Recently, a friend said “You look so much better. When you’re well, you can show others the way.”
I almost said–no one is interested. And what can one person offer, really?
Then, I realized everything has changed. Healing is always possible. I am an example.
Me with sons at our Christmas function 2011. The tired look was all I could manage–ever.
Nevertheless, wellness and vitality were goals I hadn’t realized since 2002. From 2009 (my official diagnosis) to 2014, I tried yoga, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the GAPS diet, Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET), chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, Reiki, hippo therapy (horse-back riding), tapping–EFT, and TFT. I researched supplements, and took every one that I believed would help. My efforts recovered some energy and slowed my decline.
In December 2013, I saw Terry Wahls, MD 2011 TED-X talk about recovering from MS–secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. She was in a reclining wheelchair when she started her road to recovery.
For Christmas, my younger son gave me the Jawbone “Up” so that I could monitor my sleep and steps. I started with five hours of sleep and 2000 salsa steps–I couldn’t do real ones.
Then, a miracle: I discovered that Dr. Wahls published The Wahls Protocol. She also has a website: terrywahls.com. Kindles are wonderful. I had her book within 7 minutes, and read it through in a day and a half.
I suspected that more than food was involved to get her out of the wheelchair. I’m grateful she explained her history in detail, including exercise, stress reduction, e-stim and more–purpose and direction.
I started the Wahls protocol on March 31, 2014.
The Wahl’s protocol is challenging. I used “The Quick Start Program” to get fully on board. My vegetable consumption, generous for a Standard American Diet, tripled. I focused strongly on increasing quality of food. Once I thought food would replace supplements–but that has not been entirely true. By the end of the level three quick start, I was using Wahls Paleo Plus, the most intensive part of the diet.
I began rehabilitation therapy directed toward my walking in September of 2014. On a treadmill, I managed 5 minutes of real steps at .5 mph. Regular exercise enhanced my sleep. The transformed lifestyle is working for me. I want to tell everyone to do Wahls–but I recognize that many will not choose it. It takes time for it to show effects, and stopping means losing the gains made.
From the day I was diagnosed with MS, one thought has carried me:
I’m not done yet!
Wahls Warrior since 3/31/14
Hiked 1.5 miles up and down Mt. Rubidoux in Riverside, 4/10/15.
Received a certificate from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, 10/4/15.
Here I am with Marc David, the founder and head of the Institute.
Began Wahls Coaching Training Program in October 2015
Participated in a 5K, a turkey trot on Thanksgiving 2015.
Currently establishing business as an Eating Psychology Coach.