Updated: Mar 16, 2020
Here at Genuinely Natural it's not only my goal to educate and assist people with living a healthier, more natural life with natural remedies and treatments, but to also encourage new ways of thinking and see things around you.
Welcome to the story of me!!
My name is KJ Harvey. My husband, Ron, and I started this venture after years of let downs by the medical community. With my husbands health concerns (I'm sure he will fill you in on those later) and my accident (I'll get to that in a second), we had our eyes opened completely and what we saw we didn't like.
I have been in the medical field in some capacity or another since I was 16 years old. I started in the kitchen of an assisted living facility, then went into activities, and eventually became a CNA myself. From there I went on to become a nurse and worked in many different settings, lastly being a correctional facility.
While it doesn't sound at all appealing, I thoroughly enjoyed it. For the first time I truly knew what it meant to judge not and to be open to seeing people as people and not their actions. It was a truly liberating experience. Because I did not treat the inmates as criminals and instead like people, I was seen as someone they could open up to and because of that I was able to help a lot of people with the internal struggles that they had.
What led me personally into the holistic side of medicine came on July 4th, 2017. I had an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury that prevented me from being able to return to my duties at the correctional facility.
The experience overall opened my eyes to what it was like to be on the patient side of the medical system.
And what I saw was enough to turn me away from modern medicine forever.
I went to multiple doctor, physical therapy, and neuropsychology appointments every week for months. I know had seizures, had to have special lenses put in my glasses so that the light was refracted a certain way, and pain (oh boy did I have pain).
My accident was a slip and fall to the edge of a short table, no higher than 16 inches off the ground. I hit the base of my skull right at the joint where it met the neck with enough force to create what they call a "coup-contrecoup."
That means that my brain got shaken around with enough force that, not only did I receive damage at the site of impact, but also the entire distance through my brain to the opposite side. So, I hit in the back, and it went all the way through to my frontal lobe.
That being said, I did mourn the loss of my former self. It was hard at first to believe that I was no longer capable of some of the things I was before, or how hard it had become to do them.
But not once do I look back on that day (or what I can remember of it) and see it for anything less than a BLESSING.
I had my eyes opened to a world I had been oblivious to.
After the fifth neurologist refused to see me, stating that I had nothing more than a concussion and they didn't think that I needed to be seen (that's right, even after knowing about the seizures), and one conversation with Ron about CBD oil and I was off.
I refused to go back to another allopathic practitioner and decided to take my wellness into my own hands....