AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, NLP Certified Life Coach & Author
Hello. I'm Mari Joanne' Dionne (pronounced Mah~REE Jo-NAY Dee-AHN). I am the owner, designer and author of The Captains Lady, which is the name of my legally registered business here in the Southern Puget Sound area of Washington state. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with an affinity toward medieval times and places. I love the simple things in life. Give me a steaming cup of tea, a good book, the smell of the sea in the air, and my cat by my side.
I am also a Highly Sensitive Person. Meaning, not only was I was born into my own family, but also into a unique sect of the population that experiences life through the senses more highly than others do. I often found myself sitting in my doctor's office symptoms I did not understand. My doctors did not understand them either and I often felt like a guinea pig for the latest experimental drugs, which always, in my case, created far worse symptoms than what I was taking them for.
In 2005, after having long suffered crippling anxiety (including agoraphobia for 10 years) and, later, severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome (for an overlapping 5 years), I was desperate to find something that would help me to feel better. Something natural. I was far too sensitive to prescription drugs.
I began researching natural, old world remedies and found them. Oh, I didn't find them right away. It took some time. Trying to figure out what was wrong with me to begin with and, then, trying to figure out what to do about it was sort of like trying to put a 10,000 piece puzzle together without the puzzle box lid (with the pretty picture on it) to refer to, but I kept at it and found answers. I found natural remedies that had little to no side-effects. I was ecstatic!
There was no more gripping the sheets in the middle of the night because I tried to eat a few crackers, baby food (seriously) along with a cup of bland tea. My irritable bowel was gone with just one natural remedy that I continue to use to this day. And, the anxiety and panic, gone! Furthermore, I finally understood why others seemed to be unaffected by seeing road kill while I was still trying to get over the 'hurt' of seeing some poor creature lying smashed to unrecognizable bits on the side of the road. I am a Highly Sensitive Person, after all.
Now, I share natural, old world remedies for relieving stress related symptoms with others, so they don't have to go through what I did and, if they are, they can understand their overlapping conditions and relieve their symptoms naturally.
For 13 years I have provided Highly Sensitive People information about the trait of sensitivity and how to go about using natural remedies when being highly sensitive hurts, including helping sensitive people living with Herpes Simplex Virus to put herpes in remission.
In the past, I was gainfully employed as, both, a nutritional weight loss counselor and behavioral management facilitator for two of the world's leading weight loss centers, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem.