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Posted by: SoulfulLori, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 2:52pm
Hello All!

I post this for those (you know who you are) who always respond with kind concern and good advice when I'm struggling.  I post this for those that are just starting this WOL and would like to know the possibilities this focus has to offer.  I post this for Dr. D who more than deserves to hear good news and gratitude for all his hard work and caring.  I also post this for me as a permanent record of my journey.

Yesterday was my follow-up visit with Dr. D.  My first visit was in mid March.  I came to him after doing the BTD for a while with decent results but still battling many issues.  He listened, heard me and offered tools and supplements to aid my healing.  I followed his perscription as closely as I could with a few mistakes here and there but never straying far.  My results have been amazing.

This visit I was bright, alert and full of enthusiasm about the new life ahead of me.  I was a different lady and I think Dr. D was indeed pleased.  After a looking over things, a few tweaks were made to my plan and I went home even more energized and looking forward to visiting again in about 4 months to show more progress.  Actually I don't have far to go but I know deep work continues.

I've struggled with my physical and emotional health since I was a child.  For those of you who have not read my posts before, at age 36 I was treated for an aggresive B-cell lymphoma.  Following that my health declined and the aging process seemed to be moving even faster.  I was no longer looking forward to the present or future.  I was existing and in pain.  That was then and this is now...

1.  Depression is rarely something I feel.  If I do feel it, I recognize it as temporary and likely caused by not enough rest or some sort of food toxin.  I ride that wave and know without fear it will pass.  This alone is a reason to stick to this WOL.

2.  I started this journey not being able to lose the weight I gained during treatment.  My whole life was about managing my "fluff" since I was a kid.  I started in January at 178lbs.  I am now 160.8 and a size 10.  (I'm a broad muscular build.)  I have 10 more pounds to go but I feel and look great now.  I have not been this size since 2006.  I don't exercise like a mad woman to do it either.

3.  My hair and skin look 5 years younger or better.  Strange red marks and odd textures are gone.

4.  I no longer suffer from fatigue or brain fog.  I get tired and if I rest I am better.  I no longer worry that a day of work will result in a day on the couch exhausted, cold and depressed.

5. I have increased stamina.  I'm actually going to get my road bike back on the road and do a little peddling again.  Dr. D said it was ok.  I'm so glad I didn't sell it.  I love that bike...I missed it so.

6. My new marriage will last.  Truly when I started this I thought I was doomed.  We were on a roller coaster and I was so unhappy.  My husband follows his plan and is a different man.  He's even and calm most of the time and is very happy.  His blood pressure went from a constant 146/94 for years to 126/72 since April.

7. There is real joy and zest for life.  I know it is real because I'm producing art like crazy and love it.  I'm not tortured when I paint any longer.  As a result I cannot keep an inventory of work.  I sell as fast as I paint.

8.  I deal better with my step-children.  I have a ways to go in this area but I see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm learning things from this.  That is never easy but I think I'm a better person for it and so are they.

9. My gums no longer bleed.  Ever.  I had this problem since my teens.

10. For the first time in my life I digest food.  Let's just say in the past I had proof I did not.  I enjoy the food I eat and never feel sorry if I stick to my plan.  I've also become quite the little chef.

11.  My life is moving towards balance.  It requires constant attention but I really have an amazing life.  I never ever had this.  I was born attractive, bright and talented and felt like a failure because I just couldn't keep up and meet my potential because I was always fatigued and in pain.  Now, what I do with my life is a choice.  I'm only held back by my thoughts if I allow it.  I don't know how far I will go and it doesn't really matter because my journey is a rich one.

For those of you who think these improvements are purely from eating healthy or from eating organic foods you are wrong.  Before Dr. D I did that already.  Dr. D's information is revolutionary.  I've tried everything before.  Nothing worked and certainly not for long.  Dr. D had me focus on my whole life.  Food and supplements are only tools to get you on track.  The rest is up to you.  There is no magic bullet.  I had always been on the right road, just the wrong lane so to speak.  My healing seems quick but it has been a lifelong effort and desire.  Things are just falling into place.  I'm also someone that has an amazing ability for healing.  Maybe that is genetics.  Whatever it is I'm not going to waste it.

I still have a few issues to work out but they are not the focus of my day.  No...time and compliance will heal those but all the while I will be living my life, not focusing on my ills.

Dr. D, I cannot thank you enough for continuing to see patients and train new specialists so that others may benefit.  If you are ever having a bad day and wondering if it is all worth your time, I'm telling you it is.  This may seem like a small drop in a big body of watter but we all know how far the ripples can reach.  Thank you.

Thanks everyone else for reading and being there when I needed you.  Now, I'm off to paint and give to the world the way I know how.

