I have had really bad asthma, since I was 13 years old. I have been in and out of Emergency rooms and hospitals for many years. Living in Hawaii with the high humidity and VOG (volcanic fog), I really struggled to breathe. As the years passed, my asthma progressively worsened. I was either living in a hospital or an isolated room with an air conditioner, dehumidifier, and air purifier, all running 24/7.
After struggling to stay well for so many years, my doctors suggested that I relocate to San Diego. So, I moved in March of 2006. And, even after moving, I continued to end up in and out of the hospital. Finally, in August of 2008, everything came to a head, when I ended up being a Code Blue and found myself intubated in ICU.
Since then, life has been a constant struggle for me. I was extremely depressed and really wanted to die. It was so much easier to give up, then to continue to fight to live. I basically cried all day and all night for a very long time.
Then, while I was pretty much bedridden and recovering from my Code Blue, I discovered valuable speeches, presentations, and interviews given by people, who I look up to, respect, and really admire. Role models, such as Jason Nazar, Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Anthony Robbins, Warren Buffet, Gary Vaynerchuk, Maria Forleo, Michael Gerber, Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill, and countless others, who have all inspired me to want to help others and perhaps even change the world!
After spending hours and hours of listening to my role models, I began to change my mindset to, if I could just muster up the strength to do what it takes to fuel my passion, which happens to be Trixi’s Treasures, then everyday I can do something to get me one step closer to living my dream.
But, in order to get there I needed help. So, my Aunty Carol, my mother’s sister, who is like my second mom, relocated to San Diego to help me turn my dream into a reality. Without her and the amazing support of my family, I would not be where I am today…which is happy and recovering!
Entrepeneurship is very new to me because I have been a Registered Nurse since 1995, and because I kept getting sick from working in the hospital setting, I decided to return to school in 2000. Two years later, I graduated with my Masters degree in Information Systems. Since then, I have helped to build EMR (electronic medical records) systems for various hospitals, including Kaiser Permanente.
After my Code Blue incident, I knew my chances of returning to work were slim to none. But, it allowed me an opportunity to do something far greater. My goal now with Trixi’s Treasures is to help empower people to make wiser food choices, live healthier lives, and to make even the healthiest of foods taste better! And always remember, YOU CAN MAKE A “HOMEMADE” TREASURE FROM WHATEVER!!!
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