“I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October of 2003. I was 20 years old.”
At 20 years old I was in a place of feeling lost and felt like I was drifting through life not taking in the experience that life offers. After I recovered from the first attack and the subsequent flare ups that followed in the first year, I made a choice. I decided that this will NOT break me. I was unsure of a lot; college, work and the future but I knew I will need to take care of myself and I chose to go one way and that was to fight this disease. There is so much more about how MS changed my life but the underlining constant was to NEVER give up learning, growing and educating myself about this disease. I accepted my diagnosis and persevered forward.”
“I have been on a holistic health journey for the past few years and it has been liberating and extremely empowering. So along with my DMD Tecfidera, Ampyra along with a list of other medications to help with mood and bladder issues. I am grateful for modern medicine because it has brought me to this point I have not had a relapse or severe symptoms to last no longer than a week since 2008. I attribute my health to all of the lifestyle holistic approaches and going through a mindset shift that has enable me to see my life differently. Regularly I use oils, have supplements, smoothies, follow the Wahls Diet and work out 3-4 days a week.”
“The future looks AMAZING! There is a heightened awareness of the direct correlation between diet and disease and lifestyle and I know there is a shift happening and a movement growing. I see this vision happening when I watch Dr. Wahls TED talk and was in tears watching the video of this strong, smart woman that is my hero and a trailblazer in the area of health as we know it. I feel empowered by something I am unable to explain but felt like my hopes and dreams were answered. Its not Dr. Wahls that answered them but the one who helped show them to me. She helped show me the gifts that I had inside me and the strength I had and the courage I need to follow this calling.”
What do you wish a newly diagnosed person would be told at he beginning?
“People should be told that MS can be helped and damage can possibly be healed by natural therapies, food and lifestyle. This is a disease that I felt completely powerless by, but now know there is a different way to approaching my health.”
What is your favorite inspirational phase?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” —Margaret Mead
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Cecila.