Hey. I'm Maggie.
Around 1 am on Nov. 24, 2007, I was left shattered, brain injured, and nearly dead.
But 7 years later, I became pregnant with my son and everything changed.
The night of my accident, I flew home to Nova Scotia, Canada, to see my dad, but I never made it to my house. I was driving home from the airport when a drunk driver crossed into my lane and hit me head-on.
In the years that followed, I learned that it takes more than a good doctor or pharmaceutical drugs to fully recover and feel completely well again.
I know what it's like to feel broken, like a part of me was lost, to feel like my body, and perhaps my spirit, would never be whole again. I know how it feels to hate my scars and like the grief and tears would never end. I didn't know what to do to make anything better or how to stop my heart from breaking, let alone actually "get better." One of my doctors even looked me in the eye and told me that I would never get 100% better.
#WTH (what the health), right?!
Except I found ways to get better and love myself again. And you can too.
My accident almost killed me. I had to be resuscitated in the ambulance. I had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma with a score of 3 on the Glasgow Coma Scale , which is least responsive you can be without being dead, and I had 14 broken bones. The coma lasted for about 10 days, and regaining consciousness and getting my brain back online was a slow and gradual process. In the early months of my recovery, I didn't do much.
I had amazing care at the hospital with my doctors, nurses and therapists, and of course my fiancé (now husband of 8 years!) and my family helping me every day.
After three months, I was discharged from the hospital but my injuries were still glaring. Scars covered my body, my speech was slow, I was perpetually tired... But despite the brain injury, I was aware enough to know I wasn't myself and this wasn't how I wanted to live my life. I was desperate to feel like myself again and being merely "functional" felt unacceptable.
I believe that we can always find a way if we have the will, and I began my journey to find a way to heal. I learned how to give my body the care it needed to recover and it has become a way of life. My Whole Healthy is that way and it's a lifestyle I'm excited to share with you.
After my accident, my priority was on my own healing and recovery. Getting better was like a mission. I had a laser focus on getting 110% better because I was determined to end up better than before I got hurt.
I was told that if I ever had kids, it would likely be a high-risk pregnancy (due to my previous pelvic fractures), and I should probably opt for an elective C-section. This wasn't the birth experience I wanted, I was so SICK of surgeries, but I knew that having a safe birth for my future kids was all that mattered.
After seven years, I was faced with that reality. I got pregnant with my son. Armed with everything I'd learned since I was injured, and with the help of a very supportive OB, who believes in helping moms have the birth that they want, I had an amazing pregnancy with no complications. And with the help of the incredible team of birth educators and holistic care at Cap Wellness Center in Encinitas, CA, I had an unmedicated birth, exactly as I'd dreamed.
You can read my birth story HERE.
Now that I'm a mom, making sure my health is at its best is a necessity, and after everything I went through, I also need it to be simple.
As I did with my healing, I've also figured out how to achieve optimal wellness in my everyday life.
And now I get to share my wellness expertise with you.
My Whole Healthy is YOUR whole healthy. I am passionate about supporting you in your wellness journey, your pregnancy, and throughout your life as a mom. What I went through only matters because it allows me to serve you, and use my expertise to help you be your Whole Healthy.
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