We are Courtney & Christina Maiorino (sisters!) who've both dealt with various acute and chronic conditions that left us feeling less than our best. Eventually, we decided we needed to turn things around. Christina studied pre-medicine, while Courtney studied holistic and integrative health, wellness and nutrition. Combining our life experiences with our education lead us to create The Thrive Effect: a health and lifestyle coaching practice and movement that empowers chronically ill patients to thrive in all aspects of their lives and integrate both traditional and complementary therapies into modern medicine. We are passionate about helping those who live with illness and want to help change the way the world views true health.
Courtney & Christina
After years of ups and downs with our collective health, we came to an important realization: thriving with illness (instead of fighting it) is crucial in finding true health and happiness. Here are our words of wisdom when it comes to thriving (not just surviving) in mind, body and soul while living with an illness (or accepting any of the not so good things in life!).
Meditate: sit in a quiet space, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Meditation is great for calming the mind, relieving stress, increasing creativity and building self-confidence.
Express Gratitude: reciting positive affirmations, keeping a gratitude journal and saying a simple thank you are all ways that you can express gratitude! Consciously expressing gratitude helps us to stay present and reminds us that, while we might want more, we have all we need in this moment.
Have a Positive Outlook: what you think, you become. Your thoughts have a direct affect on the health of your body. Trying to stay positive when dealing with life’s obstacles is so important when striving for overall health.
Love Yourself: through everything – the good, the bad and the ugly. Living with an illness can lead to a lot of self-esteem issues. Learning to truly love yourself for who you are (including your disease) is empowering and can change your life.
Stick to whole, natural foods: choosing to eat foods in their most natural state will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function at its best.
MOVE: find a form of movement that you enjoy and that makes you feel good. For some people, running or lifting weights is their exercise of choice; for others, long walks or playing tennis is just what they need. Keeping your body moving helps to maintain a healthy weight, makes you happier and increases energy!
Do what you love: search for what makes you happy and what you feel in your heart that you’re called to do. It could be what you do for a career, or what you do when you get home after a long day of work. Either way, integrating things we love into our lives makes our days more fulfilling and helps us find a sense of purpose.
- Remember that you are more than your illness: remember who you are outside of a medical chart, the medications you take or your diagnosis. You are also so much more than that. Mother, father, sister, brother, runner, artist, foodie, dancer, athlete, daughter, son, singer – these are the parts of us that matter most.
These are the principles that we have built our lives on. Living by these words every day have helped guide us on our path to thriving with our illnesses. We truly believe that integrating these wellness practices into daily routines can empower those who are chronically ill in all aspects of their lives. In doing so, we give ourselves the chance to truly thrive - what a wonderful gift that is!
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