Growing up, I was a rebel and a party animal who had many friends. I was a budding pilot, and to me it felt like the sky was not the limit, but perhaps my playground. I was newly married, and had just moved to the United States when I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS.
A over-the-phone diagnosis
I received my diagnosis over the phone, and I was in shock. Soon after that, I was angry. I alternated between uncontrollable sobbing and outbursts of anger for weeks after that. I was a bit of a rebel about the diagnosis too. I refused medication, and threw the prognosis sheet handed to me by the hospital across the room.
I started my own research online and bought book after book, trying to get an insight into what I could do to ‘fix’ this. At some point it dawned on me that cleaning up my diet may be key to recovering from MS. In those days, I took great pleasure in throwing things across the room and into the trash.
Out went all of the processed food I could lay my hands on: cookies, chips, butter, cheese, and the love of my life, ‘paneer’ (Indian cheese). One day I came across a YouTube video featuring someone with MS talking about Overcoming MS and someone called Professor George Jelinek.
Referencing the OMS book
I bought George's book and started reading it right away. What really resonated with me was the fact that the Overcoming MS approach was based on research, and it was research conducted by a doctor who himself has MS. I read about George’s personal experiences, like growing up seeing his mother suffer from MS.
He expanded on previous research conducted by Dr. Roy Swank that linked MS progression with a diet rich in saturated fats. George’s HOLISM study not only addresses a diet low in saturated fat, but also looks at the link between MS and numerous lifestyle factors and how MS responds to following the 7-Step OMS Recovery Program.
The result: with positive diet and lifestyle changes, recovering from MS is possible. The Overcoming MS approach rang true to me, and I started seeing a real chance at having a normal future.
My MS had begun with vision issues. I was sure I would lose my pilot’s license, and hence my profession. However, these problems resolved within weeks of making some lifestyle and dietary changes, as per the OMS 7-Step guidelines. I have been fortunate, as I have managed to keep MS under control without medication.
Keeping my passion
And I still have my occupation and passion, flying airplanes every day. Last year, my husband and I were blessed with our first child: a baby boy. I am elated by the fact that I am well, able to care for my son, and give him 100% of myself. Honestly, there are times when I feel fearful about my MS taking a turn for the worse.
I have to remind myself that, first, the stress of thinking about that is going to do me no good. Second, that I am doing really well so far and, God willing, it will stay that way. Third, OMS’ research is making great strides, and now the word ‘recovery’ doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
Yes, there is a real chance at recovering from MS! I have had people say that it can’t be that simple, that altering a few habits can bring something as frightening as MS under control. I like to tell them that life really is simple, and it is we who insist on making it complicated. Actually, Confucius said that, not me! On that note, I am going to remind myself to be grateful today for the simplest things, like being able to walk on my own, and watch my son take his first steps.
- Putting the focus on research this World MS Day
- Keeping my pilot's licence