I precisely remember the moment I started my life long love affair with running. It was a month after the MS bombshell had been dropped and I was doing what every self-respecting hypochondriac does i.e. incessantly searching the web for more information about this disease. My only exposure to MS in the “before days” was anecdotal information I knew about two celebrities: Richard Pryor and Montel Williams. Two polar opposite stories that gave me no further clarity about what the heck the future had in store for me (editorial note: avoid commencing your Google search with Richard Pryor. That set me back two weeks). So, I read blog after blog. Some stories lifted my spirits and others sent my spirits crashing down.
Archive for April, 2017
See what I did there…hilarious. There is SO much I want to share when it comes to food and using food to heal your body. I was so incredibly uneducated as to what I was putting in my body and the negative effects is was/could have been causing. This photo is from 2012, in Korea, 4 years before diagnosis.
I don’t know why, out of the thousands of articles available online about MS, one of the first articles I came across was written by Dr. Terry Wahls, a Dr. who practiced and firmly believed in Western medicine, the same medicine that was failing her and her condition. It took only 3 years from the time of diagnosis of RRMS to SPMS. I won’t go into too much detail as I will provide the link below. As Dr. Wahls’ health continued to decline, she turned to Traditional medicine. Specifically, food.
Before I dive into my chat about food, I want to clarify again, this information is from medical journals, my health care team and testimonies I came across during those hours I would kick back on the couch with a cup a’ joe and read about MS. What’s most important to remember is that every single one of us is different and that the disease affects us differently which is why there are so many unanswered questions. The human body is estimated to house 95-100 billion nerves and not one of us has the exact same nerves affected nor will we experience symptoms the same way. It all boils down to what nerves are damaged and how that nerve decides to affect our body and to what extent. I fully stand behind getting a food sensitivity test so you know what your own body can and cannot digest properly, foods that may cause inflammation etc. What one person should remove from their diet isn’t necessarily beneficial for you too. A food sensitivity test can be done by a Naturopath and if possible, I encourage you to add one to your health care team.
So, what the Gut?…
In the summer of 2014, I was a lawyer, wife and Mom to a beautiful 4 year old girl and adorable newborn son. Life was seemingly perfect…although, I was way too caught up in the details of life to appreciate it back then.
During my parental leave, I agreed to return to work to deal with an intensely stressful situation that lasted much longer than anticipated. When I re-commenced my parental leave, I got sick multiple times. When I say sick, I mean big, ugly flu bugs. One after another. In fact, five times in a month. That’s when the numbness started. It culminated one night in September, when I woke up to discover the right side of my body stopped working. It was two in the morning and I certainly didn’t want to inconvenience anyone, so I hopped into my car and somehow drove myself to the hospital. My mind was racing. Was I having a stroke? Was it cancer? Was it ALS? According to Doctor Google, it was all of the above and possibly rabies.