I'm 24 and have suffered with crohns disease
for over 7 years, my doctors have tried to control
it with drugs but it got progressively worse until
in September 2005 I was admitted to hospital for
the 3rd time in 2 years and the only real option
in their opinion was the complete removal of my
colon, and a stoma bag
.. this was a terrifying
prospect for me and I couldn't imagine a life
I managed to persuade the doctors to give me
a few months to try something else and travelled
to America where I went to stay with Ginny Harper,
who is a health Counsellor and teacher in Tennessee,
she has a learning centre there and this is where
my healing began, she taught me all about macrobiotics
and how my body works, what I should be eating
To start with I was very limited to what I could
handle and it really consisted of creamed rice,
vegetables and ume kuzu drinks. Within weeks the
agony in my lower stomach and abdomen had gone!
I had some energy and the bleeding had stopped,
I was starting to feel more comfortable, The choice
of foods was widening and I was able to cope with
a much bigger variety of foods, I also learnt
the importance of chewing.
I was there for 3 months, learning, cooking and
eating, by the end of it I was a different person.
I could not believe how my body had reacted and
went into a healing mode from such a desperate
state. I had stopped losing weight and was eating
regularly without losing blood and having to go
to the toilet 6+ times a day! Now that I am back
in the UK my doctors are amazed and couldn't believe
that a recovery like this was possible, I am now
reducing the prednisolone medication that I have
been on for years and soon I will be drug free!
I can't explain how amazing this feels to me
after being a slave to a horrible disease for
years, I am truly grateful to Ginny and macrobiotics
as without it I have no doubt that I would still
be suffering and most probably be in and out of
hospital the rest of my life for serious operations.
I have continued with the diet and find that I
am getting into a good routine!
It really feels like I have my life back, and
am catching up on time I have missed due to being
ill. I can enjoy time with my friends and can't
wait for the summer to spend time at the beach,
go to festivals and do things that I just would
not have been able to do, or confident enough
Harper had Crohn's disease and has been cured
(symptom free for 25 years) she looks the picture
of health and you would never believe she is 50!
She is coming to England in May to give some lectures,
cooking classes and consultations, phone 01794
884663 or visit www.brickworthlifecentre.co.uk
for more information and to book. Ginny is an
amazing woman and has dedicated her life to teaching
and helping others. She now runs a non profit-making
organisation called Ki of Life and has just opened
a new healing centre in Tennessee.
Shaun Dore, Hampshire, UK