Gwendolyn has an ongoing conversation with autoimmune issues, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, which were triggered by toxic chemical exposure in 2005. She was unaware at the time, and for years following, that she was missing a critical gene that detoxifies strong environmental toxins. She has learned to manage the symptoms quite well by eating a Paleo/ AIP diet and managing stress.
She found early on, while virtually homebound for the first few years of many years of slow recovery, that HOPE is the single most important feeling that is literally necessary to survive a difficult situation.
Gwendolyn, her siblings and her mother are survivors of suicide, following the suicide of her father when she was in elementary school.
She believes anyone can find hope if they choose to use the tools that supply it: authentic faith in God, sincere prayer, breathing on purpose, connecting with people, a terrific sense of humor, good music, and eating very healthy foods.
Her passion for spreading a message of hope began during the first seven months (2005) when she was so ill she could not read, listen to music or watch DVD's to pass the time during the long hours...but she could write a little bit on some days. During those months she began writing about hope, with the desire that others might find hope for themselves. Although she was able to make it to church most Sunday's during that time, the effort to get dressed and interact with people at church left her exhausted for days afterward every time.
Gwendolyn is a wife and a proud mother of three wonderful grown children. She is a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). She is also a writer, poet, songwriter and classical musician, but family always comes first.
She was a soprano with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s official choir for a few years (Tanglewood Festival Chorus), Seiji Ozawa, conductor, and many guest conductors. She also sang with the choir for BostonPOPs, Keith Lockhart, conductor. You may have seen her on Holiday POPs on the A&E channel. She enjoyed her busy singing career and sang with the choir in Carnegie Hall, and summer seasons at the BSO’s summer home, the Tanglewood Music Center. Before her conversation with MCS and subsequent autoimmune disease began, she did frequent solo work, was a soprano with the Utah Chamber Artists for many years, and ultimately sang the leading role of Queen of the Night in Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute”. She occasionally volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at the MTC (Missionary Training Center) for Mormon missionaries.
Most importantly, she is grateful to God, her husband, and children for their help, encouragement and love.