I want to share my own story of how I became involved in herbs. It
starts several years ago about 1990 while I was teaching First Year
Chemistry at Texas A&M University and also working as the manager
of a lab. I noticed that my health was declining. I was getting strep
throat several times a year and antibiotics, even the really powerful
ones, weren’t working. I had developed the first stages of cervical
cancer - found with a Paps smear - which luckily was discovered in time
and surgically removed. I had mononucleosis and fibrocystic disease. I
was constantly anemic and with the iron supplements, was in turn
constantly constipated. Because of allergies, I was daily taking
prescription antihistamines and cortisone nasal spray. My stomach was
always upset and I was exhausted. The only thing that could pull me out
of bed every morning was knowing I had to teach my classes. These were
my physical problems. Emotionally, I was a wreck. I was losing my
temper more and more at work and with my husband. My days were so gray
- I knew I was sinking into depression. That was 1993. I was desperate.
The medical profession kept telling me I was fine, but I knew that I
was in serious trouble.
Then, I found my present friend and associate, Carolyn Coker Hughes. We
began working to improve my energy level, taking aloe vera juice to
help my digestive system, and doing some blood cleansing - which means
I was taking herbs to support my liver and other organs so that they
could better cleanse toxins from my system. This made sense because I
had been a working chemist for over 25 years. We also did some
emotional healing. I remember saying "I don't care what you are giving
me - I just want to get well!" I began feeling better almost right
away. Then 3 weeks into my program, I had my first healing crisis -
I’ll explain this in "How Herbs Work." I hadn't felt that awful in a
long time. That was my first introduction to the natural process of
healing. Carolyn told me to cut back on my herbs and drink lots of
water while my body cleansed itself. I was soon feeling better and was
back on track.
in August of 1998 I was diagnosed by a practitioner of Chinese medicine
with having breast cancer, verified using mammography and ultrasound.
Since I am dedicated to getting well with herbs and vitamin/mineral
supplements, I kept on my program and watched the tumor shrink until I
was declared cancer-free in December, 1999! Through this entire process
of my own healing, I discovered my gift for helping others using herbs.
My little business allows me the wonderful opportunity to share this
gift with you.
My husband, Chuck, named my business, The Sacandaga Herbalist.
We are both from upstate New York; I'm from Watertown and he's from
Gloversville, near the city of Schenectady and near the Great Sacandaga
Lake in the Adironadack Mountains. We now have a little cabin on the
lake. The word "Sacandaga" as best as I could research means "land of
the waving grass" in an ancient Native American language. It's
pronounced "sack-an-daw'-ga." So, now you know the background....