It all began with birth control. Although, looking back now I suspect it may have begun earlier than that as my life was primarily lived in fear and stress.
I had two beautiful daughters and the relationship with their father had just ended, New to being a single mother, I wanted to ensure that I wouldn't have any more children so I began to research different methods of birth control. I had never been on birth control before because it had never felt right for me, and with a history of depression, I did not want to play around with my hormones. The Copper IUD seemed like an amazing solution to all of my problems.
I used the Copper IUD twice. The first time was just under a year. I had it removed for no particular reason other than something about it didn’t feel right (a gut feeling). But then I began a new relationship and again wanting to ensure that there wouldn’t be a pregnancy, I used the Copper IUD once again.
It was after about 2 months of the second one that my whole life began to change. It started off as feeling more fatigued than usual. It wasn’t my standard tired either. This fatigue I felt in my bones and no matter how much I slept I woke up feeling like I was walking in quick sand.
My emotional tolerance began to plummet. My usual calm and patient demeanor gave way to impatience and irritability. Everything began to get to me and feel like it triggered me. Most of the times it felt like it came out of nowhere. I could be feeling on top of the world one moment and then the next completely angry, anxious, depressed, annoyed and tired and then other moment completely numb and emotionless.
I didn’t recognize myself any more. I was told it was most likely stress-induced as I was now a single mom taking care of two kids under 3, working full time, and trying to grow my own business. Granted that could have been a lot for anyone, what I was going through felt more than that. I was in the health field (a personal trainer) so taking care of my body and eating healthy was where my focus always was. Looking back, I am very grateful that it was because it led me to realize that the only thing I had done differently was the IUD (that and the remembrance that it just hadn’t felt right the first time). Despite being told that the IUD had no correlation, I followed my gut feeling and had it removed.
I began to research as much as I could about it, but I found next to nothing on the subject (this was almost 10 years ago and there was much much less out there then there is now). The one service I did find at the time was far too expensive for me.
I felt lost and defeated and helpless. Nothing I did seemed to work. No foods seemed to help. Exercise, which had been a savior for my mental health, only seemed to now make me feel worse.
At my worst, I couldn’t tolerate any lights or sounds. I cut everyone off socially because going out was too much for me. A successful day was getting from my bed to the couch (in the dark) and somehow managing to get my kids all the basic necessities they needed. I developed bulimia at this time too because the sugars would give me an (temporary) energy boost but the pressure of being a fit personal trainer (my income for my kids and me) led me to not keeping it down. Brain fog was so bad that I would stop talking mid-sentence because I forgot what I was talking about. Everything seemed to set me off emotionally. The irritability was incredible.
Desperate and feeling so alone I prayed for anything to help. My emotions were all over the place. This was not how I wanted to raise my girls. This was not the environment that I wanted them to live it.
It was then that I was guided to emotional healing.
I may not have felt that I could control what was happening to me physically, but I was NOT going to have my girls raised in irritability, frustration, defeat and depression so I was determined to heal emotionally. They deserved more from me.
The more I dived into the emotional world, the more I learned that I had full control over my own emotions and not the other way around (as I had always thought). This felt like something I could do and have control over. I learned that I could control my emotions and the stress/anxiety reactions that were happening.
Then the magic happened. I was so focused on creating a healthy emotional place for my girls that I didn’t realize at first that my physical body was feeling better. I wasn’t as tired any more. I could go out with friends and actually enjoy myself again.
The process caused me to connect more with myself and to go inward. This caused my intuition to soar. I started listening and knowing (and trusting) what my body needed. Similar to muscle testing, I could bring my awareness to my body and feel when something was a yes or a no. From this place I began choosing foods and even supplements and in turn feeling better for it. Coincidentally, when I did eventually get an HTMA the supplements that I had intuitively started to take were pretty much the very same ones recommended from my HTMA test.
Looking back now, I can honestly say thank you to Copper Toxicity. It led me on the path to true healing. I now not only feel better than I had before I was copper toxic, but the tools I learned along the way are now life-long and apply to every aspect of my life and growth. ❤❤❤
I don’t know where I’d be today without the help and guidance from Anna. I reached out to her after I received an HTMA that showed I had copper toxicity and poor adrenal function. She has been there for me throughout the whole healing process and was always able to explain the physical/emotional aspects of healing from such a complex issue. Words can’t truly describe what she has done for me.
I have just finished my first 6 months working with Anna and Rick and I am thrilled with the progress I’ve made. I was feeling hopeless and lost before I started working with the both of them.
My journey with copper toxicity and mineral imbalance has been a rollercoaster and to find Rick who has witnessed and Anna who has experienced first-hand the physical and emotional symptoms was a breath of fresh air to realize I was not alone. I had finally found someone who believed I wasn’t “crazy” (which is basically what all of the previous practitioners I’d described my symptoms to labeled me as). Rick and Anna were able to help me understand the root cause of many of my symptoms and helped me create a protocol for rebalancing.
I also didn’t realize how important it was to address the emotional aspects of healing and Anna has been a great coach. She has given me wonderful advice and tips on how to heal from past traumas that I didn’t even realize I had suppressed. She is fabulous with nutrition and creating a diet and meal plan and an above all she is caring, compassionate and understanding of the struggles that come with rebalancing.
I’m looking forward to continuing my work with both Rick and Anna, and with the next HTMA test that I do. I will also be getting ones for the rest of my family to find their individual mineral profile. I highly recommend Anna Orlinska with Awakened you and Rick Fischer with Mineral Mastery. I’m thankful to have the opportunity continue working with them, they have truly made such a positive impact in life.
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