In January 2001, pain struck my body with searing force and my muscles began to ache continuously. I lacked energy and I eventually became as weak as a child. I did not have the strength to hold a coffee cup to my mouth and chores that once were undertaken with gusto, became impossible to perform. Each morning, I would pull myself along on my bottom on the polished wooden floor to get to the bathroom, so I could sit in the shower and allow the hot water to thaw me out and give some relief from the pain. My vision was becoming blurred and I could constantly see black spots before my eyes.

Signs of depression were also setting in. I no longer could perform my roles as homemaker, wife and mother. I had to give up caring for those elderly people who so desperately need the help and care of those who genuinely love working with the aged. I was slowly being robbed of my vitality and it seemed as if my life was ebbing away. I wanted to die and I prayed many times that the Lord would take me home.

During the months of my illness, I had been to many doctors, specialists and naturopaths. I was diagnosed first of all with Fibromyalgia and then with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis. Drugs or hundreds of vitamins and other additives were the only answer for me. I avoided the drugs as I had seen the results of years of drug-taking in the aged fold for whom I had cared for. I was swallowing 64 different vitamin and supplement tablets a day as well as 30 drops of other concoctions. I was a walking Health-food shop, with no money left in the bank.

My cousin was visiting Queensland from New South Wales, and he told me about the Hallelujah Diet. I decided it was worth a try because my future didn't look good. Only the day before my cousin's visit, I'd been to a specialist in Brisbane, who'd told me I'd be in a wheelchair within two years.

I began juicing and eating a mainly raw food diet on the 8th of May, 2002. I will never forget the first five days as the toxins began to be released from my body. I had almost every reaction one could get. I was vomiting, had diarrhea, was shivering cold, and had a constant migraine for four days and my face broke out in a severe rash.

On the sixth day, as soon as I awoke, even before I moved a muscle, I knew something was different. On that beautiful morning of the 13th of May, I was able to swing my legs over the side of the bed and walk to the bathroom. Tears flowed as I was overcome with emotion. Since then, I have been improving daily. I am now able to walk, ride my pushbike, entertain and live a relatively normal life. My friends and family are amazed at the dramatic results that are irrefutable evidence for all to see. I have never felt so well. On saying that, I must admit that during the last three years I have sometimes lapsed back into careless eating habits, only to find that within weeks I'm lacking energy, not sleeping well and generally not feeling well. Does this not prove that what we eat is who we are?

I give thanks to my Lord and the many people who have been praying for me. I believe my health is my responsibility. This was specially so in my case as there was nothing the doctors and other health professionals could do. I don't think about being on a diet. It's more a lifestyle change. We all make choices daily, what we wear, where we go and what we feed our bodies. Since I've been feeding my body living, healthy food, it has responded positively and begun to heal itself. If you're suffering from some health problem, then change your eating habits. You're never too old or too sick.

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