“When I was 20, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. The biggest thing that helped me to recover and get back to my normal life was the belief that if I set my mind to it, I can do anything, regardless of what other people might say. Right when my classmates were all graduating from college, I was still finishing chemotherapy and having my final surgery. My parents, doctors, friends and mentors all encouraged me to rest and take at least another six months to recover, but I knew if I didn’t go back to graduate college that year, I never would. Since then, my life has been a series of experiences in which people tell me that something’s probably not possible, and I, respectfully, prove them wrong. From graduating with honors, to working for Senator Claire McCaskill on Capitol Hill, to eventually starting my company,Unbound, to help change social norms with a team of incredible women. Every step of the way I was told that my goals were impractical or overly ambitious, and with every step, I chose to ignore those assertions and trust my instinct instead. It is this unyielding resilience and trust in our own abilities that allows women to build professions and careers. Every time someone tells me, ‘No, you can’t,’ I look them straight in the eye and say, ‘Yeah? Just watch me.’”-Polly Rodriguez.
When you know something isn’t right, explore other option.

“One of the best things I did for my health was to clean up my eating habits. It made a huge change in my lifelong allergies. Ever since I was a child, I had terrible daily allergies. Oftentimes, I didn’t know if I was sick or if I just had bad allergies and wondered if I should go to school or not. I would be on allergy pills, nose spray, an inhaler and, later on, allergy shots two to four times per week. All of this barely helped! There were many days where my runny nose woke me up, so I would reach over first thing to take an allergy pill. After eschewing meat and dairy products, and going on a simple elimination diet for a year, I was able to curb my allergies, and I’ve been off daily medication for years. I’m grateful that after all these years, I’ve been able to combine Western medicine and holistic solutions in a way that yields results. Finally, I feel great!”

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