coming to a Head

Graduation was just around the corner, and I had one thing on my mind—to move to the city and become a hairstylist. It was a...

October 28, 2021


I lay there in the dark, strategizing how to get to my landline on the other side of the room. Eventually, I mustered up the...

November 3, 2021

Sweet Relief

It had been over a year and a half since the day I got sick… The fever and nausea finally started to subside (hallelujah!), but...

November 11, 2021

Leaving the Nest

For the first time in over 2 years, I felt like I was making headway. I felt good enough to finish my art courses, and...

November 19, 2021

Turning Point

A string of bells jingled as we opened the door, announcing our arrival. My heart raced, and my stomach tightened as I imagined what my...

December 3, 2021