Kari Schmitz

Kari Schmitz

How did you know health coaching was right for you?

I was trained as an occupational therapist, so I always had the mindset of wanting to help people. But it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 — it was such a dark time, and I was searching for answers, searching for hope, and support, and community, and just someone who could help guide me along the way.

And there was nothing I found out there at the time. So it just felt right in my body and in my heart when I thought about wanting to support people who were going through the same experience that I had. I feel like I was given cancer for a reason, and as long as I could make something positive out of that completely miserable experience, then I was totally fine with it.

 

How did you know when it was the right time to start your health coach training?

I started my health coach training just five months after I was diagnosed. It was a short time, but it was long enough to know how low and unsupported and discouraged I felt with the answers that I was getting from my oncologist and in the medical community.

I just felt like there was such a huge gap in knowing what I could do to feel better, to have more energy, and just making sure that I was giving my body the best chance to fight the cancer. So when I started school, I wasn’t in remission, I was still fighting cancer myself. But I just knew that there were answers out there and I wanted to find them myself, and then that jump-started my passion to help others too.

 

How has your life changed as a result of becoming a health coach?

It’s been an amazing journey, and it’s really given me purpose for what I do on a daily basis. I wake up every single morning so excited and ready to make a difference in the world. But it also started with me, because I feel so much more educated now on how to listen to my body, not only with what food fuels me or drags me down, but also in all aspects of my life, mind, body and soul. I’m just so grateful for the knowledge, so I can raise my three little kids with that information, so that they can feel happy and healthy.

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