Who is Monique Gibson?
Hi, I'm Monique.
I am a wellness coach, reiki practitioner, speaker, and master of personal change, on a mission to enhance the life of people struggling with their health, one mindset at a time!
When I first entered my twenties, I had big plans, adventures to go on, things to do, careers to build. The world had a very different plan. It all started very slowly, a weird symptom here and there, dizzy spells, exhaustion, belly aches. I'd had these a few years earlier but they had all cleared up with a low FODMAP diet so I guessed a trip to the dietician was my easy next step. Problem solved right? Unfortunately not.
Things weren't getting better, they were getting progressively worse. The doctor's appointments were becoming more frequent but the test results were always coming back normal. Over a course of 6 months, my body started to deteriorate so quickly I was majorly concerned it was a degenerative condition such as MS or MND. I was freaking out that I could potentially be severely sick, I even wondered if I might actually be dying. There was still so much I wanted to do with my life.
At my worst my symptoms included;
severe fragrance and chemical sensitivity
severe digestive issues
The list went on and on really. I couldn't work for 12 months. I couldn't eat. I'd lost 15 kilos in the space of 3 months. My muscles were spasming 24/7, mainly in the abdomen and in the legs. On my bad days, I couldn't even stand because my legs just wouldn't hold me up. It was insanely confusing and difficult.
All the doctors would tell me was that I was too stressed, I just needed to reduce the stress in my life, to stop coming back to the hospital because there was nothing they could do for me. That I just was not trying hard enough to get better. This was a very lonely journey, in many ways it was heartbreaking.
I tried absolutely anything I could get my hands on: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic solutions, osteopathy, psychology, psychiatry, naturopathy. Then I went down the alternative path. I tried meditation, yoga, reiki and EFT tapping. I was always in my local library finding any books I could on emotional-based illness, healing the body, chemical sensitivity, food intolerances and allergies, all things mysterious illness. I finally found a psychologist on YouTube who spoke of psychosomatic illness.
Every time I went to the doctor I was met with a misdiagnosis of severe anxiety and depression. I was sad and I was stressed but I was these things because I was so severely unwell with very little path to go on.
So I made my own path. I was determined not to let this get the better of me. I was so determined not to show the doctors I was not doing this on purpose and I wanted to be better.
The journey was long. It was up and down, it was confusing, it was lonely and it was damn hard.
I realised in these moments that there was a serious gap in this area, that the support system for people with chronic health needed more than what they were getting. I decided I was going to make all of this pain worth it and learn how to help people in the exact position I was in.
So here we are! This was all 2014/2015, I have grown such a fascination with the mind-body connection, taking care of our health on our individual paths, the amazing healing powers of having people in your life who will be there with you and allow you to sit in your pain and patiently wait until you are ready to lift yourself out. Most importantly, I have dived very deep into learning about the power of our mindset, of our thoughts and how much this is contributing to our coping mechanisms in life.
This is where Ardour comes in and this is where our work together comes in. I know what you are going through and I am passionate about making it easier for you, making your healing journey quicker than mine was.
The original diagnosis I was given 13 months after all of the symptoms started up was Functional Movement Disorder (FMD). Also known as Functional Neurological Disorder or Conversion Disorder. After 3 years of struggling on my own, it was also discovered that I had a genetic mutation that affected my heart and muscles. Commonly the symptoms do not present until you are in your 20's. By the time this diagnosis came through I was already well on my way to recovery and had done my own work to heal what was going on for me, but there were just those few things I couldn't seem to make a permanent difference to. The medication they gave me for this condition literally changed everything because I was actually finally completely back to normal, A truly amazing feeling. The heart diagnosis is Andersens Tawil Syndrome (ATS).
My journey happened so I could learn and grow to help those who are dealing with similar situations. Now, if I can make any difference for someone having a hard time with chronic health, it makes that painful journey all worthwhile.
More about Monique
Monique Gibson is a country girl who grew up in Moulamein, NSW and has spent the last 5 years learning everything there is to know about how to deal with chronic health conditions.
In 2017 Monique completed her qualifications as a Wellness Coach and in 2018 her training as a Reiki Practitioner. With everything she has learnt she is now mostly symptom-free of her health conditions.
Monique believes that our health is a combination of our daily habits in all areas of life. Incorporating not just what physical habits people have but also their mental habits. Monique has a strong passion for helping people get in tune with their mind-body connection, finding compassion for themselves and their circumstances and learning to truly master your thoughts to serve you and your path to health.
Monique conducts in-depth coaching sessions to really get to the root of what is going inside you and how it is manifesting as your ill physical health.
When Monique isn't working she can be found relaxing with family and friends, getting out into nature as much as possible and trying to bring laughter into each part of the day. Her philosophy is; life is meant to be enjoyed, if you aren't designing it to be what you love, you are missing out on your greatest power.