A couple weeks ago, we got a message from Phil on Twitter:
Phil Agostino @scdlifestyle My last 25mg of azathioprine. Those suffering stay strong #colitis #IBD #drugfree #health #diet #SCD pic.twitter.com/NEdy4djalP
We couldn’t wait to hear more from him. (Here’s the rest of our conversation if you’d like to read.)
With hopes of inspiring others in similar situations, Phil is using social media to share his story with the world. For some, all it takes is seeing another real person who’s “been there and done that” to shift their lives entirely. See, there’s power in numbers and there’s no coincidence that more and more people are getting healthy again through diet, supplement, lifestyle and mindset changes like those we talk about.
And luckily, there are amazing people like Phil who feel compelled to spread the word to help others. We couldn’t be more grateful that we’re a part of the change we want to see in the world.
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Struggling with Ulcerative Colitis and desperate, Carrie spent countless hours scouring the internet in hopes of finding answers from people she could relate to, hoping to find others who had successfully overcome digestive disease. When she discovered SCD’ers were becoming healthy and regaining their lives, she knew what she had to do…
Carrie is a Personal Trainer and the body she worked so hard to sculpt was literally wasting away. She told us that reading stories like How Jen Used Food to Overcome UC (in just 6 months) and Gabriel is a Med-Free Teenager After a Long Battle with Crohn’s Disease (and other similar stories) filled her with the hope she needed when she was at her lowest point… the point where she desperately needed to know she wasn’t going to wither away and die. If you’re not yet familiar with my story, I was in the same place back when my doctor told me to start SCD because he didn’t know what else to do. Sometimes, all it takes is one book or one other person’s success story to catapult us to new heights of health we never even dreamed of.
Instilling a sense of hope in others is the biggest reason we share these amazing stories with you and it’s an absolute honor to share Carrie’s with you today. Sometimes all we need is someone that has been where we are and succeeded, someone who’s been in our shoes and did it, to inspire us to take control of our health.
Today, I hope Carrie can be that inspiration for you…
It Wasn’t Too Pretty Just Over a Year Ago
In April 2013, I lay in a hospital bed hooked up to IVs with drugs running through me to help slow down the bleeding, pain and the excessive amount of bowel movements (diarrhea) I would have per day.
For about 12 years, I have dealt with stomach problems but never this bad. In my early twenties, I began to have bad pains and urgency to go to the bathroom, but with the elimination of dairy and wheat I felt great for a few years. Then, I had a baby and all hell broke loose.
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Once a week we get an email from someone saying they want solid medical research about the SCD Diet before they will try it.
My response is usually, “Please start by reading all these success stories we’ve been sharing with our readers. These are real people trying the diet and sharing their success in their own words. Then, try the diet for 30-days and see how you feel. The only person like you IS you… so the best thing is to try it and see if it actually works for you.”
In my opinion, I’ll believe legitimate anecdotal stories from people like me over diet studies any day.
However, I can’t tell you how excited I was to see some of the new quotes coming out from a recent Rush University SCD study (1). Like this one:
“I have observed that a small number of my own IBD patients drastically improved on the SCD and achieved complete long-term mucosal healing, or were able to reduce or discontinue immunosuppressants for several years.”
So today I’m very excited to share that quote with you, but also to share another courageous story of a teenager who overcame Crohn’s Disease. This story was submitted by Gabriel’s parents and is absolutely inspirational.
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Hope is the fuel for overcoming chronic illness.
And without that hope, we feel paralyzed. We don’t have the energy to fight the day. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
When we lose hope, our hearts become sick and the will to carry on becomes a struggle. Without it… life shuts down.
Those that give up don’t just quit, they’ve lost all hope that things will get better… and if you’ve ever lost hope in your life, you know how this feels.
In those moments when there’s nowhere to turn, you must look inside. You must reach down into the deepest parts of you and realize hope isn’t lost… it’s simply been surrendered. Hope has been given away to life’s circumstances.
More importantly that means you have the choice to take it back. Hope is a choice in your life.
And that’s why I’m so grateful Jen is willing to share her story today. She talks about losing hope… and who can blame her? At her lowest point, even her friends and family had lost hope.
But she chose to take hope back… and to take control of her health.
She’s just plain incredible and I hope sharing her story in her own words supports you in choosing hope in your healing journey.
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In our society, it isn’t every day that we hear about kids putting a beat-down on disease, let alone using a “special diet” to do so… that’s why I’m excited to share today’s success story about Justin.
It’s funny, when we share these success stories on Facebook we get comments about how they must be fake, or exaggerated… but that can’t be further from the truth. We get emails every day from people like Justin (and his Mom Paige) telling us amazing stories like this and we simply ask them if we can share them on the blog.
I’m grateful we have such an amazing community. Each and every one of you are changing the world and it’s so amazing to be a part of it.
Paige and Justin… you’re absolutely incredible. Thank you for being you… and for choosing health. I’m so happy to share your story today.
Hello, my name is Paige. My son, Justin, was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in January, 2011. He has now been on SCD for almost three years. Justin has been symptom- and medication-free while on SCD (as long as the diet was followed strictly). I would like to share our SCD/Crohn’s journey with you.
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