Rachel Nusbaum of Orchid Story
I have a vivid image of the first time I sat with a pregnant couple to talk about an unexpected finding on an ultrasound. The too bright florescent lighting, the strain in dad-to-be’s face, the pit in my stomach. I was a 23 year old graduate student.
Eight years later, 18 weeks pregnant with my second child, I became that mom in that room. Thrust unwillingly into the dizzying world of pediatric cardiology, we were faced with enormous life or death decisions about the tiny being inside of me, his heart the size of grape.
These are our life stories. As a genetic counselor for over a decade, I’ve sat across from hundreds of women sharing their health struggle. And, I’ve walked this road myself. The data, the test result, the experts. They matter. But the story - and the way we weave it into our identity, our core - is everything.
I believe that we find connection and meaning by sharing these stories. Finding meaning in our losses and challenges helps us make sense of our lives and ourselves. What I do is take you on a story-sharing journey where together we work on tangible ways to find a place for your story to become part of your identity without taking over your life.
By working with me you will gain newfound head space, an energetic shift topped off with a healthy dose of self-compassion. I’m an excellent listener who is intuitive and honest. I wear my heart on my sleeve.
My mission is to bring empowerment to women like you by illuminating your story and by helping you find freedom from it. Yes, this struggle is part of who you are. It is not all of who you are.
You can make the choice to write the ending to your story.