Hello I’m Kathy Banegas and I’m the Founder & CEO of The Healing Gem. I wanted to share my story with you all.
I am 35 years old and live with my 3 kids, hubby, 3 cats, 1 dog and 1 goldfish in San Gabriel, California. I am born and raised in Los Angeles and both my parents are from a small Central American country, El Salvador. My first language is Spanish because both my parents only spoke Spanish and even as a kid I remember translating for my parents.
In 2012, I reconnected with my high school friend Dennis through Facebook. He had gone through so much since he’d been in battle in Iraq for 28 months. As adults we had an instant connection and fell in love. Then in 2013 we got married. We planned a small backyard wedding because my mom’s breast cancer had returned and I knew she didn’t have much time. I could not have my special day without her being a part of it.
In 2014, I lost my mom to breast cancer. It has changed my life completely. She was my best friend and her loss has been unbearable. Through 2014 I suffered from severe depression and anxiety attacks. Sometimes going through days where I would mentally plan my death. I tried every medication possible but it just all made me feel so numb and slow. So I began looking for something that could help me in a more holistic way. That’s how I found crystals!
Crystals gave me a sense of peace. I am that person that gets sweaty palms when I’m around a lot of crystals and I can feel their energy. Not only did crystals start to change my own life but also my husband’s. His PTSD improved so much. I felt I couldn’t keep this crystal amazingness to myself and that is how The Healing Gem was born.
I have to tell you I still struggle with my depression and anxiety on a day to day but holding my crystals, putting them in my bra, burning sage, making Moon water all of these things keep me sane and happy. I’m so happy to be able to share all of this with you.