This is not a tale of one specific event in my life that has changed me… but rather a culmination of events, stressors and triggers—that created a domino effect—The Perfect Storm.
I was on an upward spiral throughout my life, providing for myself and others, my passion and commitment to being of service attracted incredible opportunities and a community of great friends. Then, in 2008, everything changed...
I was dealing with systemic mold toxicity, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein Barr virus, hormonal issues and the inability to properly methylate. Daily symptoms included, but not limited to; full body aches, brain fog and swelling, memory loss, migraines, fever, sore throat, swollen glands, edema, nausea, diarrhea, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue… kept me from living life full out! Not to mention the loneliness and isolation that came from outside judgments, lack of understanding and not “looking sick."
I’ve spent the last 12years in and out of multiple doctors, test after test, treatment after treatment, multiple hospital scares, excessive medications, being misdiagnosed again and again and having to jump through hoops in a flawed system to get the care that I so desperately needed. Spending most of my days in bed, progress had been slow... days turned into weeks, weeks into months and months to years.
It’s taken thousands and thousands of dollars with the high cost of treatments and an enormous amount of patience to navigate and deal with all the physical, emotional, physiological, neurological and financial effects of this illness. Due to lack of research funding and the unrecognized aspect of this illness in the medical field, coupled with unreliable diagnostic testing and false negatives, I suffered undiagnosed for years before I was properly diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in Jan 2015.
You would think one would get excited after being properly diagnosed, as you could then better address the problem at hand and be more streamlined in your approach. However, treating chronic Lyme disease and its co-infections is not a straightforward task, but rather far more complex… Many don't share that they're suffering, and for good reason. There is currently a lack of understanding and compassion on all levels across the board with Lyme disease and it's devastating affects, which is why it is imperative that you educate yourselves!
Sharing some of my story here is vulnerable although I feel it imperative to do so in hopes that it will help you or a loved one who is suffering too...
For those of you who have been through the ringer and are looking for doctors using alternative cutting edge treatments to treat Lyme, it’s co-infections and other cofactors such as; CAEBV, Mycoplasma, autoimmune issues etc... feel free to reach out. It would be my pleasure to help you on your road to recovery...
Adena Sampson M.Sc., Founder of Outloud Productions & The Unbreakable Spirit Movement is a Breakthrough Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Singer-Songwriter and Best-Selling Author. Having overcome the insurmountable, Adena leads by example, teaching us how to turn challenges into victories and inspiring us to live a more authentic, courageous and passionate life!
A gifted speaker, emcee, narrator and presenter, from workshops and seminars, voiceovers and jingles, to commercials and broadcasting, Adena has offered extraordinary customer service and representation for many professional associations, including a few Fortune 500 companies.
An Entrepreneur at heart, Adena has an extensive background in event management, media, marketing and sales and has built and trained solid teams. Adena made her mark in the network marketing industry as a high performance leader with an online technology company, ranking in the top 40 of 20,000, and was responsible for the growth and expansion of over 500 affiliates.
As an accomplished singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer Adena has graced the stage across the globe and has had the opportunity to open up for Patti LaBelle, Wayne Newton, Jim Brickman, Nils Lofgren and more. A born traveler with a love for adventure and a passion for life, a woman that sings from her soul with a gritty raw power and passion rarely heard today.
No matter the medium, with her vibrant energy, radiant smile, and engaging sense of humor, Adena is sure to add color to your event!