Brenda's Overall Health Story
After a diagnosis of gastroparesis, two polyps removed from my colon, an inflamed gut, swollen spleen, non-alcoholic fatty liver, osteoporosis, thyroid nodule, lump in breast, (all within a 3-9 month period) migraines, joint pain and insomnia, I was at the lowest point in my life. I was a 37 year old wife and mom of 3, working full time, struggling to get through the day. I had no energy, no motivation, and taking a myriad of medicine (2 antidepressants, anxiety medicine, sleeping pills, head-ache medicine, stomach medicine). I was going through the motions of the day, but not living. I was extremely depressed. Darkness surrounded me and there was no light in sight. I felt worthless. I felt like my children deserved a better mother, my husband deserved a better wife and suicide seemed like the only option. I just wanted to close my eyes and not wake up.
The questions that played over and over in my mind were HOW and WHY had my life ended up this way. I had given up. God had other plans for my life and HE pulled me out of that pit I was in. I was about to begin a liver study, when He led me to physical therapist who shared Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living with me. Even though I had been a product user for years, I had never tried their health and wellness line.
I called my nurse and asked if I could put the study on hold for a month because I wanted to try this plan first. She informed me that she could not promise me a spot, but to call her back when my 30 days were up. I never had to call her back. I started the program on June 24, 2011. After the first month, I lost 20 lbs. I was able to get off of all of the medicine previously mentioned. It was the first time in 2 1/2 years that I was able to sleep without assistance. I was full of energy and felt like a brand new woman. For the first time in years, I felt like I was LIVING and I was LOVING every minute of it.
After 5 months following the plan, I went back to the doctor for a follow-up. My blood work came back completely NORMAL! My liver enzymes were NORMAL, cholesterol NORMAL, thyroid nodule had DISAPPEARED, lump in breast was a cyst that dissolved after having biopsy, migraines GONE, insomnia GONE, joint pain GONE, depression and thoughts of suicide GONE!!
Needless to say, this program completely transformed my life. Through this program I learned that what I was eating was killing me slowly. Even though I had been told that I had a gluten allergy, I still continued to eat what I wanted to. It wasn’t until I had a healthy plan to follow, did I understand just how badly I was damaging my body by eating these allergenic and inflammatory foods. I learned what foods caused my sinus flare ups, itchy skin, joint pain, stomach issues, depression and mood swings. I learned that if our body sees a food as a foreign object, it can not only cause inflammation, it can alter the way we think, the way we feel and the way we react to certain situations. Had it not been for the 30 Days to Healthy Living, I don’t believe I would have ever understood the affects food can have on our body. Some say that bad health and depression is passed down to us genetically, but I believe that we can change that cycle and create new beginnings with our children and their children and so forth. There is HOPE!
Arbonne directed me on the right path in finding the answers to my HOW and WHY—it gave me the desire to dig deeper, to become more educated about what we put on our body and in it. Today, I am 41 years old and I have lost a total of 50 lbs. since beginning my healthy living journey. I have not been back to the doctor for any of the issues aforementioned except for routine follow-ups. I STILL feel amazing! I STILL have tons of energy! This is not a diet, this is a lifestyle change!!