An interview testimonial
Meet one of my favorite clients, her name is AA, which I will keep her last name anonymous for privacy purposes. She came to me with a long history of autoimmune issues, and was looking for some intense support and coaching from someone who shares the same story. Here is her story, in an interview I had with her.
When in your life do you recall feeling healthy?
I think I had been unhealthy for a long time but I just kept pushing myself to succeed no matter what. Maybe in boot camp in the Navy when I was 18 I was in shape.
When did symptoms start and how did it make you feel?
The horrible symptoms started in 2013 after a long period of stress in my life both professional and personal. I felt desperate and scared I had no clue what was wrong and I was spiraling down hill. I could not get up off my couch I was in so much pain with IC.
Tell us about everything you did (tests, products, diets, etc) and everyone you saw to get better or try to find out what was wrong.
I went to urologists who told me I did not want IC on my medical record , I travels to see the Brizmans in California and worked with them for 18 months with diet and herbs no success. I finally found out I had lyme disease I did one year of IVs plus 2 years of oral antibiotics . I saw Ruth Kriz and did bladder instills still no success. What started as IC became a systemic infection infecting my brain and CNS. I lost my ability to walk correctly and was losing my ability to talk.
How was Mandy different in your healing journey compared to others you have sought help from in the past?
Mandy understood the illness and has been through it herself. I needed someone who understood nutrition and could help to get my pain to subside so I could try to focus on what I needed to do to heal. Many was a wealth of knowledge and was in constant contact with me. So very helpful as I started trying to understand the diet. Its hard to believe but diet is a huge help. With her help I am able to be out of pain most days as I continue on my healing path. I am working now not only to heal my gut but my nervous system.
Where you are at now and what you learned.
I learned how to combine food, how to eliminate food, how to cleanse and intermittent fasting. I learned what foods trigger me. I was able to remove all dairy gluten and sugar from my diet. Mandy helped me find great places to get organic grass fed meats, a special healing shake, a special aloe drink, green drink etc. I learned much about the illness how it is systemic, lab testing that is very helpful and how to get out of the stress and fear I have had over the illness. There is healing and there is hope for recovery. I learned how to use herbs I really had no idea how to use herbs or foods for healing. I eat an anti-inflammatory diet today but focus mostly on veggies with some protein including wild caught salmon. The great thing is we did this in three months. I went from a pain level 8 to a 0 most days on the diet It was a huge help to build a foundation from and the part of my healing I was lacking. I realize now I have control over what goes into my body and how my body digests the nutrients provided. I have control over the stress and fear as well with this illness as the pain becomes so much less you are able to focus.
What do you foresee in your future?
I see myself healing completely in time as I work with my diet I am on today . I see myself doing a long term fast in the distant future and I continue to work with healing my body with the knowledge Mandy has provided me. It has been life changing for me.