Fall 2006 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis but I’d been suffering from it for at least two years before that. It’s in nearly all my joints but worst in my feet, hips, shoulders and wrists. I was only 37 and I was terrified I’d spend the rest of my life in pain. February and March 2007 I hardly got out of bed at all. At that time I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was on chemotherapy, steroids, pain pills, and wearing and estrogen patch from a hysterectomy. My meds cost close to $500 a month but I was still in pain, depressed and terrified I’d be in pain for the rest of my life. Even my husband and children were scared for me and depressed.
Then in April 2007 my brother mentioned a website he’d found www.doctoryourself.com. I read everything on that site. I bought a juicer and started reading everything I could find on juicing. On May 7, 2007 I went on a vegetable juice fast for 8 days. Then I went to a vegan diet, probably 85% raw. After two months I felt so amazingly better that I weaned myself off all my meds. Then I came down with a full body rash, radiating from my hip, where the estrogen patch was, so I quit wearing it too. A month later my estrogen levels were within “normal limits” for the first time in 7 years. I was still having enough pain that needed the occasional pain pill. So I went 100% raw around July 1st. And I haven’t looked back once.
I’m not completely cured…. I still have little aches and pains, but I can bear it. I’ve lost 45lbs and I’m more active than I’ve been in years. But the best about all of this is that I’m happy now… My family is happy! Last year was bad. The kids had bad grades, my husband was always grumpy, I was in pain…. This year is looking great. The kids are liking school, everyone is smiling, everyone is happy. And my family will sometimes even try my food. Most of the time they won’t, but more and more at least they are trying it and everyone is eating healthier now too. Also, it’s pretty great to hear one of my children defending my new life style to strangers, waiters, and even friends. (Oh, and they wouldn’t let me cheat even if I wanted too!)