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Time for my health story and some before and afters.

I'm a bit nervous to share this, but here goes.

So I got ill when I was a very young child and remained ill for 12 years. During this time I received very little help from doctors and was in fact treated very badly by them. I would probably be dead now if I had not taken my health into my own hands and stopped listening to the doctor’s advice. My illness consisted of pretty much every symptom under the sun: excruciating headaches, stomach problems, muscle wasting, joint pain, exhaustion, chronic weight loss etc. Although I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue/ME at the age of 12, many medics also tried to convince me I had an eating disorder. It must be terrible to have an eating disorder, but it is also terrible to be told you have one when you do not. What’s more it’s very dangerous. I displayed no signs of an eating disorder except weight loss (a symptom of many illnesses). I ate around double the recommended amount in an attempt to keep my weight up, was taking no exercise and yet the weight just fell of me. I saw so many doctors over the years and not one of them figured out what was going on. They didn’t look so good when after twelve years of pain and suffering, having nearly died I was finally found to have celiac disease, severe grain intolerance and dairy intolerance. Not an eating disorder then after all. A digestive disorder. What’s more, it was I who found out about celiac disease while researching online, and requested to have testing, and to see a gastroenterologist and allergy specialist.

I really do not know how I survived those years. Heaven knows why I didn’t die. But I'm sure glad I didn’t.

A picture’s worth a thousand words and here are mine. My before photos show me two stone heavier than at my most ill. My worst photos are two awful to share.

Having had celiac disease undiagnosed for so long obviously had an impact on my health, and I was left to pay for my doctors’ ignorance with a host of health problems. I have now cured myself of all of these and lead a happy active life. It’s lucky I’m a determined person or I would not be where I am today. I hope you find inspiration in my story and that I can inspire others to regain their health like I did. 

 

(I tried to upload all the photos as one pdf but it didn't seem to work, so sorry about having to open each picture individually...)

 

before photo 1    

before photo 2

after photo 1

after photo 2

after photo 3

before and after 1

before and after 2

UPDATE: Now added my 'worst' before photos here: http://www.30bananasaday.com/profiles/blogs/before-and-after-photos... 

http://www.30bananasaday.com/profiles/blogs/hcrv-transformation-thr...

 http://www.30bananasaday.com/forum/topics/my-hcrv-transformation-vi...                                              

 

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Comment by The Raw Monkey on January 8, 2013 at 10:57am

A new video with lots more after photos! Let's celebrate life on the raw fruity diet :)

 

Comment by The Raw Monkey on June 22, 2012 at 5:17am

More on my before and afters here:

http://www.30bananasaday.com/video/my-hcrv-raw-transformation-2

http://www.30bananasaday.com/video/my-raw-transformation

Hope you like the videos :)

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and support,

Esperanza xxx

Comment by The Raw Monkey on June 13, 2012 at 7:42pm

Thank You Madiha!

Comment by Madiha Mostafa on June 13, 2012 at 2:58pm

Omg I'm SO happy for you!!

Comment by The Raw Monkey on June 2, 2012 at 7:22pm

Thank you Ola :)

Comment by Ola on June 2, 2012 at 10:12am

Wow!  What a beautiful transformation that has taken place in you!  Your photos don't even look like they are of the same person.  Amazing!  Thanks for sharing, you've inspired me!

Comment by The Raw Monkey on May 31, 2012 at 10:42pm

Thank you anabea! And to you :)

Comment by anabea on May 31, 2012 at 9:39pm

beautiful... much love to you

Comment by The Raw Monkey on May 31, 2012 at 7:50am

Thank you :)

Comment by L on May 31, 2012 at 6:38am

This is beautiful! <3

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