30 Nov The Good Stuff Girl
I’m excited to introduce you all to Karen Shackelford: mother, wife, three-time cancer survivor, and author of the informative blog “The Good Stuff Girl.” She’s had several wake-up calls throughout her life and believes she is a true miracle after surviving through a large fibroid tumor in her uterus at 21, Stage 3 breast cancer at 42, and a thyroid crash at 48. Her battle with breast cancer led her to start asking what she could do to ensure that the rest of her life would be healthier. Her oncologist told her to start taking vitamin D3 and fish oil and to start exercising, but Karen knew there must be more out there to help her become happier and healthier.
She began what she calls her “real health journey” as a middle-aged mama with a loving and supportive husband, and 3 awesome kids. At that time, her kids were in kindergarten, 5th grade, and 7th grade. It became Karen’s passion to discover everything there was to know about food, nutrition, and healthy living. She wanted more time to raise her kids, to love her husband, and to teach others who were struggling with their health all she had learned.
She states, “I set about trying to figure out more about cancer (and thyroid) and how to stay in remission. I went to many great functional doctors. I got great advice and was put on a wonderful new path from a local chiropractor. I began to juice, take supplements, and work on my vitamin D level. (My vitamin D blood level was 14 when diagnosed with breast cancer and I am at 84 presently). I had always worked out diligently, but now I was working out for my well-being instead of for a cute figure. I adopted a new philosophy about food. I wanted to eat to live, rather than live to eat. I began looking at foods and asking, “is this GOOD for me?” “Will this help me?” I have read many books, many articles, listened to so many lectures, have taken classes, taught classes, researched and studied so many health issues because I know what it’s like to be sick and I know what it’s like to be well. If I can help it, I am determined to stay on course, and also take as many of you with me as possible.”
Karen loves teaching and cheering you on; she was an elementary teacher for years and a cheerleader in high school. She is not a doctor and does not hold any degree with the exception of holding a health coach certificate. However, she is a mama who loves life, loves to learn, loves to teach, and mostly, loves people. Karen is excited to work with you through Mary Caire MD, “It gives me so much joy to have a place now to CHEER YOU ON TO A HEALTHIER YOU. LETS GO TEAM!”
Check back for The Good Stuff Girl – Karen Shackelford’s – posts about health, wellness, and food recipes. Welcome to Mary Caire MD, Karen!
Written by Mary Caire MD
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Mary Caire MD empowers the world to create a culture of optimized health guided by DNA and epigenetics.