Devin Frizado

Devin Frizado

Certified Life Coach

Certified Shinpiden Reiki Master

Certified Mindfulness Practitioner

Certified in Sleep Medicine

Associate Degree in Electroneurodiagnostic Technology

Specialize in personal coaching with a holistic approach to mindfulness as well as addictions. 

Sober Companion 

I have a quite a long story, so I will tell the short version. I was born in November 1983, I am a red headed Scorpio! I have 2 children: William born in 2003 and Richie born in 2006. I was a single mom for a few years until I met my husband Michael in 2012, we have been married since 2013. We have 2 dogs and a cat. One dog is named Lilly, she is an estimated 20 year old cockapoodle I rescued in 2010; she will probably break the record for the oldest dog ever. We have a 5 year old golden retriever we rescued in 2014. The kitten, Lincoln is our newest addition; although I love cats I do not know what kind of cat he is, so I guess we can call him a tuxedo cat.

I was an Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist; which entails EEG's, EMG's, sleep studies and pretty much all diagnostic tests related to neurology. I have been in this field since 2003. I put myself through school full time and worked as a single mother. Thankfully for my son's first year I lived at home with my parents, so I had very little living costs. We moved out in my second year of school and I had my second son, was engaged and bought a house all before I was 23 years old. Life sure does move fast! As fate turns, I ended that relationship, took my children, got my dream house and now was a single mom to 2 young children. Thankfully, I still had great family support system and a great career.

Fast forward a few years, I became an alcoholic (which is ironic, I left my ex because he was an alcoholic). I met the man of my dreams and married him. I remained an alcoholic increasingly getting worse. Eventually I got so sick I couldn't stand up anymore. I went to the hospital on my youngest son’s 10th birthday while the kids were in school thinking that I needed some fluids and a little rest. I didn't return home for a week. They found pancreatitis, I was malnutritioned and my organs were starting to fail. If I didn't go to the hospital they said my husband may have woke up next to me dead within a few days. Well, the night before was the last time I drank alcohol.

November 17, 2016 is my sober date and it is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. All those things I did in my younger years that made me feel like a supermom was nothing compared to this. So, back to the story… After they sent me home, even though I was not drinking I was not getting better. I fell and couldn't get up. Back to the hospital I went and this time it was 3 hospitals and 2 months before I got home. I became paralyzed on the left side and could not walk, talk or eat. I developed a condition called CPM (central pontine myelinosis) and a lesion on my brainstem. Eventually I started to improve and was sent home in a wheel chair. I am now walking, I was left with some permanent disabilities. For the first year I took a lot of meds to combat my disabilities: neuropathy, depression, anxiety, migraines, high blood pressure and double vision. The meds made me feel like a zombie. Newly sober I was supposed to feel amazing, but instead I was withdrawn and quiet (complete opposite of how loud, energetic and dramatic I have been all my life). I started taking CBD oil and now thankfully I am off all meds. I am not 100%, I might never be, but I am here and my goal is to keep helping people. I do not attend AA meetings (I did once on my 6 month sober date, just to say I did it) but I am involved in several sober groups online. I volunteer in a pantry for anyone who needs the services. I believe everything happens for a reason. I have had a great life. I am a strong woman and have overcome obstacles most people will never know of. I had the world at my fingertips, then I hit rock bottom; I crawled up out of it just so I could grab a hold of life again. I was given a second chance to be a better mom and wife; a better person to everyone around me. I still swear and yell at people while I'm driving, I told you I am not perfect.


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