Editor’s Note: Agatha and Nick share their story and talk about the great time they had at this year’s Health Getaway at Hawks Cay.
We would like to thank all of you for an extraordinary job in putting together this year's Health Getaway. It was a stupendous, fun filled, life changing, informative event. Your warmth, approachability and individual attentiveness to all the attendees made us feel welcome and special.
I want to update you on our progress since last year’s getaway. Our excellent blood work is our report card to good health. Our doctors are especially amazed with Nick's progress.
Twelve years ago Nick walked in the hospital emergency and could hardly breathe. He had pulmonary edema and ended up having a quadruple bypass surgery, during the surgery damaged was done to his perennial nerve which left him with a drop foot, neurological damage and pain. Between the heart and nerve damage done to his leg and foot, his doctor's prescribed tons of meds, pain killers and told him to stay on a low-salt diet and sent him home. Nick was wheelchair bound for two years and was able to walk only a few steps with an ankle foot orthotic and had incredible pain. The pain was so severe that he wanted to have his leg amputated.
Then in 2003, Nick was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma stage three with two symptoms which included severe itchiness and night sweats. He had six months of chemo, blood transfusion, a double port to administer the chemo, temporary loss of sight, endless emergency runs to the ER, weeks in the hospital with a high fever and now both of his legs were swollen and painful. Although, it's been 6 years that Nick has been in remission, he was still on lots of meds and eating a Standard American Diet. He also had gout, kidney stones, high-blood pressure and was border line type-2 diabetic.
I read Eat To Live and we both had office visits back in January of 2008, however, when we attended last year’s getaway is when it made a tremendous impact and changed our lives.
At this year’s getaway at Hawks Cay, you told Nick that he didn't need to take amlodipine besylate and carvedilol. Now Nick is nearly medication free.
Within the past 12 years, Nick has been seen and treated by cardiologists, neurologists, nephrologists, oncologists, hemotoligists, pathologists, physiatrists, rheumatologists, podiatrists, physical therapists and the like. It was a full time job to keep track of doctor appointments and medications for him.
With all the doctors and years of treatments and lots of meds Dr. Fuhrman was the only doctor that was successful in taking Nick off all his medications, within 13 months. Now feels like a million bucks!
Both of us are no longer the living sick. We are now healthy and happy!
Image credit: Agatha & Nick