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Rachel Roller

Resilience is the name of the game. Life has been absolutely magically crazy for me. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah as one of few non-Mormons. From the get go I was already told I wasn’t meant to fit the mold I was born into societally. From a young age I was dealing with recurrent health issues Iike strep, asthma and surgeries. Each time I had to learn to get back up as if this was normal. I played sports, was in the honors track at school, and overall appeared to be a normal child who just happened to get sick often. I learned later on this was not the case.

I carried on with life, survived a drive by shooting, my identity being stolen, multiple injuries, illnesses, hospitalizations, surgeries, and accidents later, and continued to roll with the punches. Then one day everything changed.

When I graduated college, I moved to Australia, magically everything started feeling better. I had one of the best years of my life. After I returned to the states, I was in the ICU within 3 months. I was diagnosed with gastrointestinal issues and food allergies but they could not figure out what was wrong with me overall. After years of trials, procedures, spinal taps, testing, etc. I moved to Colorado for a fresh start and new look on treatment. After a year of being here, I learned I had 20 years of mold exposure and Epstein Barr virus. This literally opened Pandora’s box. My entire life started constantly unraveling and making sense simultaneously.
This lead me down a rabbit hole to figure out what was going on my entire life. All the while, to everyone who could see me. I was a successful, driven woman who had everything she could want.

About 3 months into my dream job, I got in a car accident that injured my back and caused several health flares. 2 months after that I landed in the hospital with a kidney infection. After this, my health started to rapidly decline. I couldn’t keep up with work. I was struggling to get out of bed and function everyday. I couldn’t have noticed a clear thought pattern if it hit me in the face. I somehow proceeded to maintain my work and do everything I could to figure out what was going on with me. I had gone from being so sick, gaining my reality back, to having my body start failing me without proper explanation. Eventually, I lost my dream job and proceeded to get devastatingly sick.

Over the past two years I could not work a 9-5 job. Most days I only had about 1-2 good hours, and they were full of pain and brain fog. However, I still had to make a living. I wrote down every single thing I was good at, even slightly. I made lists and lists and figured out where I could fit in and how I could contribute my story to the world. I knew there was something special to share about everything I had been through.

Now here I sit, two years after that loss applying to speak about what that loss taught me and how i created a career out of a life of illness. I had so many choices. I could have given in to society telling me I needed a 9-5 to survive. I could have given into negative thoughts or doctors telling me i would never recover. was diagnosed with Lyme disease in addition to my EBV and mold toxicity, and i found out when I had that kidney infection, I ended up with antibiotic toxicity and that is why my body was having such difficulties. I started speaking on Instagram regularly about what I was experiencing and gained a following very quickly. I was so thankful for this platform to allow me to connect with people while I was stuck in bed.

I am now a wellness & connection coach and personal chef specializing in modified diets. W I help people get through their every day struggles by normalizing their feelings, create what their dream job is from their skills, and teach people how to manage their lives no matter what life throws their way. There is no cap on your potential. You just have to be determined to use your story to change the world for the better.

There is room for everyone at the table. Take a seat. Be kind. Let’s get shit done.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, September 30

4:45pm MDT