How My Failing Body Led To Profound Healing & How You Can Heal From Anything Too!

From Sexual Trauma, Physical Abuse & Failing Health to Successful Entrepreneur, and Living My Mission...

How My Failing Body Led To Profound Healing & How You Can Heal From Anything Too!

From Sexual Trauma, Physical Abuse & Failing Health to Successful Entrepreneur, and Living My Mission...

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Create A Lifestyle and Career That Honors Your Body

Hey There!

My name is Kelly "Nerdzilla” Mendenhall. More about my nickname in a moment.

My life story is messy, I didn't have a clear and simple path to this moment. In fact, it was a series of unfortunate events that made this unlikely journey possible.  I grew up in a somewhat normal environment, blue-collar home, college education with Bachelors, and Master's degrees. By all outside appearances, I was on my way to a successful life, career, and future. That was until my body failed me, and I was thrown into a tailspin. I descended into a chronic-pain and illness journey I never expected. Everything changed in a blink, and I had to reinvent myself. I decided to turn my mess into a message, and help others do what I’ve done: create a lifestyle and career that honors the unique needs and limitations of mind, body, and spirit. All while offering


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My Journey Taught Me So Much...

My journey taught me so much. If you are going through any debilitating challenges, health issues like anxiety, depression, chronic pain, other invisible illness, I want to help you find to create your own best life. I want to help you close the chapter of self-doubt, uncertainty, and self-hate, and open a new one with confidence, personal empowerment, and authenticity.  

You should never have to choose between your livelihood and your health, so don't.  It is time to re-create a new version of yourself, find a new path, and become the hero of your own story. 

 

As for Nerdzilla:  

What started as a fun and silly nickname became a tattoo to commemorate a friendship and a large part of my adult journey. Then, when I became suddenly medically disabled in 2017, Nerdzilla seemed a natural choice as a mascot or brand image for my website and blog. Now I’ve built a whole-ass media company, Nerdzilla Media, LLC. 


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Maybe You Can Relate To Some of These Thoughts:

  • My Medical Diagnosis is The End of My Story
  • I'll Never be Normal Again, I am Not Worthy
  • Why Even Try, I'm Finished
  • I Should Just Accept it and Quit
  • I No Longer Have Anything Unique to Share
  • Why Have Hope, I'm Just Existing Now

If so, welcome, you’re in the right place. I too fought thoughts like these daily. I wanted to quit, I created ways out, excuses, and patterns of defeat until I finally decided not to. I decided something had to change.  So, I went to work building my future, starting many ventures including:

  • Personal Coaching:  Individual & Group
  • Professional Writing: Copy, Media, Web, Content
  • Professional Speaking: Podcasting, Interviews and Speaking
  • Proofreading Copy For: Books, Novels, Articles, Websites

You also have a set of skills you can use to re-create your future, regardless of what disabilities or challenges you may face.  My world was turned upside down, but I didn't quit, and neither should you. 


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I Turned My Mess Into a Message, I Became The Hero Of My Own Story.

Here's how we can work together to write the next chapter of your story.

My path, although unwelcome at the time, has become the springboard to creating my most authentic self and living in a way that honors me.  And to tell the truth, I love this new version of me, that wouldn’t have been possible without the pain and suffering.

I suppose it's true, we only grow when we are tested and life’s greatest blessings come in very strange packages.

My New Mission is to Inspire Others to...

  • Choose Your Own Path, One That Aligns With Who You Really Are.
  • Be Authentic, Always Always Be Authentic
  • Create a New Vision, A New Life
  • Become an Altruistic Entrepreneur, Care About Others
  • Find a Career That Fits Your Mission
  • Honor Your Unique Limitations & Find Ways to Win, Regardless of challenges
  • Explore Alternatives to the Normal 9-5
  • And so much more...

I want to help you! Hire me as your coach or join one of my group coaching challenges, now!  You will never regret the day you decided to turn things around and create your own best life.


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My Book Is Here: Skin in the Game

Skin in the Game: The Stories My Tattoos Tell is Kelly Mendenhall’s autobiographical debut as an author. In the book, Kelly tells of the significant events and pivotal moments of her life by way of recounting the stories behind her eclectic collection of tattoos. Those moments include the death of her father as a young girl, surviving the physical and sexual abuse she endured as an adolescent, the gut-wrenching loss of friends who died too young, and so much more.

