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A health coach is a professional who cultivates health, wholeness, and aliveness in others---helping people make needed change within their lives and step into the whole and boldest version of themselves. I am a trained health professional who is passionate about coaching and healthy living in every area of life. My goal is to help others make the commitment to a healthy and whole life, filled with balance, peace, joy, and contentment.
People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron.
Good News, Proverbs 27:17
As a young healthcare professional, I spent my formative years eagerly climbing the ladder of success, incrementally advancing through positions of leadership. As a clinician, I supervised, directed, then directed multiple clinical departments in the hospital setting. I continued to pursue more skills through higher education in effort to achieve the “edge” which increased knowledge brings. Always looking to position myself for the next promotion.
Entering my 30’s, I was absolutely certain I was reaping the benefits of all the climbing effort that goes into building a career and prosperous life. Life seemed good. I held a significant position at a world-renowned clinical research hospital on the east coast. Had a home inside the beltway. Resting on perceived success, I began to hear the quiet, yet distinct ticking of my biological clock. After many months of hope, fear, failure, and repeat, a positive pregnancy finally occurred---only to end in an early, and overwhelmingly sad miscarriage. Several miscarriages later, including a failed attempt at in vitro fertilization (IVF), I found myself at the lowest level of deep sadness, pain, and sorrow. Not only was I facing a life without a biological legacy---I also found myself in an unhealthy, failing, and abusive partner relationship.
Looking back, I see now the threat of infertility covered my eyes like blinders, hiding the destructive relationship. The distinctive pattern of control, mood swings, jealousy, and anger were present. Blame, intimidation, and depression prevailed. The instinct to reproduce towered above all other needs, masking the fear, woundedness, and hurt, with irrational promise. Anger and loss were ruling emotions. Through the isolation, I remained unrealistically hopeful. Grief returned with each monthly period. Months turned to years. I remained empty, silent, and remote. Finally turning inside myself, I searched for the tiny spark to ignite a flame capable of shining a dim light upon my path. Fear was slowly replaced with faith--fueling my furnace within. Strengthening the foundry. Wholeness emerged from the ashes. I turned fear into fuel—-and you can too.
Holli and son Clayton!
In retrospect, I clearly see that the extreme stressors stemming from multiple directions—high stress work and the unhealthy relationship---likely contributed to the infertility I experienced. Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Research has found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate its internal inflammatory response. The effects of psychological stress on the body's inability to regulate cortisol levels and inflammation greatly promotes the development and progression of disease. Along with the infertility, inflammation manifested within me in other more serious ways, to include endometriosis, weight gain, arthritis, and joint tissue destruction.
Fortunately for me, my body healed. Our bodies will work hard on their own to help us recover—even if we do little to help the process along. Thousands of chemical and biological reactions occur throughout the day and night to help us heal. When we are injured, white blood cells called neutrophils rush to the site, to ward off infection. Other blood cells--monocytes transform themselves into scavengers to engulf and devour dead tissue and help to control inflammation. If we break a bone, bone cells kick into action to knit the rough edges back together. And cell damage caused by illness and disease are mended by the same hordes of microscopic miracle workers. There are so many cells assisting us in healing that we could never count them all. Our bodies are truly amazing! But even though these bodily processes are involuntary and automatic, there are things we can do to help speed and strengthen recovery. The best healing occurs when you can optimize your immune system to avoid infections; encourage the healing of skin, bones, muscles, nerves, and tendons; and build strength and endurance.
As a clinical healthcare professional of 30+ years, I use past personal experience, evidence-based skillful conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to actively and safely engage a person through the development of a healthy physical and intellectual lifestyle and associated behavior change. As a health coach I am certified to safely guide clients who may have chronic conditions or those at moderate to high risk for chronic conditions, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hyper cholesterol, and coronary heart disease. The journey always continues…are you ready to stoke the furnace with fire?
Holli Bradish-Lane, ACE-Certified Health Coach
Clayton and Holli-- 2018
Holli Bradish-Lane, MBA, RRT, ACE-CHC