I’m Megan McGrane. I am in the relentless pursuit of health and happiness. I am an autoimmune warrior, physician assistant, and integrative health coach.
I help busy women reach their health goals while they balance health, career, family, and fun. I also specialize in working with other women dealing with autoimmune disease. I want to help you to be your healthiest, happiest self. My practice is all about eating real, nutritious foods, doing daily movement that feels good, and engaging in mind-body work to bring your life into alignment.
I have struggled with Eczema, Psoriasis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Gluten Intolerance, and Reynaud’s disease for over half of my life. I spent years in my 20's going from doctor to doctor, not understanding why I never felt well and why my physicians didn't have any recommendations to help me get my healthy life back. They told me that even though I had persistent symptoms like joint pain, daily headaches, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain and painful skin conditions all of my conditions were in a "watch and wait" pattern that didn't necessitate treatment. Well, I was tired of watching and waiting while a healthy life passed me by. So, I decided to take control of my own health using the knowledge I acquired through ten years of higher education with my medical training, my exercise physiology background, and integrative health coach training. I am my own patient, coaching client, and all around guinea pig for each of my recommendations.
My goal is to help other women skip over all of the heartache, trial and error, and pitfalls I faced on this journey. I have made it my mission to help other women heal from the inside out. By making strategic dietary and lifestyle changes I have been able to reign in my autoimmune disease symptoms and continue living a full and vibrant life. I want to help you do this too.
University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor’s Of Science Degree, Health and Rehabilitation Science, 2006
Master’s Of Science Degree, Exercise Physiology with a Focus in Research, 2007
The University of Medicine And Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers University)
Master’s of Science, Physician Assistant Studies, 2012
The Institute For Integrative Nutrition
Certified Holistic Health Coach, July 2014
**Information on this blog is not to serve as medical advice. These posts are my opinions and general thoughts on all things health related. I may be a clinician, but I'm not YOUR clinician, so be sure to ask your physician, PA or NP if you have questions surrounding your health or medical condition. **
Are you an autoimmune warrior?
Welcome to the club. Over 50 million Americans deal with autoimmune disorders each year, the majority of whom are females of child-bearing age. There are well over 80 diagnoses which are classified as autoimmune disorders. Shockingly, autoimmune disease is one of the top ten causes for morbidity and mortality in women of all ages under 64 years old. Despite this statistic many people are still unfamiliar with the term "autoimmune" and with autoimmune disorders.
Just a few autoimmune disorders you may have heard of are:
- Crohn's Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Lupus (SLE)
- Reynaud's Disease
- Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
- Graves Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Myasthenia Gravis
So what IS an autoimmune disorder? This group of disorders is caused by the bodies’ own immune system, gone awry. The body begins to attack itself (or specific parts of itself) in each of these disorders. Some of the attacks are through known mechanisms and others by mechanisms that we are yet to fully understand.
This means that in this day and age, we still can not figure out what is the root cause of most of these disorders although we know there is a strong genetic component behind many of them. While these diagnoses can affect all organ systems in the body, the common thread is the basic mechanism that the body is attacking itself. Currently, there are not many curative treatments for autoimmune diseases and most of these diagnoses are managed on a symptomatic basis. This can leave patients with many questions and concerns that are hard to answer.
In my experience, there are not many positive resources for those dealing with autoimmune issues. Medical websites will give you statistics and figures. But I know that while I was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune disorders, I struggled to find resources that were credible, positive and emphasized living an abundant life with your diagnoses. That is why I created this website. For you. For me. Welcome.
We are the autoimmune warriors. We will fight to make our lives healthy, happy, and abundant with autoimmune disease. I am here for you to lean on. If you are dealing with an autoimmune diagnosis, I want this to be a helpful place for you to turn for information, for support, for community, and for encouragement. Reach out, make connections, ask questions.
NIH Autoimmune Statistics