In March of 2015, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

The average age of the person diagnosed with CML is 65. I was 35. I lost so much weight leading up to and throughout treatment that I was a shell of my former self. When it got to the point that I had no energy to hold my then 1-year-old son for more than a few minutes, I was determined to take control and regain the strength that cancer had taken from me.

I told my oncologist that I wanted to return to my previous level of fitness, including taking supplements to fast track my progress, but he wouldn’t allow it, as my kidneys and liver were being taxed too heavily by my treatment. If I wanted to fully fortify myself, he explained, I’d have to find my supplements where they naturally occur: in natural, unprocessed foods.

From then on, I geeked out on nutrition.

I read every article I could find and began my own system of meal preparation. Unfortunately, my meals were repetitive— and, frankly, bland— because I only knew how to make a few things. I found it was a chore not only to prepare them but to eat them as well. I knew it wasn’t a sustainable system for me.

At the same time, my cancer diagnosis had triggered an overwhelming desire for more meaning in my life. I wanted to inspire and motivate others to live a healthy, active lifestyle while making it as easy as possible for people to reach their goals. This desire for both physical and spiritual nourishment inspired me to create Soli.

Soli is the plural of “solo.”

To us, it’s the moment when the individual strength of one person combines with the individual strength of another to create a singular path to wellness. At Soli, we combine your personal power with intentional nutrition and wellness support to help you create and live your best life.

No matter what your goals, Soli has a way to help get you there. I am proof that you don’t have to be an extreme, “ultimate” athlete to live a healthy lifestyle and you don’t have to go it alone.

Through Soli, I hope to prove that to you, too.