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Carrie Baquie: Chronic Illness Coach

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What type(s) of holistic medicine or wellness have you studied and what do you specialize in?

I am a holistic coach focused on empowering women with long term health challenges to achieve Embodied Wellbeing by integrating wellness at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. My clients and I partner together to transform their experience of illness so that they can get back to living a life that they love.

Tell us a little about you. What’s your backstory, and how did you get into holistic wellness?

Four years ago, at 43 years old, I suddenly became very sick after a diagnostic procedure for early-onset dementia. Almost immediately I was consumed with guttural exhaustion, systemic lightning bolt pain, hypersensitivity to light sound, and motion, as well as an inability to speak.

No one, not even the doctors, could explain what was happening to me for over 1 and a half years.

I was terrified, overwhelmed, and felt totally alone. Ultimately we figured out I had a stroke that was being compounded by Lyme Disease and Mold Illness. I have since found my way back to thriving through an unstoppable mindset grounded in heart-centered strategy.

Along the way, I have learned so much about navigating chronic illness and finding a way to get back to living a life I love. It’s my passion as a Chronic Illness Coach to share this knowledge, understanding and compassion with others struggling with long-term health challenges so that they too can reclaim their version of thriving with illness.

What’s your preferred style of work?

I love working 1:1 with my clients as well as offering workshops and group coaching opportunities. I look forward to offering courses in 2023.

What is something you’re most proud of in your work?

I am thrilled to guide and bear witness to my clients’ transformations as they learn to take back their power, own their voice, and reclaim control of what is in their power while letting go of that which is not in their control.

As they move through the emotional, mental and spiritual blocks that keep them stuck, space and energy open up for physical transformation as well.

Where do you get most of your health info from (outside of your traditional study). Are there any podcasts you love, books you’d recommend, or newsletters you enjoy getting?

I am plugged into many specialized health organizations like the Brain Injury Association of Maryland and Lyme Disease Research Foundation. I also participate in Facebook Groups like Young Stroke Survivors and FND Hope US/Canada which are more about support.

I have done a ton of reading as well. Hope Survives Brain Injury Podcast is well done, as well as the NeuroNerds. The Holistic Coach Legacy podcast is also a source of inspiration.

Where do you meet most of your clients?

So far, my clients come from in person events like Holistic Festivals and Facebook.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new holistic practitioner, what would it be?

Trust yourself, the process and the compound effect of showing up consistently.

Where can people find you?

Interviewed by: Rachel Jeffries Murphy

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Hi, I'm Rachel.
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I've been you. After graduating from business school and working at a digital agency, I left the 9-5 grind and went *all in* on studying Ayurveda, Yoga, Holistic Nutrition, and Reiki. I co-built a wellness brand for 3 years until I realized my magic isn't in being a practitioner, but in being the bestie, marketing team, and hype woman behind the scenes.

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