The Health Scare That Changed My Life

We live in a new time right now. The fear of COVID-19 is running rampant. It is an absolute tragic disease that does not discriminate between wealth and poverty, educated and uneducated, race, religion, or gender.

Yes, the 60+ population are more susceptible but young people are getting it too. This pandemic is serious and it is impacting the entire world.

COVID-19 must be taken seriously. It is scary and many are realizing just how valuable being in good health is. My hope is that after this experience, people do not take good health for granted.

I’ve had a few health scares - in no way as scary or tragic as COVID-19. Not even close and I’m not trying to compare. My point in sharing my 1st health scare is because it changed my life.

I used to be a long-distance runner. I’ve completed 2 marathons, multiple 5k, 10k, and half-marathon races. I also completed a sprint triathlon. I was an endurance junkie.

I don’t run anymore, not because I don’t like running, but because it just wears me out. After training and running and training and running, my body crashed and burned. I ran 2 marathons in 2000. After my 2nd marathon, I started getting sick all the time. All of 2001 was a blur. Shortly after 9/11 I found myself sitting in my physician’s office again. However, this time was different. I had 2 golf ball size lumps on the back of my head and I couldn’t sleep laying on my back because of them. I was diagnosed with mononucleosis. The golf ball lumps were my enlarged lymph nodes. I had pushed my body too far and it failed me.

I had a fever. I was dehydrated and I was hallucinating. I slept 16 hours per day. I couldn’t work. I’d sweat through my clothes then start shivering like I couldn’t get warm. I barely had enough energy to shower. Thankfully, I was single and lived alone because I probably smelled.

After I was able to return to work, I would leave and go straight home to sleep. This gym rat could barely make it through a work day. It took months for me to recover.

Even though I couldn’t run for weeks, I learned that I had not respected my health. I failed to rest when I needed to. I sacrificed sleep to do work or work out more. I didn’t eat right. I didn’t take care of myself.

Here I was, a healthcare professional, and I didn’t know what to do.

I didn’t know where I went wrong. I needed help.

I sought out a friend of mine who was a certified athletic trainer and a dietician. She mentored me and taught me how to create a better work-out and training plan so I could run again. She also showed me how to use food to improve performance and she emphasized the need for rest days and sleep.

The lessons she taught me about health and how to avoid a health scare have lasted me 19 years. I never ran a marathon again but I did 10k and half-marathon races plus a sprint-triathlon. I never crashed and burned again.

If you don’t feel like you are living your best health right now, why aren’t you?

What choices do you need to make to feel at your best?

If you are in a situation like I was back in 2001 where you don’t know what you don’t know but do know that something isn’t right, then reach out to me. Start a conversation with me. You can call me at 262-358-6730 or you can email me at [email protected] or you can visit to look at all the ways I can help you. I’ve been there and it is possible to change your habits so that you can live your best life.

To Your Best Health,
Dr. Jeanette


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