Ep #18 – Dian Dossias

Overcoming Invisible Illness

Dian suffered silently from the effects of environmental toxins. By holding onto her beliefs and committing to daily healthy habits, she broke through the bondage of this invisible illness and changed the trajectory of her health and life.

Episode #18

Being the “canary in the coal mine” is certainly NOT something I would sign up for…Because of this, I’ve learned to weave in practical daily activities toward healing.

Dian is a wife and mother to three (almost) grown children and she has always been involved in the Healthcare Industry. However, her corporate career came to a screeching halt when she was hit with an invisible toxin permeating through her home, causing her to struggle with an invisible type illness. Suffering through debilitating physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms caused her to transition to disability after a 28 year career in corporate America.

The hardest part was that others didn’t believe she was ill because she didn’t look sick. It seemed to be an invisible illness that conventional medicine couldn’t help her with. Without much support from the medical community (or even family and friends who didn’t understand), she knew she needed to stick to her convictions and muster up all of her energy if she was to survive. She’s happy to say that she did it! She started with having hope, faith and, of course, having a will to live.

Dian reminds us that finding the root cause is critical. Our environment (which includes, air, water, food and what we put on our skin) can adversely affect us. Some more than others as many believe genetics play a role. Dian says, “Being the “canary in the coal mine” is certainly NOT something I would sign up for, but I’m glad I now know about it and I continually strive to understand how to best manage it. Because of this, I’ve learned to weave in practical daily activities in order to feel better. This inspired me to change careers and become a Certified Health Coach since I’ve always had a passion for health and helping others. Also, because no one should go it alone.”

Dian encourage us that if you are struggling with seemingly unrelated symptoms with no relief after trying a variety of conventional healing modalities, please consider looking into this often misunderstood and misdiagnosed health condition; Environmental or Biotoxin Illness.

Her ultimate goal is to inspire others and help them understand that we have much more control over our health than we’ve been lead to believe. Dian share’s these highlights regularly with her clients:

  • Being healthy is a lifestyle.

  • Learn how to cook – and also teach your children. It is one of the best life-long skills to have.

  • One of the best things you can do is to find ways to manage stress on a regular basis.

  • Be mindful of what you are putting your attention to… look for encouragement or enlightenment to counterbalance the negativity in the world.

  • Find your tribe! Make a point to be around people who inspire you and make you feel comfortable with exactly who you are.

  • Symptoms are not the first manifestation of a problem, they are usually the last straw when your body cannot compensate further.

  • Chronic health conditions are almost accepted as normal parts of life: fatigue, pain, depression, obesity, insomnia, anxiety, headaches and many more. These symptoms may be common, but they are NOT normal. When something feels off, that’s when your body is telling you to pay attention to it.

  • Trust your gut and be wary of the “pill for every ill” band-aid approach.

  • Find a practitioner who is willing to partner with you to get to the root cause in order to possibly resolve or reverse your symptoms.

Due to Dian’s personal experiences, Dian is passionate about cognitive health. She is a full member of ISEAI (International Society of Environmentally Acquired Illness) as a Certified Functional Medicine Health and Wellness Coach and is also the CT State Lead for the Advocacy Group for CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome). The following website provides details on specific testing as well as a list of certified practitioners who understand the complexities of this illness: www.survivingmold.com/

Here are some resources to help you explore this further:

  • International Society of Environmentally Acquired Illness: www.iseai.org

  • Brain retraining programs: www.GuptaProtocol.com or www.retrainthebrain.com

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About the host

Sarah Schall

Sarah Schall

Sarah Schall is a National Board Certified Health Coach and serves as Sr. Coach & Community Manager at EHOP Health. She is also a wife, mom of four, and founder of “Inside-Out Strong” a program that teaches girls and mom how to build up their hearts, minds and bodies.

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