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My Experience with The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy

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Today marks my last day of my Functional Medicine Coaching Academy training with my amazing cohort. 

2020 was the right year for me to take on this course for many reasons. Obviously, 2020 was crazy for everyone. Personally I feel very lucky to have had the privilege to interact and get to know some amazing people from all over the globe.

I am sad for it all to end because I feel so connected to my classmates. In March of 2020, I was in a live zoom cohort training when we had the biggest earthquake in my lifetime here in Utah. In July we took my son Theo to Mexico for a Fecal Microbiota Transplant to help reset his microbiome and help his immune system. In November, I left an amazing, high paying job so I could work from home and help with Theo more. In December, my son and I were rear-ended by a truck traveling 50 mph. We also had the Covid-19 Pandemic that we have all been dealing with. In many ways this last year felt like 10 years wrapped up into one but I feel like I have extended my family. 

I have learned that our interpretation of the world can only really be seen when we have the courage to stop and analyze ourselves with people who are willing to challenge us with love. 

One of my favorite quotes says: 

“There can be no transformation in the world, unless there is transformation from within. It is our responsibility to bring about a radical transformation within ourselves."

- Krishnamurti

I have witnessed change within my new friends and within myself. It really is an honor to be a part of this experience. So many of my friends held me in tough and challenging moments with incredible tenderness and care. My friends have given me space to be emotional and allow me to expose my vulnerabilities. I have had a year of counseling with my cohort. 

The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy gives you an outline of food plans, lifestyle medicine, hormone management, the management of chronic illness, etc. There are many alternative modalities that I feel like I will spend my life exploring that were introduced to me by this program.

Thank you Corale for your incredible kindness, we were all sad to see you leave the cohort.

Thank you Anne B. for helping me be more comfortable with cooking veggies and always being my biggest cheerleader on social media. 

Thank you Diana for coaching me through some of the most difficult times in my recent life experiences. Next time I will provide the helmet for the off-roading.

Thank you Fisher for being my only other male counterpart in the course and for your wise, zen, sage demeanor. 

Thank you Kelly for validating one of the biggest premonitions that I have ever received in my life, but more importantly for being an example of doing the hard work.

Thank you Anne G. for empathizing with me and relating with me on changing employment and staying true to your intuition. Your strength gave me strength.

Thank you Lindsey for having the courage to be my true friend and challenging my thought processes. You also held me with so much incredible care after the emotional FMT procedure. 

Thank you Leslie for showing us all such incredible courage in facing real chronic illness. 

Thank you Tammy for being my new adopted Relative. Your love for your kids and your grandchild is an example to us all. 

Thank you Olympia for your sense of adventure and for your example of professionalism + fierceness. Someday I will make it to Alaska to see the bears. 

Thank you Laura for always checking on me and showing true compassion to everyone. 

Finally, thank you Holly for leading the way. This course will always hold a special place in my heart and memory. 

I don't want to say goodbye, so I will just say: See ya all later. Let me know when you are in Utah. 

Your forever friend

Shawn Blymiller

Check out the course here:

https://functionalmedicinecoaching.org/

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