We met many years ago while in high school. After graduating, Kathy pursued her goal of completing her Registered Nurse training in 3 years while Norman completed college with a degree in chemistry. We married the summer after graduating and eventually had two wonderful children and have lived happily together since.
Norman would go on to complete his MBA and pursue a successful executive career in corporate finance within both the automotive and high tech industries and eventually self-employment and entrepreneurship. After working as a nurse, Kathy took on the most important job as a stay at home Mom raising our two beautiful children, Kaitlin and Greg.
We always took care of our health or at least tried to do our best by limiting bad habits, eating what we were told was healthy while staying strong, fit and trim. Norman coached across multiple sports for many years from youth football and little league baseball to high school varsity soccer. Kathy was involved in our community with PTA and organizing cultural enrichment pursuits for the children of our town. Life was good.
And then one frightful day, Kathy almost didn’t make it out of the hospital alive. She was misdiagnosed with asthma and prescribed theophylline, a powerful respiratory medication. She had a strong reaction to the drug and battled for her life throughout the night in an emergency room with Norman at her side while the two very young ones remained innocently unaware at home in the loving care of their grandmother. This near tragic event further raised our level of conscious awareness regarding health and wellness. We learned not to rely on prescription drugs and Western medicine, and to no longer let the prevailing wisdom influence our knowledge and dictate how we thought and what we did. Instead, we vowed to use good common sense and draw from traditional practices.