How I Stopped Dying and Started Living

It has been said that a person doesn’t know how strong they are until being strong is the only choice they have. Three years ago I found this out the hard way. After watching my father beat cancer only to later die of liver disease I ran my life into the ground. I weighed 455lbs and had 20 different verifiable clinical states of disease including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, a mood disorder, OCD, an eating disorder, a 90% loss of feeling in both feet from diabetic neuropathy, PTSD, and many other co-morbid disease states and disorders. I had stopped living and started dying. The lifestyle I chose was literally killing me.

When you hit rock bottom you have two choices: die or climb. My choice was clear. On November 28th of 2009 I made a commitment to myself, my family, my friends, and most importantly to the spirit of my deceased father. I decided to either get and stay healthy or die trying.

I was told by medical professionals at that time that what I was intending to do was impossible. My specific goals were to not only drop all of the extra weight that I was carrying but keep it off and re-create the kind of body and level of athleticism that I enjoyed while in my youth. I needed to think long term in order to build and maintain a healthy, fit, lean physique that was free and clear of the diseases that came about as a result of my lifestyle. Affirming the commitment that I made to myself and my friends and family I began a self-created immersion program designed to help me reach my goal. So what happened?

In one year, without surgery, I dropped 215lbs (from 455 down to 240) and completely eradicated all twenty states of disease. Not just the symptoms…the actual diseases were gone. My program – which included meditation, a plant based whole foods diet, regular exercise, multiple healing modalities including Reiki and other types of energy work (don’t knock it until you try it), faith, patience, and for a short time a partial hospitalization program – had done in one year what western medicine couldn’t do in forty.

So why am I sharing this story?

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3 thoughts on “How I Stopped Dying and Started Living

  1. This is an interesting story but not unique.

    The obesity/over weight problem in this country is but a symptom of bigger problems we are refusing to take seriously. Quite frankly, many of us are weary of so much focus in fitness programs being placed on physical health and far too little being written/promoted concerning the mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual issues that are contributing to the physical ailments that plaque us.

    Physical health problems including obesity are increasing while the physical fitness industry continues to grow. It’s estimated that by 2030 1/2 of all Americans will be obese. What’s wrong with this picture?.