Hello, I’m Megan McGrane. I am in the relentless pursuit of health and happiness. I am an autoimmune warrior, heath coach, and physician assistant. 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 disorders.
After spending years dealing with autoimmune disorders, completing a Division I volleyball career, earning two Master’s Degrees and starting my career practicing emergency medicine, I realized my true calling was to share what I know about health with other busy, driven women. 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 for your body, and engaging in mind-body work to bring your life into alignment.
I am an Autoimmune Warrior. I have struggled with Eczema, Psoriasis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Gluten Intolerance, and Reynaud’s phenomenon for years. In fact, I have had many of these issues for over 10 years. I have spent a decade researching learning, and experimenting with ways to keep myself healthy. I spent years going from doctor to doctor, not understanding why I never felt well. 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.
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. **
Have you ever heard of a health coach? Are you tired of feeling 'blah' and need help getting a little spring in your step? Do you want to identify your top health goals and have guidance in how to get there? Do you struggle with Autoimmune Disorders and want to improve your health?
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 diagnoses, 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.
We are autoimmune warriors.
NIH Autoimmune Statistics