This book is written for anyone who has ever thought of giving up, anyone needing the inspiration to keep on fighting, and anyone who fears that they are too far gone for redemption. This book is Kelly’s way of turning her mess into a message that inspires others to survive and thrive. 


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  •   Mendenhall is the consummate storyteller, one who bluntly forges ahead and gives you the full story. Her memoir is a fascinating one filled with stories of a life well-led and the tie-ins with her tattoos are marvelous! The tattoos themselves are genuine works of art, and Gilliam's photography ensures you get every nuance of coloring and design strategy.  

  •   We are invited to join in the tears and laughter as Mendenhall establishes vivid color and writes in an evolving voice congruent to her acquisition of wisdom and experience. She can be ribald if needs be, but she is also compassionate. She questions the integrity of foundations and establishments when they put people's well-being to the test. Her occasional use of the F-word can be justified and these are not placed just for kicks or as a badge that she belongs to a defiant generation.  

  •   The simple truth is that there are just too many wonderful anecdotes to cover here, but that just means this is very worthy work and well worth reading. You will enjoy the shared experience, and I thank Kelly for the bravery and strength of character she had to produce this book.  

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Kelly Mendenhall is a Spoonie, Author, Speaker, Coach, and Activist determined to stop Medical Gaslighting from killing and disabling women. 

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What Is A Spoonie?

Hi, I'm Kelly “Nerdzilla” Mendenhall. I'm a Spoonie, Author, Writer, Coach, and activist fighting against Medical Gaslighting and the implicit bias against women reporting pain. I help other magical unicorns, such as myself, build lifestyles and careers that honor their minds, bodies, and spirits' unique needs and limitations.

I'm here today to answer the question: What is a Spoonie?

Answer is:

1   Spoonies are a global community of people living with chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, mental health diagnoses, and anything we might say is an invisible illness.

We self-identify as Spoonies because of the Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino, and I am probably butchering her name.  In short, the Spoon Theory is a way to demonstrate how much energy it takes for a neuro-typical or non-disabled person to do everyday tasks, versus the energy it takes for a disabled or neuro-divergent person to do the same things.

Getting up and getting dressed for work probably isn't something most people think about as being physically taxing or complicated, but for

Spoonies like me, it absolutely can be. Same with things like showering, cooking meals, visiting with friends and loved ones, or just driving ourselves to appointments. A comfortable workday to a non-disabled person may be torture for a Spoonie.

For example, I haven't been able to sit upright for more than 2-3 hours a day for the past 3.5 years. That pretty much rules out any typical or traditional work! So, I've had to reinvent myself and my professional life and earn money from home... mostly while lying down!

I don't see being a Spoonie as a disadvantage, though. I see it as my Superpower. I am a kinder, more compassionate, and empathetic person because of my physical and psychological disabilities.

You can learn more about me, my coaching programs, my book, and my blog by heading over to www.nerdzillakelly.com. Do me a favor and subscribe to this channel! I'll be back soon with more FAQs and product reviews! Stay tuned!






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What Is Medical Gaslighting?

Hi, I'm Kelly "Nerdzilla" Mendenhall. I'm a Spoonie, Author, Writer, Coach, and activist fighting against Medical Gaslighting and the implicit bias against women reporting pain. I help other magical unicorns, such as myself, build lifestyles and careers that honor their minds, bodies, and spirits' unique needs and limitations.

I’m here today to answer the question: What is Medical Gaslighting?

Answer is:

1   If gaslighting in relationships is manipulating someone into questioning their sanity, Medical Gaslighting manipulates a patient into thinking that they are exaggerating their condition. Medical Gaslighting causes a patient more and prolonged pain, putting their well-being or even their life at risk.

Both anecdotal and legal studies suggest that the mistreatment and neglect of female patients reporting pain to medical professionals is not the exception, but the rule. There is an implicit bias against women reporting pain and other chronic symptoms related to invisible illnesses.

Unfortunately, this bias really is a tale as old as time. The word Uterus is rooted in the ancient Greek word, utera, meaning "hysteria." That means that for thousands of years, medical professionals and society, in general, have equated having a uterus with being overly emotional and hysterical.

Medical Gaslighting affects women more often than men, but women of color have it even worse than Caucasians. I know, shocker.

