My journey started when I was in the prime of my life -finishing many years of university, getting married and beginning my career. Suddenly my vision was blurry, I was seeing double, one eye went wall-eyed, I couldn’t see, if I opened my eyes I would fall over from the dizziness.
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Six months later, 4 1/2 months pregnant, and still reeling from my last diagnosis, I had another blow – thyroid cancer. Five months into my pregnancy with my son, I underwent major surgery to completely remove my thyroid. After a radiation treatment I found out the cancer spread to my lungs.
Six months later I had another radiation treatment which made me quite ill, and the results didn’t change, the tumors were still the same size.
To add salt to my wounds, a new obstacle appeared. I began taking an immune suppressant drug that alleged to help decrease the effects of MS. This had to be self injected into my legs, once a week at a cost of $20,000/year. It was only partially covered by Medicare. After one month of struggling with injecting myself and suffering with its side effects, I discovered the drug company would not allow me to take the drug if I had cancer. What a waste of time and money, and an unnecessary source of added stress.
At this point, I had enough poking and prodding. At 26, it was apparent something was clearly wrong with the chemistry of my body. I decided to take my health into my own hands!
I attended a health seminar. There, I learned about the remarkable story of Bernard Jensen, DC, known to most as the “father of iridology.” At age 86, he was dying of prostate cancer that had ravaged every organ. He was wishing he could die. His family was already planning his funeral. His dear friend Michael O’Brien convinced him that if he could not cure himself, his 60 years of research into naturopathic medicine would be discredited. It was enough to convince Jensen he had to live. He began taking enzymes, juicing every enzyme rich fruit and vegetable he could ingest. My favorite book by Dr. Jensen, ‘Come Alive’, was written after he recovered.
I bought this book. I made up my mind that I could do it, and when I was cured, I would use my story to inspire other people.
After this, my husband, baby Antonio, and I committed to changing our lifestyles and eating habits. We threw out everything in our cupboards and replaced it all with organic raw foods. Our diet consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and top-quality enzymes, pro-biotics and other raw supplements.
The first few days and weeks of our new lifestyle were very challenging. I had severe migraines, fever and blurred vision, while my body detoxified all the toxins. Twenty-six years of processed and chemically-laden foods came out of my body, and I shed a pound a day in weight. Within three weeks adapting to this new lifestyle, scar tissue began healing, and amazingly I no longer required my prescription glasses.
The transition to a raw, organic diet proved to be very challenging. Eating raw and juicing was a deterrent in itself; added to that, the concept of having to prepare everything I ate from scratch meant I would have to find the strength to learn a new lifestyle quickly, and find time to actually do it. I eventually found myself frustrated and going to every natural food store, desperately trying to find anything I could eat that was already juiced.
There was nothing available, and so, I was spending most of my day in the kitchen preparing the next raw meal. There was a big void for the health enthusiasts who don’t have time to prepare their own pure food. My health was improving and people liked the convenience of my frozen smoothies. They all began placing orders.
Five years later, I am still thriving. I have NOT required any subsequent medical procedures. Against the odds, I even had another healthy child; Giulia is now 3 years old. I do attribute this to my lifestyle, food choices, and pro-active care. My diet consists of at least 50% raw food, with everything else as a side dish.
drinkmeTM green smoothies are an ever-present part of my day. I have never felt better in my life, and my experience has led me on the path to helping others.
Although Bernard Jensen died many years ago (he was 93), I have had the pleasure of presenting drinkmeTM and my story to Mr. Michael O’Brien. His personal words of encouragement about my healthy living and my business endeavor are truly an honor.
I guess it’s true you must sometimes hit rock bottom before you can bounce back up. I am truly grateful for the journey I have been on for the past five years. I often hear people say, “I’m sorry for all you have been through.” I tell them, “Don’t be sorry…it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
I once heard a quote that really stuck in my head…”The only thing I drank was a cup of reality, with a shot of appreciation.” Kermit the Frog
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