Testimonial written by: Nicole Cochran
Six months ago I visited the wheelchair clinic at Vanderbilt in Nashville to get fitted for my new wheelchair which would mark a major negative milestone in my almost decade long battle with multiple sclerosis. Part of me was absolutely grief stricken that I was “here” in my digression. Also, a small part of me had expected this day to come…you see, I had seen this “movie” before.
My mother was diagnosed with MS in 1983 at the age of 38. I was 13 and she was a triathlete that had been experiencing worrisome symptoms during her training rituals. She is now quadriplegic and confined to bed and a wheelchair operated by her head.
So there I was, in July of 2013, sad because I felt my fate was sealed and inevitable. As I was trying out the different electric chairs and getting my measurements I had a moment where I said out loud what I though was only in my head “HELL NO!” I just wasn’t ready…this could not happen to me. So, I took my walker and stumbled out of there without completing the evaluation. I went home and cried and cried because I just wasn’t ready. There was so much more I wanted to do, to see, to experience…walking. A year prior I had adopted a 9-year-old child who had a trauma background and deserved a mom that could do everything that full mobility afforded. I could not let this happen. So, I made the most important decision of my lifetime.
My good friend, Melonee Hurt, was a Paleo devotee and had gently tried to introduce me to it in the past, which unfortunately fell on deaf ears. That very day I called her and confidently told her,“I’m ready!” She responded with a well-organized notebook with recipes, instructions, shopping lists and homework. The first thing on the homework list was to read the The Paleo Solution and to begin following Robb Wolf on various social media outlets.
When I told my friend I was ready….I was. I dove in hard. She advised that I do a hardcore Paleo diet (including the auto-immune protocol) for at least 30 days and see how it made me feel. I knew 2 weeks into eating Paleo that I would never eat any other way. Paleo was my solution!
Today, 6 months later I am walking unassisted, exercising regularly, I still have some balance issues but they are minimal, and I have lost 45 pounds. Last week I had my bi-annual appointment with my neurologist who I had last seen when he wrote the order for the wheelchair. He was genuinely impressed with my significant progress but I must say he was extremely reluctant to give Paleo the credit it deserves and that was really disappointing for me. I gave myself about a day to be sad/mad over his reaction and then I realized how lucky I am to have a friend as wise as mine that shared the diet me. With the help of Robb Wolf, my friend, the people who taught her and my own willingness I CREATED THIS SHIFT in my health and I am never going back!