Hello! My name is Johnna WheelerMy preoccupation, passion and purpose is to help you navigate on your journey through illness to wellness. I am committed to helping you reach your highest goal - to help you improve the quality of your health, so you can be the best and most healthy, creative, energetic, joyful and authentic version of yourself that you can be, and start living your best life, going forward.
There is a personal component to my interest and work in this area, because I have walked this path ahead of you. Chronic illness was a constant and unwelcome companion for more than 30 years. Like you, I was "sick and tired of feeling sick and tired,” but not anymore! I recovered my health.
I want to be, for you, the person I wish I'd met when I was suffering with multiple chronic, debilitating, life threatening and financially draining health problems, repeated misdiagnosis and severe malnutrition. I am here for you.
EducationMy extensive life experience with chronic illness educated, prepared and gave me a passion and purpose to help others who are struggling to recover their health, like I was. All of that experience dove-tailed together with my education at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, through the University of Colorado, Boulder.
IPE trained and certified me for the work I do now. At IPE, I learned a unique and successful approach to working with the most common eating and health challenges of our times. God has uniquely prepared me for service in this area. It's the healers journey that makes the medicine.
In my opinion, the goal of any good professional should be to help clients get to a place where they no longer need services. The results should be sustainable for the duration of the clients life. I want to help my clients get to a place where they no longer need me, so I can help more people and not just the same people.
The same should be true of any healing program. If a program doesn't heal the body to such a degree that at some point the body can sustain itself without the program, then that program doesn't actually heal the body.
The healing arts are an area that draws a lot of clients for life. My goal is to help restore the life in my clients. That is my mission. To help restore the health of America, physically, emotionally, spiritually and economically - one person at a time.
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My FaithI was raised Atheist and became a Christian at the age of 21. After being immersed into Christ, I had a very long and difficult trial with health and emotional healing that took me down some very dark and low roads on my journey through illness to physical and emotional wellness. The journey taught me life lessons and developed strength of character in every part of my being, like nothing else could. The things I wanted to be freed from, were the very things God used to set me free. He never left me alone. A faith that has been thoroughly tested is a faith that can be trusted in the midst of extreme adversity. As my faith grew, it carried me through. I have been in Christ for thirty-one years, and developed a close and personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. He has equipped me for every good work and I am His servant. God is the CEO of my company and my life.
My FamilyMy husband, Mark, and I have been married for 28 years. I was sick longer than we've been married, but my husband has been with me through it all. After losing 4 babies in my late 20's, we adopted two daughters (Lisa & Mandy) with Downs Syndrome in our late 30's - early 40's. Unfortunately, I was very sick during their childhood, but now my health is restored and I can be the mom I always imagined. I have a learning disability (Dyslexia), which has been an extreme challenge in every area of my life - all of my life, but it has been a valuable asset while home schooling our children. I can help my daughters process their thoughts, organize information, communicate more effectively and get their brains un-stuck because in all the ways that count, the dysfunction in my brain works very much the same way as theirs does. I have learned techniques to manage my disability and I can teach those skills to others. What I thought of as a curse most of my life, turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
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My FocusEvery generation is called upon to heal the wounds of past generations, that they could not heal. Generations of child abuse in my family tree ended with me when I put my childhood into proper context, processed the painful memories in a way that emancipated me and then become a parent later in life. My journey was right for my souls growth and character development. It gave me compassion, and a deep and genuine love for people.
There is no future in the past! The shackles are off my feet and now I can dance! I am present and emotionally available to the people around me and "others" focused. I appreciate health, life and relationships on a deep heart to heart level. I am "me" for the first time in my life!
Every person is put on this earth to solve a problem. My journey through illness to wellness educated and prepared me for the work I do now. It is the healers journey that makes the medicine. Systemic Candida yeast overgrowth and Leaky gut are the beginning of disease and the root cause of every chronic illness that plagues us in this century. This is the problem I was meant to solve, first in myself and then to help others. I didn't think I'd live to be 50, but now I feel better in my 50's (physically and emotionally) than I did when I was 20. I could live another 50 years, but honestly, I need to because I just started living!
My FutureHaving discovered my passion and purpose, I started my business in December 2011. As my business has grown and developed into the private practice it is now, I have been challenged to grow with it and that will continue. While living in the present moment and in my personal power, I envision my day, project that positive energy into the world and make it contagious. What I project comes back to me, creating a cycle of positive outcomes that benefit myself and those around me.
Living in the moment has given me a new perspective and way of showing up in the world. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so I don't make lists of things I want to do, and never get to. I just do it. I don't wait until a special occasion to give someone I love a gift. I just do it. Every day is a special occasion and an opportunity to live in the moment. I don't put off living anymore. For 30 years I waited to get my health back and thought of all the things I would do if and when that happened. I am here and my health is restored, so no more lists or waiting. Life happens NOW.
My FunLeisurely pastimes include, riding my horse on the trails in the state park around our mountain top home, sewing and quilting, doing crafts, gardening, playing games with my daughters, watching movies, visiting friends, reading and writing. Recovering our property from years of neglect while I was sick has felt like an almost overwhelming task, but little by little, I am getting it done. Life is simpler now. I finally understand what it is to live the life I want, and want the life I have.
My book"I Kept My Promise" was published in October 2016.
I Kept My Promise is a story that encourages you to overcome obstacles and realize your dreams. I wrote this inspiring true story about the adventures I had with my first horse for people who love horses, but also for horses.
Horses experience the same emotional trauma as children who are abused, neglected and then passed around in the foster-care system. This story encourages people to think of the relationship with their pets as a “til-death-do-us-part” kind of commitment. It encourages you to work through difficulties; seek help when a situation is beyond your ability; and be willing to make changes to yourself that will improve the relationship with your horse.
The story: Lucky dreamed of staying in one place and being loved. Victoria always dreamed of having a horse and riding on the beach. Their souls collided and then connected, creating a roller coaster relationship that took Victoria out of her comfort zone and challenged her in ways she could not have imagined. Together, they endured considerable difficulty and discouragement, but Victoria refused to give up on Lucky. Ultimately, their journey fulfilled both of their dreams beyond measure. Lucky taught Victoria a lot about horses, but he taught her even more about herself. Lucky and Victoria were on national television appearing in the “Gettysburg Battle Field” episode of “Best of America By Horseback” that first aired on RFD TV in May 2006. It was an experience that Victoria would always cherish. (This is a true story. Only the names have been changed.)
I’ve heard it said, “Like Divine appointments, certain people and pets come into our lives at appropriate times to challenge, teach and help us grow." Some days will be really tough and take you out of your comfort zone, but put forth your best effort and don’t give up because the rewards are worth it!
I Kept My Promise will resonate with anyone who loves horses - no matter their age. It is a unique gift for the horse lover and a gift that gives twice. The profits from the sale of this book are donated to horse rescues. It is available at http://www.ikeptmypromise-book.com
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I am living the sequel to this book! I've already written 115 pages and it's nowhere near done. The second book in this series is