“I came to Lara broken, very nearly hopeless and terrified. My body was screaming at me with symptoms I had long since learned to ignore. This has been a 15-year long journey through health hell with symptoms spanning systematically throughout my body. I had diagnoses of autoimmune thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, undifferentiated connective tissue disease, recurring shingles and suspected coeliac.
Things I got used to hearing… ‘within the normal range’ ‘highly unlikely’ ‘that’s not possible’ ‘we’ll up your dosage to…’. In fact, I went to one immunologist and asked if my symptoms could be down to food, only to be told no – a balanced diet is all you need… what constitutes a balanced diet?!?! No one was listening to the symptoms my body was trying its best to tell everyone. It was a very dark time for me and fighting through it trying to get someone to listen was starting to feel impossible. Like I was making it up. Like it was all in my head. Like what I actually needed was psychological help. Or that it was time to give up.
And then I found Lara.
From day 1 I knew this was different. Not only did she want to go through my entire history – asking questions that no one ever had before – but I felt completely supported and able to reveal the extent of what had happened to me. I trusted her immediately. Her knowledge base is vast and her approach to nutrition and holistic healing not only makes an outrageous amount of logical sense, but she gives you the control to get your life back. At no point did I feel like I had to convince her of my symptoms. For the first time ever, I felt like I was working with someone, rather than against them.
My health deteriorated in an extremely terrifying way at the time. I started developing reactions to thyroxine – something I had been on for years but was far too scared to stop taking the drug. Once again, I was crippled by an illness that doesn’t appear on blood tests. Lara was incredible throughout this time. I heard from her regularly and she convinced me to get signed off work to try and give my body a break – something I wasn’t even aware I could do! Looking back, I don’t think I would have got through it without her. She constantly had my back and helped me find a more functionally minded endocrinologist which has actually led to a potentially life changing diagnosis. It looks like my monsters under the bed have actually been PoTS and mast cell activation disorder. I’ve since come off levothyroxine – it was a rare reaction to the medication and as it transpired, I didn’t need it anyway. I only take 2 pills a day now… this time last year I was on 20.
Seeing Lara sparked a chain of events that may well have saved, and at the very least extended, my life. My quality of life since starting our journey has improved astronomically. I was stumbling around in the dark, without a clue on how to help myself heal. With her encouragement and positivity, she has helped me find some desperately needed answers and direction in how to help me heal. Beyond the physical, I think the biggest and most important part of the process for me was how Lara helped changed the way I perceived myself. Before working with her I hated my body. I despised it for failing me and not allowing me to live a normal life, for not allowing me to live any sort of life. I hated my symptoms and had so much anger and disgust towards myself and blamed my body for not being able to do the things other people found so desperately easy. Lara has this light, this pure energy that she is generous and kind enough to share. She taught me to look at my body not as something that was fighting me, but like my symptoms were just its way of letting everyone know that there was something wrong. That we needed to listen when this happened and then we might be able to work out how to help it get better. The impact of this in itself has been enormous. For the first time in my life I don’t hate myself for not being able to keep up, or physically move. I’m not disgusted when I swell up because I’ve started reacting to a new food. And I’m so sorry for all those years of anger and angst.
With Lara, I learnt to work with my body and to stop fighting against it. Every part of my journey with Lara has been healing – of mind, body and soul – and I have infinite respect for her knowledge, her process and her experience.”