Some of you may or may not know that I have MS. I’ve shared it in my book, Moving Through Opened Doors, but other than that I tell people If it “comes up”. I’m not sensitive or private about it, its just not something that I let define me. Today I just felt the need to share because I believe there is something in my testimony that may help you.
I always talk about the Pooka story and how the business started because I got sick. Drs. couldn’t find anything wrong with me so, I decided to change my diet so that maybe I would feel better. I started reading labels of everything I ate, then I started reading my body product labels. I realized that I didn’t want those chemicals in my system, so I started making my own products and that’s how Pooka began. But after years of feeling sick on and off, I was diagnosed 7 years ago with Multiple Sclerosis. A lot of people don’t know exactly what that is, so heres the quick definition. Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.
When I was first diagnosed the Drs. told me my best chance was to go on the medication right away! But after research I learned that the medicine wouldn’t cure the disease, just possibly slow it down. I couldn’t imagine filling my body with medication for the rest of my life so I decided instead to go the holistic route. I have a great Dr, who treats me with supplements, vitamins, tonics, minerals along with nutrition, acupuncture and mind and body work. I also do some yoga, meditation and positive affirmations. The main thing for me is my prayer and my faith. Now, I’ve had some struggles over the years, including some chronic paralysis. There are periods when I’m very sick, but I’m still here! I try to stay upbeat and not let it get me down and any of you who know me know that I LOVE to laugh! I believe laughter is medicine, so I get a lot of that :-)
I visit my neurologist every 6 months and take my results to my holistic Dr. for treatment. 6 months ago, my MRI results were not good and the disease was progressing. My neurologist told me without hesitation, that I NEEDED to go on the medication. I admit, I was a upset but I took the results to my holistic Dr and we agreed that we’d change some things in my diet and become more aggressive with treatments and give it another 6 months. We agreed that, in 6 months, if there is more progression that maybe, just maybe we’d consider the medication. This last 6 months, I listened to what he told me to do and stayed in prayer.
You know that nutrition is important to me, I’m always talking about what we should be eating, what things we shouldn’t be eating, why we should go organic, blah, blah, blah, LOL! But it’s such an important part of my life and I believe that Good nutrition is powerful and consuming healthy, organic food can keep illness away. You all know how much I LOVE my nutribullet @thenutribullet. So during this 6 months I’ve really been juicing lots of fruits and veggies, trying to stick to a healthy diet, reading my bible and praying without ceasing.
Last week I went for the results of my MRI, my neurologist always tells me that the reason that I need to be on the medication is once you get an MS scar, that’s it. It can’t be reversed, so whatever damage is done by it is permanent. He pulls out my MRI brain results and announces that in the last 6 months there is no progression. I was very happy, but he said, “Although thats good, once you have scarring we can’t fix that, you should still go on the medication.” So now he pulls out my neck and cervical spine results, for me this is where I’ve had most of my damage. He stops and just looks at me and says, “Not only has it not progressed, but you’ve had improvement....that doesn’t happen...” Then he got up and my neurologist said, “Wow...Give me a hug!”
I know that this is a lifelong battle but I had to share this testimony because GOD IS GOOD! If I never got sick, I would have never started this business or had the Many, Many, Many blessings and opportunities that I’ve received! Hey, I’ve gotten to be on TV, the Radio and on the cover of a magazine! How can I ever be mad about my illness, when GOD has blessed me through it! And here is what I want you to take away.
- There is a testimony in every test!
- Prayer works!
- I believe there is always a silver lining you just have to look for it!
- NUTRITION is key! Care about what you put in your body.
- Have Faith!
- Stay positive, I believe your thoughts will create your reality.
- Repeat positive affirmations every day! ( I always start my day stating that I am healthy and healed!)
- Laugh a lot!
- Encourage someone every day, you never know what someone may be going through.
- Buy a Nutribullet, LOL!
- Laugh some more!!!