STARBRITE’S STORY

IMAGINE…

You are ambitious, driven, tenacious, competitive; fuelled by an ironclad determination to succeed in all that you take on. Personal attributes that nearly cost you everything, and yet, ironically, are the very tools you will have to call on, draw strength from, to save your life.

The year is 2005. You are 24 years old. And within a mere 3 days, you will be in the critical care unit of the hospital, with full body paralysis, your body shutting down, as the autoimmune condition that is Guillain Barre Syndrome ravages your body.

Wheelchairs, walking sticks, pain medications, procedures, disability and physical therapy are your new reality.

You will have to relearn and relive baby’s first milestones all over again, only this time as a young adult. Crawl, walk, talk, feed yourself, dress yourself … the most basic human tasks … the list goes on.

You will be thrown into a debilitating chronic pain cycle; you will no longer know what it’s like to NOT be in pain. You will be pushed to the brink of physical pain limits, day after day, year after year, seemingly without an end in sight.

TODAY. Despite the adversity and the oftentimes shitty cards you have been dealt, you still sparkle and shine. Fear not, Tiny Dancer, for the life lens may be different but you are still YOU. You didn’t lose your sense of self, your core, that inner spunk. You have just crutched and wheeled a different path.

CAN YOU SEE IT? IMAGINE IT?

I don’t have to, for this is (a very abbreviated version!) my story.

BUT…all but for the Grace of God, this could be YOUR story.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH, YOU’LL HAVE TO MAKE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR DISEASE.
 
My name is Bree Hogan, and if I were to give you the summed up tag-line version of ‘Who Am I?’ it would be: 
 
ESSENTIAL OIL EDUCATOR, RESILIENCE + HEALTH COACH, ON A MISSION TO EMPOWER WOMEN TO PREVENT + PUT OUT HEALTH SPOT FIRES SO THEY CAN THRIVE IN LIFE!
 
On the fun side, my business name, Starbrite Warrior, is a combination of my self-bestowed middle name (Starbrite, yes, really, my parents deprived me of a middle name so I took matters into my own hands at age 5 and it stuck!) and the person I needed to become (Warrior) when life threw me lemons and I’ve been determined to make lemonade.
 
A bit of a belated introduction, I know, and I’m sorry, but I love to kick off my stories with passion and a strong message. Or, as my Mum oftentimes tells me, a smack between the eyes(!) when I paint imagery and experiences that are nothing short of confronting. But I promise to keep that side of things to a minimum with this post. Pinky swear!
 
My responsibility, my calling, is to share my experiences with you, in the hopes that my story may speak to you, that you draw inspiration from it, to perhaps examine your own life, to better identify what it is within you that has gone unaddressed for too long, to read the early warning signs, to take that proactive action, before the Mack Truck hits.
 
To live your best life.
 
Ignite Your Resilience. Celebrate Your Spirit.
 
Let’s do this!
 
Bree xx

PROFESSIONAL BIO: I believe you will remember me for my passion and story, not necessarily my qualifications, but here we go!  Bree Hogan is a Certified Essential Oils Coach, holds a Master Diploma Aromatherapy (ACOA Dip M.aroma), is an internationally certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (Gut and Hormone Health) and a Certified AromaTouch massage practitioner. And the most important part? Oodles of life experience!

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