September 17, 2014
First doctor of the day says likely not MS and was most likely a stroke. I just want to know the truth. I need an answer. Also, what caused a 30 year old vegan to have a stroke? Also, steroids suck and may have been for nothing.
To answer the questions –
I don’t get migraines. I’ve been vegan since 2009, don’t smoke, enjoy exercise, and don’t take birth control. If stroke, it was non bleeding. My cardiovascular health is apparently excellent after the recent tests and no hole on heart was found. Yes, I do have a high stress job that is mostly sedentary, but I take yoga breaks throughout the day. Didn’t get hair done, massaged, or chiropractor before it happened. I keep salt limited already and do many raw meals as normal dietary practice.
Also thank you again for the feedback. I have more websites to read! Xoxo!!!
To answer more questions-
I have received chiropractic care before and do maintenance adjustments as needed. I hadn’t had one recently though and did actually think it was a pinched nerve at first. MRI showed otherwise.
I am well versed in the Gerson documentaries and therapy. I love this very much.
Again, I already do many raw meals as my usual practice and limit salt and processed vegan junk foods.
It’s interesting to have it suggested to me many times over the last two weeks by so many people about what things I must be doing with my lifestyle when I keep saying how I don’t do those things in the first place and then the medical test results prove that my system is healthy on top of that.
The answer is they don’t know because there is no explanation for why this happened at this point. I think that’s why it’s easier to assume MS. And that’s not a guaranty. It could have easily been a bundle of platelets induced by stress. There is no telling right now.
I’m letting it go and just going to do the best i know to do. Exercise, clean vegan, and work on reducing stress.
And yes, that was mentioned in either case of stroke or MS… Being vegan already either slowed the attack and/or saved me from a worse episode. never going back from that!
September 18, 2014
Excited to be going back to work today. Wonderful boyfriend is driving me so I don’t fall off the freeway while the world spins around. I’m ready to feel strong and independent again.
September 19, 2014
I’m looking around and seeing so many people getting so angry over the small stuff. I’m like, I’m alive right now. And today I’m not in too much pain and I’m feeling good enough to work at my job at this moment. And that’s life being beautiful and perfect.
September 20, 2014
Going to tackle some physical therapy at my local gym with the best certified trainer in the industry.
I either had a stroke or MS episode last week (doctors can’t decide which it was) and I’m in the gym this week.
What’s your REASON? Stay strong, friends.
It was a hard session. Fighting against side effects from medicines. Fighting against weak left limbs. Fighting against pride and the past. Fighting my ego. Fighting impatience. Fighting to overcome.
I will be stronger each day. I will have more control each day. It will get easier. Right now, it’s war. Mentally and physically.
Organic lunch – plain wild rice with raw carrot ginger soup. Carrots, yellow squash, purple onion, garlic, ginger, celery, with one cup of plain soy milk.
September 21, 2014
Happy to be at work today (Sunday) catching up.
Chocolate vegan Shakeology hand shaken just with plain water and a shot of Alkalinize for extra green power.
One email at a time.
Each day it gets a little easier. Just gotta keep fighting.
September 22, 2014
I drove myself to work this morning. Another recovery step accomplished.
I’m eating every 2 hours to speed up my metabolism. I had a cup of strawberries to break the fast and then 2 cups of leftover raw carrot ginger soup with plain wild rice and raw sea vegetable kimchi. I’m about to have a banana and raspberries with coconut milk – like cereal, but all fruit with a sprinkle of raw pumpkin seeds.
On the raw menu for the rest of the day – 4 small Roma tomatoes, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 small zucchini, 2 tangelos, 1 large mango, 1 small apple, and several fresh basil leaves.
Then probably a chocolate vegan Shakeology for pre-workout fuel.
Baked squash for dinner. A small block of tofu if I’m still very hungry post workout. And LOTS of water.
Gym on my lunch break. 35 minutes on elliptical and some weight machine work on Gimpy. I named my left side Gimpy.
One of my doctors called and changed his view on my diagnosis. He is greatly leaning towards MS instead of stroke upon further test review. Well, at least I might not have had a stroke at 30 years young. There’s that.
September 23, 2014
The more doctors I see, the more sure I am that the healthcare industry is a joke.
The Cardiologist said today that based on my current test results and profile, I’m really NOT a stroke risk at all, but yet my episode was so very much like a stroke. So the possibilities of HOW a stroke could have happened in this body are drastically reduced to either a fluke or the hole in the heart theory. I have to go back for a test where they inject me with bubbles to see if I have a hole. They saw my bruised arms today and said they could wait a few weeks while I heal from 20+ sticks and 3 1/2 IVs from the hospital.
Also my spinal tap came back positive for MS like characteristics such as the presence of oligoclonal bands.
However, my brain lesions including the old on my brain are nearly symmetrical!!!!! MS is supposed to be random! I must be a natural neuro artist to accomplish such a feat!! Neuro Art. Yes I’m making that a thing now.
ALSO, if it is a hole in the heart, they don’t even patch them anymore because relapse risk is extremely minimal. So what’s the point?
I need an extra strength FUKITOL and more raw vegan nourishment, water, yoga, meditation, and more exercise. That is what I’m prescribing myself. I think I know more than them at this point.
(NOTE – I saw my MRI film later and the 4 lesions are not symmetrical at all – as I had previously been told by several doctors.)
September 25, 2014
Transitioning to fully raw vegan seems more and more inevitable. Especially now with facing a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, my body needs all of Mother Nature’s tools to fight.
I’m already around 75%-90% fully raw vegan on a normal day. The final few craved cooked comforts are homemade miso veggie soups, tofu, rice, vegan cheese, noodles, and beans.
Let the alternative recipes come flying in! I’m an Umami junkie.
The focus is not about what I can’t have. It’s about what can be created instead.
My hometown hero Rawfully Organic’s Kristina is my inspiration. www.rawfullyorganic.com
Also, I think it may be time to get a legit Spiralizer.
Everything that is within my control, I willingly submit to the permanent lifestyle changes. Daily intense exercise, calming meditation, and raw vegan nutrition are all things I can control and be proactive with to prevent any further episodes. After that, I can honestly say that I did my best.
In other news, I’ve given up all caffeine and alcohol as of two and a half weeks ago. No more morning coffee or after work glass of wine. Amazing how a hospital tour can scare all the little vices out of you at once!
September 26, 2014
My diagnosis after numerous opinions and even doctors changing their minds upon further review is now definitely relapsing Multiple Sclerosis. Knowing the enemy brings comfort, strategy, and actions to the fight. Let’s do this.
I’ve worked almost a full week at the office minus leaving for doctor appointments. I feel happy with purpose and opportunity to live normal.
The morning cool air makes me so happy. I love fall.
I’ve been driving myself since Monday with no issues.
It’s Friday. That’s always a good day.
I am exercising every day for a minimum of 30 minutes whether I feel good or not. I always feel better after exercising. Either I will hit the gym during the lunch hour or I will go after work with my favorite gym buddy boyfriend.
I’m crazy in love with my boyfriend. He’s been my rock through this entire ordeal. I know it must have been stressful for him. He really proved what I already knew. They don’t make them like this anymore.
I know it’s easy to use MS as an excuse for wallowing and inaction. My goal is to use it as my REASON for gratitude and action.
Someone asked me today why I was so happy about getting such a horrible diagnosis. I said, it’s far more horrible to suffer in confusion and uncertainty. I’d rather know the truth!
I’ll happily go fully raw if it gives me a fighting chance.