Leslie Parran, MS, RN, FMCHC, AOCN, BMTCN is a Functional Medicine Health Coach, registered nurse with a master’s degree in oncology and is certified as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse, Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse, Certified Gluten Practitioner (CGP), and Essential Oils Coach. Leslie is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National nursing honor society, the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy Alumni, the Oncology Nursing Society, Women’s Health Leadership Trust, and the American Holistic Nursing Association.
My story is that as a nurse, and as a woman with an active lifestyle, I thought that I was relatively healthy. After giving birth to and raising 4 children with my husband, a full-time nursing job, I started to experience Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, then arthritis. I thought, “How can this be happening to me and how can I feel better, move better? What can I do to manage my health more naturally and avoid the side effects and complications of toxic anti- inflammatory medications? How can I improve my health to be present and active for my children and grandchildren?”
I came to realize that a lot of my health started with investing in me and not just relying on traditional medicine practices. I explored opportunities to understand and improve my health piece by piece. I learned through genetic testing that I was gluten sensitive, so went gluten free. I saw some remarkable improvements in my symptoms. I had also developed arthritis, which impacted my mobility. I knew it was time to make peace with my own body and figure out what was causing the inflammation. I wanted to find ways to positively impact my future, and prevent diseases that were in my family history such as colon cancer, other autoimmune disease, and heart disease.
What an interesting journey! At first, I struggled with reconciling my traditional nurse training with a functional medicine approach. My nurse training and experience with traditional medicine approaches were most often a pill for every ill. I started to watch docuseries, review research, study gluten sensitivity and essential oils, and holistic nursing, and ultimately decided to get a certificate in Functional Medicine Health Coaching through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.
I also sought out my own personal functional medicine practitioner and have been working on ways to improve my health, heal my gut, and reduce inflammation. I learned that my thyroid medication was causing some issues as it was not gluten-free. I also used other integrative therapies such as Acupuncture, meditation, and essential oils to manage pain and reduce stress. Getting coaching along the way and studying the impact of coaching helped me to reduce my arthritis and thyroid symptoms and improve my overall health. Now as a health coach, I would like to support clients in achieving a higher level of wellness peace by piece.