Let me take you back nearly 20 years. I had just had my 4th baby and I developed a huge blood clot in my right leg. It was pretty far gone before we figured it out. It went from my groin to behind my right knee. My right knee was already a bit of a mess because I had shattered that kneecap in college. I was on blood thinners for 6 months and then went on with my life. A couple of years later when I had my last child, I had to be on blood thinners during my pregnancy but other than that, I didn't feel like the issue had really created any significant problems for me. When my youngest was 2 years old, however, the blood clot reformed and I threw a PE (pulmonary embolism) and was put back on blood thinners for a year. The doctors wanted me on them for life but I had no insuranance and couldn't afford lab fees to have the levels in my blood monitored safely. So one year of therapeutic coumadin and I was off again. I felt like a ticking time bomb. I think that was when I started to believe I wasn't detined to live to be very old.
A couple of years later, the blood clots developed again. The doctors strongly advised coumadin for life. My leg was quite damaged by this time. The knee was bone on bone as well. That leg was considerably weaker than the other and was constantly discolored and several inches larger than the left leg. The doctors said that because the risk of surgery was too high for me (this had actually come up before so I already knew I was not a candidate for any surgery other than the emergency, life-saving variety) this damage was permanent and the leg would very likely have to be amputated eventually.
In the meantime, while all of this was going on, I was diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders and my health and quality of living was going downhill at an alarming rate. I accepted that I would be very lucky to live as long as my mother had, which was 68.
For those on blood thinners, you know that you are advised not to eat much of certain vegetables and things that actively thin the blood because the combination of blood thinners and blood thinning foods can be deadly. Well, last August I made some decisions that I know will be controversial to some but let's remember it is MY life. When I discovered just how much switching to a totally plant-based diet supplemented with fresh made green juices and smoothies was healing my body (all autoimmune disorders in complete remission - symptom free - totally, including hypothyroid now normal, oh and my blood pressure and cholesterol are now normal without meds as well) I decided to take a leap of faith and I once again stopped the blood thinners AMA and began eating tons of all those things that naturally thin the blood. I haven't taken any medication, prescribed or otc since September and this is the result:
There used to be nearly 7 inches difference between right and left calf. Now there's less than 2" difference. I have talked in previous blogs about the complete relief of constant, severe, chronic pain. It kind of amazes me that people will see that I have corrected supposedly permanent conditions like hypothyroid, put MG and Fibromyalgia into complete remission, corrected blood pressure, cholesterol and corrected damage that the doctors said was permanent and still say that what I have chosen is "too radical." When someone says to me, "I would love to stop being in pain all the time, but I just couldn't give up meat." Or sugar or bread or cheese... whatever. Fine. Admit that X food is more important to you than your quality of life. You have a right to your choice! But don't tell me that what I've chosen is radical or dangerous because you are still buying the ridiculous lies being sold to you by the food industry and a complicit fda.
Stepping down from soapbox now. We now return you to your regularly scheduled cheerful Natshell:) And, for the record, I fully intend to outlive my sweet mama by about 30 years.