Hi! I'm Monique Addison-Stinson
Picture it, Pensacola 2000
After years of being an overweight, active church goer, I’d finally accepted my call in the ministry. I knew that I was called to minister to ministers but I was hesitant to share this with anyone and began asking myself “who do you think you are?” So, I laid low but began the traditional ministerial journey for the A.M.E. Church because there was no other path; when you accepted your call, you were immediately placed on the pastoral trek. It wasn’t what I was called to do but, it was what it was.
During my studies, I felt out of place. I knew I was not fulfilling my calling. I kept seeing and hearing so many pastors, ministry leaders and upcoming ministry leaders share their health struggles. They weren’t just sharing them, THEY ACCEPTED THEM AS NORMAL! I wanted to say something! I felt helpless. Year after year, I’d hear these stories, see ministry leaders struggle and I felt helpless (and guilty).
I had to do something, but I wasn’t feeling well either. I had been diagnosed with a condition called POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), a form of Dysautonomia and I worked fulltime, I wasn’t sure how I could help. I eventually left the ministry (you knew that was coming). I also began to feel better by incorporating a few lifestyle and dietary changes. Along with incorporating these changes, I went back to school and worked in corporate America but still seeing and hearing about ministry leaders being sick and struggling from nutrition and lifestyle conditions. I’ve taught strategies to help my clients and me improve our health, so I know they can feel better if they did the same thing! Why isn’t someone telling them they can turn their health around?! .... Wait! I’M THE SOMEONE!