I experienced Medical Gaslighting for more than 3.5 years while trying to find all my health and wellness puzzle pieces. As a result, I nearly lost the use of my legs permanently, among other things. I'm even writing a book about Medical Gaslighting and creating an accompanying podcast. Both are called The Medical Gaslighting Project. I plan to release both in the first quarter of 2021.

To learn more about me and my work to stop Medical Gaslighting, check out www.nerdzillakelly.com.

Thanks for watching! And don't forget to subscribe now. I'll see you next time.






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How To Deal With Gaslighting

Hi, I'm Kelly "Nerdzilla" Mendenhall. I'm a Spoonie, Author, Writer, Coach, and activist fighting against Medical Gaslighting and the implicit bias against women reporting pain.

I'm here today to answer the question: How to deal with gaslighting. In this case, how to deal with medical gaslighting.

Answer is:

1  

Remember: If gaslighting in relationships is manipulating someone into questioning their sanity, Medical Gaslighting manipulates a patient into thinking that they are exaggerating their condition. Medical Gaslighting causes a patient more and prolonged pain, putting their well-being or even their life at risk.

  • Fire your doctor.

    Fire them right now, and ask everyone you know for recommendations on the type of doctor you seek.

    Don't bang your head against the wall, trying to please a doctor who Medically Gaslights you. They are likely a narcissist that hates to be wrong. Doctors know the human body, but we know our bodies.

    It took 2.5 years to figure out why I was losing the use of my legs and arms. Multiple disc ruptures in my spine, a neuromuscular disorder called piriformis syndrome, and a spinal cord crush injury were all playing a role in my pain. It took another year after solving my spine mystery to discover I had severe endometriosis and many other yucky, crazy things happening in my uterus.

    It took this long to discover because five specialists refused to look at anything outside of my lumbar spine, and three denied my request for a full spinal MRI.

    So far, I've had five surgeries, and have one more coming down the pike.

  • My #1 piece of advice for dealing with doctors:

    if they refuse a test or procedure, or some other treatment you request, tell them that you want that noted in your medical charts right there in front of you. Bad doctors don't like paper trails, and they usually change their tune pretty quickly.

    That's all for now! To learn more about all the things I do, visit www.nerdzillakelly.com. Please subscribe to my channel to stay in the know with Nerdzilla ;)






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    Can Chronic Pain Go Away?

    Hey, what's up? I'm Kelly Nerdzilla Mendenhall, author, speaker, writer, coach, and
    activist fighting against medical gaslighting.

    Today I am here to answer the question: Can chronic pain go away?

    Answer is:

    1   I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but: The answer is

    that chronic pain can't go away. Not completely.

    Chronic pain can become better managed and treated so that the patient has the best
    quality of life possible. The patient should attack it from all angles: Diet, appropriate
    exercise, medications, sometimes even psychiatric care -- these things can all impact
    your chronic pain.

    Personally, I follow what I refer to as the dumbed-down version of the anti-inflammatory
    diet. I walk and do cardio by myself, 4-5 days per week. I work with a rehabilitative
    personal trainer twice a week. I see a psychiatrist that specializes in trauma and chronic
    pain patients, of which I am both. I have weekly trauma therapy sessions. I have a
    spinal cord stimulator implant, and I've had two spinal fusion surgeries and two
    abdominal surgeries. Honestly, I should have my own wing at the hospital by now, but
    whatevs.

    I've even had an energy healing session recently.
    I know! I was surprised too!
    I used to be like, "That shit is woo-woo." And now I'm like, "Maybe I like woo-woo. Let's
    give it a shot." I mean, my pain is forever, so what do I have to lose by trying as many
    things as possible to control and manage that pain?

    Take it from me: There is life with chronic pain and illness. That shit is not the end of
    your story! YOU are the hero of your own story, and everybody loves a hero.

    So, don't just accept doom and hopelessness. Try everything you can think of, do some
    research, and try some more. But always be kind to yourself and your body.

    Always operate within the unique needs and limitations of your body and spirit. And
    never, ever, ever, let someone else tell you how your story goes.

    That's it, for now, friends, stay tuned for more Spoonie FAQs and product reviews.
    Nerdzilla, out.






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    Is Chronic Pain A Disability?

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    1   Hey, what's up? I'm Kelly Nerdzilla Mendenhall, author, speaker, writer, coach, and activist fighting against medical gaslighting. Today I am here to answer the question: Is chronic pain a disability?

