Oh hello there!

I’m Bree and I’m so happy to connect with you in this part of the online world.

I guess you want to know a little something about me, hey?

It’s probably why you clicked on the About tab, or what I used to term ‘Starbrite’s Story,’ in years gone past.

It’s so easy to get caught up in one’s story…

and forgetting that it’s so much more than that.

When I get out of my head, giggle at the self-audacity (hence the removal of the term ‘Starbrite’s Story, because hello, let’s stop making it all about me!’), and ultimately realise that the oh-so-important ‘About’ page has EVERYTHING to do with YOU …

Wow, the process to create becomes a thousand times easier.

A complete mindset shift … funny about that!

Less about me and waaaaaaay more focus on YOU!

I see you. I hear you.

Sure, my sharing an element of my story with you is an important step in the process; it allows us to form a connection, build trust and rapport.

Hopefully it gives you a measure of comfort that you aren’t alone in your journey and your health struggles.

But beyond that .. it still doesn’t get you moving from Point A to Point B, which is what I know you so desperately want to do.

I love this quote by Jon Acuff:

 

“The scars you share become lighthouses for people who are headed to the same rocks you hit.”

 

Be the lighthouse, yes, I can regale you with tales of the last 14 years living with Guillain Barre Syndrome, to help you relate, to see that there is light – hope – at the end of the tunnel.

But more than that, what I want to share with you is HOW I got to where I am today.

The all-important road map.

If I’m gonna help you avoid hitting those same rocks I hit, or if you’ve already hit them, help you navigate away from them with as minimal damage as possible, then I’ve gotta give you something more.

Because it’s all well and good for me to wax lyrical about my story, my challenges, and how I’ve overcome them, and end with the classic line “If I can do it, so can you!”

If that last statement isn’t backed up with some sort of tangible process, helpful steps, etc, I don’t know about you, but those statements have frustrated the s*** outta me in the past.

It’s like ‘Great! Yep, I can see you’ve overcome a lot. And I’m truly happy for you. It does give me hope…

But I still have no idea how to move ahead.

AKA – we are back to square one.

We want to get past square one.

To know that even though this massive, life-changing event happened …

You CAN rebuild and love your life again. You CAN kick ass after GBS!

You can make something new and wonderful from a changed reality!

And I’d love to journey with you to help you light your way, find the path, and do exactly that…

THRIVE in life after Guillain Barre Syndrome!

Lighthouse Backstory

For the purposes of the connection we talked about earlier, here is the super quick backstory to how I have come to be here with you.

Absolute health Mack Truck moment in November 2005,

aged 24, when I fell critically ill with the Miller Fisher variant of Guillain Barre Syndrome.

Full body paralysis, optic nerve damage, feeding tube,

narrowly missed the trach (thank goodness!). I was one of the worst cases the treating hospital had ever seen.

Over the next 14 years, through to current day,

I would endure challenge after challenge as chronic full body nerve pain became my new reality. Intermittent paralysis as a daily occurence. Reliant on a wheelchair and walking sticks for the better part of 12 years, until an experimental stem cell procedure was the catalyst for the nerves in my legs to heal enough that I am now completely self-mobile (I don’t do running, let’s just be clear about that, lol!).

I’ve worked the entire time save the first 6 months post diagnosis.

I’ve travelled extensively whilst in a wheelchair. I met the love of my life and got married, and we are now expecting our miracle bubba in early July, 2020!

I’m not saying it’s all been sunshine and glitter and unicorns farting rainbows out their tail end.

Far from it. But a choice I made very early in the piece has served me well … I am not beaten. I am not broken. I am not my past. I can’t change what happened to me, but I have full control over how I choose to deal with it. I am resilient. I am strong. And I am going to thrive in this one beautiful life that I have the privilege of experiencing!

PROFESSIONAL BIO

And if real-world experience of 14+ years isn’t enough, let’s roll out the professional bio (it’s where I get to speak about myself in the third person, still with spirit and sass because I can never be 100% serious, lol!)

Bree Hogan is a Certified Essential Oils Coach, holds a Master Aromatherapy Diploma (ACOA Dip M.aroma), is an internationally certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with specialisations in Gut and Hormone Health, and a Certified AromaTouch massage practitioner.

Oh yeah, and there’s also the 14 years she spent climbing the Corporate Ladder before she realised where her true calling and passion lay.

It only took one massive health Mack Truck to hit for her to start to come to her senses! Bree now leverages her real-life experience and qualifications – all of which she obtained in her quest to better her own life post Guillain Barre Syndrome – to help you cut through the overwhelm and get on the path to rebuilding and living a life you love, despite the challenges of chronic illness.

A Little Note…

You may have landed here thanks to the old Google search with your key word of choice and it pinged my site.

Take that as a sign you are meant to be here, Guillain Barre Syndrome or not.

There is space for you here.

I’m confident that most, if not all, of what I share, will be relevant to you and where you are at in your journey.

Guillain Barre Syndrome is a rare disease, a chronic illness, autoimmune, invisible illness … terms that have become ever prevalent in the last 10 years as society gets sicker and sicker.

The strategies and solutions I share around nutrition, mindset, pain support, relationships, gut health, immunity etc… are no doubt extremely relevant to you or anyone who wants to live a thriving and healthy life.

Simply substitute Guillain Barre Syndrome for your relevant condition and I’m sure you will find the answers you seek on these pages!

Starbrite Warrior

Curious about the origins of this slightly quirky name? 

Hint: Spell it correctly into Google or you could come up with some, erm, dodgier websites, haha!

Starbrite

The middle name I bestowed upon myself at age 5 because my parents, in all their wisdom, didn’t give me one!

All the other children had that all-important middle name; not having one made me stand out.

Little did I know that’s always been my destiny … to stand out …

Because of course, giving oneself a middle name like Starbrite, well, that’s gonna follow you EVERYWHERE!

Warrior

I don’t know the author of this quote, a favourite of mine that I have on my wall as a daily reminder, but I feel it really encapsulates the essence of warrior:

“You were born into this life because you are strong enough to live it.”

The warrior lives within us all. That inner resilience. I’ve had to call on it time and time again when life threw me lemon’s and I’ve been determined to make Lemonade.

No doubt this is also true for you, because you are still here, you are a survivor, you are a WARRIOR!