As Carina Rockland can testify, good health is something to never take for granted. At the tender age of twenty, she was so debilitated by painful Crohn’s disease that she felt trapped in the body of a ninety-year old. A 2012 graduate of the Health Coach Training Program and resident of Montague, Massachusetts, Carina has since taken control of her health and is now achieving incredible new academic and professional accomplishments.
Taking advantage of Integrative Nutrition’s partnership with Goddard College, she is currently completing the senior year of her Bachelor’s degree, has enrolled in a massage therapy program, and is writing a book about integrative approaches to Crohn’s disease. Her perseverance and commitment to improving the lives of others who struggle with chronic pain is an inspiration!
What were you doing prior to enrolling at IIN?
I had recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease after years of struggling with its symptoms and misdiagnoses. In the three years prior to enrolling at IIN, I underwent a devastating six-week hospitalization and five surgeries, which almost took my life and two years of being completely homebound. I was dangerously underweight, so malnourished that large clumps of my hair began to fall out, and was experiencing relentlessly acute abdominal pain and intestinal bleeding. I was twenty years old, but I felt like I was trapped in a ninety year-old’s body.