View Full Version : As an introduction, MY STORY

03-07-2002, 01:05 PM
Hi, everyone.

I remember when WISH first came into effect. At the time I was struggling with a mystery intestinal illness that had made me lose 75 pounds in less than 4 months.

Sounds great doesn't it? Not really. As my doctor said I was LUCKY I was overweight first, so I went from a size 22 to a size 8. Imagine if I started at the 8!!

Well, I LOOKED good, but I felt HORRIBLE. Nothing I ate stayed down, I LIVED in the bathroom and was in and out of doctor's offices and laboratories having every kind of 'oscopy' you could imagine.

They really never knew what I had, so they LABELED it either colitis or Crohn's disease. They weren't sure which one.

My doctor suggested a surgery that would have be on a machine for 3 months. At the time my son was 6 and being a single mother that was out of the question. I asked if I could see a nutritionist. They pooh-poohed that idea.

I thought it just HAD to be my diet, you know "bad in, bad out".

Well, then I found Dr. Marc D'Aundrea. Dr. Marc, as everyone calls him, is a clinical nutritionist and chiropractor. He doesn't advertise, he gets all of his clients by word of mouth. I ran into a friend of mine who had a auto-immune illness that's similar to Lupus. When I saw her she looked like the picture of health. I wanted THAT! I made an appt the next week.

He immediately took me off milk and refined sugar. He gave me alternatives so I would not miss them (gotta have my chocolate!). In three weeks the symptoms subsided. In a month, they were gone.

After 3 and a half years of pain, anxiety and illness, I had a brand new look on life.

I have gained back half of the weight I lost, which, IMO, is GOOD, because it reminds me that I am healthy again. I would like to lose some of it again, but the right way this time!

For almost 4 years I was unable to walk more than a block, made all my appts near a bathroom, could not stay awake for more than 2 hours, suffered cramps so bad I could hardly drive and depended on my small child to assist me in the smallest chores. For years he was MY parent. I think this was harder for me than the illness itself. Thank you, Michael, you are my hero...

But now, I am well, UNTIL I eat something I shouldn't and BOOM, I'm reminded that it was NOT worth it! This past January I went to Orlando for the first time without pain. It was like being there for the first time. :D

03-08-2002, 11:20 AM
WOW Robin...and I can't believe I missed meeting you. But 75 pounds in 4 months :eek: Well here's to good luck on getting some of the weight off in a more healthy way!!!!

03-08-2002, 03:10 PM
What a story... You seem to have (from what I've read here) a very interesting life IMHO!

Thanks for the story! Hopefully we can all help each other out over here!!!

Mrs. Potato Head
03-08-2002, 11:40 PM
{{{HUGS}}} to you and Michael!!!

03-11-2002, 10:41 PM
Sad story......neat 'ending' (or should I say 'beginning' ;) ). Thanks for sharing that Robin. :)