I have always prided myself on being extremely fit and healthy. Eating well, playing countless sports and running a lot. In fact a ran a New York City marathon qualifying half marathon time only two weeks before being about as sick as you can be.

On November 2, 2010 I was diagnosed with a tennis ball sized brain tumor, following next to no symptoms. My neurosurgeon said I should have arrived to the emergency room in a coma – not walking in and asking to see a doctor. He also later told me that he had concerns about me even making it to surgery with the sheer size of my tumor. Thankfully when my oncology came back, my tumor had stopped growing.

When I finally was released from hospital I had a new goal for myself – to recover and rebuild myself even better than I was before. My years of study suddenly came into practice in the most practical way possible. After three years of eating, drinking, sleeping, thinking and moving well I have recovered in a way that my neuro-surgeon can hardly believe. And I feel it is time to spread the word.

No matter the origin or cause of what happened to me, I know I am in the driving seat of my own health. I think a lot of us, especially us women, are running ourselves ragged trying to be all things to all people. Perhaps we feel we need to sacrifice our health to make everyone happy. But it shouldn’t take a health crisis to wake us up, to remind us how precious life is. I have never thought ‘why me’; instead this is why me. This is my mission.

I hope this website, blog, my recipes and exercise ideas, can inspire you to feel healthy, to look good by any means, so why not a better means! Also to know that in doing so, you do not have to live in a world of complicated or bland food or repetitive sets, reps and weights just because it’s what everyone else is doing.

Balance your foundations and listen to, not just treat your symptoms; manage your minimums then go for maximums. Not the other way. We all know ourselves better than anybody else, and what our bodies need: we just need to learn how to listen to it. Being fitbynature we can do just that.

5 thoughts on “My story

  1. Alice says:

    Such an inspiration Vanessa. I’m glad I got to your blog before you leaving. I’m going to follow and read your articles.

    Best,
    Alice

    1. fitbynature says:

      Stay in touch Alice… love to hear how your little one to be is progressing. I am thinking of you and especially in my next article about nourishing your pregnancy where you’re at xxx

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