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Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. Health-conscious and relapse-free since 2007!
“It has been eighteen years since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. These days I don’t feel as though I’m simply living with the illness — I’m thriving. It hasn’t been easy getting to this point, but I truly believe that I have figured out how to control my symptoms and the progression of this terrible illness.”
What kind of changes did you make to your diet or lifestyle?
I changed everything. From the food I eat, to my sleeping habits and even how I manage my stress. I gave up processed foods, gluten, refined sugar and started eating a more natural diet.
What was the first diet or lifestyle factor you changed?
My mindset. I used to have a very gloomy and bleak outlook on life and frequently indulged in negative self-talk. Changing my mindset allowed me to embrace the changes I made to my diet with an open mind, which helped me stick to those changes.
How long did it take until you noticed an improvement in your health?
One immediate effect I noticed is that my energy levels improved once I stopped eating fast food. My depression and anxiety also lifted. More significant changes happened slowly over time. This is why it’s important to remain consistent and not give up.
If you could offer one piece of advice to someone struggling to improve their health, what would it be?
It’s really important to remain positive and optimistic about your future. When I was diagnosed in 2001, I was told I would be in a wheelchair within fifteen years. I have now been living with MS for eighteen years, and I’m doing better than I ever thought possible, despite what doctors and several MRI scans predicted.