In this book, I’m going to share with you the 7 Steps of Hope and Healing™ I discovered during my journey experiencing fibromyalgia and a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident.  These 7 Steps of Hope and Healing freed me from the terrible circumstances I call being a Health Hostage. And guess who was trapping me there? The Chronic Illness Thief! 

It took me years of hard work and suffering to figure these steps out.  That’s why I created the workbook 7 Steps of Hope and pass on my get outta jail card, which will save you years of being a Health Hostage™.


We all have a divine greatness within us. It’s that unique spark that connects us to “all that is,” and most importantly, to what we uniquely have to offer the world. Some call it your life purpose, and some call it your gift or talent.  It is unique to who YOU are.  But when you have a debilitating condition, this spark can seem to go out.


I know mine did. As a result of a car accident, my sudden descent into the depths of disability was a devastating turn in the road that I NEVER expected to happen to ME. In an instant, when the metal of our two cars collided, MY path was FOREVER changed.

As I struggled with the shattering impact of fibromyalgia and a mild traumatic brain injury, I dubbed myself a “Health Hostage™.” There was no manual to lead me back to my greatness amidst the wreckage of my life.  I found many books about fibromyalgia and chronic pain management, but there was nothing that went beyond the guidelines for the emotional and psychological effects of my conditions.  And nothing dealt with the spiritual experience of my situation at all. 

After years of struggling with pain, depression, anger, sadness and most of all, hopelessness, I finally began to combine my professional, clinical background as a psychotherapist and my own personal journey through chronic illness to create a better way to transform how my conditions affected who I was and the kind of life I was living.  7 Steps of Hope and Healing was born out of my own need for a path to healing on all levels and an ever persistent calling to help others do the same.

Healing begins with hope…and hope begins here!