Why I am Here for YOU – a Personal Story

Posted on 12 December 2017

Some of you have just met me and don’t know yet why it is so important to me to reach you.

I have always felt that becoming a doctor was a gift given to me. My mother wanted to be a doctor too, but she had 4 kids starting at age 18, and felt it was more important that she focus on her kids. Well, I got to do it. And becoming a doctor was all I ever wanted to do when I grew up.

Up until my mid 30's, I was always full of life, spunk and zest. Maybe a bit too Spunky.

But THEN my joy just STOPPED.

I began to suffer with profound fatigue and painful sadness to the point of wanting to end my own life. Yes... so weird for me to admit that now. But I didn't see the point in life anymore. I felt I was more of a burden to those I loved than anything else.

My suffering was horrible. But it ended up being the very GIFT I was supposed to experience.

Luckily, I was a Doctor… AND with an amazing trail blazing mother who encouraged me to learn Functional Medicine from the beginning and integrate it into my conventional medical training.

That is when I attended my first conference with the American Academy of Anti-Aging. Everything changed at that point. I discovered so much during that first conference! I was like a kid in a candy store.

I learned I needed to start with my Sex Hormone balance and then move straight into the Adrenal, Thyroid and GUT hormone balance as well.

The rest is history.

You see, at 35-40 years old, we really don’t know much about it or pay much attention to it…, but something is creeping up on us without us even being aware. That something is DECLINING SEX HORMONES. Long before we are ready for our rocking chairs!

It starts showing it’s face with a decline in energy levels, decline in motivation, decline in our ability to organize and manage multiple projects and it even causes a decline in our interest to give to others, including our loving partners and children, as much as we once did.

And then at age 40 to 45 things become a even tougher…and we start to wonder if something is wrong with how we feel. Our weight might start to creep up and we’re wondering if we’ll ever get another good night’s sleep. We’re zapped of our once abundant energy and confidence.

And then after 45, we can be really sick and tired of restless sleep, feeling cranky and fat without any energy to take care of ourselves. We don’t want to exercise anymore… and certainly don’t want to start!

But none of this is really our fault! Because we are really just being driven by our declining hormones. And if we don't know what is happening... how can we fix it?!

The same hormones that had us feeling spunky, motivated and confident in our 20’s and early 30’s are now just a speck of what they once were.

Did you know that in the United States alone, almost 7000 women officially start menopause every single day? That’s a lot of women! And that’s not counting the tens of thousands who are PREmenopausal!

Well, I feel VERY lucky. I feel that the GIFT I was given by having the opportunity to be a doctor, be raised in a holistic family, personally experiencing profound fatigue, depression, and insomnia when MY hormones started declining, was all Part of a Plan that Became My Path.

I’ve been through it all… but I was able to fight back by getting the training I needed to help myself. I’m back to my amazing, productive, motivated, loving self… I have always been, and I’ve been back for almost 20 years now.

When I first started my medical practice, I had no idea how important my knowledge would be to others. But little by little, year after year… I saw just how hard it was for midlife women to get the care they needed to recover as I had.

So to all of you amazing women… I am speaking to you today from my heart.

This is my goal. To give YOU what YOU need – to get YOUR life back. To help You do exactly what I did for myself.

That’s why I’m here.

With Admiration,

Dr. Leggett

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