I (Anthony Crosby) feel safe in saying everybody has struggles. Sometimes, these struggles come in the form of external challenges, sometimes the battle is internal, and sometimes it’s a mixture of both. However, even though this reality is something we all experience, going through specific trials can often feel like the loneliest times in someone’s life. Fear, guilt, shame, and even embarrassment can easily overcome a person, preventing them from seeking out the help and care they may need. As we’re about to see from today’s featured guest, there are times when it takes courage and a readiness to improve for someone to take the necessary steps to work through struggles, even when those steps may take us outside of his/her comfort zone.
This week, we’re joined by Spring Creek’s Erica Garrison. Erica is not only a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters, but she also operates her health-based supplement business which provides her customers with the natural/plant-based boost they need for their everyday life. Through her products and business, Erica is a big proponent for CBD (cannabidiol) and educating others on its benefits because, as you’re about to read, it played a role in her own story of overcoming an eternal hardship.
“My husband and I lived here for five years before we had our first daughter and moved to Idaho. After two and a half years, we moved back here and bought a house in Spring Creek.”
“After my first daughter was born, I suffered from postpartum depression. I didn’t know that’s what it was at first because I didn’t feel like many people talked about it. I had it really bad, and I hid it for almost two years; nobody knew about it or what I was going through. However, four months before I had my second daughter, I texted my mom and husband to tell them because I didn’t know if it was going to get worse after my second pregnancy.”
“After talking with them, I was feeling fine until we moved back to Elko that second time. I felt secluded because I was in the house all day with two kids, and I fell back into the depression. I actually felt like it got worse; when I would take the kids out, my chest would get tight. I started researching different things for my anxiety. I looked into CBD and knew a lot of moms were doing it. I pushed off trying anything until I realized I had to do something, so I went to the doctor, and she prescribed me a mood stabilizer.”
“My mother-in-law wanted me to look into a business she was doing, which had to do with CBD and different enzymes. My mom and I looked into it, and finally, I started taking the CBD and noticed a drastic difference. However, I was still on the mood stabilizers, so I went in and talked to my doctor about maybe getting off them. She told me she wouldn’t recommend it because it was in the middle of Winter (when people tend to feel down more easily), but she let me get off them a month earlier than we planned.”
“Since then, I feel like a different person! I still take the CBD in the morning and at night, and I want people to know about it because it’s worked for me and so many other people.”
Thank you for being so open about your story, Erica! Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. For some people, when they hear about something that has to do with “cannabis,” they associate it with certain things. What would you like to say to them about the subject?
“There is a group of people who don’t want anything to do with CBD because it’s in the “weed” family. I was like that at first, too. However, you’re not going to get high from it. I’m a stay at home mom, and I don’t just sit around and get high all day while my kids do whatever they want. I really like it because I’ve seen the difference it’s made in many people’s health, especially mine.”
Thank you for explaining that to us, Erica. What else can you tell us about your work?
“I try to help people with their enzymes to get their gut right, which is like a second brain. This helps because most of the food we eat is processed, so we’re not always getting the nutrients we need; even when you cook vegetables, you’re killing most of the enzymes.”
Erica, what you do is inspired by your testimony and the depression you had to work through. I’m sure there are women reading this article right now who can relate to some of the feelings and experiences you’ve brought up. Why are you now open to talking about your past, and what would you say to the moms out there who are feeling/have felt the same way?
“I do talk about this now, and I feel better about talking about it because I don’t think many people are talking about it. Women may feel like they can’t talk about it, and that sucks. I know when I was going through it, I didn’t think I could bring it up because I feared somebody would come and take my kids away. However, it’s not something we can really control on our own. Before my depression, I was never the person who couldn’t get out of bed; however, I turned into that person, which is what made me seek help. I wish moms would tell me they need help, especially if they’re living here in Elko away from family, without really knowing anybody. I understand where they’re coming from.”
“It’s a dramatic change going from working all the time to being a stay-at-home mom. I went from working since I was fourteen to staying at home at thirty-one. Your job changes! Sometimes you have no communication with adults, and sometimes you want to go get a “real job” because you feel like you need to be helping your family out, but you are helping your family out!”
What else do you want our readers to know, Erica? Why does all this matter to you so much?
“I truly want to educate people because I didn’t know any of this stuff before my depression. I didn’t know our bodies needed enzymes or CBD. I want them to know because I care. Everybody knows somebody with health issues, and sometimes we’ll just put “band-aids” on our issues instead of being honest with ourselves and getting to the root of our problems.”
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