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?