Scholarship Recipient Transforms Body, Mind and Spirit: Gina K’s amazing comeback over Breast Cancer

When one receives a daunting health opportunity, having a strong support system is key. For Gina Klingelhoets of Phoenix, who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, that encouragement first came from her boss. She connected Gina with a holistic wellness coach, who urged her to check out Optimum Health Institute (OHI). A former body builder, Gina had always been conscious of what she ate. She was interested in how OHI offered her not just nutritional support, but classes and fellowship opportunities to nourish her mind, emotions and spirit. The next wave of support came from Gina’s mother. Her mom totally supported her OHI decision, and signed up for a week, as well. They made the 6-hour drive to OHI together and shared a room—and a bathroom.

Her first day at OHI, Gina discovered still another support system. Initially she found the welcoming nature of the OHI community, in her words, “A little bit alarming!” Gina had been a medical researcher, which can be a pretty solitary pursuit. Finding herself in the center of a group of people who warmly welcomed her into conversations and activities at first stretched her outside her comfort zone. Being embraced by the community was a big deal for her, and she soon blossomed into really enjoying and appreciating the closeness.

Her inner “science nerd”—again, her words! — loved learning the biology of the holistic 3-week program. The classes also made her realize she had been ignoring her emotional and spiritual health. When her application was accepted, and she received the gift of the second and third week, Gina said she felt like a huge weight had been lifted off her shoulders. The extra time gave her the healing opportunity to be more forgiving with herself and become a “recovering perfectionist.” Besides helping Gina bring a healthier balance to her life in body, mind and spirit, OHI transformed her relationship with her mom. She is SO grateful for her scholarship, and said it’s already made a huge difference in every possible way. As a reminder OHI’s mission is to transform lives, which we do through our Scholarship Program. In many small and large ways, you can help us provide more Scholarships to people like Gina, for example buying gifts for your friends through The Optimum Health Store generates proceeds for the OHI Scholarship Fund.

The Greatest Gift of Love is the Gift of Healing

The OHI Scholarship Fund was established to help those who have a life-threatening health opportunity and require financial assistance. The OHI community relies on acts of kindness and generosity to support those in need.

Thanks to your support last year, we were able to provide 94 scholarships. Our overarching goal for 2018 is to raise $500,000 in scholarship funds. You can give the gift of healing for those who are ill and in need by supporting the OHI Scholarship Fund by making a:

  • One-Time Donation
  • Sustainable Monthly Contribution

Donate Now!  [link to: http://optimumhealth.org/supportOHI/]

Optimum Health Institute is a non-profit, religious organization. Your donation is tax deductible.

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