CANCER... LET'S TALK ABOUT IT.
I invite you to follow and join me on this New Wellness blog!
I am so excited to start this blog and share what I have learned and to empower others on their road to wellness. One of the primary goals for the blog is to support and reassure each other on this health journey. My secondary goal is to discuss ways build up our immune systems and ultimately prevent cancer from coming back.
My Story - Marnie Perri... from Sickness to Health
My passion for health and fitness stems back to my childhood years growing up in a family that modeled fitness as a lifestyle and for me, there is no better job than one where I can interact with another person to help them to achieve their goals and feel better about themselves.
My 12 year involvement in the health and fitness industry was a perfect expression of those two desires. My experiences ran the gamut from being a Group Aerobics Instructor, a Personal Trainer, an Apex Nutrition Specialist, Director of Aerobics at a national health club and finally, owner of my own Personal Training Studio. I felt very lucky to have found what I loved at a very early age and to have made my living doing it.
On September 11th, (9/11) 2001, I was in an operating room. While planes were flying into buildings and the world was in shock by the events of that horrible day, my family and I were taken back by yet another unbelievable piece of news. My doctor told us that I indeed had Thyroid Cancer! While this was the end of the Training Studio I loved so much, it was the beginning of a 6 year journey towards wellness that ultimately changed my life. During this 10 year period, I had many ups and downs, incredible hormone imbalance issues, fatigue, weight gain, anxiety, and a host of other problems related to the complete removal of my Thyroid and the radiation treatment that followed. Dealing with all of the doctors, specialists and conflicting therapies could be challenging at times (that’s an understatement). However, in seeking help to become disease free and relieve symptoms, I acquired a great deal of knowledge and became inspired to go back to school for my Natural Health Practitioner degree in order to share what I have learned and to empower others on their road to wellness.
Today I am disease free, but as a result of having no thyroid, must take certain medications as well as vitamins and supplements to sustain total wellness. While preparing to go on a mission trip to Mexico with my son’s grade school class, I went out looking for a travel bag to hold my medication, vitamins and supplements. The products I found were either too small or too bulky. I ended up constructing what basically became the first prototype of our current product. The staples ended up pulling out, it wasn’t exactly pretty, but it was the most organized my pills had ever been while traveling, and I just loved the whole concept! I knew that I could not be the only one encountering this frustration and this motivated me to design a bag to functionally manage vitamin, supplement and medication intake. When I arrived home, I immediately began working on a bag design and sourced components to add to its functionality. After numerous prototypes later the Wellness Travel Pak was ready for market!