:K)

Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:05pm; Reply: 1
hey..hey..hey Madl...this  sounds beautiful and encouraged ;)...wish you further good work...stay with us and feel hugged and muahd from Isa  :K) ;D :K) :D :K)(smarty)(ok)(clap)(hehe)(dance).....
Posted by: AKArtlover, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:14pm; Reply: 2
:)
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:16pm; Reply: 3
Way to go and congratulations Lori !
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:42pm; Reply: 4
wow!
time flies!
seems like yesterday  ;)
Posted by: Sharon, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:43pm; Reply: 5
Yay! Great work, Lori. :)
Posted by: Cristina, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:44pm; Reply: 6
Excellent Lori, and congratulations to you for sticking with it, for having the vision to seek and find this path!!  You are blessed and such a pleasure to be sharing this journey with.  further success!!   :)
Posted by: Rex, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:48pm; Reply: 7
Wonderful...I'm so happy for you.
Posted by: Chloe, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 3:54pm; Reply: 8
Lori, I am really thrilled for your success~  :)  What a great testimony to Dr. D..:)

Keep on sharing your progress....you are profoundly inspirational to all of us!

Posted by: DenverFoodie, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 4:19pm; Reply: 9
Lori,

Looks like you are the type who does what I do.

"Every morning create your day.  If you don't life will for you."

Congratulations on your continuing successes and in your sharing them with us.  :D
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 4:28pm; Reply: 10
Lori!!!  (sunny)

I am SO happy to hear your report!  And I am especially happy that you have taken this wonderful initiative to go and see Dr. D, and then you had the determination and courage to follow-through with his recommendations!  Your new life is unfolding in front of you, and that's an amazing gift.  (hehe)  
Posted by: Frosty, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 4:36pm; Reply: 11
Way to go Lori!  You success and enthusiasm is inspiring.
Posted by: Brighid45, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 5:16pm; Reply: 12
Congratulations, Lori! Good work, and thanks so much for being such a wonderful testimonial to Dr. D's excellent research and your own strength and courage in following his guidelines. Fantastic! I'm so happy for you! (sunny) (sunny)
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 5:26pm; Reply: 13
Such great news, Lori.  I'm so impressed. (woot)
Posted by: lilith_bcn, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 5:36pm; Reply: 14
:) This gives hope to who is starting. I'm happy for you.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 5:48pm; Reply: 15
inspiring! ;D ;D
Posted by: SophiaVictoria, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 6:06pm; Reply: 16
Lori.... thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration!  ;D
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 1:34am; Reply: 17
Beautiful story, Lori!! I love a happy ending, or should I say "new beginning."

We are so fortunate to have become aware of this wonderful, healing way of life. Just makes ya want to sing about it!

Lisa
Posted by: Jane, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 2:02am; Reply: 18
Lori,
I'm SO happy for you!  You have a lot to be proud of and a lot to share.  I admire your perseverance.

What a wonderful story you have to tell.  It's just so inspirational!

Jane
Posted by: grey rabbit, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 2:59am; Reply: 19
Thanks for sharing, I am so glad things are going well for you! :)
Posted by: Symbi, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 3:13am; Reply: 20
Not only a great testimonial for Dr D, but a great one for you.

Good on you for deciding to be happy.  Then it all falls into place!   :K)
Posted by: Frosty, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 6:31am; Reply: 21
Wow, that is great!  I am so happy for you.  
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 9:58am; Reply: 22
That is so fantastic!!! It does only feel like yesterday ??) Well done to you & Dr D!!!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 11:16am; Reply: 23
The healing is deep.. welcome to life as it should be rich and wonderful.
Your brain is functioning as your body gets fed with the right food.
I often wonder if Dr. D knew  before he started that food would have such an effect on our whole beings..
Lori I am sending your post off to my sister.
Much joy to you!
Andrea
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 12:08pm; Reply: 24
THANK YOU everybody!  Oh so many wonderful responses.  Thank you!  You all helped pull me through.  I still have my moments but I know they are temporary and part of healing.

So many other things that have changed that I forgot to list but as Andrea said...my body is working now.  

Lola...sort of seems like yesterday but also like another lifetime ago.  I don't relate as much to the Lori that was existing prior to BTD.  This is who I always was...just imprisoned.

Victoria...yes, it does take courage doesn't it?  So many "nay sayers".  My aunt put her nose up at me and told me it was "an awful long distance to go see some nutritionist."  I didn't even respond.  She has such a pretty face at 72 but the rest of her is falling apart and she is bitter.  She says she rather take a pill than do what I do...funny after the 10 or more she takes she doesn't feel any better.  Thank you Victoria for your continued support and strength.  I know you know what it takes.

Wholefoodie...you know I'm here because of you!  When you were on the TV screen it was like you were sent for me.  Thank you.

Possum...Symbi...Jane...big hug to you all!

