My Diagnosis

My neurologist asked what I did to improve.  He said he never thought I would recover as much as I did.  His last words to me were, “It’s been nice knowing you.”  That was May 2013.  I haven’t been back to see him since.

When I told my Endocrinologist I stopped the medication he prescribed me, he wanted to know what I was doing.  When I explained what I was doing, he told me life would be easier if I just took the medications. I replied, “You say that like you think I’m going to have this disease forever.”

He said, “It is an incurable, life-long disease.”

I then told him the alternative approaches I was taking and asked him, “Isn’t it true that my body will be restored to it’s natural state of health if I do these things?”  He confirmed that, yes, it would work, and then he told me he no longer needed to see me as a patient.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you will be sick forever.  Take responsibility for your own health.  Instead of focusing on being sick, focus on good health.  For years I studied the human body, diet, and alternative health.  I even bought medical books from the local college book store.  I prayed.  A lot.  I took up yoga.  I made lifestyle changes, and I still grow spiritually every single day.  My approach encompasses the body, mind and spirit… and it works.

I got better and now I have a great passion to help others.

IMG_2109This is a picture taken in August 2009 at my neurologists office.  Back then I was seeing several different doctors and specialists, yet continued to get more and more sick over the following years.  By the summer of 2011, I could no longer work.  I lost my job of thirteen years and I lost my house due to illness.  I continued to get more and more sick, with a trail of diagnosis’ to follow.

I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy with cataplexy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Metabolic Syndrome (or Syndrome X), Peripheral Neuropathy, Depression, Anxiety, Insulin Resistance, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Interstitial Cystitis, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Memory Loss, Subclinical Hypothyroidism, RLS, ARVD (gene mutation), and Insomnia.  I had seizure activity, multiple nutrient deficiencies, a growth on my thyroid, a mass on my liver, and a host of other neurological and non-neurological symptoms.  I had severe digestive issues and I also had two tumors in my breast that were monitored every three months in case they turned cancerous (amongst other diagnosis’).  This is the short list of what was wrong with me.  In this picture I weigh 220lbs and, at my heaviest, I weighed in about 265 pounds.

After a whole lot of research, dietary and lifestyle changes, this is me in 2013.  I’m in the yellow shirt and head band:

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Yoga Teacher Training Finals

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Mahabalipuram and Nemam, India

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It has been a long battle toward regaining my health and I get better and stronger every day.  So how did I do it?  First of all, I refused the reality that I would be sick forever, even when the doctor’s told me that my diagnosis’ were for life.  I am a firm believer that our thought-forms create our reality.  Had I accepted the diagnosis’ and believed I would be sick for the rest of my life, I likely would have been.  From day one I believed there was a way to support my body so it could restore itself back to it’s natural state of health, and that my divine would reveal it to me.  Nothing, no doctor, no diagnosis, NOTHING is stronger than the power of the divine.

Second, I never gave up.  If you are currently facing challenges, I encourage you to read this page and to watch this video:

I personally believe there is no such thing as coincidence; you’re here reading this for a reason.  Never give up.

Where do I go from here?  Read my About Page to find out <3

Love to you!

Jodi

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