    The answer is that chronic pain can be a disability.

    I'm no lawyer, so consult a lawyer to be sure you know your rights, but here's what I know to be true.

    If your chronic pain interrupts your ability to do regular-ass, regular-person shit like getting dressed, showering, and bathing regularly. If you can't make it through a work-day without tears from the pain. If attending family functions without leaving in debilitating pain is a thing for you. Your pain is DISABLING YOU and is a DISABILITY.

    You don't have to feel like you aren't disabled because people say, "Well, you look fine." That's ableist as hell. One of my favorite things people say to me is, "So are you better yet?" No, bruh, I am NOT better yet. CHRONIC MEANS FOREVER. I have a longer-term relationship with pain than I have ever had with a romantic partner, so let that sink in.

    I digress.

    If you regularly miss more than 4 days a month of work because of your pain, you are likely considered disabled. Suppose you lose your job because you are physically unable to perform your work duties as laid out in the job description. You may qualify you as disabled.

    If I am describing your life circumstances, and this kind of pain has existed for more than 6-12 months, you're probably disabled. 

    If your pain makes you feel hopeless, helpless, or you have suicidal ideations, you're probably disabled.

    I know these things to be true because these are all circumstances I have personally experienced. And I've talked to literally hundreds, maybe even thousands of others at this point, who have experienced the same.

    Talk to your doctor about whether you should be certified as disabled. Talk to your HR rep about the Family Medical Leave Act and how it protects you against termination due to chronic pain and illness.

    That's it, for now, friends, stay tuned for more Spoonie FAQs and product reviews. Nerdzilla, out.








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    Is Your Doctor Gaslighting You?

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    1   Hey, what's up? I'm Kelly Nerdzilla Mendenhall, author, speaker, writer, coach, and activist fighting against medical gaslighting. Today I am here to answer the question: Is Your Doctor Gaslighting You?

    Get ready, because I'm about to be sassy.

    The answer is that it IS possible that your doctor is gaslighting you. It's not always the case. Allow me to elaborate.

    When a doctor gaslights you, it's called Medical Gaslighting. Check out some of my other videos for a definition of that term.

    Listen, here's what you need to know. All professions have B and C students. Doctors are no exception. Sometimes doctors aren't at their A-game if you know what I'm saying. Or, they aren't familiar with rare diseases, don't have many patients with autoimmune disorders, etc. Sometimes, doctors make innocent mistakes that may or may not be related to their cognitive prowess. That's not gaslighting. That's being human.

    Sometimes, doctors are gaslighting you. For instance, suppose that you tell a specialist that you are experiencing symptoms such as delayed urination, numbness in your extremities, and increased pain after he performs a procedure on your spine. If he tells you, "your bladder has nothing to do with your spine, you need to see a urologist, that's not my problem." ...That might not be the best example because that makes him an idiot and a gaslighter.

    Let's try this:

    I went to see an OB-GYN in February 2018 and told him that my menstrual cycles were debilitating for years. They would cause my back to spasm to the point that I would be rendered immobile. I had breakthrough periods, random spotting, blood in my urine, and things were only getting worse as I got older. I also had rapid weight gain and bloating. 

    He told me that I was fat. He said that my birth control could "only do so much." He said that if I were going to continue being obese, I would keep having the same problems. When I pointed out to him that at that time, I was on 3600mg of gabapentin a day -- a drug known to cause weight gain -- and hadn't been able to walk independently for ten months... he said, "your weight is about 80% what you eat, so you need to change that. And if you're not going to have kids, your cycles will get more painful as you age."

    THAT IS MEDICAL GASLIGHTING. 

    He's also an asshole. And a Maternalist.

    But that's some serious gaslighting.

    Flash forward to September 2020 when a female OB-GYN treated my symptoms incredibly seriously, and ultimately we discovered that I had severe endometriosis, a uterine tumor, polyps in my uterus, and a heart-shaped uterus. Aren't I fun?! My body is so extra.

    So yes, your doctor might be gaslighting you. And if they are, you need to fire them and find a new doctor. And keep doing that until you meet a competent and compassionate caregiver for whatever is ailing you.

    That's it, for now, friends, stay tuned for more Spoonie FAQs and product reviews. Nerdzilla, out.






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