Yes, I am enthusiastic but I try to keep it tempered as it sucks energy.  I just had to share yesterday as I was bubbling over with joy.  I was able to get up and go to work even though I went to CT and didn't sleep well in the hotel room.  Normally that would make me ill for 2-3 days.  Such a relief.  Also, I just fit into a dress that was my favorite that I bought in 2003 and couldn't wear since chemo.  To me this meant that cancer was truly a thing of the past.  Beyond a dent in my chest, there are no longer any signs of it ever being there.  I'm whole.

Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 12:09pm; Reply: 25
Wonderful! Congrats! on what we share here: the strength to carry through, the understanding of HOW and the conviction that we are doing it RIGHT, and then go ahead and PROVE it.  Happyness to you and Dr D.
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 12:14pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
The healing is deep.. welcome to life as it should be rich and wonderful.
Your brain is functioning as your body gets fed with the right food.
I often wonder if Dr. D knew  before he started that food would have such an effect on our whole beings..
Lori I am sending this your post off to my sister.
Much joy to you!
Andrea


Yes!  My brain is functioning and it freaks me out sometimes how quickly I can think.  I'm lovin' it.  I don't know if he knew but it is that way.  Amazing.

Oh yes...I do hope she reads this post.  My mom who is an O and a long time vegan with serious arthritis in her spine came with me.  I bought her the arthritis book and she's been watching me.  She takes Polyflora O now and is slowly making some changes.  She can't deny what she sees and is interested at least.  

By the time Dr. D saw me the first time I was already feeling better doing the BTD on my own but still struggled.  Those that have lived with me know how bad things were for me and cannot get over my physical change as well as my mental change.  They also know I tried everything before and I do mean everything.

I know you love your sister, I hope at some point she softens to this idea.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 1:17pm; Reply: 27
I'm amazed at your dramatic progress!
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 2:21pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from ruthiegirl
I'm amazed at your dramatic progress!


I feel that way too Ruthie.  I know many here have had slower progress.  I fiddled with this in Nov. and Dec. and got more serious at the end of Jan.  I saw Dr. D in March for the first time.  I guess you would say it took a good 6 months to feel this good and I was very compliant.  My slip-ups were mostly posted here as I used this board for accountability.  

I know from previous experience that I am blessed with a body that wants to heal and quickly too.  When I was finished with treatment there was concern about lung damage.  I was given exercises to do and constantly had tests to look for improvement in lung capacity.  My entire left lung still has scars and at the time was damaged due to radiation.  Well, with doing the exercises they gave me and my usually attempts at healthy eating, my lung healed dramatically.  The doctors were amazed.  They brought in other doctors and fellows to look at the results.  They also studied my heart and were thrilled to see that not only had no damage been done but I still had the heart of an athelete that I worked so hard all my life for.  Remember...I was the exercise queen.

When I saw Dr. D on Monday he did the hydrogen breath test.  I sort of went crazy with my exhalation because I COULD!  They laughed saying how hard I blew the air out and for how long.  They didn't know this was the very thing I couldn't do in 2007 at all.  I couldn't finish a sentence.  I couldn't help but show off.  Oh and I had no bacterial overgrowth either as opposed to a little the last time.

So, what I'm saying is, I am lucky and I'm aware.  A little is genetics and a little is a lifetime of doing what I thought was good and a lot is following Dr. D to the letter.  Positive change is possible for everyone however, it may be at different rates.
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 2:59pm; Reply: 29
Excellent Lori!  You are a great inspiration to us all!(clap)(clap)(dance)(dance)(woot)(woot)
Posted by: Sharon, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 3:14pm; Reply: 30
Quoted from SoulfulLori


Yes!  My brain is functioning and it freaks me out sometimes how quickly I can think.  I'm lovin' it.  I don't know if he knew but it is that way.  Amazing.

Oh yes...I do hope she reads this post.  My mom who is an O and a long time vegan with serious arthritis in her spine came with me.  I bought her the arthritis book and she's been watching me.  She takes Polyflora O now and is slowly making some changes.  She can't deny what she sees and is interested at least.  

By the time Dr. D saw me the first time I was already feeling better doing the BTD on my own but still struggled.  Those that have lived with me know how bad things were for me and cannot get over my physical change as well as my mental change.  They also know I tried everything before and I do mean everything.

I know you love your sister, I hope at some point she softens to this idea.


I totally agree about this diet improving the whole brain and body. I feel like my brain has never been healthier and "brain" issues run in my family.
Posted by: Dr. D, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 5:01pm; Reply: 31
It was nice seeing you yesterday. New crew, so things were a bit scattered. However, this bunch looks good.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 5:08pm; Reply: 32
new crew, meaning the old crew has been inseminated and will bare the fruits!! ;)
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 10:06pm; Reply: 33
Thanks for sharing SoulfulLori. I know a bit of how you feel. I just noticed my teeth don't bleed anymore. keep being happy it's lovely
Posted by: SandrAruba, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 8:07am; Reply: 34
Lori, so wonderful to hear this news! Congrats!(clap)(clap)(clap)(woot)
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