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THE SACANDAGA HERBALIST
My Story

 

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I want to share my own story of how I became involved in herbs. It starts several years ago about 1990 while I was teaching First Year Chemistry at Texas A&M University and also working as the manager of a lab. I noticed that my health was declining. I was getting strep throat several times a year and antibiotics, even the really powerful ones, weren’t working. I had developed the first stages of cervical cancer - found with a Paps smear - which luckily was discovered in time and surgically removed. I had mononucleosis and fibrocystic disease. I was constantly anemic and with the iron supplements, was in turn constantly constipated. Because of allergies, I was daily taking prescription antihistamines and cortisone nasal spray. My stomach was always upset and I was exhausted. The only thing that could pull me out of bed every morning was knowing I had to teach my classes. These were my physical problems. Emotionally, I was a wreck. I was losing my temper more and more at work and with my husband. My days were so gray - I knew I was sinking into depression. That was 1993. I was desperate. The medical profession kept telling me I was fine, but I knew that I was in serious trouble.
 

Then, I found my present friend and associate, Carolyn Coker Hughes. We began working to improve my energy level, taking aloe vera juice to help my digestive system, and doing some blood cleansing - which means I was taking herbs to support my liver and other organs so that they could better cleanse toxins from my system. This made sense because I had been a working chemist for over 25 years. We also did some emotional healing. I remember saying "I don't care what you are giving me - I just want to get well!" I began feeling better almost right away. Then 3 weeks into my program, I had my first healing crisis - I’ll explain this in "How Herbs Work." I hadn't felt that awful in a long time. That was my first introduction to the natural process of healing. Carolyn told me to cut back on my herbs and drink lots of water while my body cleansed itself. I was soon feeling better and was back on track.
 

 

Then in August of 1998 I was diagnosed by a practitioner of Chinese medicine with having breast cancer, verified using mammography and ultrasound. Since I am dedicated to getting well with herbs and vitamin/mineral supplements, I kept on my program and watched the tumor shrink until I was declared cancer-free in December, 1999! Through this entire process of my own healing, I discovered my gift for helping others using herbs. My little business allows me the wonderful opportunity to share this gift with you.
 

My husband, Chuck, named my business, The Sacandaga Herbalist. We are both from upstate New York; I'm from Watertown and he's from Gloversville, near the city of Schenectady and near the Great Sacandaga Lake in the Adironadack Mountains. We now have a little cabin on the lake. The word "Sacandaga" as best as I could research means "land of the waving grass" in an ancient Native American language. It's pronounced "sack-an-daw'-ga." So, now you know the background....
 

 
 
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