A couple of months ago I shared with you my story: My story is I was working in a toxic work environment subjected to bullying by my peers. This was a journey that i fought for three years. I then developed a chronic pain condition (Fibromyalgia) due to the stress I was under.
What I didn't tell you was 4-6 months before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and truly understand it; I was in a health coaching program. In the program we were asked by our instructor to pick a niche. Instantly, I said Fibromyalgia. I mentioned to my instructor I wanted to be authentic and not one of those health coaches whom suggest or recommend what you should do without first truly understanding your condition.
My spirit kept wrestling with me about being authentic. My concern was whom was going to listen to a Fibromyalgia Health Coach whom is clueless about the niche.
Telling someone about the proper foods to eat is helpful but was not going to be enough. I didn't feel confident that I knew enough about it and started researching the condition.
I read just about every book and magazine I could get my hands on about Fibromyalgia: on-line, at the library, Amazon, bookstore, etc.
All alone while this was going on; all hell was breaking loose at work and in my spirit I knew I was at the crossroads. I knew something was coming. I could feel it and smell it.
The bullying intensified, I was taken by paramedics from work to the ER due to severe chest pain. This was my second visit to the same hospital in 6 months. During this visit the ER doctor told me I had to make some changes or I would suffer a heart attack that could be fatal.
He told me he had seen a lot of people from where I worked; all stressed out and he perceived it to be a hostile working environment. Also, I was told not to return to work.
The pain kept intensifying and the doctors could not figure out what was wrong with me. It was not until I found a new doctor and had a second opinion when he asked had anyone ever told me what was wrong with me and I said no.
Drumroll please.... diagnosis Fibromyalgia. I almost fell out of my chair. Well, I have come full circle and am now definitely authentic and can relate. I must admit I had a pity party for about 2 months until God spoke with me and told me to get up I had work to do. He stated there were other people going through the same thing as I and to do something about it.
What I did was go to my local cable studio after much prayer and supplication and asked to have my own show on public access. It's called Fibromyalgia Talks. It was approved on the spot.
Next, I started a not for profit Fibro Patient Education and Support Organization and we are now a 501c3. We received our 501c3 designation in less than 30 days. Now I have launched a podcast called Necie Edwards - The Health Detective.
I mention all this not to brag but to share your calling will find you. You just need to be open to the spirit of your higher calling. I am a Christian so for me its Jesus, for you it maybe something else.
It's simply amazing how all this came together in a few short months. I still have challenges such as finding sponsors for the patient education event I am planning and health coaching clients. But, I am prayerful that just like my calling found me it will send the clients whom I am meant to serve and the sponsors whom have the financial resources I need to fund the event.
Be Careful Of What You Ask For, You Just May Receive It!......................................