Celebrating 10 years of BLESSINGS
Easter is a special time for me each year. Yes, my focus is on the humbling reality that Jesus suffered , died & arose alive on the 3rd day for me ~ Because He LOVED me & YOU so much! As I join so many others celebrating Resurrection Sunday ~ it brings light, life, thankfulness & focus in to the year ahead of me.
But each Easter time, I reflect on how far I have come in my physical healing! Back in the Fall of 1999, I went to the doctor to see what had caused a terrifying vertigo attack. A MRI found that I had a cerebral AVM
(Arterial Veinal Malformation) in my main vein of Galen. The aneurysm that had been forming was pretty serious, so I went in for a Cerebral Embolization. I spent my New Year in the hospital at the University of Miami. It was not the cause of the vertigo ~ but the procedure saved my life. Within a week, I had lost a large circle of my hair due to the x-rays during the 7 hour procedure….YAY! wow …. And my vertigo was starting to show up again.
I spent the next few years trying many options, mainly nutritional and some basic chiropractic but we just couldn’t figure out what was causing the Vertigo.
Jump forward a few years ~ It was February 2005 when I was told by my doctor that I would have to resign myself to life on pain medications, muscle relaxers & yes, recommended anti-depressants to help me manage my emotions. It was at that time that my husband, Danny & I knew in our heart of hearts that those words were NOT FOR ME! It was NOT God’s plan for me! God’s plans for me are spelled out in Jeremiah 29:11-13
” 11) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12) Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
What many of you do not know is that I had suffered for most of my life with Scoliosis, compounded by years of strain to my neck & back. Then an accident in 2004 left me in severe pain, numbness and intense vertigo. I gave in to some family & friends recommending that I use conventional doctors- which sent me back to the University of Miami, several Neurologists & physical therapy.
For almost 10 months I spent most of my time bedridden, not able to continue homeschooling my children, or safely drive my car. I even had to suffer impatiently through a power outage during a hurricane waiting to get results from a MRI (when it was thought I had ALS or MS). For every hour I tried to sit up, I would have to be back in bed for 3 hours to recover. During this time, I was doing my best to run my new business by phone from my bed. Doctors really couldn’t explain why I was in such pain or why I was having so many neurological problems ~ it was that New Year’s eve that I laid in bed truly wondering what my next year would be like and fought fearful thoughts of wondering if I would ever regain my health.
Now, after the doctor had taken me off VIOXX ( because so many patients were dying of Heart Attacks), I felt that I had to go back to looking into my preference of alternative medicine. The doctor’s statement of what to expect in my life was all I needed to part ways with conventional doctors.
I focused on my health & nutrition. Jordan Rubin recommended products, I followed what became phase 1 of the Maker’s Diet. I started working with my chiropractor more seriously who recommended that I go to the Upledger Institute. Dr. Upledger was know world wide for his amazing soft tissue work called Cranial Sacral Therapy.( CST was recognized and taught by Osteopathic doctors years ago). It took my husband or sometimes 2 people to help get me to the first few CST treatments. What started with such severe pain and depending on others to help me changed in a short time.
In just 6 weeks of focused lifestyle changes & treatments, I was able to drive myself and kids to watch my husband singing with the choir /Praise team at our church’s large Easter service held at our local Amphitheater. You can not image the joy and happiness I felt. As we joined in singing about Jesus’ resurrection, I felt renewed as I had recovered and received life again!
So, now I celebrate this year’s anniversary ~ 10 years of LIFE ! I will never take my health for granted! This is why I care so much & I want to see others find extraordinary health & life!! I continue to keep proper nutrition as a priority along with structural chiropractic & CST treatments as maintenance to keep my scoliosis in check.
I love what Paul says in Ephesians 3 : 17-21
“17) so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18) may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19) and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20)Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us , 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
I believe that to whomever much is given , much is required. I was given my life back & I want to spend the rest of my life pointing people to God for their eternal health & do my best to help people improve their physical & emotional health through proper nutrition & supplementation.
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