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Freedom from Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inspirational book about survival. It tells the story of how one woman went from being a bed ridden cripple on and off for a year and a half, to reclaiming her health, happiness and quality of life stolen from her by this insidious disease. It is the story of a journey, a journey of discovery undertaken by one fiercely determined woman. A woman who has been to the depths and healed herself, and now with consummate compassion and grace, offers to share that process with you. This book includes a seven day menu, recovery and maintenance diet and recipes.
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It was May 1994. One month before my forty-fourth birthday when I was diagnosed with the condition known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For me the onset of this disease was slow. I simply felt unwell for a long time. During the years that I suffered from RA, I learned the hard way about what was healthy for me, and what was not. My willingness to spend hundreds of dollars, parting with what little money I had, was a reflection of my despair over the agony I was suffering from this insidious disease. I tried just about everything there was on the market, but nothing helped. I was vulnerable and on the verge of suicide.
At this particular time in my life, the thought of ending it all to relieve my anguish would have been a welcome relief. Unless you have been afflicted with this hideous disease you could not know, you could not understand, nor, could you appreciate the chronic, unyielding pain. It is only if you have the misfortune to experience an illness such as this that you realize the depths of torment and sorrow it brings.
To reach out to strangers was not in my make-up, therefore, on my really bad days my children did not go to school and, especially when I became bedridden, both Ben and Olivia stayed home to look after me. During this time, they dressed, fed and bathed me. They brushed my hair and told me they loved me. When I needed to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, my children sat me in the upright position and turned my body around so my feet touched the floor. Then, they pulled me off the bed, shuffled me into the toilet, sat me on the bowl and left me in privacy. There I sat, trying to fight for every single day.
My children also suffered because they no longer had an able-bodied mother who took care of them. They now had a mother who was chronically ill, in constant pain and under the influence of great emotion. Tears and anguish had replaced the laughter and mobility I once knew. The disease had changed me, totally. In being unable to do even the simplest tasks, I became depressed and resentful.
After completing my research, it is horrific that doctors have no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. Not even their powerful drugs will eventually suppress the disease into oblivion. They simply mask the disease with chemicals that in the process can play havoc with your body. The side effects to the anti-rheumatic drugs are horrendous. I much preferred taking my chances with the disease based on a radical change of diet than to risk the side effects of drugs and their chemical components. From what I could see, patients who accept a doctor's prognosis, then go on a drug regime, one is only doomed to a life of misery and an early grave. But changing one's diet and mindset to accept and believe that the body can heal itself at least gives you a fighting chance. Imagine if you will, being well and pain free. Do not accept what is told to you about RA. It's thinking outside the square that sets you free. Our immune system is designed to repair and heal our bodies. All we have to do is allow this to take place, by eating the foods that mother nature intended for us, whole foods.
According to the doctors I have been pain free and disease free since July 1999. However, I was pain free long before the final blood tests results.
My book 'Freedom from Rheumatoid Arthritis' includes the recovery diet, maintenance diet, and a seven day menu, and recipes to recover your health. It is your choice. What do you have to lose?About the Author:
Sonia St. Claire was registered by her mother as a ward of the state and survived the first fourteen years of her life in five different orphanages and children's homes around Sydney, Australia. She was effectively sentenced to a life of hardship, abuse and loneliness.
Striking out on her own, Sonia married and had children oblivious to the spectre that was shadowing her life and marriage which ended in divorce. When the unremitting fury, of Rheumatoid Arthritis was finally unleashed on her body. She reversed the ravages of rheumatoid arthritis through sheer determination, diet and the will to survive. Her book includes a 7 day menu, recovery diet, maintenance diet and recipes.
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