Ottawa, Ontario

©2020 by Virginia Hurdon

Who remembers the ‘ I am Joe’s [fill in organ]’ articles in Reader’s Digest way back when? They were my introduction to anatomy and physiology, and one of my inspirations for becoming a doctor (along with M*A*S*H and Star Trek). I found my niche working as a palliative care physician for 18 years, caring for terminally ill patients and their families in their homes for most of that time.

 

I’m also a wife, a mother of two, and a doctor recovering from chronic and acute depression. The most recent episode of the latter, a few years ago, ‘convinced’ me to retire from medical practice.

 

I was mired in a frustrating mix of low mood, low motivation and high anxiety for several years; health coaching gave me new and effective tools for getting well. I've become more self-compassionate, more present, more energetic and motivated, and healthier. Its principles continue to move me to my optimal health! I am now an ADAPT certified functional health coach, ready to help others with struggles such as the ones I've faced.

 

Like many living with mental health issues, I've experienced stigma, resistance, fear, and hopelessness, within myself and from otherwise caring professionals. Health coaching provides a ‘no-judgment’ zone where you can expand your mindset beyond these limiting beliefs, building a new sense of possibility into your healing.

 

 As a health coach, a patient, and a physician, I know that attention to lifestyle helps, and that it can feel nearly impossible to make progress on your own! When you’re feeling, as I was, overwhelmed by the work ahead, or stuck in a state of low motivation, coaching provides inspiration, support and accountability to make those small, essential and cumulative steps toward wellness.