Hi There!

 

 

 

I’m Barbara Childs  

                                     Certified Life & Weight Loss Coach

     

 

 

 

  

 I will show you how to use one of the most powerful tools in the world — your mind — to make your dreams come true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
I am so happy to be here with you. 

 

About Me

 

My Own Vulnerability Journey

In my prior career, I was a Registered Nurse working in many different areas of healthcare from ICU, Cardiac, Pediatrics, and then I moved into case management.  I worked with high risk Medicaid members with conditions such as HIV, Sickle Cell, Hepatitis, and many mental health disorders to include schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression and suicidal ideation. I then had the opportunity to become a worker's compensation case manager which exposed me to the devastating injuries that in just one moment in time, can destroy a life with the collateral loss being the lives of the injured workers family.  I definitely felt very vulnerable with the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure of not just my patients, but of myself as I seem to have an overload of compassion in my nature. It was a very fine balance.
But before I worked with these conditions in my patients, I spent three years in my 30's taking care of my own son.  
Daniel was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. I will never forget that day. When the doctor told me Daniel has Leukemia, my very first thought was "I can't cry, I can't show my feelings or my worry, I have to show up for my son." My vulnerability turned into my courage to tackle whatever was before us. I also had three other children that I had to worry about. We lived in Las Vegas and in 1985 there were no pediatric oncologists in Las Vegas, so I was given four hours to pack my bags and be back at the hospital to be flown to UCLA via Flight For Life. I was alone with my son, I was fearful for his life, but I somehow reached deep down inside and found the fortitude, courage and bravery for what we were about to face. I was extremely blessed that my parents also lived in Las Vegas and cared for my other three, my parents were always there for me.
Daniel went into remission, but we spent the next 10 years battling Meningitis, Polio, Hepatitis C from transfusions he got, and we continue to deal with epilepsy from the meningitis and post-polio syndrome. He is now 40 years old, lives at home with us and my entire family survived a little ragged, but much better people for everything he went through. My marriage had not done so well, but through everything, my main focus was my son, my other kids, and myself. I stood up to anyone that would try to suck the energy from me. Including doctors, nurses, special education teachers and physical therapists.
Brene Brown said it best 'When the barrier to vulnerability is about safety, the question becomes, Are we willing to create courageous spaces so we can be fully seen?"
We did, and we continue to be fully seen. I call it "The Road Less Traveled", which is what you have to do to save a life at home or at work... including your own.
In my past when I was only 11 years old, my father who was a State Department Diplomat, was transferred to Beirut, Lebanon with our entire family. From 1965 to 1969 I lived in this beautiful and friendly country only to have been shaken by a war in 1967, the Arab-Israeli War. We left the country for 30 days and when we returned, reality hit me that life isn't always so great, in fact, life can be brutal. I learned to have so much compassion for the many refugees in Lebanon and their plight broke my heart.
Later on in my life, I volunteered under the flag of NATO to serve our active duty members during Operation Joint Endeavor - IFOR in Bosnia and Croatia. I also encountered many refugees, sadness and loss of life. With all this, my life became dedicated to being aware of the people around me.
 
It's not about religion or gender or nationality... it's about being human, which we all are and must never forget.

 
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