Hi, I’m Madi. I am living proof food is thy medicine. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2004. To get me well and to keep my flare-ups at bay, I was told the only option that I had was drugs, drugs and more drugs.  If not, my only other option would be a liquid diet. So, I listened. Yes, I started to feel better. Yes, I went on with my life. Little did I know the damage my body was going through. As time passed, my health deteriorated. I was trying to have children and found out that I was infertile. I had to get pregnant via IVF. Talk about drugs and stress on the body…IVF is brutal. Depression set in. When I gave birth to my beautiful twin boys, more complications arose.  My left eye drooped. The doctors thought I had a stroke. It was a scary time. I had an MRI and CAT Scan done and found out I had a tumor on my thymus gland. What?? I needed open heart sugery to remove the thymus gland completely. I went on antidepressants and sleeping pills. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I thought this was it for me, this was my end. That I would never be able to see my boys grow up. But something changed…that moment that I was being wheeled into the operating room, clutching a picture of my boys, I promised myself and them that if I make it, I will find another way. I will GET WELL.  I will heal myself inside and out. Today, I am drug free, gluten-free, and mostly dairy-free and the healthiest I have ever been. It was a long battle and it still is but I would not change one thing.  No more flare-ups, no more antidepressants, no more sleeping problems. I corrected it all with FOOD.

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