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“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”   Mahatma Gandhi

My journey toward wellness began in 1994. I received my diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD / CRPS) that year. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, however, at least I knew what was wrong with me. So many people with RSD/CRPS don’t find out what is wrong with them for years. That is really hard to deal with and can be heart breaking for so many! Back in 1994, before the internet, I took a trip to the local medical school’s library and searched for information on RSD / CRPS. It was important to me that I learn all I could about RSD /CRPS and what its treatment options were.  I believe that an educated patient makes the best decisions!

The information I read wasn’t exciting, however, I had no choice but to deal with it. They say God never gives you more than you can handle. I would usually agree with that. On that day, after reading all the information on RSD, it was hard for me to take. Back then, I remember my best friend asked me if I was going to ask for a miracle. I decided I wouldn’t ask for a miracle. What I asked for was a level of pain I could live with and just enough pain every so often to remember where I have been. I think we all know that God’s time isn’t the same as our time. Finally, in 2005, my prayers were answered and my pain and many symptoms were relieved. Being introduced to the SOQI Wellness Products were instrumental in helping me continue my journey. The SOQI Products helped me get off 4 of my 5 medications. Today, I am more active than I ever thought I would be.

A Life of Health and Wellness

Building a lifestyle of wellness has to begin with you. You, the person you see in the mirror, is responsible for your health! Since 1994 as I  progressed down my own path toward wellness I made changes. I have quit smoking and changed my diet to a more nutrient dense diet (Eat to Live). I also continue to exercise daily, take nutritional supplements and herbs, and use the SOQI Natural Health Products every day.  In 2005, I decided to continue my education in natural health. Currently, I am a Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Herbalist, and Certified  Natural Health Professional, and Wellness Coach.

I believe that our health is a reflection of what we put into our bodies, what we put on our bodies, how much we move our bodies, our thoughts, and our spiritual beliefs. I can not stress to you how important I believe these things to be for our health. Daily, I continue to focus on prayer, gratitude, diet, exercise, loving thoughts and sharing my journey with others. I still have yet to meet anyone who told me that they got better from laying in bed and eating cheeseburgers.

What I’ve Learned

One of the most frustrating things I have learned is that when people spend a lot of money on a car, they tend to take care of it. They make sure they use good oil, good gasoline, the right fluids and keep it tuned up. However, when it comes to their own health, many don’t spend the time needed to keep their bodies tuned up. What I do know is that there isn’t a magic pill, not from the natural health field and not from the doctors. We all have to rely on our body as our mode of transportation. So if you aren’t aware, become aware of the fact that the ride you experience is largely based upon how you treat yourself. Be good to yourself!

So take a lesson from me, don’t wait till something forces you to change to make changes. Take care of yourself today! If something has already happened, focus on doing the best with what you have. Make sure to take the time you need to educate yourself on your diagnosis. Learn  what treatment options both naturally and traditionally are available. Most importantly, determine what you are and are not willing to do.  Remember, the choice is yours, it’s your health and it’s your life – Participate!

DukePS – My strong faith in God kept me company as I traveled through my 20 year journey. Leaning on God for strength, as well as my family and friends continues to keep me going. I truly believe all creatures are gifts from God, especially man’s best friend. Those who know me know that I am definitely an animal lover!

The picture on the left is me with my dog Duke. Duke, sadly, is no longer with us. He brought me tons of love, lots of smiles, and I still remember our walks in the woods!