My quality of life was declining at a rapid pace and I had no idea how I would recover from major back surgery and being diagnosed with Lyme disease. There are so many opinions, products, and treatments on how to deal with Lyme disease and I felt totally overwhelmed and hopeless. My body was in a state of complete exhaustion and pain. I was experiencing numbness in my hands and feet, constant nerve pain, lack of mobility, severe fatigue, digestive problems and painful joints. The joint pain was so bad that picking up a cup of coffee was difficult and walking was uncomfortable. Three months on antibiotics for the Lyme's did nothing other than destroy my body from the inside out. I started packing on a lot of weight and couldn’t lose the weight no matter how hard I tried. My back surgery was a success, however I was still feeling extremely weak and my mobility was slow and very limited.
I have this life motto that I want to live life to the fullest. Needless to say I was hindered by my physical limitations to live a full life. My desire to accomplish something on any given day was predicted by the amount of pain I was in or how I felt. That led to a constant state of doing nothing which left me frustrated and truly unhappy.
I decided to try a more natural approach to treating the Lyme disease and knew I needed more help recovering physically after my back surgery. After hearing Dr. Mitchell’s holistic approach to the body and reading his book, I agreed to go through his program for better health. It felt like I got accepted into a new family. They cared for me not only physically but mentally as well. Dr. Mitchell discussed my care plan with his team and I started physical therapy. He also worked with my personal trainer on what my recovery and building my core after surgery should look like. Suddenly I had a team communicating with one another and together, they implemented the best plan of recovery for my body. The knowledge and expertise they had took all the guess work out and gave me hope. It felt like I was this very important person and my health was their highest priority. Dr. Mitchell’s life coaching helped me stay on track with my goals and his care plan for me. When I felt that progress was slow he kept me grounded and motivated.
The person who walked into Dr. Mitchell’s office a year ago and the person I am today are two different people. I truly live life free and to the fullest. I lost 40 pounds and gained a new me. No more pain, stiff joints, fatigue, and exhaustion. I went from someone that couldn’t walk without pain or pick up a cup of coffee to now doing karate, rock climbing, and weight training. I have not received the okay for sky diving yet… but soon! My broken fragile body of the past made way for someone that could live and dream again. Finally my body is keeping up with my mind, fitness goals, and dreams.
Knowledge, quality of products and excellence in care are the most important aspect in trusting someone with your health. Cutting corners, promises of quick fixes or miracle supplements might give temporary relief but healing the body with the right care takes time, commitment and an expert. The internet can be a great evil in providing millions of products and cheap advice; all for money gain and not your well-being. Patience and trusting that your care provider knows best will be the launching pad for better health instead of trying a new product or service every other week. I found this quality care at CIHW and I am so thankful. They truly changed my life for the better.
~ Retha T., 2018