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Meet Cherise Pendleton of Positively Well in Orlando

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cherise Pendleton.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Cherise. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My interest in health began when I was a child, watching my mother battle diabetes with its associated disorders and complications, and eventually taking her life.  Having survived cancer twice myself, I’m also no stranger to operating rooms, hospitals, and doctors, and know the value of wellness. I have learned to really appreciate the gift of good health and living life to its fullest.  As a result, helping others find optimal health has been my goal for most of my adult life.

After completing my Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education, I completed my Masters at East Carolina University in Health Education and Promotion, including Ph.D. work in Study Abroad in Sweden studying metabolic disease and a preceptorship with EAHEC.  My certifications include Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (the standard for the medical field), Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP), and a host of other certifications too long to mention. I’ve worked for years with nonprofit organizations and most recently with my own company, Positively Well, Inc., helping my own clients find optimal health in their lives.

My husband and I are the parents of eight children, and proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren (with one on the way)!  They are the joy and love of our life! I enjoy education and can’t get enough of reading, taking classes, and learning. My choice of recreation is running marathons, which involves training twenty to thirty miles per week.  I’m a believer that good health opens doors for fully appreciating all the good things in life.

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey has come with peaks and valleys for sure. As I mentioned, doctor’s offices, hospitals, labs, and surgical centers were a part of my everyday life.  I understand pain, sickness, and debilitating illness. As a result I’ve developed empathy for those struggling with poor health, and can appreciate seeing life from the perspective of both sickness and good health.

To be honest, the biggest challenge I have is convincing people that good health is better achieved by addressing “causes” than treating “symptoms.”  There are ways to eliminate the cause behind pain, chronic conditions and illnesses, and avoid a never-ending list of medications with all the associated side effects.  People are just unaware that the solutions to most of their health problems are actually within their reach. I am helping people find those solutions.

Every individual is unique.  What works for one will not work for another.  While exercise and diet are important, too many people bounce from one fad diet to another without understanding that there is so much more to their “individual” life story.  Properly addressing the needs of each individual involves studying the entire person, their lifestyle, stresses, work and home environments, sleep patterns, etc. Labs and tests are also necessary in identifying the health status of the individual.  Helping people change their way of approaching health is key in closing the gap between being well and just treating symptoms.

What is most frustrating for me is seeing people in pain, suffering from chronic conditions, frustrated with weight or other physical maladies, and not knowing how to rise above and resolve those problems.  Partnering with them and their health care providers to create a wellness plan that works can be challenging, but the results are amazing.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Positively Well story. Tell us more about it.
At Positively Well I help people achieve maximum health and well-being through a scientifically proven protocol and process, uniquely adapted to the individual.  Sometimes solutions are complex, and sometimes they are quite simple. I had one client who was diagnosed by multiple doctors with a debilitating “permanent” arthritic condition requiring serious medications and regular physical therapy.  Running some lab tests revealed a serious allergic reaction to whey protein, a substance regularly consumed by this individual. Within one week following elimination of whey protein in this man’s diet, the arthritic condition vanished along with the medications, side effects, and physical therapy!  It was that simple. Granted, most other solutions require many adjustments, but the fact is that there are solutions! Another client had been suffering for years with debilitating migraines, requiring medication and severe impact on her quality-of-life. After a few months of following our protocol, she is now migraine and medication-free.  The change in her life, and even in her countenance, is truly amazing.

While most clients can achieve complete relief from chronic conditions, all achieve improved quality of life and wellness. When we correct the “imbalances” in the individual, they experience healing and improvement not only with the condition but also in many other areas of health and well-being.

Change takes time, and clients can expect to take four to six months of weekly wellness sessions to implement a wellness plan. Nearly every client will get tested for food and chemical sensitivities, and I recommend a nutritional profile lab as well. Testing is critical in determining individual strategies for health.  

Using current technology, I can connect with clients virtually anywhere via online chat from the comfort of their own homes.  I am also available via email and texts to assist clients with questions and recommendations. I regularly get texts from clients who are at the grocery store, the doctor’s office, etc. Regular support is key to successful wellness programs.  After reaching the desired health outcomes, clients can choose one of several options for receiving continuing help, encouragement and support to maintain the changes that resulted in their health success.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is finding ones special gifts and talents and using those gifts to help and bless the lives of others and make a positive difference in the world.  I believe I have a natural gift for connecting with people, understanding their hopes for improving their lives, and helping them achieve that. When I can bring that level of hope, health and happiness to others, I have been successful.  

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