This may have been the most difficult episode for me to record to date. Revealing my deepest insecurities is not something I enjoy doing, but I have to believe...no, I know...there are other women in our profession that are dealing with shame surrounding this topic. And shame cannot survive once it is brought to light.
“Who do you think you are giving health advice to people when you look like that?”
“If you don’t practice what you preach, no one will believe you.”
These are just a few of the things I was told by fellow chiropractors in my early years. Which, as you can imagine, was just icing on the cake after a youth filled with bullying and a newly-diagnosed eating disorder. I eventually became my own bully when believing that I was not qualified nor worthy enough to be giving out health advice.
Years later, with lessons from the (mostly) other side, I’m ready to dismantle the ideology that we must be “perfect” health role models in order to provide the care our patients deserve.
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