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Stories of Inspiration: Terrie

I had the pleasure of meeting Terrie at our church in Vegas.  We never really spoke and I hadn't ever paid attention to her crippled fingers. One Sunday I felt the overwhelming desire to chat with her and tell her what I do.

It has been a thrill to see someone in so much pain make life changes. Those little steps have added up to HUGE changes for their family. If you ever get the chance to meet her husband, ask him how much he liked me in the beginning. After seeing her changes, he began to change too. The insight I learned from answering from his questions has been immeasurable. Dennis and I are thankful to have gotten to know them better and to have been a part of Terrie's healing.

"I’m Terrie, and I have had polymyositis arthritis since 1978. I spent years on toxic medications. One year ago, the middle joints in all my fingers started to freeze and not function. I also had frequent acid reflux and insomnia. My doctor recommended the medication, Methotrexate. But I refused.
I went to Aimee in January 2012 since I wanted to see if I could find a more natural holistic approach. She started by taking me off all dairy products. I blew it every single day for the first month. I didn’t drink much milk, but I love cheese. She was very forgiving. She said: “If you blow it, you blow it. Get up the next day and start over.” I saw her once or twice a month for seven months. She’s so proud of me.
Aimee is just a very positive, encouraging person. She just encourages you to keep going. She praises you for the work you’ve done. She helps you keep going. If it weren’t for Aimee, I don’t think I could have done it.
In the process, she even met with me at Whole Foods and gave me a tour of the grocery store. She showed me nutritional alternatives to help me wean myself off the bad foods. Then I knew how to shop for better foods with the same flavors but much more nutrition.
Then I went off all sugar, off all meats, and worked my way so that today I eat whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and fish with fins and scales. The end result: I no longer have acid reflux, I am sleeping at night, and I have two joints in my fingers that have started to move correctly for the first time in ten years. I also have the added bonus, which I never dreamt, of losing forty pounds in the process.
My husband also went on this program to support me. Now one year later, my husband is completely off his blood pressure medicine, he only has to take half of the dosage of his cholesterol medication, and he lost twenty pounds.
It’s been one year, and it was hard in the beginning. But thanks to Aimee, I don’t think in terms of diet change. I think in terms of lifestyle change. I don’t live to eat anymore. I eat to live. And all without toxic medications!"

Terrie actually gave me to me last fall. She's still going strong!

100_4822I love this picture! I never get tired of their new found vibrancy!

Power to the family!

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