I am an only child and just a wee bit spoiled. My life was fairly “normal” for the first 14 years. I was a pretty good student, a dancer, a bit rebellious, and boy crazy. Not much to blog about there.

I am a survivor. The summer prior to my Sophomore year of high school was a real game changer. One morning just after breakfast, while on vacation in Florida, my brain began to hemorrhage. The symptoms started slowly and after an hour or two I had lost all control of the right side of my body. Thanks to a great EMT team and a very gifted neurosurgeon (he was not nearly as cute as Grey’s Anatomy’s Doc McDreamy, but just as effective) I survived after 6 hours of intense surgery. My rehabilitation took months and is still an ongoing process years later (we don’t need to discuss just how many years, right?).

I am a graduate. Over time, I learned how to adapt to life without the use of my right hand (did I mention I used to be right handed?) and limited strength and movement in my right leg. My dancing and show choir days were over, at least how I knew them, but I learned to adapt and channel my efforts into horseback riding where I could still “dance” with the help of 4 very strong legs. I graduated with my class and went on to obtain a Masters of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a degree that enables me to practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

I am a wife and mom. In January 2006, I met the man of my dreams and married him that Fall. We have a beautiful daughter and a very spunky and cute son.

I am a breastfeeding advocate. My personal experiences and obstacles inspired me to become a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and I hope to work towards becoming an IBCLC in the future.

I am crunchy. My husband and son’s allergies have prompted us to strive for an organic lifestyle. This journey is not a simple one due to decades of poor eating habits and an addiction to quick and easy cleaning gadgets and products, but we are striving daily to rid our home of chemicals and toxins. In this journey, I was introduced to Essante Organics, a direct sales company that produces organic, raw, and chemical free products for all aspects of daily life. I fell in love with their vision and mission and made the decision to become an Essante Executive.

I am an equestrian. I continue to love horses, although I’ve adapted my goals a bit. I no longer strive to compete in the show ring, but simply enjoy my horses as a hobby that provides me with a bit of “me” time each week.

…and in all of these things, I have learned to adapt.

Cristine Pyle MS, CCC-SLP, CLC



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